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The contemporary design is a change from the Swiss chalet-style hotels that dominate the local area


BOTANIQUE HOTEL & SPA D


esigned by São Paulo architectur- al fi rm Candida Tabet Arquitetura, Botanique Hotel & Spa is made up of six suites connected to a main building and 11 villas dotted about the property. The main building has a lounge, a 40-seat cinema, library, a fi ne dining restaurant and the Botanique Spa. The interiors, a homage to contem- porary Brazilian design, have been creat- ed by some of the country’s top interior experts, including curator and writer Adélia Borges, furniture designer Aristeu Pires and eco-craftsman Pedro Petry. Rooms start at BRL2,500 (US$1,224, E921, £766) and include meals, drinks and service but not treatments.


To create the spa, the Semlers turned to the young, fresh-thinking Coletivo de Arquite- tos practice from São Paulo which focused on subtle Brazilian fl avours while bringing the outside in with expansive windows. The two-storey spa has eight treatment


rooms – four for wet treatments – and in- cludes a fl oatation pool, CO2 bath, a Rain Forest Sauna. The spa also offers a bath with fresh milk and ground Brazil nuts, three relaxation areas, an isotonic pool with water jets and minerals and a dry sauna. When it comes to treatments, all massages are 90 minutes long and prices start at BRL305, (US$150, E113, £94). Perched on the edge of the site, overlooking a forested valley, there’s a


The spa was designed by Coletivo de Arquitetos


heated pool and a swimmable lake, plus a building with a sports doctor’s offi ce and a fully-equipped gym with an outdoor pavilion for Brazilian martial arts such as capoeira. Elsewhere is a stable of Olympic-standard horses enabling guests to explore the beautiful surroundings and mountains.


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