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The Incredible Furnas Boutique Hotel in the Azores

People often forget the Azores when booking a holiday but in recent years the archipelago is finally getting the recognition it deserves. The incredible islands have an unbelievable amount to offer and are one of Europe’s most breathtaking natural havens. The Furnas Boutique Hotel is a luxury hotel which offers visitors a stunning experience to connect with nature and to truly relax.

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Located on the São Miguel Island, in the valley of the Furnas, which is the area with the most concentrated thermal waters in Europe, the Furnas Boutique Hotel is truly a remarkable luxury experience bathed in the peace and tranquillity of nature.

Furnas Boutique Hotel Azores

The interior design is reflective of the relaxation you will experience during your stay. The beautiful combination of modern and traditional influences creates a stunning balance and helps visitors to find their zen whilst connecting to nature. The use of an earthy and down-to-earth palette of greys and browns as well as the stone elements truly integrates the Furnas Boutique Hotel into its surroundings.

The Hotel offers a wide range of experiences for each type of traveller. From the adventure and sports enthusiasts to nature lovers, there is something to do for everyone.

The Furnas Boutique Hotel also has its stunning À Terra restaurant. The natural fruits of nature and the rustic lifestyle inspire the incredible food here. With a menu boasting plates that will bring you the most delicious aromas, textures and tastes.

The Thermal Spa at this luxury boutique hotel must not be overlooked. This is the perfect place to unwind and appreciate the true tranquillity of the island. The Furnas Boutique Hotel boasts both an outdoor and indoor thermal experience pools.

Of course they also have a sauna and Turkish bath as well as a luxuriously wide range of spa treatments from exfoliations, massages, hidromassages and even reflexology. This spa leaves nothing to be desired and you will leave completely relaxed.

When booking your next holiday to Europe do not forget to take a look at what the Azores has to offer and in particular the Furnas Boutique Hotel, the perfect place to take everything in and unwind.


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An inside look at The Dolder Grand in Zurich

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich – The magnificent Dolder Grand it´s located in one of Zurich’s slopes. This Hotel shows its majesty to those who want to relax and contemplate their time in one of the most iconic and luxurious hotels of Zurich.

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich

The hotel was reinvented by Foster + Partners in 2002 to 2008, the renovation taken into the Dolder restores the logic of the original hotel designed in 1899 by Jacques Gros. The Dolder features an 42 000m² area, in which the spa takes 4.000 square-meters.

In April 2008 the Dolder has its big reopen, this new resort counts with 173 rooms and suits.

As this is a luxurious hotel it also count with famous personalities passing by the hotel during the years. The illustrious Hillary Clinton, the famous Leonardo DiCaprio and other Hollywood film stars were some of the notorious people to pass by in the Dolder. Also in 1899, the history of the Dolder Grand has been populated by a stream of VIPs including Henry Kissinger, Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein, Liz Taylor and Luciano Pavarotti.

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich


In the main entrance of the hotel we can find the reception where the concierge will receive you with all the attention and care that you expect in a 5 star hotel. In this space it´s possible to accede to all of the main areas, the restaurant, the spa and of course the rooms and suits.

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich



The Spa it’s a really piece of art in this 5 star hotel. To access to this part you will pass in a hall with exhibitors of jewelry, bags, accessories and communication of sotheby’s. The Spa it’s in the minus one level and there you will find amazing staff which will guide you in the most extraordinary experiences. This area of the hotel it´s composed by several areas which include a relaxing room with mirrors and hot seating’s and the object in here it’s to relax and meditate and enjoy the amazing atmosphere that this room gives.

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich

Than you will continue your journey and you can enjoy your breakfast or your snack in the spa bar and if you want to put up on reading you can also have a leisure time in the spa library. However the spa has much more to offer to you such as an amazing interior swimming pool and exterior hot Jacuzzi with an amazing view to Zurich’s lake.

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich

In the spa you can also have massages and beauty treatments. The treatments are carried out using exclusive lines of products such as La Prairie, Kerstin Florian, Amala and Horst Kirchberger.

The massages use the Japanese style of relaxation, like the Bamboo Shiatsu massage. Hydraheaven by Kerstin Florian, a full-body moisturizing treatment, gives you the feeling of weightlessness.

Body rituals may be compiled as a series of individual 30-minute treatments. A massage forms the basic treatment, combined with at least one of three body treatments: body scrub, body wrap or bath ritual.

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich

If you would like to shop or take a cut you can also do that in the spa area, in which it´s available a shopping area with the latest trends of fashion and also a hairstylist ready to make the perfect cut or perfect hairstyle to that special moment.

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich


2 Star Michelin Restaurant

The Dolder Grand restaurant offers a large selection of gourmet cuisine provided by the Chef Heiko Nieder. This restaurant it’s awarded with two Michelin stars and eighteen GaultMillau points.

In the restaurant menu you can find several and distinctive plates, but you should taste the Amuse Bouche Menu, which features a cross section of The Restaurant’s culinary range, or a 4-course or 5-course lunch. In the evening the restaurant offers a 5-course and 8-course dinner, a special vegetarian meal and the 12-course Tasting Menu.

The interior of the restaurant it’s decorated with luxurious and stately pendant chandeliers, with red chairs and square tables strategically distributed by the restaurant space.

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich

Rooms and suits

The hotel it´s composed by different rooms and suits. The rooms are composed by the single room superior, the double room superior and the deluxe. Regarding the suits the hotel offers some options like: junior suite superior, junior suite deluxe, junior suites grand, suite superior, suites deluxe,  suites grand, golf suit, suite 100, masina, carezza, maestro and also a residential named terraza suite.

