Legend says that these nine lonely islands, approximately 800 miles off the coast of Portugal, are leftovers from Atlantis. In reality, the archipelago was born out of volcanic activity and first settled by Europeans starting in the 1400s. The Azores have flown under the radar for travelers, but the “Hawaii of the Atlantic” makes a gorgeous wedding or honeymoon destination — rich in gastronomy, spa-cation offerings and stellar volcanic scenery for photographs. And depending on the season, SATA Airlines offers a five-hour direct flight from Boston for as little as $500 round trip.
On São Miguel Island, the five-star Furnas Boutique Hotel and Spa makes a breathtakingly beautiful venue, surrounded by lush gardens and the largest concentration of geothermal springs in Europe. Aside from the elegant space, the resort boasts a luxurious spa with a mineral pool, as well as an upscale restaurant that’ll dazzle your guests. Toast your nuptials with a bottle of local wine: their vineyards have been trending since the 1400s (a favorite for centuries among Russian Tsars!) and no one in the world makes wine quite like the Azoreans.