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Brazil is abuzz with new luxury hotel openings. From the bustling streets of São Paulo to the white-sand beaches of Rio de Janeiro, these are the new luxury hot spots that are sure to heat up your next big Brazilian holiday.
1. Fasano Angra dos Reis
Fasano Hotels, a favourite among the Brazilian jet set, is expanding its footprint to the scenic yachting mecca of Angra dos Reis. Situated on the emerald coast just south of Rio de Janeiro, the idyllic region boasts golden beaches and 365 pristine offshore islands. Opening in November, the 60-room Fasano Angra dos Reis will be part of a US$100 million mixed-use luxury development with access to world-class amenities that include a marina, an 18-hole golf course, luxury shopping, five pools and a beach club. Inside the hotel, guests will enjoy sea view suites, two Rogerio Fasano restaurants, and a 16,000-square-foot wellness centre complete with an unprecedented children’s spa.
2. Hotel Emiliano Rio de Janeiro
A throwback to Copacabana’s bohemian golden years, Hotel Emiliano Rio de Janeiro revives the best of Brazilian modernism. Its dynamic perforated façade has quickly become an architectural icon, made all the more dramatic with clever balconied panels that fold back accordion-style to reveal unobstructed ocean views. Designed as a true beach resort, every room has a deep-soaking tub and a designated wellness ambassador; most come with sweeping views of the sea. The 11th-floor Santapele Spa — which offers topnotch treatments by Sisley Pairs, two Spa Suite guestrooms and a glass-walled sauna and gym overlooking the beachfront — connects to a striking rooftop terrace with butler service, an infinity-edge pool and jaw-dropping vistas of Copacabana Beach.
3. Gran Meliá Nacional Rio de Janeiro
Meliá Hotels has fashionably arrived on Brazil’s high-style hotel scene with its landmark restoration of Oscar Neiymeyer’s 1970s landmark, Hotel Nacional, on São Conrado Beach. In its heyday, the 33-storey hotel was a celebrity playground, luring guests like Liza Minnelli and James Brown with its futuristic “mermaid" architecture and seaside location. Staying true to the property’s glamourous legacy, the new Gran Meliá Nacional Rio de Janeiro offers 413 sleek accommodations, the most impressive of which are the RedLevel suites, featuring panoramic views, spa-style bathtubs and butler service. The hotel is also home to South America’s first Clarins Spa. A signature restaurant on the 31st floor and a rooftop bar with 360-degree views of Rio’s stunning coastline is coming soon.
4. Palácio Tangará
The Oetker Collection made its grand entrance to the Americas by way of São Paulo with the May opening of its latest masterpiece hotel, Palácio Tangará. An urban oasis set within the 26-acre Brule Marx Park, the 141-room property is a magnificent transformation project, restoring a once-abandoned neoclassical structure to its original splendour. Inside, spacious rooms and suites — each with a private balcony or terrace — offer breathtaking views of the lush parkland below. Outside, a swanky swimming pool lined with crisp white umbrellas feels more Copacabana Beach than bustling business hotel. On the culinary front, Jean-Georges Vongerichten turns things up with a signature restaurant and chef’s table — a perfect complement to Palácio’s many bars serving cool caipirinhas.
5. Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo at Nações Unidas
Four Seasons is making its first foray into Brazil with a mixed-use development that, upon opening next year, will be the first of its kind in São Paulo. Set in Parque da Cidade — one of the fastest growing areas of the business capital — the 29-story tower will be home to the 254-room Four Seasons São Paulo at Nações Unidas, outfitted with all the modern conveniences of luxury living. Adding to São Paulo’s thriving gastronomic scene will be a buzzy lobby bar inspired by the city’s neighbourhood botecos, a Northern-Italian signature restaurant, and a sky-high rooftop terrace serving tapas. Also in the works: a full-service spa and a negative-edge indoor-outdoor swimming pool.