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A city of contrasts, Rio De Janeiro has long been fancied as a land of skimpy swimsuits and Carnival spectacle. Lodged between the sea and lush tropical mountains, Rio is one of the most readily identifiable cities in the world.

Under the outstretched arms of the 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and for Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its summit, it’s easy to identify with Rio’s allure.

Rio is undergoing a renaissance of sorts, largely due to the recent World Cup and the impending Summer Olympics. A city notorious for its glitzy hotels and palm-fringed beaches, the fulcrum of its energy is shifting downtown. Away from the traditional South Zone destinations of Copacabana and Ipanema, the downtown port area is in the midst of an impressive overhaul of exhumed historic sites and new museums.

A city of endless adjectives and multitudes of contradictions, Rio De Janeiro is sure to impact all those who visit.

Fasano

If you like to sit in luxury’s lap, this slick offering in the heart of Ipanema has got your name on it. Combining the charm and sophistication of Rio’s most coveted address with interiors from French designer Philippe Starck results in spot-on, understated elegance. If you’re not a guest at the hotel, try your very hardest to befriend someone who is so that you can take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool with panoramic views of the city. Then order a coconut with a splash of rum.

  • +55 21 3202 4000
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  • Avenue Vieira Souto 80
    Ipanema
    22420-002

Oasis Collections

These separate apartments are located in prime spots around the city and designed to give you the benefits of a boutique hotel but the privacy of your own home. A nifty welcome package includes an area guide. Be sure to check out the clubhouse which is opening in autumn this year – South America’s answer to Soho House, it will have a few guestrooms and is sure to be a big hit.

  • +55 21 3081 6485
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  • R. Visc. de Pirajá 351
    Ipanema
    22410-003

Atlantica Jungle Lodge

An earthly slice of paradise, a trip to Rio wouldn’t be complete without a pilgrimage to the island of Ilha Grande, just a three-hour boat ride from the city. Nestled in the trees, this lodge is for those wanting to make like The Jungle Book. Awake to birdsong, surf all day then lounge in a hammock before falling asleep to the low hum of crickets. Dreamy.

  • +55 21 9999 5577
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  • Praia do Pouso, enseada de Palmas
    Ilha Grande
    23968-000

Casa Mosquito

Hoteliers Benjamin Cano and Louis Planes have blended urban vistas, clean design and impeccable service here. Soak up the scene with a caipirinha in the roof terrace bar with views of Ipanema, Copacabana and Sugar Loaf. Note – Casa Mosquito sits on the same cobbled hill as the favela (slum) known as Cantagalo, so this is one for the more open-minded traveller.

  • +55 21 3586 5042
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  • R. Saint Roman 222
    Copacabana
    22071-060

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Formerly known as Copacabana Palace, Rio’s most iconic hotel has been welcoming the rich and famous since it swung open its Art Deco doors in 1923 – and if you’re not a celeb, you’ll soon feel like one. Soak up the sun by the magnificent pool or push the boat out with Italian fine dining at Cipriani.

  • +55 21 2548 7070
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  • Avenue Atlântica 1702
    Copacabana
    22021-001

Insolito Hotel

Escape the city for the weekend and make for this hotel in the coastal town of Buzios, Rio’s answer to Ibiza. Perfect for those wanting to bask in Brazilian culture, themed guestrooms are inspired by iconic musicians, artists and designers. Relax by one of five little swimming pools concealed in the rocks, or kick back and enjoy sweeping views of Ferradura bay from the wellness centre.

  • +55 22 2623 2172
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  • Praia da Ferradura - Rua E1
    Lotes 3 e 4
    Buzios
    28950-000

Santa Teresa Hotel

This serene hotel sits on a hill in the heart of the bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, offering complete tranquility in buzzing city. Its chic rooms and impressive gastronomy make it the ideal refuge for a romantic getaway – up the ante by ordering a caipirinha de maracuja (passion-fruit caipirinha) from the alfresco bar.

  • +55 21 3380 0200
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  • Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660
    Santa Teresa
    20241-260

Fasano

Oasis Collections

Atlantica Jungle Lodge

Casa Mosquito

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Insolito Hotel

Santa Teresa Hotel

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