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.
Some of the world’s most luxurious hotels transformed their lobbies into magnificent spaces and we are ready to show to you our top 15 luxury hotel lobbies.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. We all know that from first dates but it also holds true with luxury hotels. Although the lobbies aren’t our focus point when it comes to choosing our accommodation, the lobby is our first impression of any establishment and should reflect the hotel design and the kind of experience we are about to have away from home.
So, forget boring reception desks, the world’s 15 most luxury hotel lobbies go beyond the normal, aiming to impress from first sight.
Due to open in 2016, the Zaha Hadid-designed Me Dubai hotel is set to be one of the UAE’s most distinctive properties. Newly released renderings show its centerpiece will be a vast, sinuous lobby. In advance of the hotel’s completion, we look at other hotels around the world with incredible, imposing luxury lobbies.
Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Muscat, Oman, welcomes guests with a reception area that is palatial and ornate. It’s one of the best hotel projects and for sure will make you feel special when walking into this magnificent lobby.
Why should lobbies be inside? Your lobby must be a reflection of the experience that your guest is about to have and there is no better example than the Veranda, hidden in the hills that surround Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.
The experience begins when visitors check in at the property’s open-air reception, before passing a tranquil pool to access their rooms.
It’s the view that sets the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo apart. Did you imagine yourself reading a book or just having a drink with this view? Breathtaking.
The lobby of the Four Season George V in Paris lacks the scale of many other luxury hotels lobbies.
No, of course, they are not fake flowers. Come to see the continually refreshed floral displays that decorate the space and makes the hotel spends approximately £1 million per year on flowers. It’s priceless.
ITC Grand Chola hotel in Chennai would look less impressive without a procession of elegant, sari-clad staff member lined in greeting but it wouldn’t be the same. The hotel as a whole features one million square feet of hand-carved marble that one of our favorite hotel design project inspiration.
The Norman Foster-designed Me London offers to their guests one of the most immersive, interesting check-in experiences ever. Different nights, mean different graphics that are projected into the walls, from expanding grids to floating jellyfish and starscapes.
Luxury hotels are characterized by treating their guest by the most unimaginable way. Rather than checking in as normal, they’re taken to the property by water taxi and check in at the hotel’s jetty where they are treated to hand massages and a fruit cocktail. Did you package already?
There’s a lot going on in the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 reception area. Its proximity to the airport means a constant stream of tearful partings and joyful reunions are marked here and you can have the opportunity to have a Musetti coffee out of Italy.
In Kowloon in Hong Kong, Hotel Icon houses Asia’s largest indoor vertical garden within its lobby. French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc designed the feature, which measures 18 meters in height and covers 230 square metres.
Just when you though it couldn’t get any better. The lobby of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the world’s largest and, in our opinion, one of the best luxury lobbies.
The lobby’s at Barceló La Bobadilla design may seem unusual to tourists, it is actually inspired by the Palatial architecture of Granada and near by Cordoba, when they were under the Nazrid Dynasty in the 14th century.
It’s seems like you’re in a Disney movie but you’re only at the lobby of the 125-year-old Raffles Hotel Singapore which is appropriately classic and agreeably imposing.
The Burj Al Arab is the distinctive sail-shaped hotel off the coast of Dubai.
It’s one of the most romantic reception and is situated on an island that is surrounded by thousands of gently flickering candles. You’ll find this lobby at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Krabi, Thailand.
Top amazing hotel lobbies around the world– The first impression is extremely important in forming opinion. So, the lobbies of the hotels has a very important role in the belief that the guests have the hotel. Here are presented five, charming and unusual, hotel reception designs, each one with its own characteristics.
Burj Al Arab hotel
The Burj Al Arab hotel is a towering achievement in design as a whole, but even broken down into its individual components, each one remains a visual treat. It all begins in the futuristic lobby, housed in a towering atrium and brought to life by an intriguing but relaxing colour scheme. The distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai.
ME Dubai Hotel
The ME Dubai Hotel won’t actually open its doors to the public until 2016, but if the lobby is anything to go by, guests are in for a treat. The design combines the traditional with the futuristic to create a work of art with a lobby centrepiece that looks like it came straight out of a modernist painting.
The lobby of the Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a staggering achievement in scale, breaking the record as the largest in the world. Boasting a stylish design and featuring such additions as an eye-catching sculpture, it is the size of the place that really makes it impressive.
Mukul Resort & Spa Rivas
Mukul Resort & Spa Rivas is located in Nicaragua. In addition to 37 plush suites and villas, 1,670 jungle acres and an 18-hole golf course, the new $38 million Mukul Resort & Spa in Nicaragua has a lobby worth bragging about. It’s topped with an oval palapa, crafted by 15 people over the course of a month, as well as a chandelier dreamed up by interior designer Paul Duesing. The artful piece made up of 152 baskets was created by local artisans.
For the most part, the lobby of the Hotel Icon in Hong Kong is like any other, except for one thing: a vertical garden comprised of indigenous plants climbs up the wall to provide a surreally beautiful sight. It also happens to be the largest of its kind in Asia, spanning 18 metres.
Exclusive Interview: David Chase, General Manager of New York Palace– Today we will talk about one of the Best Hotels in the World, The New York Palacesituated at Madison Avenue in the heart of Upper East Side, this is hotel have lots of stories to tell. Recently they renovate their decor and their Towers starts to be a city spot to stay when you go on a trip to New York.
One of his great highlights is the The CW show Gossip Girl, who have a great success, a story about Upper East Side teenagers who likes to live wild and free in the city that never sleeps. See more about the films that are filmed at New York Palace HERE
As they say “Fashion is temporary, style is forever”, this Hotel never stay out of style and that’s what David Chase, the General Manager of NY Palace will tell us. With a $140-million renovation project that transformed a landmark architectural gem in the middle of New York, is now the best of NYC luxury hotels.
