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.
As a Danish architect unveils plans for a snowflake-shaped floating hotel, we selects 13 of the most outrageous and unusual hotel designs we’ve ever published – including a flying whale, a person-sized bird’s nest and a room that allows guests to sleep with the fishes.
Krystall Hotel by Waterstudio
A studio specialising in floating structures – led by Dutch architect Koen Olthuis – unveiled its design for the snowflake-shaped floating Krystall Hotel for an undisclosed site off the coast of Norway earlier this month.
The 86-room hotel will be accessible only by boat and will feature a glass roof so that guests can get the best views of the Northern Lights. It is due for completion in 2016.
Another Dutch design, this pile of houses is actually a single hotel building designed by Delft studio WAM Architectenfor the town of Zaandam, in the Netherlands. The 11-storey building houses 160 rooms and its green shapes were inspired by iconic houses in the Zaan region.
The architects said the project was “without a shadow of a doubt already the main eye-stopper in the revamped town centre and a building that has set many tongues wagging”.
Manned Cloud by Jean-Marie Massaud
This whale-shaped flying hotel is a proposal developed by French designer Jean-Marie Massaud with French national aerospace research body ONERA to accommodate 40 guests, plus a restaurant, library, fitness suite and spa.
The airship would have a cruising speed of 130 kilometres per hour and a top speed of 170, and include a sun deck on top of its double helium-filled envelopes.
Designed for a site on a cliff near Lima in Peru, the proposal for the 125-room Unbalanced Hotel looks like it’s crashing into the landscape.
“A hotel with these characteristics and dimensions constructed in a traditional way would be a visual barrier,” said the architects from Madrid firm OOIIO. “But, thanks to [the hotel’s] peculiar shape, the landscape is now even more relevant – we have framed it!”
This hotel looks very much like a concept for a Bond villain’s lair, but this one is a real proposal by Polish company Deep Ocean Technology for the world’s largest underwater hotel. Inevitably, it’s being built in Dubai.
The Water Discus will include 21 rooms, a diving centre and a bar below water level, with smaller disc-shaped structures supported above the sea level on columns to provide additional facilities and that all-important helicopter landing pad.
The new Hotel Modez in Arnhem has a room covered entirely in scannable QR codes – linking to text, movies and even pornography – with the black-and-white symbols covering bespoke wallpaper, curtain and bed linen.
“The room seems as abstract as it can be, but secretly you are surrounded by porn,” said Antoine Peters. “The abstraction of the room symbolizes the fact piquancies are always extracted from the eye, but I think these just belong to hotel rooms. And anyway, aren’t we surrounded by porn everywhere nowadays?”
The Songjiang Hotel by Atkins
At first glance, the visualisations for the Songjiang Hotel by Atkins don’t look all that unusual. But once you work out the scale – the hotel will be built into the 100-metre-high rock face of a disused quarry outside Shanghai – its true craziness begins to reveal itself.
A huge waterfall will pour down from the top of the 19-storey complex, which will be partly built into a cave and have two floors underwater.
If you like remote locations, this is the hotel room for you. The self-sufficient mountain living unit by London designer Ross Lovegrove will be located in Piz la Ila (Alta Badia, Italy) at 2,100 meters of altitude.
The eight-metre-diameter design looks like a metal pebble, but is actually made from acrylic with a reflective coating to create a 360-degree view.
If you’ve always wanted to sleep with the fishes, but the idea of a huge hotel in Dubai doesn’t appeal, it’s possible your ideal hotel room already exists 250 metres off the coast of Pemba Island on the coast of Zanzibar.
Part of the Manta Resort, the three-storey floating structure is accessed by boat and includes a bedroom with windows on every wall to create a 360-degree view of the underwater coral reef and sea life. It was designed and built by Swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels.