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From Asia, the best bet for Rio de Janeiro is to fly Emi­rates (emi­rates .com) via Dubai. That’s a 24-hour trip for flights orig­i­nat­ing in Hong Kong or Sin­ga­pore.


Still stately af­ter nine decades in oper­a­tion, the re­cently ren­o­vated Copaca­bana Palace (1702 Avenida Atlân­tica; 55-21/2548-7070; copaca­; dou­bles from US$450) re­tains much of the glamor of the days when Or­son Welles and Mar­lene Di­et­rich were guests. The Art Deco grande dame also has one of the hottest ta­bles in town, Cipriani. For some­thing small­er­scale, there’s Ho­tel Santa Teresa( 660 Rua Almi­rante Alexan­drino; 55-21/3380-0200; santa-teresa-ho­tel .com; dou­bles from US$395), with 42 trop­i­cal-chic rooms set in a for­mer pla­na­tion house as well as in­stant ac­cess to Rio’s most artsy neigh­bor­hood.


The Botafogo area has be­come some­thing of a foodie hub. If you have time to visit just one restau­rant there, make it Irajá Gas­trô( 109 Rua Conde de Irajá, 55-21/2246-1395; ira­ja­gas­, where chef Pe­dro de Artagão serves up mod­ern Brazil­ian dishes in a shabby-chic 1930s build­ing. In Cen­tro, be sure to pop into Con­feitaria Colombo (32 Rua Gonçalves Dias; 55-21/25051500); founded in 1894, the ven­er­a­ble café and patis­serie im­presses as much for its old-world decor as it does for its cap­puc­ci­nos and sweets.


Museu de Arte do Rio (5 Praça Mauá; 55-21/ 3031-2741; museude arte­do­ is the city’s new­est art mu­seum, with ro­tat­ing shows across eight halls. For su­perb ex­am­ples of Brazil­ian mod­ernism, make your way to the Museu Na­cional de Be­las Artes( 199 Av. Rio Branco; 55-21/32990600;

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