1. What makes New York Palace different from other Hotels? No other New York hotel combines the history of turn of the century mansion homes (housing restaurants and bars) with a 55 story high rise tower. The hotel manages to blend the two seamlessly.
2. What is the main concept behind the hotel’s interior design? Incorporating light and contemporary sophistication into a traditional setting.
(Curious we found a partner in the gallery when we are choosing the photos to the article. The coffee table is from BRABBU, a interior design brand.)
3. What was your major challenge while building the concept? Working within the confines of buildings designated as city landmarks.
5. In which way does the interior design influence the service you offer your guests? We believe the light and contemporary feel is far more welcoming and relaxing to our guests than the previous heavy and traditional style.
6. What kind of services do you provide? Everything one would expect from a luxury hotel; 24 hour housekeeping and room service, a fully staffed department called ”Guest Experience” whose sole mission is maintaining guest history and preferences and striving to exceed guest expectations every time.
It is important to note that we also are home to The Towers at The New York Palace, which provide guests with a true 5 star experience and product. A separate lobby provides a dedicated check-in experience. Express elevators whisk guests to floors 41 – 54. Our Towers accommodations are among the most spacious in the city and every one provides spectacular skyline views. Ensuring that guests receive the highest level of personalized service, The Towers come complete with a dedicated Les Clefs d’Or concierge team. Other exclusive amenities for Towers guests include house car service in a dedicated Mercedes GL350 or Maybach, Maître d’Etage service, complimentary shoe shine and valet pressing, weekday newspaper delivery, and packing and unpacking services.
7. What are the main challenges the world’s top hotels are faced with every day? What are the reasons that make you the best in your business? It is providing the perfect balance of product, experience and service. Like every other industry we have become tremendously dependent upon technology to manage our business, but we cannot forget that this is a business rooted in humanity, personal contact, communication and relationships. We succeed because we have sourced an army of managers and employees who sincerely care for the comfort and wellbeing of our guests. Every year we hire an independent consulting company to conduct an extensive employee opinion survey. The number one response year after year is “I am proud to work for the New York Palace.”
8. What is the restaurant’s concept? At present the restaurant is operating only for breakfast and we are working on a new culinary concept for the space.
9. How did the partnership with Chef Michel Richard start? Chef Richard has a long history with our ownership entity Northwood Hospitality.
10. When guests choose to stay in your hotel, are they also looking for a true gourmet experience? Guests here and at every other New York hotel are looking for the vast culinary experiences that this city provides. With such a tremendous array of cultures and cuisines, it is difficult for hotels to compete with the seemingly endless range of offerings. Our top rated Concierge team provides our guests with a wealth of information and inside contacts.
11. How would you describe the cuisine style? What should we definitely try? Check back with us in a few months.
12. Tell me a funny story about New York Palace. More profound than funny…in the 1970’s the Villard Houses and adjoining buildings were purchased by real estate magnate Harry Helmsley. In the original plan he would build a 55 story high rise fronting Madison Avenue which would mean demolition of the Villard properties. Grand Central Station and Carnegie Hall were slated for the same fate. The New York City landmarks commission and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis put a halt to that plan and thankfully preserved these buildings for all time. One can only imagine how the demure yet forceful Mrs. Onassis stood her ground against the legendary “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley.
Top 10 of stunning hotel lobbies around the world – “Welcome!” – They say. The first step you take into those hotels be sure you’ll be completely mesmerized. These are the most incredible lobbies you will ever see. Some are glamourous, other unusual, but all these lobbies are certainly amazing.
Check the short top 10 list of the stunning hotel lobbies around the world, waiting for you.
Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Muscat, Oman, welcomes guests with a reception area that is palatial and ornate. Rising 39 metres to the centre of a grand dome – which is three metres longer than the Taj Mahal dome – its centrepiece is a 5.5 tonne crystal chandelier.
Hidden in the hills that surround Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, Veranda is designed to allow guests to relaxing, rejuvenating escape. The experience begins when visitors check in at the property’s open-air reception, before passing a tranquil pool to access their rooms.
Dubai doesn’t do discreet. The 18-metre-high Grand Lobby of Atlantis, The Palm radiates around a vividly coloured glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. His first installation in the Middle East, it took almost two years to make and is made from over 3,000 individually blown glass pieces.
Admittedly the lobby of the ITC Grand Chola hotel in Chennai would look less impressive without a procession of elegant, sari-clad staff members lined in greeting, but it is an imposing space nonetheless. Gleaming marble abounds in the lobby, and the hotel as a whole features one million square feet of hand-carved marble.
One of the most romantic reception areas we’ve highlighted, the lobby at Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is located in a Thai pavilion situated on an island that is surrounded by thousands of gently flickering candles. You’ll find the hotel in Krabi in Thailand.
Guests at The Royal Livingstone in Zambia have an unconventional start to their stay at the hotel. Rather than checking in as normal, they’re taken to the property by water taxi and check in at the hotel’s jetty where they’re treated to hand massages and a fruit cocktail.
The Burj Al Arab the distinctive sail-shaped hotel off the coast of Dubai. Those staying in the property begin their lavish experience at the property upon entering the soaring atrium that houses its lobby and check-in area.
The entrance to the Cumberland Hotel in London looks more like an art gallery than a lobby, and it often serves that purpose. The lobby houses modern works of art that should provide guests with an immediate talking point and, more generally, the space hosts a number of exhibitions throughout the year.
In Kowloon in Hong Kong, Hotel Icon houses Asia’s largest indoor vertical garden within its lobby. French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc designed the feature, which measures 18 metres in height and covers 230 square metres. Consisting of numerous native plants, the vertical garden functions as a welcome natural sight within the congested city centre.