Rooms 54 /Architecture Saraiva + Associados /Interior Design Nini Andrade Silva /The Original Francisco Moser
The Azores archipelago, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal, is one of the last truly untouched places in Europe, with nine pristine volcanic islands, vast verdant canopies with every type of flora and fauna imaginable, thermal water springs, lagoons, and prismatic marine life. São Miguel, the largest and lushest of these islands, is now home to the Furnas Boutique Hotel, Thermal & Spa, which affords its guests every opportunity to explore the island’s many wonders. Celebrated Portuguese designer Nini Andrade Silva works her magic in the hotel’s nature-inspired interiors with whimsical touches, such as huge photographs used as wallpaper, creating dramatic realism that echoes the region’s natural bounty. The lobby market is the soul of the hotel with a reception, lounge, restaurant, and grocery store where local products are highlighted. Guests can avail themselves of a full wellness program at the hotel’s thermal and spa center. The range of activities to choose from are dizzying, such as whale watching, hiking, scuba diving, and visiting the hot water springs to name just a few.
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Food & Drink
À Terra restaurant: healthy cuisine, lounge and 24/7 lobby market
1 meeting room and lounge area (up to 140 people)
Spa & Recreation
Spring water circuit, massages, treatments, reflexology, sauna, Turkish bath & gym
Need to Know
Outdoor & indoor thermal pools (guests under 18 from 9am to 1pm only)
Rooms & Suites
The 54 rooms and suites at Furnas Boutique Hotel are meditative coves in white and brown, symbolizing the Azorean volcanic vapors and the earth. Black and white landscape wallpaper and salvaged wood furniture connect guests to nature, which is showcased by large floor-to-ceiling windows. In the spacious marble bathrooms, indulgent bath products by Molton Brown give guests a bit of the spa experience in their own rooms. The tempting minibar also features highlights such as local juices. Thoughtful details such as American and European outlets ensure international travelers are well taken care of.
It could be said that Francisco Moser is “book smart” in two different ways. There’s the bookwork he did while earning undergraduate degrees in hospitality—including those from the Porto School of Hospitality and Tourism and the Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism—as well as for his postgraduate degrees in Accounting and Finance at the Catholic University of Portugal, another in Digital Marketing, and a master’s degree in marketing. But Moser is also a student of the industry he loves, counting books by the great New York City restaurateur Danny Meyer and by Isadore Sharp, the founder of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, among his favorites. “I like to read books by and about people who look at the hospitality industry in a different way,” he says. Like all great thinkers, Moser is constantly asking questions—How to be different? How to look to the future? How to provide guests with what they are looking for?—and then he answers those questions with his own hotels.