Close Caribbean Alternative: Americans Rediscover Sunny Madeira Island with new packages

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In the 19th century Americans flocked to the Pearl of the Atlantic, Madeira Island. Now, Azores Express/SATA wants to reintroduce Americans to this enchanting island some 750 miles south of Lisbon with new flights from Boston and expanded air + hotel deal

In the 19th century Americans flocked to the Pearl of the Atlantic, Madeira Island. Now, Azores Express/SATA wants to reintroduce Americans to this enchanting island some 750 miles south of Lisbon with new flights from Boston and expanded air and hotels packages. This fall and winter, Azores Express/SATA has new 6-night packages from Boston Logan Airport to Funchal (via the Azores) with more flights to choose from. Prices, including roundtrip air, hotel, and breakfast start at $859 per person, before taxes and fees. Flights depart and return on Tuesday and Fridays, and there are three new hotels to choose from.

On the service from Boston to Madeira passengers can upgrade from coach to SATA Plus Business-Class for just a few hundred dollars each way. All packages include breakfast. Kids under 6 stay free, and pay only a child’s airfare.

New Hotels

New this year is the sandy and warm island of Porto Santo, considered one of the best beaches in Europe. Porto Santo is a15 minute flight from Madeira. The Torre Praia hotel is right on the beach, and six nights with air start at a mere $1,059 per person, plus tax.

Back on Madeira, the four-star Four Views Baia is set in Funchal, above the seaside promenade. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, adults and children’s heated outdoor swimming pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath, massage, laundry service, games room, private parking and a shuttle to and from the city center. And the intimate Orquídea Hotel is a quick walk from the city center and sites

The other hotels offered are all 4 and 5-stars, and include: The Alto Lido, Cliff Bay, Madeira Regency, Tivoli Madeira, Baia Azul, and the new CS Madeira. All hotels offer seaside views, outdoor saltwater pools and full resort faculties.

Madeira has a nearly perfect climate—warm and clear in winter with temperature in the 70s. Madeira’s fascinating landscape is characterized by volcanic cliffs that rise dramatically from the sea. The islands steep rise creates six unique climate zones, each with its own beautiful flora and fauna that contribute to the comparison of Madeira with Hawaii.

Visitors come for the natural beauty, and they stay to experience the ocean, golf, hiking, deep sea fishing, diving, and old world charm of the island and its mountains and seaside towns. Madeira remains an uncrowned and sophisticated pearl of European charm, where a visitors can experience the sea, mountain hiking, or city culture.
George Washington was a great fan of Madeira wine. Both his inauguration and the signing of the Declaration of Independence were celebrated with Madeira wine. The legendary frigate Constitution was christened with Madeira wine. President Franklin Pierce spent several months exploring the island after leaving office in 1857.

Azores Express has connected New England with Portugal for more than 20 years. Today it offers direct flights on wide body A310 aircraft to São Miguel, the main island in the Azores archipelago. Connecting flights from São Miguel to Lisbon, Porto and/or the islands of Madeira are available. The company is part of the SATA Group.

For more information and reservations, contact Azores Express at 800-762-9995, http://www.sata.pt.

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JAYME SIMOES