Although she hails from a small town in southeastern Brazil, Gabrielle Espindola was a consummate urbanite—working at the iconic Fasano Rio de Janeiro on Ipanema Beach—by the time she got the call to manage the group's new property in Angra dos Reis. "I happily accepted," she says. "After living in a big city, Angra feels very different, but I quickly fell in love with the lifestyle." Said lifestyle means boating on turquoise waters among hundreds of islands and islets, hiking on mountainous tropical forests, and swimming in waterfall-fed pools. "It feels so good to be surrounded by nature," adds Gabrielle. "It's so easy to just head to the sea and come back feeling renewed."