ANGRA DO HEROÍSMO, TERCEIRA ISLAND, AZORES – The opening of Zenite Boutique Hotel & Spa brings four-star luxury to Terceira Island in the Azores archipelago of Portugal. With an international airport accessible by direct flight from Boston, Terceira Island is a beautiful and affordable island destination for nature lovers offering dozens of stunning viewpoints, natural rock pools, volcanos to explore and magnificent local wines to sample.
Centrally located in the World Heritage Town of Angra do Heroísmo (Angra), Zenite Boutique Hotel was born from the restoration and transformation of historic ruins, including an 18th century manor house, damaged by an earthquake in 1980. Zenite Boutique Hotel is a contemporary full-service hotel with 46 deluxe rooms, including two junior suites, seven master suites, a spa, fitness center, free WIFI and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. Its casual fine dining restaurant features traditional regional cuisine in the dining room or al fresco on the terrace with its colorful vertical garden.
“The Gold and Silver Route” is the inspiration behind the hotel’s décor which is a testament to the city’s maritime history. During Portugal’s Golden Age of Discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries, Angra served as a principal port of call for ships from the Portuguese East India Company filled with gold, silver, spices and other goods coming to Europe from Africa and the East and West Indies.
“The evolution of the city and its architecture reflects the collective memory of people and places,” says hotel owner João Luís Gonçalves. “More than just buildings, these historic structures reflect the personality and spirit of the Angrense people as festive, hospitable and open to the world.”
According to Gonçalves, a very rare coin was discovered when the hotel was being built. In 1829 the citizens of Angra do Heroísmo melted down church bells and religious artifacts to mint the new coin. The idea and process were so “crazy,” the coin was named Maluco, valued at 80 reis, as can be seen on the replica displayed in the hotel.
In addition to Zenite Boutique Hotel & Spa, as CEO of the Zenite Group, Gonçalves owns the two-star Zenite, also located in Angra, and Zenitravel, a travel agency and tour operator dedicated to promoting the Azores and planning vacations for travelers coming from around the world.