Brazil: Six Senses Botanique, Four Seasons Departs Sao Paulo

Brazil: New Six Senses Botanique, Four Seasons Departs Sao Paulo

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Six Senses Botanique, Brazil Will Open in Q1 2021, While Four Seasons Will Depart Sao Paulo. This will be the first Six Senses hotel or resort in the Americas, and the 18th Six Senses in the world.

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Six Senses Botanique, Brazil Location

Six Senses is taking over management of the Botanique Hotel & Spa, located in the Mantiqueira Mountains about 2.5 hours from Sao Paulo and 3.5 hours from Rio de Janeiro. The property is aptly named, set on 700 acres of lush Atlantic forests.

Six Senses Botanique, Brazil Rooms and Villas

The refreshed hotel will feature seven suites in the main hotel building; these range from 645 to 970 square feet. 13 private villas measure between 1,184 to 3,230 square feet. The original hotel, conceived by Fernanda Ralston Semler to be a uniquely Brazilian luxury property, using indigenous materials such as jacaranda wood and natural stone. Massive 120 year old wooden beams were reclaimed from farms in nearby Minas Gerais, while glass panels bring the breathtaking scenery inside, offering uninterrupted views of Mantiqueira's valleys and mountains.

Six Senses is planning to add fourteen additional off-site villas, and as at many other Six Senses resorts, branded residences will be constructed for owners.

Brazil: Six Senses Botanique

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Six Senses Botanique, Brazil Amenities

Six Senses Botaniste's dining room is in the main building, with spectacular views and suspended fireplaces, features Brazilian cuisine. The hotel also has a library, an in-house cinema, and will have a Six Senses Spa that will be further expanded in 2021 from its current eight treatment rooms.

Later in 2021 Six Senses will also add a fitness center, swimming pool, Grow With Six Senses kids’ club, Earth Lab, Experience Center, and Alchemy Bar.

Fitness offerings will including yoga and capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art. The picturesque forest setting is also ideal for hiking and horseback riding.

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Four Seasons Leaving Sao Paulo

Meanwhile, Four Seasons is leaving Brazil: Four Seasons will end its management of the Four Seasons Hotel Sao Paulo and its associated residences on December 22, 2020. The hotel is currently closed, and according to Four Seasons, the COVID-19 pandemic did not impact the decision.

This will result in Four Seasons presence in only three Central and South American destinations: Bogota, Buenos Aires, and Costa Rica.

While this decision may not be a direct result of COVID-19, typically management changes are financially driven. On the revenues front there's the question of how much business an owner can attract by having the property professionally managed by a strong international hotel brand, with the consistency and prestige of Four Seasons. But on the flip side, that consistency and professionalism can come at significant cost, not just in terms of the percentage paid to the hotel brand, but the required maintenance, renovation, furnishings, staff, etc. The hotel's owner, HTL SP, hasn't yet announced who will take over management of the property as of 12/23/20.

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