Furnas Boutique Hotel
A paradise set within a volcano
The Furnas Boutique Hotel, on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, is the ideal destination for anyone needing to unwind and escape everyday stress. Surrounded by the archipelago's peerless and untamed nature, this paradise is located in Furnas, which has the largest concentration of thermal waters in Europe.
The volcanic origins of the Azores explain the existence of abundant hydrothermal resources almost throughout the archipelago, with the highest concentration being found on the island of São Miguel, in Furnas.
The hotel's main attraction is the fantastic Spa service, which uses the thermal water that emerges at the hotel, known as "hot thermal water from the deep", with a temperature of around 60°C. The Spa has a dynamic thermal swimming pool, two contrasting tanks, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and 10 treatment rooms offering massages, hydro massage, float bed, Vichy baths, as well as other treatments and rituals.
The swimming pools at the Furnas Boutique Hotel have this "hot thermal water from the deep" which has a high level of minerals, is rich in carbon dioxide and incorporates volcanic gasses. Its physicalchemical and mineral characteristics (hyper-thermal radioactive water) are beneficial for cases of osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthropathies such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis, and bone and joint ailments (Alexandre M. & Malcata A., 2000). Combined with treatments (hydro-massages, massages and body wraps), it can help alleviate symptoms and, according to the aforesaid authors, can prove to be a "complementary, less toxic and less traumatic therapy, which does not seek to cure but due to its benefits and results can improve the patient's condition" (Alexandre M. & Malcata A., 2000).
The catchment area of this "hot thermal water from the deep" is located inside the crater of the Furnas volcano, more specifically in the central part of this ' internal crater. This volcano is one of the most important active volcanic systems in the Azores, in the form of a central siliceous polygenetic volcano, which has a long history of eruptions, its volcanic activity being predominantly acidic and siliceous by nature. In addition to the catchment of these waters, about 20 thermal, mineral and carbonated springs are also located within this volcano, as well as various springs and fumarole fields of different types and compositions. Many of these springs have been used for centuries as mineral-medicinal waters (e.g. Água Azeda or Água Santa), for public water supplies or industrial use (e.g. in thermal swimming pools).
Visit the Furnas Boutique Hotel and try the Spa, with rituals and treatments that make the most of all the potential benefits of the "hot thermal water from the deep".
Bibliography: Alexandre M., Malcata A. (2000): "Termalismo nas doenças reumáticas: panaceia ou placebo?" Acta Reuma Port 2000; 98:44-50