When in Rio, stay near the beach. You can’t get any closer than the Fasano Hotel, which rises along the eastern end of Ipanema. The level of luxury and quality of service in Rio is surprisingly quaint, so the Philippe Starck-designed hotel stands out for its upmarket hospitality. Mr. Starck’s fingerprints are everywhere, from the bossa nova-chic lobby to the sexy rooftop infinity pool.
“A terrace bar. A caipirinha. An ocean view. Rio.” Their slogan pretty much says it all. When the crowds of Ipanema become overwhelming, Casa Mosquito is just a quick walk from the beach. The ten-room hilltop guesthouse overlooks the heights around Ipanema beach and one of the world’s most picturesque cities.
A beautifully decorated nine-room guesthouse in a restored 18th-century historical home. Owner Tetê Etrusco is a perfect host and embraces all travelers as soon as they arrive, setting the “Mi casa es su casa” tone.
A low-key hotel at the edge of one the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, Ferradura. Its twenty Brazilian culture-themed rooms are filled with artwork, and sunsets are visible from nearly every one. Two pools (sweetwater and saltwater), saunas, and ofuro will help you recover after a couple nights of Carnival. Que lindo.
A 32-room respite in the “St. Tropez of South America” where the smart set finds solace. The gentle style mixed with sounds flowing from the bar makes for a chic and carefree atmosphere. Set overlooking the blue waters of the bay, the property is walking distance to the center of town.