Charming Blue Hotel | Dive the Azores - Atlantic

  • Guests Only 30 guests
  • Rooms Boutique hotel with only 15 rooms, standard and superior
  • Restaurants Superb in house restaurant with local cuisine
  • Food and Drinks Relax in the bar in complete comfort
  • FacilitiesSpa, pool, centre location in Vila do Porto town
  • Diving Daily boat diving with Haliotis
  • Diving Extras Sites suitable for all experience levels!
  • Internet Access Free wifi throughout

About Charming Blue Hotel

The Charming Blue hotel is a new boutique option for those wanting their stay on Santa Maria to be that bit extra special. It lies in ViIa do Porto itself, with easy access to the town as well as lush landscape of the island. It is less than a 10 minute transfer by road from the dive centre,, or around a km stroll from the sea front. Be sure to book early as this hotel gets fully booked quickly!

The Charming Blue started life as an aristocratic home, and has been lovingly renovated into a relaxing hotel with only 15 rooms. The decor is calming, with artistic fittings throughout. There are 2 types of room grade - the standard or superior, with a range of sea or pool views. Please check on the exact view offered by your room booking. All have air con, a room safe, and are en suite with free wifi throughout.

The Bachus bar and in house Mesa d'Oito restaurant are a popular hit with divers at the end of the day. Here you can experiment with the fresh tastes and local cuisine. Dine indoor or outdoor on the pool terrace. The resort boasts it's own private swimming pool and spa. No matter if you are looking for relaxation or an action packed stay, exploring all that Santa Maria has above and below.

Standard room

Subtle and tasteful decor, the standard rooms tend to have pool views and are smaller. All have air con, a room safe, and are en suite with free wifi throughout. Please check on the exact view offered by your room booking

Superior room

The superior room tend to have a sea view and are larger than the standard rooms. All have air con, a room safe, and are en suite with free wifi throughout. Please check on the exact view offered by your room booking

Relax in the bar lounge

Make time to explore Santa Maria island

Jon

2017-01-02 14:15:15

Charming by name charming indeed i love it great location. Lovely rooms, peace and quiet and beautifully done.

Ginie

2016-10-18 11:21:19

A week spent in this very "charming" hotel... all staff friendly and we had excellent service..restaurant best on island on top of very delicious breakfast. Pool a bit chilly but water exceptional like swimming in a spring. Right in heart of Village but very quiet.I would really recommend this hotel if visiting the beautiful island of Santa Maria.

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

All the nine islands of the Azores Archipelago are located in the North Atlantic. These volcanic isles are scattered along a 600 km stretch of ocean from Santa Maria to Corvo. The islands of the archipelago are divided in three geographical groups: the Eastern Group, comprising Santa Maria and São Miguel, the Central Group, including Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial, and the Western Group, composed by Corvo and Flores. Each island has its own individual atmosphere and distinctive flair. Typically, the best months for divers are May to October, when the marine life is at its most exciting and the water temps climb to 20-24C.

Weather and Climate

The weather in the Azores is changeable! The islands enjoy a mild temperate climate throughout the year and benefit from the Gulf Stream; a current of warm water that heads north east from the Gulf of Mexico. The average air temperature varies between 11 and 26°C depending on the time of year and the surrounding ocean averages between 15 and 23°C. Being so far out in the Atlantic, the islands are prone to rainy days at any time of year, and without these showers of course, you could not enjoy the beautiful flora on the islands.

Travel

Flight options

There are weekly direct flights from the UK with a flight time of 3½ hours with Ryan Air and daily flights via Lisbon from Heathrow and Manchester with TAP. Depending on which island you are staying on, you may find you need a night en route in San Miguel before catching your onward Air Azores flight to Faial or Santa Maria.

Stopovers

If you are flying with TAP, you can also add a night or two in Lisbon, Portugal en route.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders do not need a visa for the Azores. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with your airline. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

Depending on your airline, you may be able to complete check in online to print your boarding pass. If not, we will email your flight tickets to you in advance. You must print your ticket coupon.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival please make your way through baggage claim and immigration. There will either be a rep to meet you or you will have full details of your where to meet your transfer (with a confirmation voucher) in your travel documentation. If you have any issues on arrival, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

Transfers are included in your holiday. You will be advised in your travel documentation of how to find your transfer.

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. EU passport holders do not need to pay a departure tax.

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Included in your holiday

Includes flights and transfers, accommodation on a B&B basis and 10 boat dives

Excluded

Additional dives, special trips, nitrox, meals outside of your board basis and and excursions

Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

The currency in the Azores is the euro. Card payments are accepted, but not in all shops or restaurants.

Phone coverage

The Azores has good GSM coverage but the signal can be patchy outside of the towns. Please check with your provider about data coverage.

Plugs and electricity

Electricity in Azores is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Azores with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Outlets in Azores generally accept two round pin plugs.

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire is available from your dive centre Haliotis - this is arranged and paid for locally

Extras

Special trips, to sites such as dollabarat and formigas, night dives and all kit hire are paid for locally

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a shop on site for kit and souvenir purchases

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox is available for recreational mixes. This can be prebooked and prepaid or paid for locally.

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Charming Blue hotel is £250 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Diving in Santa Maria is best experienced by boat. Haliotis have the largest RIBs on the island, with comfortable banked seating and all safety equipment. As you descend under the water, the first thing you will notice is the great viz, which can be up to 30m. The reefs are volcanic, with lava tunnels, arches and swim throughs all over. Santa Maria is perfect for all experience levels. Learn to dive or feel the rush as you come face to face with Santa Maria's resident mobula!

Haliotis dive centre are one of the region's premier dive centres, with all the experience you need to make your diving trip to the Azores a success. The dive centre itself is situated inside the Hotel Colombo, a short road transfer from the Charming Blue hotel. They pride themselves on their facilities, including changing rooms, a classroom, kit hire and shop.

  • Daily boat diving on custom built RIBS
  • Mega for macro
  • Dive with the resident mobula fever
  • Must see dives at Pedrinha, Baixa da Maia and Gruta Azul
  • Swim throughs, caves and lava arches


Pedrinha is one of the islands must do dive sites. It's resident moray Veronica introduces herself to most divers. Large groupers hang around near the coral formations and. There's a lava canyon, climbing from the depths. Gruta Azul is best known for the huge sting rays, whilst Baixa da Maia is the place for huge schools of trigger fish and barred hog fish. Barracuda are common at Baixa de Sao Lourenco. But it is Ambrosio is the place to go for the magical mobula encounters. Special trips are regularly run (local surcharge applies) to Dollabarat and Formigas. These are remote islets where the schooling fish numbers are vast. You have good chance to see manta or shark on the walls. Dolphins and whales can be seen on the journey out.
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Diving Rates & Prices

If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course atCharming Blue Hotel.

Daily Diving

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  • Other courses available on request

Dive Equipment

  • Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit):Price on request

These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.

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