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.
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.
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.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve are one of the year’s big highlights. After our suggestion of top 5 luxury hotels in USA for Christmas, we give you now our top 10 travel destinations for you to have the best step into 2015. Happy New Year!
10. Bratislava, Slovakia
The Slovak capital’s Old Town hosts more than 10,000 people for concerts, open-air parties, and the fireworks show over the Danube It’s divided into a “concert zone” for those more interested in live local music and “party zones” for socializing.
The best hotel to stay in Bratislava is Sheraton Bratislava Hotel. Gather at the table in Brasserie Anjou for a 4-course New Year’s Gala Dinner, and later enjoy DJ night in Amber’s Bar or join the crowds celebrating the last day of the year in Bratislava’s historical city center. Start the New Year off right with our long sleep breakfast buffet offered until 2 p.m.
9. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
More than 300,000 people party and drink in the streets. If you prefer private parties take your pick: the free-for-all, nightclub-strewn Strip or the 21-and-over Fremont Street Experience with three stages and nine hours of live bands; both are closed to traffic. Listen to the crowds roar at midnight when fireworks erupt from casino roofs around the city.
On New Year’s Eve, the talented and award-winning team of Trump Hotel will give a perfect stay.
8. Berlin, Germany
The 1.2 mile stretch between the Victory Column and Brandenburg Gate is the place to celebrate Silvester – the German word for New Year’s Eve. Live bands and fireworks highlight this notorious outdoor party.
This year downtown’s new Grand Park features live music, art installations, food trucks and a digital video show on the walls of City Hall. Post midnight, head to Pasadena to watch floats being assembled for the legendary New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade.
Formerly known as the Renaissance Hollywood, the Loews Hollywood Hotel is located at the famed intersection of Hollywood & Highland. Bring the entire family for a memorable New Year’s Eve.
6. Valparaíso, Chile
The biggest New Year’s Eve event in Latin America happens in the Valparaíso harbor with a 20-minute fireworks show (launched from 17 different points along the coast between Valparaíso and Viña del Mar) and a dance party that lasts until morning.
After sunset at around 4 pm, visitors in Reykjavik bide their time while locals enjoy mass, neighborhood bonfires and an annual comedy show on T.V. Come midnight, though, Iceland’s capital explodes with 500 tons of fireworks. If you’re lucky, the Northern Lights will blaze above the city, too.
The perfect place to stay in Reykjavik is a member of Design Hotels, 101 Hotel.
4. St. Petersburg, Russia
The grand boulevards and bridges of St. Petersburg will be at their most beautiful covered with a layer of snow and illuminated by holiday lights. The lavish Hermitage Museum is particularly striking on December 31, when it’s surrounded by crowds waiting for the fireworks show over the partially frozen Neva River.
London lights up as fireworks shoot from rafts on the Thames and the foot of the London Eye. Best spots for watching: Victoria Embankment and the South Bank. Better yet if you hire a barge for exclusive views, then head for the pubs to sing Auld Lang Syne. But don’t stay out too late; the New Year’s Day parade is one of London’s major events.
More than a million people gathered to be among the first to usher in 2015. For an unforgettable front row seat, grab tickets for one of the city’s best events with a view — we suggest the Royal Botanic Gardens or the La Bohème gala at the Opera House.
Rio is one of the most stimulating cities in the world. So grab yourself a Caipirinha and sink into the massive crowd of over two million in Ipanema beach. Set dramatically between jungle-covered mountains, famous beaches and Guanabara Bay, Rio seemingly has it all: gorgeous views from Sugarloaf Mountain, some of the world’s sexiest people and to-die-for restaurants for reveling.
The New Year’s Eve celebration at the Belmond Copacabana Palace is one of the best in Rio de Janeiro, with magnificent views of Copacabana fireworks.
There are plenty of ways to spend your last few moments of 2013 on New Year’s Eve, and staying home is not an option. After our suggestion of 10 Luxury Travel destinations for Christmas, we give you now our Top 10 Luxury Travel destinations for you to have the best step into 2014. Make a wish and enjoy your stay. Cheers!
One of the most iconic images of the New Year is watching Big Ben strike 12 on December 31, leading the city into an explosion of lights and colors with fireworks going off over the Thames River. Around central London you’ll find open air parties, clubs, and other themed events. But if you prefer to start 2014 with a bang, The Shard’s, the tallest building in western Europe, is definitely your best choice. A ticket to The Shard’s New Year’s Eve Party includes canapes, bowl food, a welcome cocktail, free flowing beer and wine, and DJ sets throughout the night. And, at the stroke of midnight, you will be able to toast the New Year with a complimentary glass of Lanson White Label Champagne while taking in the views from the tallest building in Europe.
