Historically, São Paulo has been treated a bit like an ugly duckling, long overlooked by travelers who are more interested in its vibrant sister city, Rio. And while São Paulo’s unfortunate associations with grey, urban sprawl are not inaccurate, the bustling metropolis ha
s established itself in recent years as a cultural mecca. Brimming with a diverse population, South America’s largest city is also the continent’s de facto capital, and thus boasts world-class offerings, from gastronomy to museums to stunning urban parks. And with the recent opening of Palácio Tangará, a modern grand dame in one of the city’s celebrated green spaces, São Paulo is more appealing than ever. Here are five things to know when planning a trip.
A magnificent new property, Palácio Tangará, was recently unveiled and is officially upping the city’s luxe factor. The hotel is the newest from the Oetker collection, a group lauded for its exquisite properties across the globe, and promises visitors a true oasis within São Paulo’s concrete jungle. Set amongst 10 acres of greenery in Burle Marx Park, a beautiful green space in the well-heeled Jardins neighborhood, Palácio Tangará oozes European sophistication with impeccably designed rooms and a stunning pool that is reminiscent of the one at Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc. The hotel’s pièce de résistance is its outstanding gastronomy led by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and the resort’s restaurants are garnering international acclaim for the chef’s delicious fusion of European, Asian and Brazilian flavors.
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