WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: Full of rivers, waterfalls and verdant hills, the adjacent Serra do Mar State Park boasts some of the most glorious terrain in the world. The hotel can arrange day trips to the park, as well as to the village of São Luiz do Paraitinga, whose remote setting has left its colonial charm largely intact.
HOT DISH: Fazenda means “farmhouse,” and that’s what this 10-room getaway still is at heart. Using organic produce from the resort’s own land, the restaurant offers home-cooked but upscale renditions of rural specialties like carne seca na moranga, delicious sun-dried meat served in a pumpkin with local cheese.
IDEAL GUEST: While the Fazenda Catuçaba brims with hip city dwellers on weekends (it’s located about two hours from São Paulo), on slower days it attracts creative, intellectually curious types from around the world, particularly those who are willing to forgo a cellphone signal in the pursuit of tranquility.
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: Everywhere. The property comprises 1,100 acres laced with trails, allowing guests to venture off to swim in lakes or picnic by waterfalls. When the weather is right, a staffer will drive you up to the highest point on the property to watch the sunset as you loll on handmade wool blankets and sip rosé from Provence.