Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Rio is one of the most spectacular spots on earth, where lush mountains plunge into the tropical sea.
From Sugar Loaf mountain you can survey the skip-a-beat views down to the world-famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana.

With its superabundance of natural beauty – mile-long tropical beaches, dramatic mountainscapes, lush jungle backdrop – Rio is one of the most attractive destinations on the planet. Add to that a population whose blazing spirit and passion are envied the world over: its glamorous citizens eschew conformity and dull days, and their energy enlivens every corner of this sprawling megacity-on-sea.

From fashionable Ipanema to the arty, leafy community of Santa Teresa, the streets buzz with music, humour and the indefatigable Carioca spirit. Whether you’re a VIP in Joa (Brazil’s Beverly Hills), or a beach bum on Copacabana, life is lived at a hectic pace – dancing, flirting and posing are national pastimes. Caipirinhas, baile funk and bar hopping are all part of this electric ‘carpe diem’ culture, and never in more Technicolor glory than during Carnival, the tail-feathered, heart-racing, soul-uplifting celebration of life’s pleasures.

Fasano Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)




This Starck-styled boutique hotel sits on the sexiest stretch of Rio de Janeiro. Fasano Rio is brought to you by a hospitality family who’ve been in the restaurant and hotel game for more than 100 years. With a glass exterior, a white marble pool on the roof, and a section of private beach, it’s all about the glitz and glam of the supermodel's seafront.

La Suite by Dussol, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)




Located in exclusive hilltop neighbourhood Joatinga, cliff-side retreat La Suite by Dussol has all the design requisites of an intimate boutique hotel, and a world-class ocean view. Rooms are light and spacious; there are two outdoor pools set in tropical gardens, and there’s a private beach within walking distance. Massages, hairdressing and manicures are yours for the asking, too. Surfing on Joatinga beach, water-skiing, jet ski, kite-surfing, paragliding, trekking, golf is well worth it

Casa Mosquito, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)




Imagine, for a moment, that you have a friend with a restored colonial mansion in the lush hills of Rio de Janeiro. That's the aim of Casa Mosquito hotel, a Brazilian hideaway with a friendly, make-yourself-at-home feel and two French hosts. The nine rooms, each individually styled, are named for a diverse group of local icons (musicians, writers and even a drag performer in the bunch). Some rooms have Victorian bath tubs, others have tropical wall prints in unexpected shades like periwinkle and magenta – all have access to the rooftop pool with stunning views of Copacabana and Ipanema.
Grab your beach tote and enjoy the 10-minute saunter through a sleepy residential enclave that drops you directly onto one of the world’s most famous stretches of sand: Ipanema Beach. Head in one direction and grab your spot on the upscale Leblon Beach, or make your way around the point at Copacabana to surf-spot Praia do Arpoador. Chairs and umbrellas are available to rent at every major post along the beach. Be sure to stop off and mingle with the locals at one of the simple boardwalk beach bars serving ice-cold beer and fresh coconut juice. 
If you happen to be visiting the first Saturday of the month, take a spin through the Antiquities Fair on Lapa’s Rua do Lavradio (10am–7pm). City-long blocks of vendors sell everything from furniture to little souvenirs and there’s live music and people of all ages dancing in the streets. The sidewalk cafes are brimming with Brazilians sipping caipirinhas, chatting and people watching.
The star attractions in the clouds – Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) and Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) – are not to be missed. Chug up the mountain in a 100-year-old electric rail car through dense jungle to the impressive stone statue of Jesus Christ, which is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and the city's most recognizable icon. For more breathtaking views, ride the cable car between the two granite and quartz humps of Sugarloaf Mountain, another recognisable attraction that's been featured in several films, including Moonraker.

Hotel Santa Teresa MGallery by Sofitel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Mr & Mrs Smith (Check Availability)




A hip hideaway in one of Rio’s most creative enclaves, the Hotel Santa Teresa MGallery by Sofitel proves that you don’t need a steamy beachfront scene to attract an A-list crowd. And the spacious, art-accented suites, destination restaurant, and sexy pool make it hard to tear yourself away from your slice of Tropicana in the treetops.H otel Santa Teresa is perfectly placed for dropping by the galleries and small cafes in the heart of this bohemian hub. Stroll the grounds and the art-packed floors of the Museu Chácara do Céu. This former private home-turned museum has three floorsoverflowing with Brazilian, Asian and European art. Afterwards, stroll through Ruins Park next door and climb up the shell of a once-opulent mansion for panoramic views of the city and some lovely photo ops.
If you happen to be visiting the first Saturday of the month, take a spin through the Antiquities Fair on Lap’s Rua do Lavradio (10am-7pm). City-long blocks of vendors sell everything from furniture to little souvenirs and there’s live music and people of all ages dancing in the streets. The sidewalk cafes are brimming with Brazilians sipping caipirinhas, chatting and people watching.

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