Where to stay: Check our article of Hotels in London. Each one of them is perfect for New Year’s Eve.
The place where you’ll find one of the largest parties on earth. Happening at Brandenburg Gate, the festival attracts one million revelers and offers great music, stage shows, and world-class, spectacular fireworks. If you need a break from the madness of the city’s celebrations, see if you can snag a table at the tranquil FACIL, a restaurant that features several of Berlin’s peerless culinary delights in a unique glass cube building sprinkled with chestnut trees and bamboo.
Where to stay: The Mandala Hotel is a great option, which offers you the most spacious rooms in Berlin. Check their top-class restaurant, premium spa and meeting rooms right in the heart of the city.
8. New York
New York hosts one of the most awaited events in the world, the Times Square Drop Ball. One million people fill the square from early afternoon waiting for the Ball to descend. If you’re looking for something more private, away from the crowds, we suggest The Rlounge at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. The Rlounge is the perfect luxury location with a priveliged view from of the ball drop while you dine, drink and dance.
Are you a fan of ski? If so, Austrian Alps is definitely your best choice for the New Year’s Eve.
Where to stay: you can consider staying at the Kempinski Hotel in the Kitzbüheler Alps which is right beside direct access to the Kitzbühel Ski Area. The hotel offers a luxury spa to help you fully unwind, and delicious menu options at their restaurants and bars.
Do you want to be among the first to enter the new year? If so you might consider Sydney for your destination. Around the Sydney Harbour over 1.5 million people watches a spectacular lightshow, with fireworks hopping and dancing off the bridge and the water. The lightshow can also be watched from the water, on luxury cruises, like Flagship Cruises, that are available to keep you out of the crowds while still providing an up close view of the display.
Where to stay: The Sidney Luxury Boutique Hotel Sir Stamford at Circular Quay invites you to experience a glamorous finale to 2013. The Bar is open for a light dinner buffet, live entertainment and delicious canapé selection served until midnight.
5. Las Vegas
Hit the Sin City and gamble your money away, live in luxury and see the stars. Laser shows, concerts and fireworks take over the streets, while nightclubs and bars turn up the volume and of course, ticket prices.
Where to stay: There’s so much choice around this city that the list of best places to stay is endless, but among the top 10 best hotels with the best parties and shows, we choose Wynn And Encore.
Are you a romantic person? If you say yes, then you’ll fall in love with Paris. Standing on the Champs-Elysees in the New Year is one of those do-before-you-die activities. Bottles of champagne everywhere in the crowd that waits for a monumental firework in the sky, while the Eiffel Tower is covered in sparkling lights.
Where to stay: On New Year’s Eve you can stay at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, one of the most luxurious and expensive hotels in Paris. You can also enjoy a prestigious menu created by its renowned Chef Jean-Yves Leuranguer.
This is the ultimate paradise on Earth. Madeira has a great culture and unforgettable food with a party atmosphere that makes this place a prime New Year’s destination. There you’ll find the largest firework display in the world, certified by the Guinness Book of Records. Fireworks are set off from about 50 spots, lighting up the skies over Funchal for about ten minutes.
Where to stay: “A luxury retreat, with exotic design, embraced by nature”. Where? Choupana Hills, a beautiful and luxurious place to stay.
Bangkok goes big for the International New Year too. There are three places to mark the passing of the old year – Central World Mall, National Stadium and Sanam Luang. Huge lights and fireworks are displayed along the banks of the Chao Phraya, and an annual event features performances by Thai pop stars.
Where to stay: The best place to stay the new year’s eve night is Banyan Tree Bangkok, with great facilities, spa and an incredible dining experience waiting for you.
1. Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana beach hosts the city’s major festivities, where two million partiers drink and groove on giant stages set up along the beach, with laser shows and fireworks. If you don’t want outdoor parties, characterized by thumping samba music and many, many beautiful Brazilian females, you can go to indoor clubs, but be prepared to pony up a fair amount of cash for entrance fees and booze.
Where to stay: Copacabana is also capable to offer you exclusive and luxurious parties in some of the world top hotels in the world, like Copacabana Palace Hotel.