Imagine a place where the lush rainforest touches the surf, where sandy beaches are sheltered by a horseshoe of islands, and 25 swanky bungalows afford dazzling views of the emerald sea. Nearby fishing villages offer a fresh catch and a slice of traditional life. Such a place exists-- south of Sao Paulo near Florianopolis on Brazil's aptly named Emerald Coast. Escape to Ponta dos Ganchos-- a member of Relais & Chateaux-- and you'll experience one of the country's most exclusive beach resorts.
Lounge on the beach, take to the high seas by boat, or explore one of the best scuba diving spots in South Brazil: nearby Alvoredo Island. Sun-burned? Retreat to the resort's private cinema for a flick or get a massage at the SPA by Christian Dior. There's also a tennis court, fitness center, and pool. Note: Guests under the age of 18 are not permitted.