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No. of Units: 17
Best Room: If not the huge double villas then Xilema, a corner suite in the main lodge with a superb view over the valley and green hills.
The specs: Eleven villas and six suites in the Mantiqueira Mountains, 100 miles north of São Paulo. Amenities include personal butler service, guided birding expeditions, and beds with 600-thread-count sheets.
The look: Rural Brazil for the 0.01 percent. It has a pitched-roof contemporary design with 120-year-old reclaimed wood beams, chocolate slate from a local mine, natural stone, bespoke mahogany furniture, and glass walls that overlook expansive kitchen gardens and forested hills.
The experience: Your personal butler will show you to your room and help arrange activities such as horseback riding and lessons in capoeira (Brazilian martial arts)—or leave you free to wander the winding paths to the rock-lined pool after presenting you with a loaner smartphone on which you can call for service at any hour. Meals are a particular highlight, served in a ridgetop restaurant with 180-degree views, the better to appreciate locally inspired dishes like pupunha-palm-heart ravioli with mushrooms and tucupi reduction. Enjoy an artisanal cachaça or a 1957 Dunhill cigar as a pianist plays a few tunes.
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