One of the world’s fastest growing economies and holiday destinations will soon play host to tens of thousands of new tourists each year, as Dubai-based carrier, Emirates Airline, expands its international network to include a non-stop service to Sao Paulo, Brazil, considered by many to be the trendiest city in South America.
And Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo is set to be the hotel of choice for discerning Middle East travellers visiting South America’s largest country, thanks in large part to its city-centre location and world-class levels of customer service, say hotel executives.
“South America is a destination that is certain to become a favourite for Middle East travellers. It just has so much to offer tourists and businesses,“ said Thierry Bertin, area director of marketing – Middle East, Hyatt International Hotels and Resorts.
“Brazil, in particular, shares much with the Middle East lifestyle: the people are generous and warm, the food is plentiful and shared, and the culture is rich in local traditions and customs. Additionally travellers from both South America and the Middle East look for accommodation that they can call home, a familiar, luxurious environment with all amenities within easy reach,“ Bertin added.
The 470-room Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, Hyatt’s flagship South American property, is conveniently situated in the heart of São Paulo’s Marginal Pinheiros business district close to the World Trade Centre complex and some of the city’s best shopping.
Visually, the hotel’s architects created a seamless bond between interiors and exteriors with steel, glass, and granite highlights. The dramatic 10-metre-high (nearly 33 feet) lobby is surrounded by glass between the front palm-tree lined driveway and landscaped garden behind, flooding the space with natural light and bestowing a spacious feeling. This theme continues throughout the hotel, allowing light to bounce between rich, native Brazilian materials such as the orange, warm tones of Louro Faia wood and creamy-coloured granite.
Guestrooms also reflect local culture and are simple in concept yet rich in materials, with the most advanced technological support. The design objective was to give an overall feeling of awe and wonder, with large windows overlooking dramatic cityscapes and river views.
The hotel holds a number of signature restaurants including the gourmet Japanese restaurant, Kinu, whose comprehensive à la carte menu offers sushi, sashimi and many varieties of sake in a strong, contemporary Japanese atmosphere.
At the other end of the spectrum, the Amanary Spa offers an extensive variety of rejuvenating, invigorating and relaxing treatments, many of which incorporate oils and essences that have been specially developed from sustainable rainforest flora.
The spa consists of seven individual suites – one of them tailored for two persons, each with private shower and changing area. Additional facilities include steam rooms, a fitness area, and an indoor lap pool.
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