Nobody comes to São Paulo to relax. The pulsating Brazilian metropolis is home to more than 12 million people—and they all seem to be doing something fabulous and exciting at any given hour. Behind the walls of the city’s new Palácio Tangará, however, lies an elegant antidote to the ebullient energy.
Opened in May, the 141-room hotel is secreted away among the lush forests and gardens of the Burle Marx Park in the upscale Morumbi neighborhood. But you won’t find tropical decor here: The neoclassical estate combines materials like silk and suede with vintage and custom furnishings and contemporary art. Rooms overlook the royal palms and majestic woods of the park, with only the occasional glimpse of the distant skyline reminding guests of the bustling city. The result is an exclusive enclave where even locals come to retreat from the frenzy, dining at Tangará Jean-Georges (Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s first Brazilian restaurant), cocktailing at the swanky Burle Bar, and, dare we say, relaxing at the Flora Spa and cabana-lined swimming pool.