Brazil is a country blessed with unique cultures, spectacular sights, diverse habitats and hundreds of miles of unspoilt beaches. For many visitors, this land of colour and beauty is best enjoyed from a luxury hotel base, and Brazil has a fabulous selection to suit all tastes. Some boast infinity pools, while others are proud of their eco-credentials and exclusive location. Remote boutiques and jungle lodges ensure guests are treated to wonderful wildlife encounters and many city spots have a host of A-list celebrities who are regular visitors. From taking part in the famous Rio Carnival, to spotting jaguar in the Pantanal or just relaxing on a white sand beach there is a luxurious hotel to match every style of holiday in this marvellous country.
Choosing just 5 for this list wasn’t easy but here’s our selection. Enjoy.
Ponta dos Ganchos
Ponta dos Ganchos Resort is a small but special hotel. Surrounded by the verdant Emerald Coast. The hotel is situated next to a traditional fishing village overlooking stunning, forested coastline just north of Florianopolis on a privately-owned peninsula. The hotel is regarded as one of the most exclusive beach resorts in Brazil, and it regularly wins the title of the best beach hotel in South America. The hotel is exclusively for adults, perfect for those looking for romance and luxury, and is a major honeymoon destination. Ponta dos Ganchos is part of the Leading Hotels of the World group which act as a seal of testament to its impeccable facilities. 25 sophisticated bungalows are set in amazingly lush vegetation by the rainforest creating a dazzling display of light and colour. This is the perfect place to relax offering a cinema, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, bar, restaurant, oceanfront tennis court, Spa, Massage gazebos, heated swimming pool and some wonderful nature trails to follow. In addition there are numerous water based activities which can be enjoyed close the resort including boat trips out to see dolphins, excellent scuba diving and it’s also close to the best whale watching area in Brazil.
The Hotel Unique lives up to its name due to its remarkable design. Styled on the shape of a ship, this property is a real eye-catcher and located opposite the city’s Ibirapuera Park in the upmarket area of Jardins. The hotel Unique is a destination where art, architecture, design, fashion, music, gastronomy and exquisite service combine to create ground-breaking hotel culture. The hotel has a mix of rooms and suites all offering contemporary and sophisticated décor, high-technology amenities and maximum comfort furnished with Brazilian hardwood floors, and oversized, round windows which mimic the portholes of a boat and allow for natural light to flood in. The suites also incorporate the curve of the building with “infinity floors” that gently slope into the walls, providing architectural drama. The hotel also boasts the best views of the city skyline and on the roof you can find the aptly named ‘Skye’ bar, an area which contains a crimson red pool with an underwater sound system, lounge area and bar with stunning vistas over Ibirapuera Park and the entire São Paulo skyline.
UXUA Casa is an extraordinary place to stay. So much so that in 2014 it was declared the best hotel in the world by the hotel website Mr and Mrs Smith. It’s quite a claim, but once you’ve stayed there it’s easy to see why. Situated next to the famous Quadrado the hotels has 10 exclusive residences (casas), each with their own unique design. The casas vary in size and are perfect for honeymooners or families. All of the 10 casas are carefully styled with art from the Trancoso area and set in stunning natural surroundings. Our particular favourite is the Casa da Arvore, the tree house, which is a favourite for honeymooners. All casas benefit from large comfortable beds, indoor and outdoor living areas, flatscreen TV, air-conditioning and wifi. This really is the place to be seen on holiday in Trancoso. UXUA Casa translates as ‘Marvellous House’ and is the creation of renowned designer Wilbert Das, formerly of the Diesel clothing label, who is regularly seen in the hotel engaging with guests. The pool located next the restaurant was designed to have lake-like quality, built incorporating beautiful green aventurine stone, which the locals consider that they have therapeutic power, helping to calm the mind and reduce stress. The restaurant is one of the best in Trancoso and a short stroll to the beach will take you to the fabulous beach bar in the form of a semi-sunken boat in the sand serving great seafood and caipirinhas which are far too easy to drink. For those wanting an authentic experience, cooking classes can be arranged on site.
Oozing super cool sophistication and laid back luxury, this trendy hotel is a magnet for young celebrities who love to stay in this fashionable hot spot. From its privileged location opposite Ipanema Beach, guests can take a short stroll to Posto 8 which is the place to be seen on the sand in Rio. The hotel was designed by celebrated designer by Phillipe Starck and is a place where luxury abounds, illustrated from the white goose down pillows to the spectacular rooftop infinity pool looking out over the ocean. To satisfy a demanding clientele all the rooms possess private balconies, separated by mirror screens making privacy and discretion a hallmark of the property. The Fasano family made their name with their restaurants and so it is unsurprising that the Al Mare restaurant is one of the best dining experiences in Rio with a menu focusing on a Mediterranean style seafood cuisine whilst the Baretto-Londra lounge offers award-winning signature cocktails and is one of the most coveted bars in Rio.
Insolito Boutique Hotel in Buzios is at the top of the pile for luxury hotels in this sophisticated town and in 2012 was voted as the Best Beach Hotel in South America at the World Travel Awards. Insolitos is located on Ferradura beach, one of the best in Buzios, and was designed to perfectly integrate with its natural surroundings. Its owner has lovingly created the unique themes which vary throughout the hotel. The thoughtful use of local Brazilian arts and crafts have created 20 individually styled and welcoming rooms, with photos and paintings adorning the walls which have all been personally chosen by the owner. All rooms come with panoramic views of the ocean and some include a veranda with whirlpool. The hotel features two pools, a dry sauna, a steam sauna, plus jacuzzi and an Ofurô. Two speedboats are available for guests to explore the surrounding waters, and water sports, fishing and picnics can easily be arranged. The trendy beach lounge and restaurant, featuring a delicious Franco-Brazilian menu, is the place to be wined and dined in the exclusive area.
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