Rumor has it the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro is not exactly sticking the landing in the hospitality tumble. With reports of leaking pipes, exposed wires, and multiple setbacks plaguing the athlete accommodations, we've refocused our attention on the finer points of Brazilian accommodations. Our list of imaginative escapes will have you craving a jaunt overseas stat. From Airbnb wish lists to undeniably glamorous nature escapes, these insanely cool hotels have us daydreaming of getting swept up in our next adventure. We're adding Rio, and it's surrounding counterparts, to our travel bucket list this summer. Artful modern metropolis hot spots and secluded beach house sanctuaries alike provide every shade of vacation you could possibly want. These destinations get a gold medal in our book. We know your time is precious, so we'll save the silver and bronze reporting for another time. Such a list of exotic travel beauties is reason enough to keep an updated passport always at the ready. We'll meet you there.
With half of the estate's casas dating back 500 years to the village's founding, there's nothing more authentic than the picturesque Uxua in Brazil's Bahia state. Crafted using reclaimed materials and traditional techniques, the hotel design is rife with a mélange of antiques and thoughtful details—all hand-curated by designer Wilbert Das and his cast of local artisans. Located in the heart of old Trancoso, the five-star hospitality haven boasts a stunning beach lounge, organic spa, and sustainable amenities galore. Yes, please.
Rio's Casa Marques rests on the foundations of a colonial mansion in the Santa Teresa neighborhood. With it's artful, modern décor; sweeping views; and impeccable service, it's one city escape we have flagged for both ambiance and convenience. The perfect pairing of stunning natural atmosphere and bourgeoning metropolis excitement, the design promises to be as streamlined and undeniably cool as your upcoming itinerary.
One would be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque escape than Botanique Hotel and Spa. Tucked into the confluence of three rich river valleys in the heart of the Mantiqueira Mountains, the exclusive property is ensconced within the mid-tropical Atlantic forests in the Bairro dos Mellos, just a few miles from Campos do Jordão. Those in the mood for a serene and transcendent retreat will find this uniquely Brazilian escape a haven that seamlessly merges timeless luxury with bespoke modern comforts.
The Santa Teresa Hotel by Sofitel features 44 suites and 14 guest rooms conveniently situated in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. A stone's throw from a hit list of Rio de Janeiro's main tourist draws, from Christ the Redeemer, Ruínas Park, and the Sélaron steps to the Copacabana, Ipanema, and Barra da Tijuca beaches, it is an adeptly curated abode at the crux of everything the city has to offer.
If venturing off the beaten path is more your style, consider the concrete jungle your personal playground via this Airbnb private urban safari in São Paulo. Sleep under the stars in a camper van in the greenest and safest area in town, just in the middle of Vila Madalena and Paulista Avenue. It includes a magic garden with free Wi-Fi, dozens of books, hundreds of vinyls, plus a cafeteria, kitchen and a clean and comfy bathroom.
Located in Jericoacoara National Park, the idyllic Essenza Hotel rests along an endless line of white sand beaches. The secluded and picturesque locale includes a waterfall infinity pool, private garden club, and full spa. You'll also have the option to ring your personal concierge to cater to every whim.
The stunning architecture of Fasano Boa Vista features a façade of natural wood, stone, and glass. Inside, the richly cultured interiors feature a mix of midcentury scores and emboldened '70s appeal. Situated on over 100 acres of closed and preserved native forest, the property itself boasts 15 lakes, integrated woods, and multiple gardens. A must for nature lovers, the resort also offers up a string of sporting attractions from golf, polo, and horse riding to tennis courts, a kids club, and a petite farm.
Which escape is your favorite? Discuss. While you're deliberating, shop our favorite beach vacation accessories below.
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