A shelter from the frenzy of everyday life
As soon as I set foot on the magical Azorean Island of Santa Maria, I wanted everyone to know about it and the idea for Cantinho do Paraiso was born. We created a place where real happiness can be shared: our own small piece of paradise.
Owner and founder
Featuring a pleasant blend of natural materials and elegance, the decor and furnishings create an inviting ambience fostering relaxation and a sense of well-being.
With dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, access to the outside from every room and 360-degree vistas of the entire island, you will fall in love with this holiday escape. A skylight opens up to a living roof, where marigolds, aromatic herbs and medicinal plants bloom – a living space that’s perfectly integrated with nature.
Our Casita is built in the Santa Maria style, with a characteristic, long chimney and pretty mansard roof, typical of the traditional homes dotted across the island. Natural exposed stone and wood, both sustainable and recycled, are used throughout the Casita creating an ambience of fresh modernity.
The trio of natural beauty, relaxed vibe and away-from-it-all paradise makes Cantinho do Paraiso perfect for many kinds of activity. You can use the space for your own yoga retreat or any type of retreat, from martial arts, detox, self-improvement and more.
You can also hire our gorgeous space for photoshoots and nature events.
Imagine a beautiful Atlantic island: a place where time stands still, with idyllic beaches and gorgeous nature, far away from the usual tourist routes. Now see yourself there, staying in our stunning villa or casita, enjoying jaw-dropping panoramic views, taking walks in our private forest, feeling relaxed and re-connected to life. A taste of true bliss – that is Cantinho do Paraiso.
Experiencing Santa Maria
You’ll find plenty to do on Santa Maria. Climb the Pico Alto mountain for an amazing panoramic view, bathe in natural swimming pools or head to the beach of São Lourenço, where you can try the local wine too. See impressive Atlantic whales, visit the 16th Century fortress of Forte de São Brás or go to the lighthouse of Farol da Maia. It’s all waiting for you.
If water fun is your thing, try surfing, windsurfing or water skiing past wild coastline. Foodies should try the local Santa Maria turnip soup or the indigenous variety of melon, an indulgent natural sweet treat.
Come between May and September for spending time on the beach, swimming and for the buzzing nightlife. Music fans should head over in July and August when several events are held with a folk festival, blues festival and the famous Mare de Agosto that attracts many international musicians. Long walks and sightseeing are best suited to late March to May, then from October to early November later in the year.
“For those that want to discover new places, seek fresh experiences and love and respect our planet, our small piece of paradise within the stunning natural environment of Santa Maria is for you.”
+351 911 840 698
Cantinho do Paraiso
Santa Maria Island, Azores
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