The Rosewood São Paulo swimming pool.
Courtesy Rosewood São Paulo

The pandemic hit Brazil hard in 2020, but the country’s largest and most cosmopolitan city is staging a tourism comeback in 2022 by enriching its already vibrant roster of standout hotels. The Rosewood São Paulo, over a decade in the making, opened earlier this year in the Bela Vista neighborhood, with a breathtaking Jean Nouvel–designed vertical garden tower bedecked with over 250 trees, an instant landmark adorning the bustling city’s skyline. Constructed of upcycled locally sourced materials, the hotel’s 180 guest rooms and suites were designed under the creative direction of modernist French designer Philippe Starck. Works by Brazilian artists and artisans are on view in every public space, from hallway murals to illustrated ceilings.

Travelers who prefer to earn or redeem Bonvoy points for their stays can do so at the new JW Marriott Hotel São Paulo, which opened in May. For a nightcap, the city’s first five-star hotel, the legendary Hotel Ca’ D’Oro, unveiled its serene Skybar on the 27th floor in May, where visitors can take in city views while sipping world-class caipirinhas.

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