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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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Top 5 Historic Hotels: a Luxury travel you won’t forget

If you are looking for a different hotel experience, how about a tour through the world’s most luxurious historic hotels?

These hotels have become icons thanks to their historic connections, being considered the finest hotels of the world. Take a look at our list of historic hotels you should visit at least once in your life. This is luxury travel at its best.

Historic hotel #1 – Houshi, Japan

"Top 5 Historic Hotels - a Luxury travel you won't forget - Japan"

This is the world’s most ancient hotel, it is said. Located in the Japanese island of Honshu, it has been run by the same family for 46 generations! The 1300 year old hotel keeps the experience as authentic as possible by giving each guest a cotton kimono or yukata to wear before and after bathing in the spa and welcoming them with an ancient tea ceremony. Many believe its magical water has divine power to cure illness and relieve modern day stresses. Hoshi’s beautiful garden is another sought after place to relax.

Historic hotel #2 – Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland

"Top 5 Historic Hotels - a Luxury travel you won't forget - Scotland"

Voted one of the world’s best golf resorts, the luxury 209-room resort has also earned as reputation as a meeting point for world’s top financial and political movers and shakers by hosting international events like the G20 summit in 2009. It was within the walls of the Fairmont that the Northern Ireland peace talks were held.

Historic hotel #3 –The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal

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Princes and pop music icons have been guest in this luxury hotel. It was here that in 1969 (during the Vietnam War)  former Beatle, John Lennon and new wife Yoko Ono held their Bed In for Peace and penned and recorded the lyrics to the song Give Peace a Chance which became the anthem of the American anti-war movement (sung by half a million people on Capitol Hill).

Historic hotel #4 –The Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam

"Top 5 Historic Hotels - a Luxury travel you won't forget - Vietnam"

This hotel is part of history for it was a key element during the Vietnam War. Foreign correspondents and diplomats have gathered in the Le Beaulieu restaurant to discuss both war and peace for over a century. No wonder Sofitel have named this hotel as the first of its new Sofitel Legends brand.

Historic hotel #5 – Hotel du Crillon, Paris

"Top 5 Historic Hotels - a Luxury travel you won't forget - Paris"

This former aristocratic residence from the 18th century still boasts all the splendour from the royal era. It was here the French allied with the US during its battle for independence from Britain. It made its mark in history and continues to do so as one of the finest hotels in Paris and Europe since 1909.

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