Fur­nas Bou­tique Ho­tel

A paradise set within a vol­cano

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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

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