Despite being the business capital of Brazil and the center of the country’s wealth, Sao Pãolo can be a challenging place. A sprawling concrete city, it is not obviously a destination for leisure travelers, despite fine restaurants and a vibrant art scene. However, this may change with the recent opening of the Palácio Tangará, a 141-room (59-suite) hotel, part of the distinguished Oetker Collection.
Surrounded by Burle Marx Park, 27 acres of rainforest located 10 miles from the city center, it offers restaurants under the supervision of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, an extensive wine cellar and tasting room, and a Sisley spa. The interior by Brazilian architect Patricia Anastassiadis features bespoke furniture using indigenous materials. And the hotel’s boutique is curated by Daniela Ott, the former strategy director for Gucci.