Luxury Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

From the cool and contemporary interiors to the prime positions along Rio's famous beaches, these selected five-star boutique hotels have a serious wow factor! Our favourites? We have to go with the iconic Belmond Copacabana Palace and the chic Art Deco Fasano Rio: 

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Belmond Copacabana Palace

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Overlooking the long, curving sweep of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, the elegant white 1920s facade of the Belmond Copacabana Palace is a city landmark. Exuding old-school glamour with impeccable service, superb cuisine and opulent luxury, this is a glamorous icon in a dazzling city.

Best for: Setting & Views, Beach, Chic Design, Seriously special

Santa Teresa Hotel RJ - MGallery

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Santa Teresa Hotel RJ - MGallery is a luxury hotel in the bohemian Santa Teresa district of Rio de Janeiro. Housed in a restored coffee plantation mansion, the hotel enjoys an exclusive location behind imposing iron gates, and offers a more authentic slice of Brazil in a beautiful setting, with fantastic views over Guanabara Bay. 

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Honeymoon, Food & Wine

Fasano Rio

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

At last! Something cool and contemporary in Rio de Janeiro. This sleek, sophisticated hotel blends chic Art Deco touches with modern luxurious living, and with a prime spot on Ipanema Beach, the Fasano is already the new darling of Rio’s hotel scene.

Best for: Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, City Hotel

Casas Brancas

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

With Mediterranean flair, Casas Brancas radiates sophistication in the heart of Búzios, one of Brazil’s most fashionable resorts. Effortlessly stylish, guests are welcomed with flawless hospitality to this haven of tranquillity overlooking the panoramic Armação Bay.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views

Vila Santa Teresa

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

This beautiful villa sits on an exclusive family estate, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Be near everything Rio has to offer while also enjoying postcard perfect views over the city, Guanabara Bay, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Romantic, Secret / In the Know, Honeymoon

Casa Paraty

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Do as the Brazilians do and rent yourself a beach house for an exclusive, luxury vacation that’s more affordable than you might think. Casa Paraty is a four bedroom restored colonial mansion complete with swimming pool tucked away behind an understated exterior and walled garden in one of our favourite coastal towns in Brazil.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Private Villa, Family-friendly, Private Groups

Emiliano Rio

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

The chic Emiliano Rio emulates the city’s ‘joie de vivre’ while offering an intimate sanctuary from the hustle and bustle. Located opposite the sweeping sands of iconic Copacabana Beach, a striking façade of intricately designed panels houses this top-class design hotel, where the staff go above and beyond to deliver exceptional service.

Best for: Chic Design, Beach, Spa & Wellness, Luxury Hotel

Vila d'Este

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

With gorgeous picture-postcard views and an exclusive location in the heart of trendy Búzios, Vila d’Este offers luxury accommodation with an excellent Mediterranean restaurant, attentive service, plus two incredible pool decks. The fashionable oceanfront promenade – ‘Orla Bardot’ – is literally on the hotel’s doorstep, named after glamorous French actress, Brigitte Bardot.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views

Windsor California

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Combining a relaxing, traditional atmosphere with a prime location on the iconic Copacabana Beach, Windsor California is promises the best of both worlds. Rio’s famous attractions are on your doorstep, and you can even take in views of Christ the Redeemer as you relax by the rooftop pool, caipirinha in hand.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Beach, City Hotel

Casa Turquesa

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Brimming with heritage and Brazilian charm, Casa Turquesa is a charming luxury guesthouse that occupies an 18th-century townhouse that has been painstakingly restored. It sits elegantly among the quaint cobbled streets. With just a handful of elegant rooms, this is one of our favourite hotels in the picture-perfect town of Paraty.

Best for: Cultural Immersion, Setting & Views, Boutique Hotel, Honeymoon

La Suite By Dussol

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Tucked away in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, La Suite by Dussol is a small boutique hotel with staggering panoramic views of the coast, Tijuca forest and Cagarras Islands. Set amidst tropical gardens with two outdoor pools, La Suite by Dussol is a glamorous hideaway in the ‘Beverly Hills’ of Rio.

Best for: Chic Design, Setting & Views, Hideaway, Peace & Quiet

Insolito Boutique Hotel & Spa

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

With a stunning location in one of Brazil’s trendiest destinations, Insolito Boutique hotel in Búzios features an attractive swimming pool overlooking the picturesque bay of Praia de Ferradura. Facing west, guests can enjoy gorgeous Brazilian sunsets, and with traditional hand-painted art and stylish décor, the French owner has created an intimate space with relaxation in mind.

Best for: Setting & Views, Beach, Hideaway, Service & Hospitality

Pousada Literaria de Paraty

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Pick any colour and chances are you’ll find it somewhere in your room. Inspired by Paraty’s art and culture scene, the Pousada Literaria, a welcome contemporary surprise in the beautiful city, is an exploding mass of geometric patterns, block colours, bold fabrics and polished wood furnishings, all contained in an attractive colonial house, set along the town’s historic cobblestone streets.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion, Food & Wine

Casa Cairucu

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Accessed only by boat, Villa Casa Cairucu sits overlooking the clear, protected waters of a bay in one of Brazil’s most spectacular settings, close to Paraty.

Best for: Setting & Views, Hideaway, Rustic, Romantic


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