Most of the people think of beaches, sun, pretty women wearing sexy bikinis when they think of vacationing in Brazil. In other words Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. Little do they know what they’re missing when they choose the beach over the countryside. Two weekends ago we spent a weekend at Fasano Boa Vista, a country estate at merely one hour and 15 minutes outside of Sao Paulo and my amazement can’t be put into words but, I’ll try. It’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in Brazil. The stunning architecture, which perfectly blends with its site, was accomplished by the very renowned Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld. It covers 100 acres of secured and preserved forest with 15 lakes, groves and gardens, 18-hole golf courses, a polo field, stables, tennis and soccer courts and a kids activity center. The hotel also offers real estate inside the property and a lot of wealthy proprietors owned second or third “French-looking” homes there. You can see the families relaxing among adults while their babas (nanies) spend time at the kids club where there is usually a lot of fun happening. There were instances that while we were biking around its beautiful century-old trees-lined-uphill-boulevards I thought I was in Provence. And if you don’t believe me then believe Hermes. Yes, “In 2012, Boa Vista hosted the Hermès Cup, in association with the centenary French saddlery, marking the first time the organization has given its approval to an equestrian event outside of France.” Fasano Website
The entrance to the reception of the Hotel is just beautiful. Couldn’t help to take a picture.