Where to Stay

Don’t go past these re­splen­dent re­treats

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

Bel­mond Copaca­bana palace

You can’t beat the grande dame, the face of Rio glam­our since it was in­au­gu­rated in 1923. Don’t be de­ceived by the old-fash­ioned fa­cade; there’s noth­ing out of date about the ser­vice or facilities. With a new Asian fu­sion res­tau­rant, Mee, join­ing the clas­sic Cipri­ani, the ho­tel is a mag­net for those in search of the best Rio has to of­fer.

Grand Hy­att

The large, deeply lux­u­ri­ous suites are a marvel, as is the match­less break­fast. But the special sauce in the Hy­att’s recipe is the ut­terly charm­ing, su­perbly trained staff. The ho­tel is in Barra da Ti­juca, the district that hosts most of the Olympic venues, and there are end­less soft sandy beaches nearby.

Ho­tel Fasano

As sleek and stream­lined as the Copa is ex­pan­sive and baroque, the Fasano brings lux­ury to the Ipanema beach­front. The rooms are small­ish but well de­signed, with lav­ish de­tails and views to die for. The panorama from the roof ter­race takes in the Two Broth­ers peaks and Christ the Redeemer, mak­ing sun­set cock­tails very special in­deed.

Santa Teresa Ho­tel

The Santa Teresa Ho­tel RJ Mgallery by Sof­i­tel cul­ti­vates an ex­clu­sive, mys­te­ri­ous air from the out­side, but it’s warm and com­fort­able on the in­side. Its su­perb res­tau­rant, Térèze, serves Pablo Fer­reyra’s out­stand­ing dishes, such as sparklingly fresh lob­ster and ex­quis­ite lamb chops, in an ut­terly ro­man­tic set­ting.

Vila Santa Teresa

This in­cred­i­ble bou­tique ho­tel high in the hills has what may be the best views of any ho­tel in Rio—the city, the bay, the ocean, the moun­tains—from its lovely pool deck and its lux­u­ri­ous, fault­lessly de­signed rooms. El­e­gant, re­strained lux­ury reigns in the 1970s man­sion, which is set on an im­mense, leafy es­tate.

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