Unique Garden Hotel & Spa, Serra da Cantareira $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:This estate 35 miles outside São Paulo is truly one-of-a-kind. The 25 accommodations—some gingerbread-style, others dramatically modern villas (all plushly done, albeit with a peculiar fusion of English country house style and Brazilian fazenda, or farmhouse, design)—are set amid hilly acres of lush gardens that are in bloom year-round. Staff treat guests with the attention usually reserved for longtime friends, and the place has a tranquil feel. On-premise organic plantations supply the produce for the restaurant's menu. Among the spa's novelties are six-hand massages and treatment kiosks scattered throughout the grounds. 2006 Hot List
When to go: Brazil's spring (Oct. and Nov.) and autumn (April and May).
Which room to book: One of the 1,075-square-foot Contemporary Villas with a terrace (doubles, $259–$648).
Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, SpaSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›