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Hotel Fasano Boa Vista, Brazil

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Just a few months ago, Fasano Hotels opened a sprawling property in Sao Paolo, Brazil, that highlights the natural beauty of the area. It's so easily accessible from the city that guests are shocked at how quickly they are transported into what seems like a different world—a world surrounded by lakes, preserved forestry, and stunning gardens that flow seamlessly into the Fasano Boa Vista. The man behind the hotel’s strong structure and bold design is one of Brazil’s most renowned architects, Isay Weinfeld. With this project, his goal was to create a hotel that looked and felt as wondrous and peaceful as the nature that envelops it.

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  The hotel’s façade is a stunning combination of wood, stone, and glass. Downstairs, the restaurant allows guests to enjoy the view of a pristine natural lake as they dine indoors or outdoors. Local design stores provided the furniture on the outdoor deck. On the floor above, the lobby terrace also overlooks the lake and allows guests to lounge and perhaps enjoy drinks and snacks while soaking in the views. 

    The hotel’s façade is a stunning combination of wood, stone, and glass. Downstairs, the restaurant allows guests to enjoy the view of a pristine natural lake as they dine indoors or outdoors. Local design stores provided the furniture on the outdoor deck. On the floor above, the lobby terrace also overlooks the lake and allows guests to lounge and perhaps enjoy drinks and snacks while soaking in the views. 

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  Most of the furniture in the lobby came from local antique shops, which yielded great pieces from the late 60s to mid-70s. Among the pieces pictured here are Papa Bear and Easy chairs by Hans Wegner. The oak Danish side tables are from Haslev; the sofa is a Hauner; and the tapestry is a Jean Gillon original from 1980. Hotelier Rogerio Fasano was very hands-on with the design, even going so far as to select all the art, music, and design books on display.

    Most of the furniture in the lobby came from local antique shops, which yielded great pieces from the late 60s to mid-70s. Among the pieces pictured here are Papa Bear and Easy chairs by Hans Wegner. The oak Danish side tables are from Haslev; the sofa is a Hauner; and the tapestry is a Jean Gillon original from 1980. Hotelier Rogerio Fasano was very hands-on with the design, even going so far as to select all the art, music, and design books on display.

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  The deluxe apartments have porches that open up to the lake. If guests should fancy a stroll or a swim, they can just head down straight from their verandas. The comfortable rooms are difficult to leave, though, given the goose-down pillows, Egyptian-cotton linen bedding, and natural design pieces, like the wicker baskets, that were sourced from local artisans. The Lucio Costa chairs were created by Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues.

    The deluxe apartments have porches that open up to the lake. If guests should fancy a stroll or a swim, they can just head down straight from their verandas. The comfortable rooms are difficult to leave, though, given the goose-down pillows, Egyptian-cotton linen bedding, and natural design pieces, like the wicker baskets, that were sourced from local artisans. The Lucio Costa chairs were created by Brazilian designer Sergio Rodrigues.

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  The suites are all duplexes, with one room upstairs and another below. The chair is called the Oscar, also designed by Sergio Rodrigues, and the workstation is crafted from Brazilian jacaranda wood.

    The suites are all duplexes, with one room upstairs and another below. The chair is called the Oscar, also designed by Sergio Rodrigues, and the workstation is crafted from Brazilian jacaranda wood.

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  The bathroom features a Duravit sink and gorgeous Brazilian wood paneling. The metal jar and wooden stool are from local designers.

    The bathroom features a Duravit sink and gorgeous Brazilian wood paneling. The metal jar and wooden stool are from local designers.

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  The restaurant bar provides a casual hangout for guests. The central credenza, usually occupied by the daily breakfast buffet, was designed by architect Isay Weinfeld.

    The restaurant bar provides a casual hangout for guests. The central credenza, usually occupied by the daily breakfast buffet, was designed by architect Isay Weinfeld.

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  The infinity pool, whose water appears to blend with that of the lake, is a favorite feature of many guests.

    The infinity pool, whose water appears to blend with that of the lake, is a favorite feature of many guests.

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  Another way that guests can enjoy the surrounding views and nearby trails is on horseback. Architect Isay Weinfeld designed an equestrian center with 29 pickets and 230 stalls.

    Another way that guests can enjoy the surrounding views and nearby trails is on horseback. Architect Isay Weinfeld designed an equestrian center with 29 pickets and 230 stalls.

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  After a round of golf on the 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer, guests can spend the afternoon on the adjacent Wagon Bar deck. The bar itself is inside an antique train car (hence the name) from the 1930s, which once connected the nearby city of Sorocaba with São Paulo. 

    After a round of golf on the 18-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer, guests can spend the afternoon on the adjacent Wagon Bar deck. The bar itself is inside an antique train car (hence the name) from the 1930s, which once connected the nearby city of Sorocaba with São Paulo. 

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