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Check-in: Hotel Unique

- Farah Khan, Kiwi Collection.

Farah Khan touches down in São Paulo, Brazil and finds out what makes Hotel Unique so, well, unique.

Hotel Unique lives up to its name. Designed by Brazilian-Japanese architect Ruy Ohtake, the crescent-shaped hotel has even been considered by acclaimed architect Paul Goldberger as one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

After a busy week of meetings in São Paulo, I was able to relax in a state-of-the-art fitness center with spa, sauna and steam facilities, and even feel like a kid again with a plunge into the pool via an indoor slide.

It’s a great design property, and the delight is in the details. Hallways and the elevator are dark to recognize the work of the Blind Society. There are free Internet terminals in the lobby’s beautiful library space. Rooms and suites feature white decor, a spaceship-style Jacuzzi tub with high-tech features, and a great working space. My room (no. 204) also has walls that one might feel inspired to take a skateboard to. Also in the room, a pair of his-and-hers Havaianas sandals to take home as a keepsake. How thoughtful!

Another highlight was the rooftop Skye Bar with its spectacular view of the city. The terrace is a perfect place to watch the sunset and enjoy a Caipirinha. The bar attracts many of São Paulo’s finest and even has a queue on weekends to get in. It’s definitely the place to be.

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