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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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"Castle Hotel in Tuscany"

Top 5 castles in Tuscany transformed into hotels

The following list includes historic castles and palaces in Tuscany, which have all been beautifully restored and renovated into hotels, while retaining all the features of their original medieval or Renaissance architecture. These original features obviouly influence each one of these hotel interior designs. Most of the castle hotels on the list are ideally situated as a starting point for excursions to wine tasting and sightseeing in the medieval history of the area. These castle hotels are definitely a good choice for those who appreciate luxury travel and time travel, at the same time. It would be certainly an exclusive hotel experience.

1. Castelletto di Montebenichi, Bucine

"Castelletto di Montebenichi, Toscana"

Located in the heart of the Chianti wine region, Montebenichi Castle is a castle of the 12th century standing on a hill surrounded by a large private park, with views of the Valdambra. The small village of Montebenichi is an excellent starting point to discover the artistic, natural and gastronomic beauties of the area, in the heart of the Chianti region. Among olive groves, vineyards and medieval villages, the Chianti road leads to southwest of Montalcino, well-known by Brunello world famous wines and southeast of Montepulciano, home of Vino Nobile. Perugia, Orvieto, Assisi and Florence are all within an hour’s drive away, Arezzo and Siena can be reached in just 30 minutes.

2. Castello di Spaltenna, Gaiole, Chianti

"Castello di Spaltenna, Gaiole, Chianti - Toscana"

Spaltenna castle is also located in the Chianti region, in the town of Gaiole. It’s just a few minutes away from the most popular cities in the wine region of Chianti Classico, such as Radda, Panzano, Castellina, Greve and Castelnuovo Berardenga. Surrounded by vineyards and woods, the medieval village of Spaltenna includes a fortified monastery with a cloister and bell tower dated of 1000 AD. The castle dates back to 1030. Facilities and activities include a spa, oil and wine therapy treatments, a turkish bath and indoor (heated) and outdoor swimming pools. Siena and Florence are within easy reach.

3. Castello di Tornano, Gaiole, Chianti

"Castello di Tornano, Gaiole in Chianti - Toscana"

Tornano Castle is located in an old farmhouse dated of 11th century, surrounded by cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves. The first mention of the ‘court’ are back to actually dates from the year 790 during the reign of Carlo Magno, in Italy. In the wine cellar, which is in the prison of the castle, guests can taste the Chianti Classico wine and olive oil produced by the Hotel.

4. Castello di Gargonza, Monte San Savino

"Castello di Gargonza, Monte San Savino, Toscana"

The Gargonza Castle is a fortified town of the 13th century, situated in the beautiful Val di Chiana and offers rooms and apartments with bed and breakfast. The first news of Gargonza date from 1150, citing a fortified castle along the road from Arezzo to Siena. It is this same castle that Dante has spent a few days in exile. The rooms and apartments are all located inside the medieval village. The medieval structure also includes an outdoor swimming pool, private gardens, a restaurant and a conference center.

5. Palazzo Guadagni, Firenze

"Palazzo Guadagni, Firenze, Toscana"

The area of the historical center of Florence, where the hotel is located, was originally settled by craftsmen and tradesmen. The Hotel Palazzo Guadagni was built for a silk merchant named Riniero Bernardo Dei in 1500. Today, the building is an elegant 3 star hotel, decorated in a vintage style that reflects its aristocratic origins.

Source: Tripadvisor

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