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Set among 700 acres of endangered Mata-Atlantica rainforest in the Mantiqueira Mountains is the Botanique hotel, a game-changer in Brazil’s hospitality industry. Designed by local architect Cândida Tablet, the hotel on the edge of São Paulo state was conceptualised by entrepreneur Ricardo Sembler and his wife Fernanda. After eight years of construction and fine-tuning, the result is a spectacular lodge of six suites and 11 private villas that blend in with their natural surroundings.

High windows offer dramatic views of the valley and walls of…



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