Hotels in Brazil

High in the mountains of Vale dos Mellos, 160 miles northwest of São Paulo, sits a stone-and-glass lodge conceived to showcase the best of the country.

A seven-room guesthouse clinging to the side of a cliff in Joá, a beachfront suburb just 20 minutes from Ipanema.

Portuguese architect Ana Catarina designed her own remote resort three hours south of Trancoso near a village that was without electricity until two years ago. The 57-acre coconut plantation had mostly mangroves and empty farmland as neighbors.

Nilo Burgarelli opened the lodge in 2000. The 16-cabana garden retreat is set in a lush jungle garden (the sunrise bird chorus is impressive), guest rooms have marble and tile-mosaic bathrooms, ofuru tubs, and rough-hewn local woodwork.

Formerly Portinari Design Hotel

A starkly elegant 50-room hotel in the center of old town.