BRAZILIAN ESCAPE

We have fallen in love with this authentic Brazilian Hotel outside São Paulo, that features an extensive circuit of well-marked hiking and mountain biking trails, an outdoor swimming pool and swimmable lake, plus clay tennis courts and a private equestrian center.

Botanique Hotel & Spa is located amid the untouched hills and mountains around Campos do Jordão – just outside São Paulo. Described as the first hotel to embrace an authentic Brazilian approach in a region populated entirely by European-style hotels, Botanique showcases the best of local Brazilian design, furnishings, culture, cuisine, and experience. Botanique is surrounded by 700 acres of lush mid-Atlantic forests and botanical gardens – accommodations include six suites in the main building and 11 stand-alone villas.

The restaurant, Mina, is overseen by Executive Chef Gabriel Brodie, one of Brazil ’s rising culinary stars, and serves farm-to-fork contemporary Brazilian cuisine with an exclusive Brazilian wine menu. Botanique even grows and roasts its own coffee and presses its own olive oil!

Cut into the hillside, the 10,000-square-foot Spa at Botanique offers eight treatment rooms that include wet rooms, dry rooms, and couples treatment rooms as well as a swimming pool, a wet sauna and a dry sauna that feature glass walls and breathtaking vistas. The menu of services consists of Afro-Brazilian and native Indian treatments as well as local healing and relaxing rituals.

The hotel grounds feature an extensive circuit of well-marked hiking and mountain biking trails, an outdoor swimming pool and swimmable lake, plus clay tennis courts, a private equestrian center with Brazilian and world champion horses, and some serious bird watching (over 165 local bird species can be seen).

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Therese Stub Alhaug
Therese Stub Alhaug

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Therese is the editor of Equilife, and is truly dedicated to equestrian sports and horses. She started riding as a little girl, and enjoys her free time with her two horses back home. Portrait interview is her favorite topic, as it has the gift to inspire others through peoples stories, knowledge, training and general life-philosophy, and certainly, their lives with horses.

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