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Hotel Unique
Location
Sao Paulo, Brazil

This award-winning hotel, rated the Best Hotel in South America by Conde Nast Traveler, is the chic figurehead of contemporary hotel culture in Sao Paulo’s trendy Moema neighborhood. Minutes from the extensive Ibirapuera Park, Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake designed this luxurious hotel to maximize sweeping views of the surrounding area from the rooftop bar, restaurant and swimming pool.

Oversized porthole windows flood the stylish rooms with natural light and are in seamless sync with the ship-like design of the hotel. The rooms feature sleek, modern furnishings, and the bathrooms come complete with separate shower and soaking tub. And after relaxing in the comfortable rooms, guests can take advantage of the gym or try out one of the adult water slides into the indoor swimming pools (yes, really!).

The Executive Chef, hailing from Dijon, France, serves up an eclectic menu blending Brazilian, French, Italian and Japanese dishes. All of these gastronomic wonders can be paired with carefully selected wines and designer cocktails.

From the architecture to the views, a stay at Hotel Unique is truly unforgettable.
Araras Ecolodge
Location
North Pantanal, Brazil

Araras Ecolodge is located in the northern sector of the Pantanal, the primary wildlife sanctuary on the South American continent. Situated in an environment of mixed habitats and rare biodiversity, the lodge was built in harmony with its surroundings and is accessible via the Transpantaneira park road, 83 miles south of Cuiabá, the capital of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. Regional rustic style defines the lodge accommodations, and a simple, homey atmosphere prevails in its 19 guest rooms and shared spaces. Rooms have air conditioning with screened windows, ceiling fans and private bathrooms with cold and hot shower. Meals are served in the dining room or on the covered outdoor terrace adjacent to the swimming pool. The bar offers refreshing drinks, and hammocks invite relaxing on the large tiled veranda. Indoors, guests will find a reading room, gift shop and conference room for naturalist presentations. Food at Araras is a highlight, with delicious regional cuisine featuring locally raised meat and fresh fish from Pantanal waters, as well as organic salads, vegetables, seasonal fruits and fresh juices. Activities around the lodge include Jeep photo safaris, nature trails that offer close-up views of Pantanal flora and fauna, and canoe excursions along placid channels.
Hotel Pantanal Norte
Location
Porto Jofre, Brazil

The Hotel Pantanal Norte lies in the heart of the Pantanal's best jaguar habitat. The family-run hotel was once the site of a small farm, run by the owner's grandparents. Its remote location was legendary for fishing, and as its reputation grew, so did the number of friends who wanted to stay in order to fish. And that's the beginning of what became the Hotel Pantanal Norte. While the hotel still attracts avid fishermen, it is also perfectly sited for jaguar tracking and wildlife viewing along the rivers that lace the region. The hotel, while simple, is bright, comfortable and spotlessly clean. Rooms in bungalow blocks front the river or flowering gardens, shaded beneath leafy trees. Abundant birds, including hyacinth macaws and toucans, frequent the grounds. A swimming pool, game room and pool tables offer recreation after boat safaris. On boat rides into the watery wilderness, look for jaguars, of course, but also for giant otters, caimans, capybara, sloths, monkeys and more.
Pantanal Jaguar Camp
Location
Porto Jofre, Brazil

Owned and run by a local naturalist guide and conservationist who grew up on a ranch in the Pantanal, Jaguar Camp offers simple accommodations in an unparalleled location. For what this basic ecolodge may lack in fancy amenities, it more than makes up for with its unmatched proximity to jaguars in the heart of the Porto Jofre region. Located at the end of the Transpantaneira Highway, it is just a two-minute walk to the river from the lodge, your gateway to Brazil’s top jaguar safari zone and an area where we’re also likely to see giant river otters, capybaras, hyacinth macaws, capuchins and howler monkeys. Shaded by acuri palms, the lodge offers rustic yet comfortable accommodations in air-conditioned rooms with tile floors and en suite bathrooms with hot showers. Each room has its own veranda with hammock for relaxing. Solar-powered electricity is provided 24/7, and free Wi-Fi is also available in the communal area. The on-site restaurant offers locally sourced Pantanal cuisine, imported wines and traditional drinks.
Caiman Ecological Refuge
Location
Pantanal, Brazil

One of the most impressive ecolodges in the world, Caiman Ecological Refuge is part of a renowned private research, conservation and ecotourism initiative. Located deep within the southern Pantanal inside an enormous private reserve, the pousada offers comfortable accommodations, a broad slate of ecological activities, and by far the best wildlife viewing in the area. The ecolodge lies at the heart of a 130,000-acre sustainable cattle ranch that exudes the distinctive local cowboy culture, reflecting 200 years of melded Portuguese, indigenous and Paraguyan traditions. The lodge was the first ecotourism operation in the region and remains a conservation leader. When the refuge was established, 10 percent of the ranch acreage was set aside as a private conservation area, off limits to cattle but open to visitors. The protected area, chosen with the aid of research scientists from the University of Sao Paulo, is remarkably diverse, with habitats encompassing wooded and scrubby savanna, open pasture, stands of caranda palm, hammock forests, streams and seasonal channels – all providing sustenance for numerous Pantanal species.  The result is the very best and most exclusive wildlife-viewing experience in all the Pantanal.
Hotel Deville Prime Campo Grande
Location
Campo Grande, Brazil

Surrounded by green space next to the Indigenous Nations Park in downtown Campo Grande, the capital of Mato Grosso, this award-winning hotel offers premier accommodations with a streamlined contemporary feel. Spacious, light-filled rooms look onto the green expanse through a wall of windows. Interiors with pale wood floors are furnished in earth tones with bright orange accents and white linens. Amenities include a 49-inch Smart TV, Wi-Fi, mini bar, telephone, safe, desk, armchair, wardrobe and an anti-noise door. Bathrooms have large walk-in showers plus an oversize vanity area with ample mirrors. Find a refreshing respite in outdoor and indoor swimming pools, or enjoy a workout in the fitness center. The restaurant features Brazilian and international cuisine and a lavish buffet breakfast. 

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