After a 10-day trip exploring Brazil’s remote regions, Irvine turned down a finance job and moved to Rio, where he cofounded Dehouche. The British expat values small, design-forward properties with top-notch wine cellars over large chain brands, and refrains from sending clients to hotels when he knows the manager will be away. The company doesn’t have offices in expensive cities like New York and London, meaning lower overheads often translate into savings for his clients.
New Favorite: The Maria Santa Teresa, a boutique hotel in the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood, is a peaceful escape in bustling Rio de Janeiro. The six rooms are tastefully decorated with Brazilian art and modern furnishings, and a tropical pool terrace has views over the city.
Specialties: Brazil, Argentina