Four Seasons, one of my favorite hotel chains, just announced a pretty revolutionary app that takes travelers beyond the standard reservations and information focus of existing apps that many hotels have.
The new Four Seasons app brings the technology and anonymity that we have come to love to the hotel arena. It is a do-everything program that lets guests check in, order room service, request transportation, order a fluffier pillow, schedule turndown service, and more. Forget needing to call down to the spa to book a massage – it’s on the app.
What’s great is that every Four Seasons hotel is linked up to the app, so there is no guessing if you will have access to certain services or amenities. Of course, you can always call a human too!
While hotel apps are not new, Four Seasons has definitely gone beyond what is presently in the market. Hopefully we will continue to see this push toward technology in hotels as they pursue differentiation in an increasingly competitive landscape.
I’m in the process of planning my next trip to Portugal and sadly will not have time to visit the Algarve. Right now, I’m wishing that I were relaxing at the casual chic Praia Verde Boutique Hotel. Charming and unique, the hotel sits at the spot where dense pine forest meet the blue Atlantic waters.
This incredibly beautiful seaside escape is home to 40 expansive suites with floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the ocean, plus wonderful balconies.
The slate covered, low-rise building is deliberately inconspicuous against the beautiful Algarve landscape. Award-winning Portuguese architect Miguel Saraiva was responsible for the extensive but sensitive refurbishment of the building.
With almost year-round good weather, there are plenty of activities for guests to enjoy, from watersports, to dolphin watching, to bicycle rides, to golf. In the summer, there is also plenty planned for families, such as treasure hunts, painting, and theater.