If you’re thinking of heading to Rio for next summer’s World Cup (or for the 2016 Olympic Games), start planning now: Hotels are sure to book up months in advance. For those seeking chic and stylish accommodations, we’ve found eight of the city’s loveliest boutique hotels. From private waterfalls to tropical gardens with gorgeous views, these hotels offer 24/7 access to paradise.
Situated in Ipanema, the Fasano Rio offers gorgeous decor and luxurious accommodations. Designed by Philippe Starck, the hotel is made to mimic mid-century bossa nova style, from its sleek dark wood to its ocean views. The turquoise pool is an extra selling point.
With views of the Corcovado (the mountain from which Christ the Redeemer watches over the city), La Suite Rio is situated firmly within Rio’s most attractive environs. Guests even have access to two pools in addition to a private beach: Just make sure to book early, as the hotel only has seven rooms.
Bohemian Santa Teresa has become Rio’s trendiest neighborhood, so it’s no wonder that Hotel Santa Teresa is a destination on its own. Rated among Rio’s best hotels, the design spot is situated within an old coffee plantation mansion – rumor has it you can still smell the beans.
This beach-y boutique spot lies in prime territory in Ipanema, making it a perfect option for lovers of sand and surf. Rooms are situated between two guesthouses, which offer private balconies and views of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Comprising just seven elegant rooms, Mama Ruisa overlooks Guanabara Bay – the terrace views are stunning. After you swim take a swim, head back to the hotel for a relaxing session in its pool.
Located on the edge of Corcovado Mountain at the Largo do Boticário, Casa 32 hosts only two suites for the ultimate in privacy and relaxation. Filled with art on the inside, the restored building dates to the 19th century, and offers an interesting look into the city’s past.
In the heights of Santa Teresa, the airy and stylishly designed Casa Amarelo is the perfect place to hide away. From its terraces and pool you can dine on tropical fruit and spot monkeys in the trees.
Situated inside the Floresta da Tijuca forest on top of 15-foot stilts, TuAkAza offers unique access to a private waterfall, pool and some of Rio’s top shopping districts.
(Image: Breakfast Rio de Janeiro © Luiz Rocha, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com)
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