Hippies and Rastas
Yes, Madeira took a dangerous turn and I know it's taking visitors away. Any construction work should have been very well planned, but it wasn't. At least now, with the recession, things have calmed down, which is good news.
You're right, the Azores are still a lot in their natural state and are beautiful. It rains a more there, though - excellent for vegetation growth, but can be a nuisance for tourists.