A country retreat two hours north of São Paulo, Botanique is surrounded by 700 acres of forest and gardens. The 10,000-square-foot spa tucked into the hillside specializes in remedies inspired by local healing rituals. Try a mud therapy; the area’s mineral-rich clay promotes circulation. The library, shown, has views of the Mantiqueira Mountains.
Chef Gabriel Broide picks vegetables and herbs from the property’s 400 planter boxes for such dishes as pork fricassee. The hotel also produces its own coffee and olive oil. Mountain biking, falconry, and capoeira lessons are included with your stay. Or try to spot some of the 165 bird species found in the area.
From $1,200. 55/(0) 12-3797-6877. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.