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With stunning interiors and furnishings by up-and-coming Brazilian designers competing with floor-to-ceiling views of the rainforest, guests staying at Brazil’s Botanique Hotel and Spa may find it takes a while to discover the further charms São Paulo’s nature-nuzzling hideaway has to offer.

Food & Drink, Hotels, Retail, Tourism

Set among 700 acres of endangered Mata-Atlantica rainforest in the Mantiqueira Mountains is the Botanique hotel, a game-changer in Brazil’s hospitality industry. Designed by local architect Cândida Tablet, the hotel on the edge of São Paulo state was conceptualised by entrepreneur Ricardo Sembler and his wife Fernanda. After eight years of construction and fine-tuning, the result is a spectacular lodge of six suites and 11 private villas that blend in with their natural surroundings.

High windows offer dramatic views of the valley and walls of…


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