Brazil’s Top 5 Boutique Hotels
It wasn’t that long ago the World Cup swept through the world’s 5th largest country by population. Tourism in Brazil, the country that makes up 47 percent of the South American continent, already had been growing for some time due to its amazing beaches (including the best beach in the world, according to TripAdvisor), high biodiversity (the country boasts more than 4 million plant and animal species), and easy access (there are more than 4,000 airports in Brazil, making ingress and egress supremely simple).
Now, it’s almost time for another major sporting event to come to Brazil. This time, nearly a half million visitors are expected to experience the country around the 2016 Rio Summer Games, but no trip to Brazil is complete without immersing yourself in the rainforest, cruising down the Amazon River or visiting at least one of the country’s 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
For discriminating travelers, finding a home base from which to encounter all Brazil has to offer can be a daunting task due to the sheer volume of options. Rather than securing lodging in a chain hotel, why not indulge in something a bit more quintessentially Brasileiro? Although somewhat limited, there are a growing number of exclusive luxury boutique hotels in Brazil. Here, without further adieu, are our Top 5:
#1: Fasano | Sao Paulo
Renowned for its charming congeniality and classic architecture, the Fasano hotel was the logical next step for a family whose name has long been synonymous with Brazilian fine dining. The boutique hotel’s 54 superior and deluxe rooms and 10 diverse suites are finely appointed with Egyptian cotton linens, goose feather pillows and all the comforts of home. The hotel offers butler and babysitting services, as well as 24-hour room service, an indoor heated pool and one of the country’s best spas. But, it is the on-site creative and contemporary Fasano Italian restaurant and Wallpaper magazine’s Best Bar in the World, Baretto, that are the crown-jewels of this magnificently intimate boutique hotel experience. At the Fasano, elegant European glamour and modern design combine to provide a world-class destination nestled in one of Sao Paulo’s most beautiful neighborhoods. See for yourself why the Fasano has become an icon of Brazilian hospitality and uncompromising standards.
#2: Ponta dos Ganchos | Santa Catarina
Tranquil, romantic and exclusive, Ponta dos Ganchos, located on a privately-owned peninsula on the Emerald Coast, is an adult-only hideaway named one of the Leading Hotels of the World. Complete with its very own private island and a scattering of 25 free-standing bungalows, this remote retreat is nestled among tropical rainforest and situated on secluded beaches, creating an unspoiled playground for those lucky enough to secure a spot. Ponta dos Ganchos boasts a restaurant with daily-changing menu, bar, game room, heated infinity swimming pool, oceanfront tennis courts, a spa and more. It’s also the perfect home base for those who wish to experience Brazil’s best diving at Arvoredo Island or immerse themselves in the old-time history of the coast. Sophisticated yet charming, Ponta dos Ganchos is “an adventure into the exquisite” where service is second to none, Brazilian personality shines through and everything is in perfect balance with the surrounding environment.
#3: UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa | Trancoso
Travelers looking for a unique experience where “every day is a perfect day” will find Troncoso’s UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, with its Bahian appeal and friendly service, a beachfront paradise. Designed by renowned architect Wilbert Das in partnership with local craftsman, the 10 private casas at UXUA are primarily former fisherman homes restored using traditional construction, reclaimed materials and Brazilian art. There also is an opulent and eco-friendly treehouse and several other exclusive homes. Nestled amongst a 16th century town green and lush gardens, each distinctive casa seamlessly blends artisanal rustic flair with contemporary appointments. There are two restaurants specializing in Bahian cuisine on-site, as well as a spa, gym, beach beach lounge and one-of-a-kind swimming pool made of aventurine crystals. No matter how you choose to spend your time at UXUA, guests are sure to experience firsthand the “luxury of local” at UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa.
#4: Pousada Maravilha | Noronha
At Pousada Maravilha, location is everything! Nestled along the shores of the enchanting Sueste Bay, Maravilha is an astounding collection of inspiring views of the surrounding national marine park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Fernando de Noronha archipelago. You won’t need to buy a postcard because your own photos are sure to be picture perfect. The eight luxury accommodations at Maravilha, including five bungalows and three apartments, were created to complement the magnificent yet relaxed vibe of the area. Each is richly appointed with super king beds with Trussardi bedspreads, goose down pillows, hammocks, L’Occitane accoutrements and so much more. Despite its small size, Maravilha boasts a staff of more than 40 to cater to its guests every desire— whether that means dining at the on-site restaurant, relaxing at the hotel spa or partaking in one of the many area activities, such as boat tours, ATV tours, skim boarding, hiking, sport fishing, diving, snorkeling or anything else you can dream up.
#5: Villa Bahia | Salvador
Housed in a relic of the Portuguese colonization of Brazil, Villa Bahia is composed of 17 rooms in two adjoining mansions surrounded by lush courtyards with the city of Pelourinho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) just outside its doors. Here, guests will immerse themselves in “the sweetness of life” and first-class service in an authentic, sustainable environment. Owner and 30-year Bahia resident Bruno Guinard enlisted the help of two architects, a structural engineer, an acoustics specialist, an on-site archeologist and at least 70 local craftsman and artisans to renovate Villa Bahia in 2005. Today, the lavish retreat offers much more than finely appointed guest quarters. Enjoy the two peaceful patios, rooftop terrace, plunge pool and French-inspired restaurant and bar before heading out to experience the colorful facades of the area, numerous adventure activities and the simple rhythm of life so firmly entrenched in the exciting Brazilian culture.
Inspired to visit Brazil? Whether for the 2016 Rio Summer Games, a honeymoon or a family vacation, call us today to begin planning your dream vacation and make your favorite boutique hotel in this list home base!