Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 116
Instagram Envy in Cape Town
There's a good chance you've scrolled past a #bucketlist
photo from The Silo Hotel on your social media feeds, with
its sexy bathtubs set in front of convex glass windows overlooking the harbor or Cape Town's Table Mountain. Each of
the 28 rooms at this sky-high hotel has one, along with glittering chandeliers, striking modern art, and bold pops of
chartreuse, turquoise, and fuchsia. The hotel, which opened
in March, sits atop the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary
Art Africa. Above both is a grand slam of a rooftop bar, with
a private guests-only section for taking in 360-degree views
of the South African city. Doubles from $1,161, including breakfast daily and a complimentary 50-minute massage for two.
Soak in Cape Town
from The Silo Hotel.
The Urban Retreat
Picture São Paulo, and natural splendor probably isn't the
first image that comes to mind. Yet somehow, in the middle of the sprawling Brazilian city, the 141-room Palácio
Tangará elicits a calm "I'm in the middle of the rain forest"
vibe. The neoclassical mansion is surrounded by verdant Burle
Marx Park, and ambient noise here comes from hummingbirds
and white-tufted-ear marmosets, not car horns and pedestrians. Dining options aim to please too: Jean-Georges Vongerichten's French cuisine at Tangará Jean-Georges marks the chef's
first foray into the continent. Doubles from $287, including breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.
Palácio Tangará and its
The world's second-deepest canyon makes for an otherworldly backdrop at Belmond Las Casitas, a 20-bungalow
hideaway near Peru's Colca Canyon. Belmond renovated an
existing property, which features private plunge pools, heated floors, and an Inca-inspired spa hidden away in a eucalyptus grove - but the real stars here are the varied options for
exploring the canyon terrain. Besides hiking, horseback riding, and feeding the house alpacas, guests can sign up for an
Andean condor excursion that takes them trekking through
a dormant volcano on a quest to spy the elusive vulture and
ends with a chef-prepared brunch. Doubles from $600, including breakfast daily and a $100 spa credit.
Canyon views from Belmond
Las Casitas' Samay Spa.
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(BELMOND) MATT CROSSICK/BELMOND
A Trek to the Edge