Hotel Unique, São Paulo: Cutting-Edge Crib

Hello, sailor! Bobbing along the aortic Brig. Luís Antônio stretch, it’s hard to miss the Unique, Ruy Ohtake’s whopping, titanic temple to cutting-edge design with all the requisite quirky trimmings.

Niftily pin-dropped between the city’s main biz districts Paulista and Itaim, this ode to the boat with fun oversized porthole windows in every room has proved a huge hit with fash-conscious locals and stylish businessmen – whether it's for the avant-garde furniture, crisp white cribs, subterranean gym and lap pool, or, above it all, the Skye Bar rooftop deck and crimson-tinged pool with twinkly views at duskfall – so you’ll need to nab that res quicksticks.

If at all possible, opt for LUXE fave the Paulista suite, which comes replete with sinuous sloping walls (it’s secreted away in the boat’s hull), separate living with clever lighting, stunning b/w prints, minibar with bubbles and Q Chocolate, in-shower speakers, and a Jacuzzi bath next to a cantilever window that opens out onto the bedroom. Sauce!

Unique, Av Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 4700, Jardins, São Paulo. +55 11 3055 4700,

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Chloe Jessica Payne

After spells spent in Mexico, Madrid, Lyon, São Paulo and Hong Kong, Chloe now lives in London with her husband and two muddy mongrels and is currently planning trips to Bruges, Paris, Alaska, SoCal, Romania and Reykjavik. 

  • Chloe LOVES... Baking, old movies, Graham Greene novels
  • Chloe LOATHES... 4x4’s in London, visor-toting tourists, airport queuing