Furnas Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Panoramic vistas and high-design interiors on the Azores island of São Miguel, with breakfastStaying in a newly opened retreat within easy reach of São Miguel’s attractions
- Wallowing in geothermal waters in both the indoor and outdoor pools
- Stocking up on all sorts of goodies from the onsite À Terra lobby market
- Lacing up for scenic hikes in the beautiful surroundings
What To Know
- Make a reservation for the standout À Terra restaurant
- The spa has a floatbed, Shirodhara massages, Vichy showers, a sauna, and a hammam
- The beach is four miles away
There are fewer places more stunning than Azores, the archipelago of nine pristine volcanic islands set in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Portugal. Set on the largest island, São Miguel, the brand-new Furnas Boutique Hotel ticks all the boxes for nature-lovers and sporty types, with opportunities to canoe, whale-watch, dive, fish, bike and even swim with dolphins.
Open since March 2015, this boutique hideaway makes the most of its spectacular setting with panoramic views and high-design interiors. Given its wellness heritage, the spa is the hotel’s pièce de résistance. Alongside outdoor and indoor thermal pools, it also has a gym, sauna, hammam, whirlpool and Vichy shower.
How to Get There
I traveled by my self for the first time. I was a perfect place to start. Met nice people. I wouldrecommend it highly. The Spa in the Hotel was very good & the Thermal pools were veryinviting & open twenty hours a day. Had dinner every night i was there & the food very good &presented beautifully.
I booked a trip with Azores Getaways, which included Furnas Boutique Hotel for 6 nights. We were not disappointed in anything! The room was well appointed, the beds were comfy, the bathroom included Molton Brown soaps and lotions (smelled great). The included breakfast was so amazing that I talked about it throughout the entire trip -- eggs, toast, fruits, yogurt, selection of breads, fresh juices, custom made omelets... it had EVERYTHING! We at the restaurant in the evening as well and enjoyed every meal we had there. The spa area was a nice treat at the end of the day -- we hiked A LOT every day, so soaking in the warm water was the perfect way to relax and recover after climbing and walking and just being outside all day to take in all the natural beauty. Hotel was in a great location for getting to all part of the island during the week we had there.In addition to the incredible accommodations, the staff were SUPERB! Everyone was friendly and helpful and greeted us with warm and friendly smiles. Extra special THANK YOU to Elizabeth at the front desk and Andra in the restaurant. Andra took care of us every morning for breakfast, ensuring we had what we needed, filling our coffees and always with a warm smile on his face and cheerful attitude. He was a great way to start the day! And Elizabeth at the front desk provided us with excellent guidance on hikes and weather. She gave us wonderful maps we could take with us so we could find our way on the hiking trails. She advised us before we would set out for the day, giving us tips for weather and what to see and do that day (sometimes in spite of rain or fog). She was fantastic! I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. And I'd seek it out to stay there again!
We just came back from a week long stay in Furnas. The hotel was very low key and relaxing. It did rain 4 days of our trip and while we made the best of it, the hotel unfortunately doesn't provide much on the side of entertainment. They do have a few games in the bar area, but a pool table or darts...just something a little more would have helped kill some time waiting for the weather to lift a little. This is a very sleepy town and is great for catching up on R&R. The spa at the hotel is great. The pools are very warm and open 24 hours which is great when dealing with a time change. It is also within walking distance to some parks and places in town. The onsite restaurant is great and serves tasty food. Just note, you will feel like to constantly want to sleep here because the waters are mineral rich and heavy. If you are looking to recoup and recover...come to this place!!
On my first trip to the Azores (I'll be coming again) I stayed here for one night following a fairly bad stay at Casa del Palmeiras in the centre of Porto Delgada. Following that noisy night, I wanted somewhere to stay that was quiet and out of the way as I'm a light sleeper.
I chose Furnas Boutique Hotel as the photos and reviews on here made it appear as a beautiful hotel with some exceptional perks for guests (the hot spas, which I sadly couldn't use), on-site massage (which I did use, but didn't enjoy) and what I thought would be a bit of peace and quiet away from the mayhem of London.
I didn't book in advance, as I wasn't sure of what the hotel would be like, so just arrived, had a wander around, decided I liked it and had a chat with the duty manager to see if she would match the best online room rate for the week which she did (try this - it's a great way to travel if it's off-season).
Before I agreed the rate, she showed me a room (which she then allocated) and addressed one of my concerns which is that I really dislike hermetically sealed hotels which rely solely on air conditioning (I *really* need fresh air when I stay somewhere) and my room had a door which opened on to a small (non-private) green space which meant that (most basic, but fussy) of my needs was met, so I felt happy to stay for a week.
I had heard that their restaurant (for a hotel) was exceptional and decided to try their fish ceviche (stunning, light and just gorgeous) and their entrecote steak (worth driving a *long* way for) with of which were a bit a expensive (but then it's a hotel restaurant so that's to be expected) and I was waited on by a new member of staff who was attentive and lovely. Superb food. If you like steak, try their entrecote. At €28, it seems a bit expensive for the island, but it's really worth it.
I found the room to be really nice, with a very comfortable bed, nice little mini fridge (with a couple of [sadly] sugar-laden bland soft drinks) and a really nice bathroom (with marble everywhere, which seemed a bit much) but absolutely lovely shower. You know, those large shower heads that simulate warm rain that you can just stand under for AGES.
I went to bed leaving the door to the outside world open as the built-in air conditioning was fairly noisy - and seemed to have way too complicated controls for even a super-geek like me to figure out - and there the fun ended.
Whilst it was a fairly comfortable bed (although it felt like a feather mattress, which is just a bit lumpy and odd) with synthetic pillows and duvet, I found that, although there wasn't much traffic on the road outside, it was right outside my room so kept being woken up by traffic.
In the end, I closed the external door and, even with my earplugs in, eventually was somewhat cooked by the noisy air conditioning and woke up sweating and tired.
The next morning, I had a massage booked as I'd been having some back pain and was a bit disappointed (I'm a qualified massage therapist part-time) that the therapist didn't ask if I wanted anything specific done. Nonetheless, I talked to her about this afterwards and shared a few tips I'd learned as I thought she's appreciate this; she did.
After the massage, I spoke to the manageress again and arranged a same-day check out, which she seemed a bit put off by (she offered me another room, but I felt I didn't want to stay) and had breakfast, which was very nice for a hotel breakfast.
Lovely bonus of this hotel: you can have breakfast *any* time of day; for dinner, if you want, and it's still included in the price. I've never seen this in any other hotel (and I've stayed in a lot of them) and this was very nice. If you miss the buffet, they'll make you something up (although I didn't get to try this, but it sounds amazing).
Finally, one really, really lovely touch: while I was having my dinner, staff went into my room, turned down the duvet and left a couple of little cookies on the bed. This was so sweet, I was really pleased with this as its these little touches that make a person feel cared for.
Overall: it's a REALLY nice hotel with a superb restaurant and genuinely nice staff.
I'd stay here again, but only if I could get a room with a door/window away from the road.
Finally, I settled on Caloura Hotel Resort (more on that later) where I'm spending the rest of the week; it's not perfect, but it does what I need it to and I'll add a review later.
We stayed 7 days and the hotel and Spa was a relaxing and excellent experience. Staff is wonderful. It is a hotel where you can exercise, swim in the hot mineral waters, sauna, sit in the Turkish bath, get a message and then enjoy great food and wine and never leave the property!! We can’t wait to come back!