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latinamerica This photo: Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort, a Relais & Chateaux property, offers just 25 accommodations. Right: The area is home to spectacular beaches ideal for watersports. CARLA HUNT in santa catarina, the surf’s up for luxury travel carla hunt Luxury travel planners are discovering that Santa Catarina is Brazil’s hottest resort a cool way. USTOA members were here for their out-of-country-meeting in 2008 and TravelMart Latin America (TMLA) was here with 250 international tour operators and specialist agents last fall. For most of them, the first discovery was the arrival city, Florianopolis. This is the capital of southern Brazil’s state of Santa Catarina, part of which sits on the 33-mile-long Florianopolis Island, which is alternately called Island of Santa Catarina, yet locally is called “Floripa.” You figure. But please know that whether Florianopolis or Santa Catarina, she’s a natural beauty, measuring 300 sq. miles and boasting 42 easy-to-reach beaches, little beach towns populated with barefoot surfers, tranquil lagoons, mountains matted with lush rainforest, gargantuan sand dunes, and, according to seasoned travelers, the most gorgeous people in Brazil. Locals claim frequent visitor and super-model Gisele Bundchen to be a native daughter, although her hometown lies in the neighboring state of Rio Grande do Sul. “Santa Catarina, a chic retreat for vacationing Cariocas from Rio and Paulistas from Sao Paulo for more than two decades, is a rather new kid on the luxury travel block,” says Sandra Borello, president of Borello Travel and Tours. “This is a beautiful destination—with dazzling beaches, action activities and a lively cafe scene— and one we position between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, often adding Iguassu Falls.” Borello favors a customized travel plan that starts in Buenos Aires, staying at the Alvear Palace Hotel, continues by air direct to Florianopolis where she says the only truly deluxe place to stay is on the Santa Ca54 october 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend October 2012

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Sofitel Luxury Hotels
Tour Talk: Travcoa
A Villa Vacation in Europe
Napa Valley Revisited
Gateway Canyons Resort, Colorado
Vintage Palm Beach
The Surrey, New York City
The Best of India at ITC Hotels
St. Regis Offers City Sophistication & Barefoot Luxury in Mexico
Mexico Boutique Hotels' Stellar Collection
Four World-Class Private Island Resorts
Update: More on Luxury Private Island Resorts
In Santa Catarina, Brazil, the Surf's Up for Luxury Travel
Indigo Bay Island Resort & Spa, Mozambique
New Offerings on Luxe Cruise Lines

Recommend October 2012