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Palacio Tangara 5*

The megalopolis of São Paulo, Brazil has, for all its mighty history, lacked a genuine grande dame hotel – until now. We take a first look at the game-changing conversion of a palatial mansion by the tastemakers behind Le Bristol and Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.

São Paulo is a melting pot of futuristic cityscapes and unbelievable traffic. This mighty megalopolis can easily give the impression of a place only for fast and furious, yet even this most frenetic of cities has its oases of calm and cultural heritage. The new 11-hectare extension of parkland named after a renowned Brazilian landscape designer who laid out its sumptuous central section in the 1950s, preserving for the city a priceless swathe of Atlantic forest.

Where the Tangará really excels is in its open, publi spaces, to which they have applied a richly personal artistic narrative. Flooring is a key element of the look, alternating cream-coloured limestone, mottled brown marble, Brazilian sucupira wood herringbone parquet and huge carpets handmade in India to her exacting specifications. Every detail tells a story: the stone feature wall of the Burle Bar and its gold shelf supports are a comment on the colonial history of Minas Gerais, while the faded blues and greens of the upholstery take inspiration from the watercolours of 18th-century adventurer Jean-Baptiste Debret. In Anastassiadis’ hands the hotel has been made practically a museum of modern Brazilian art and design. There is much to admire here, from the found-wood pieces by Hugo França to Fernando Arias’ tapestries, Araquém Alcântara’s Amazon rainforest photographs and Laura Vinci’s stunning “lightless chandelier” for the ballroom’s grand staircase.

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Prizes to the Palacio Tangara are accompanied with flights, transfers, spending money and a host of experiences on offer both at the hotel and the city itself. Contact us for more details.