This is a really nice place well located on the eastern side of São Miguel, close to the thermal village of Furnas.
We stayed for a week in April and would say that was enough time to see the best of what this beautiful island can offer, and the villas were the perfect place to relax after a days walking or whale watching. We also hired a car as this seemed like the best way to see everything, would recommend you do this, there is so much to see!
Overall everything was excellent, highly considered design of the bungalows makes you feel quite integrated with the outdoors and yet they offer a real sense of privacy. The location is pretty impressive, inside a giant crater enclosing Furnas Lake with views from all the bungalows of a smaller volcanic cone where you can watch the local bird and animal life from your living room thanks to full height windows.
The bungalows are quite well equipped with wifi (clocked at 3mb) plus a TV, climate control and a wood burning stove, the kitchen is basic but we found it was perfectly adequate and well stocked with a stove coffee pot and fridge freezer. Bedroom was huge and also had full height windows for the view, we also had a bath in our hut no.7.
This was a first visit to the Azores and the island genuinely exceeded my expectations, particularly early in the season as I had real concerns about the weather. It all made more sense when we got here, the views are ever changing as is the weather in April, having a car enabled us to go where the weather was good as everything is no more than an hour away from the villas. It was nice cosying up at the end of the day anyway, stoking up a fire, overall the whole experience comes highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Furnas Lake Villas is considered one of the boldest tourist and architectural projects on the island of São Miguel. It became particularly known around the world for the Scandinavian input on the architecture of the buildings, but also on the interior design, while maintaining high modern standards and at the same respecting nature. Keeping a familiar and welcoming charisma and a modern and relaxing environment. Here, gardens and dense mountainous vegetation surround a peaceful area with 10 modern and fully equipped bungalows, swimming pool, reading areas, restaurant and bar, family and play room. Guest can hike and bike around the property and the lake (just 150 m from us), horse riding, canoeing, as well as all the other activities that the Islands offer, from whale watching to snorkeling and surfing. Furnas Lake Villas is just 35 min drive from the airport! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Furnas Lake Villas Hotel
- Furnas Lake Villas Azores/Sao Miguel