All of the rooms and suites are decorated in neutral tones as beiges and browns, with simple furniture with modern lines, like the Swiss like.

Some of the rooms have a terrace with view to the lake.

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich


In the outside of the hotel you can appreciate the view of the city and also see the lake. If you´re a golf affectionate you can also bring your golf club and give a hand putting on the golf turf in front of the hotel.   

An inside look at: The Dolder Grand in Zurich 

If you have the chance to go to Zurich, you shouldn´t miss this amazing hotel that will provide you quality and relaxing time.

Wiesergut Hotel

Hotel experiences: the most expressive hotels through the eyes of their creators

Each of these hotels comes from a unique background and has an interesting story to tell.
This article offer guests the chance to get insider tips on unseen locations, venture into
untouched places, and get a behind the scenes look at striking properties around the world.

1. Tribe Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, by Shamim Ehsani

Creating a hotel that both defines a city and represents a nation is a daunting task. But it’s one that Nairobi’s Shamim Ehsani and his family pulled off to masterful effect.

Tribe Hotel by Shamim Ehsani

2. The Thief, Oslo, Norway, by Petter A. Stordalen

At the age of twelve, environmentalist and philanthropist Petter A. Stordalen became Norway’s top seller of strawberries. Today, he’s not only preserving the environment, he’s reshaping it with an island hotel that’s setting a new standard for sustainability, art, and architecture. A world-class waterfront hotel in Oslo’s most anticipated cultural hub, The Thief will steal you away from everyday life.

The Thief by Petter A. Stordalen

3. Wiesergut, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria, by Sepp & Martina Kröll

Just an hour away from Salzburg, Sepp and Martina Kröll have transformed a 14th-century family estate into a modern retreat that exudes organic warmth and comfort.

Wiesengut by Sepp & Martina Kröll

4. Factory Hotel, Münster, Germany, by David Deilmann

Hip nightclub meets landmark-protected building, industrial aesthetics meet cozy comfort, urban dynamism meets serene retreat: with his Factory Hotel, architect David Deilmann has brought together seemingly contradictory elements and transformed them into a unified whole.

Factory Hotel by David Deilmann

5. Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort, Kitzbühel, Austria, by Uschi Schelle-Müller

By marrying rustic charm with an international sense of styling, Uschi Schelle-Müller and her Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort celebrate the timeless grace of the Tyrolean way of life.

 Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort by Uschi Schelle-Müller

6. 25hours Hotel Zürich West, Zürich, Switzerland, by Hotel Company

The newest property from the vanguard 25hours Hotel Company, the industrial-chic 25hours Hotel Zürich West, in the Swiss city’s exciting, arts-filled fifth district, places the local environment at the core of its colorful design concept.

25hours Hotel Zürich West by Hotel Company

7. Domaine des Andéols, Provence, France, by Olivier and Patrizia Massart

With their fully renovated and perfectly curated Domaine des Andéols, Olivier and Patrizia Massart have rekindled the artistic soul of this one-of-a-kind country estate.

Domaine des Andéols by Olivier and Patrizia Massart

8. South Place Hotel, London, UK, by Des Gunewardena & David Loewi

Des Gunewardena and David Loewi made their name crafting London’s dining renaissance. Now with South Place, their first hotel, they are forging a new revival and following a lifelong calling.

South Place Hotel by Des Gunewardena & David Loewi

9. Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands by Georgi Akirov

Classic meets contemporary at visionary Israeli hotelier Georgi Akirov’s Conservatorium. One of central Amsterdam’s most iconic buildings, it was transformed into a sophisticated boutique hotel at the hands of Milan-based star architect Piero Lissoni.

Conservatorium Hotel by Georgi Akirov

10. Grand Hotel Central, Barcelona, Spain, by Pau Guardans

Though its rooftop infinity pool feels like the apex of contemporary global luxury, Grand Hotel Central is both an ode to the golden age of travel and an homage to its environment. Owner Pau Guardans seeks to connect guests with the rich local culture and traditions at their doorstep, from the merchants and artisans that populate the hotel’s vibrant El Born neighborhood to the market-sourced cuisine prepared on site by renowned chef Ramon Freixa.

 Grand Hotel Central by Pau Guardans

11. Wanderlust, Singapore, by Loh Lik Peng

Combining a sense of artistic whimsy with cutting-edge design, the new Wanderlust in Singapore’s Little India was created with adventurous travelers in mind. Owner Loh Lik Peng, a local hero after the success of his New Majestic Hotel, gave four different design firms each a floor to create their own interpretation of contemporary style and comfort.

 Wanderlust by Loh Lik Peng

12. Ca’ Pisani Hotel, Venice, Italy, by Marianna Serandrei

Under the audacious eye of Marianna Serandrei, Ca’ Pisani has become both an international art hub and the initiator of a new Venetian élan—ancient repubblica reinvented as cultural oasis.

 Ca' Pisani Hotel by Marianna Serandrei

13. C-Hotel & Spa, Lake Como, Italy, by Andrea Colzani

In the hills above Lake Como, ringed with grandiose palaces and villas, stands a marvel of modern minimalism: the C-Hotel & Spa, a stunning glass-and stone retreat opened by prodigious hotelier Andrea Colzani on his 28th birthday.

C-Hotel & Spa by Andrea Colzani

Source: Design Hotels

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