The pace of the second half is not soft, no. For those who study, work or do both, seeing that the end of the year is getting closer is frightening — and makes us run even more. Not by chance, it is also at this time that hotels and inns specializing in emptying the minds of guests are so popular.
Marketing director of Lake Vilas Charm Hotel & Spa, in Amparo, where a glass house in the middle of the forest is reserved for meditation practitioners, Gabriela Achcar says that the search for peace and relaxation has increased in recent years.
“Couples or executives come to recharge and rest. We noticed that the Meditation House and places like the hidden waterfall are popular with those looking for silence to practice meditation or mindfulness.”
What makes a place a special destination to rest body, mind and spirit? For Pedro Fadida, a partner at the Munay Pousada e Centro Holístico, in Santo Antônio do Pinhal (SP), it is essential to be inserted in an inspiring landscape, in intimate contact with nature, to silence the mind and really slow down.
“We are in the middle of the mountains of Serra da Mantiqueira, overlooking Pedra do Baú. Here it is possible to walk, do integrative and restorative therapies or, simply, contemplate life”, he says.
The following itinerary lists six projects in São Paulo that fit this spirit — they are located in beautiful regions, without walls that block the view of the landscape, and allow guests to alternate very calm activities and moments of introspection and self-knowledge.
At an altitude of 1,300 m, the property is surrounded by the mountains of Serra da Mantiqueira and allows guests to choose between self-discovery retreats and free stays.
The entire surroundings invite you to relax, from the mineral water pool with transparent water to the lounge for practices and workshops, which reveals the exuberant view of Pedra do Baú. There is no shortage of cozy corners to enjoy moments of peace, such as the massage and therapy room, the reading room, a deck where the fire is lit and Mount Varshana, a viewpoint with a 360-degree view of the valley, from where you can watch the sunset. of the sun.
The suites, adapted in the old horse stalls, have comforts such as a closet, glass shower, gas heater and 400 thread count cotton bed linen. Meals, prepared with local organic ingredients, are served in the oldest house on the farm.
Vale do Baú, São Bento do Sapucaí (precise geolocation is sent to guests). Two-day package, for couples, from R$2,500, with meals and yoga practices included.
Krishna Shakti Ashram
It works like an authentic Indian ashram, as places suitable for yoga practice are called, under the coordination of Regina Shakti, president of the Yoga Institute of São Paulo and famous among celebrities.
Whoever stays in one of the eight chalets with fireplace, individual or collective, should not expect perks — the concept is that everyone is responsible for himself. The program starts on Friday at 2 pm and ends on Sunday. “Right on arrival, people meditate to understand what they were looking for and how they can enjoy the space”, says Regina.
Baths in mineral water, walks through the forest, breathing exercises, yoga classes, massages and palm reading are some of the proposed activities — but those who prefer can just sunbathe. An Indian Mass takes place at the temple, where the monk Sripad BV Trivikram Maharaj also leads the study of ancient Indian scriptures.
The ashram provides all lacto-vegetarian meals and does not preclude the use of technology, but Regina recommends keeping your cell phone in your bag — community TV only shows Indian content. After 9pm, silence is the norm.
Est. Tabatinga, km 6, no number, Campos do Jordão. Daily rate for one person, in a single room, at R$ 800, with meals and activities.
Lake Vilas Charm Hotel & Spa
The 3.5 million m² property has preserved forests, a stream, 12 lakes, waterfalls, natural pools and a glass house surrounded by greenery, reserved for the practice of meditation.
Eight sophisticated villas host visitors, all with a lounge, balcony and private garden — the largest, Vila Presidencial, has two floors and three bedrooms, totaling 500 m².
At the spa, shiatsu, massage, reflexology and Scottish shower sessions promise relaxation, but it is also possible to schedule aesthetic treatments, train in the gym, play tennis, racquetball, beach tennis and beach volleyball.
Breakfast is a nine-step tasting, served at Casa do Lago — all meals are prepared with ingredients that come from the organic and biodynamic garden.
Est. Antenor Cézar, km 10, Amparo. Rates for couples, with breakfast, from R$ 3,995.
Munay Inn and Holistic Center
The couple Pedro Fadida and Luana Mantegazza live on the property with their children, make a point of welcoming guests personally and promoting moments of interaction, such as conversations around the fire. “We like to talk to understand the people who come here,” says Pedro.
Trained in Ayurveda, Luana conducts initial care and recommends therapies for each guest. The menu includes relaxing and detoxifying massages, beauty and rejuvenation treatments, a hot tub with herbs and bath salts, yoga and a therapeutic walk – but those who prefer can just relax, without commitment.
There are three chalets, all equipped with a kitchen, so that visitors have autonomy — those who do not bring ingredients to cook (the harvest in the garden is free) can eat in the city’s restaurants, a ten-minute drive away, or order delivery. Breakfast, with artisanal products, is provided in a basket.
Rod. SP-46, km 156, Santo Antônio do Pinhal. House rate, with breakfast, from R$ 470 (therapies separately).
Founded by friends Sergio Savian and Libertad Sanchez, it was born with a focus on meditation, but today it offers a wide range of experiences, workshops and cultural actions.
Yoga sessions, Chinese medicine, circle dances and family constellation add to therapies such as craniosacral integration, clay poultice, chakra alignment, reiki, quantum cleansing and massage.
The apartments have a balcony with a hammock and a view of the green, without TV or telephone. There are also shared rooms, a suite with whirlpool and complete chalets, with one or two suites. On Saturdays, talent shows involve established artists, newcomers, visitors, employees and community members.
Meals come almost entirely from their own garden and farm: at check-out, guests receive a basket of freshly harvested natural foods.
Estrada Sertãozinho, s/nº, Joanópolis. The two-day Wellness program starts at R$1,438 per person, in a double room, on weekdays. It includes meals, two individual therapies, two herbal baths, two detox juices and a hot tub bath.
Temple of Being
The place is non-profit and encourages guests to go on a spiritual retreat to reconnect body, mind and soul.
Visitors stay overnight at Casa de Descanso Hale Moe Moe, which has comfortable accommodation for singles or couples surrounded by the Atlantic Forest — all equipped with central water heating, air conditioning, minibar, wi-fi and balconies with panoramic views.
After a homemade breakfast, based on organic foods, activities begin at Casa da Vida Hale Ola — massages, shiatsu, foot bath with reflexology, cupping therapy, reiki, meditation, yoga, family constellation and individual or group relaxation. group.
Av. Engenho Velho, 185, Feiticeira, Ilhabela. Rates from R$982 (one person), R$1,266 (two people, in a double room) or R$1,551 (three people, in a triple room), with meals and activities included