no alt text

Best places to stay:

Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Alex Robinson

Next to Pele’s house in Rio’s far south, this neo-rococo boutique with stunning views could be Gianni Versace’s Rio fantasy home.

Rooms are colour-themed (with bathrooms in natural marbles to match, including one in an astonishing shade of fuschia). They come with balconies perched over the ocean, with breath-taking and views of Dois Irmaos mountain and the wild Atlantic.

The twin pools and al-fresco breakfast terrace have been used for fashion shoots, and the Asian-European fusion food by an Alain Ducasse-trained chef is sumptuous. That’s a good thing, because alternative eateries, bars and the famous beaches are a 20-minute cab ride away.

Please note - we hope to one day have live prices for you, but for now, here are some useful links for you to compare prices...

Check pricing & availability on:

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Included
Beach: < 5mins walk
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Nearby (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Hang glide off Bonita Rock

Rio de Janeiro, Southeastern Region, Brazil[3 miles]

Hang-gliding heaven from atop a giant rock monolith, and out over rainforest, bays and beaches. One of the world’s greatest hang-glides.

Best for ages: 14+ | £120 | 3 hours

Website >
Overview >

Tour a favela

Rio de Janeiro , Southwestern Region, Brazil[4.8 miles]

Get a deeper understanding of Rio life with an insider tour of its famous favelas.

Best for ages: 13+ | £25

Website >
Overview >

Tijuca National Park

Rio de Janeiro , Southeastern Region, Brazil[8.2 miles]

Rio’s lush urban rainforest climbs over the mountains that surround the Christ statue and Atlantic beaches, affording some of the world’s most beautiful urban views. Excellent for hiking, biking and wildlife-spotting.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

Hike up Tijuca Peak

Rio de Janeiro, Southeastern Region, Brazil[10.1 miles]

Breathy and breathtaking rainforest hike to the highest peak in Rio de Janeiro’s urban mountain range, stopping at Tijuca National Park’s waterfalls on the way.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free | 4 hours

Website >
Overview >

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Hike up Gavea Rock

Rio de Janeiro , Southeastern Region, Brazil[1.7 miles]

This half-day hike through a wildlife- and waterfall-filled rainforest ends with a scary summit scramble. It rewards, though, with the best views in Rio. Guided rock climbs are also on offer.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 6-8 hours

Website >
Overview >

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

Rio de Janeiro , Southeastern Region, Brazil[8.2 miles]

Once the Emperor’s private retreat, these gardens brim with rare plants and are a haven for birds and butterflies

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

Website >
Overview >
Waves crashing on busy sandy beach

Ipanema Beach

Rio de Janeiro , Southeastern Region, Brazil[8.2 miles]

Rio’s prettiest, chicest ocean beach, is watched over by the impressive Dois Irmaos mountain that sits behind. The water is cleaner, and the crowd more exclusive the further south you go, where Ipanema Beach merges into the more upscale Leblon Beach.

Best for ages: Any | Free

Website >
Overview >
People play football sandy beach

Football lessons on Ipanema Beach

Rio de Janeiro, Southeastern Region, Brazil[8.8 miles]

Pelé da Praia has been teaching locals and tourists Brazilian football tricks on Ipanema beach for more than a decade. One-to-one tuition and group classes available. Contact him at

Best for ages: 8+ | £15 | 1-2 hours

Website >
Overview >

Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay

Rio de Janeiro

Southeastern Region, Brazil

Heaven for healthy hedonists – hang glide, surf or hike by day, relax on the beach and party all night. Then, of course, there’s that carnival…

Website >
Overview >