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Fasano Hotel – Rio de Janeiro

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Located smack bang in the middle of Ipaname beach Rio de Janeiro’s Fasano Hotel is the capital’s premiere destination for the young and happening crowd.

The luxury hotel has a boutique feel with a curated selection of 89 rooms (including 10 suites) but still offers the big facilities of any larger chain but with added warmth and character which makes Brazil so special. French designer Philippe Starck is responsible for the stylish decor of the hotel which uses wood, glass and marble  as its key materials, inspired by the golden age of 1960s Bossa Nova.

Fasano is not only popular with Brazilians but a global clientele which includes several A listers: Madonna, Lady GaGa, One Direction and David Beckham to name but a few, when we paid the hotel a visit Jared Leto was a guest, with fans of the Oscar winner and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman waiting outside for a glimpse of the star, in town for 2 nights at Rio’s  Fundição Progresso venue.

Gastronomy is also at the heart of the hotel which houses its own restaurant, Al Mare. The restaurant is regarded as one of the best in the city and offers guests breakfast, lunch and dinner dining options and a beautiful setting.  Its menu is inspired by Italian cuisine  with dishes like seared tuna with baked endive and a fish-based lasagne.

If its a drink you fancy then pay a visit to its bar Baretto Londra is named after the owner’s favourite city, London. As well as the signature Brazilian caipirinha a vast selection of drinks and cocktails are available in a setting decorated with leather chairs, aged Argentine red brick, low-lighting and Union Flags.

To keep you looking you best during your holiday then a fitness centre and spa, offering  guests personal trainers and a selection of facials and massages to make your stay even more special.

The highlight of the hotel is the heated marble infinity pool on the roof overlooking Ipanema Beach, the rooftop space also has a bar with staff there to look after your every need. Though the pool is on the smaller side it’s really the views that are the main draw, with sugarloaf mountain in sight it makes the perfect spot to watch the sunset.  Loungers surround the pool, the serene setting a great spot to top up your tan in-between swims. If you fancy beach action then the hotel has a designated private section of Ipanema for its guests.

Fasano is still family owned and operate 4 hotels, 3 in Brazil and a further one in Punta Del Este, Uruguay.

The Fasano is truly stunning, a beautifully designed space with top notch staff and what has to be the best view in the city from its rooftop. Unlike its neighbour Copacabana which can be a bit of a tourist trap and busy, Ipanema is the perfect setting for those wanting a relaxing break, filled with Rio’s best bars, restaurants and boutiques.  A definite must stay.

Current rates and availability are available on www.fasano.com.br

 

Belmond Copacabana Palace – Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro’s famed Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel has become the premier choice for those looking to get the Brazilian luxury experience during their stay. Since opening in 1923 the Art Deco inspired hotel has hosted A-listers including Tom Cruise,  Miley Cyrus and Madonna to Hollywood icons Marilyn Monroe and Fred Astaire in the process making it not only one of the most luxurious hotels in the country but the world.

The vast white building is located on the world famous Copacabana beach and houses 139 Rooms, 93 Suites and 7 Penthouse Suites as well as restaurants, bars, a pool, spa and gym. Its location makes it ideal to explore the nearby beaches of Ipanema and Leblon and landmarks including Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Botanical Gardens.

What has made the hotel so renowned and loved is its high standards of customer service which is evident as soon as you step you foot off your taxi, with a friendly porter helping you with your luggage and warm receptionist waiting to check you in.

Staying in a sea view suite will get you a spaces home away from home, with decor veering towards the more classic than modern though flat screen TVs and IPod docks do come as standard.  King or twin options are available with an ultra comfortable bed in crisp white bedding. The large en suite has both a shower and large bathtub in luxurious marble. A separate living room makes a great space to wind down or entertain guests with a fully stocked mini bar. All guests are given free  standard wifi access with higher speed connection available for an additional fee.

The most striking feature of the palace is its Half-Olympic size heated swimming pool, the perfect setting for an instagram snap. You can take a dip or just sit back and relax while topping up your tan while waiters are on hand for any request you may have with the bar offering a comprehensive selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, including the tasty watermelon juice.

The hotel also has its own designated section of the beach (a mere walk across the street away), providing complimentary loungers, towels and bottled water for all its guests.

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3 restaurants are available to guests, Pérgula which specialises in Brazilian and international cuisine, Cipriani which offers Northern Italian cuisine and finally the MEE with its Pan-Asian menu.

The MEE kitchen is lead by celebrity chef Ken Hom and recently one of the first restaurants in South America to be awarded a prestigious Michelin star. Launching in 2014 the 92 seater restaurant offers diners a exotic gastronomic journey through Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Vietnam, China and Japan.

Under the direction of Hom, MEE’s chefs travelled to Bangkok to perfect their cooking techniques. The comprehensive menu features several sushi and sashimi options as well at hot mains.  As a starter the Kobe Beef Tataki cannot be beaten, the tender Japanese Wagyu beef comes in Ponzu sauce and Momiiji Oroshi and makes for a delicious yet light start to the meal. Mains include prawn, beef and duck dishes (as well as a vegetarian pad thai) but we opted for the Tonkatsu Onsen Tamagô, Japanese steamed pork belly and deep fried served with egg and bok choy which we teamed up with the tasty special fried rice. Those with a sweet tooth will be more than happy with the dessert option which include classic chocolate cake as well as more experimental options, including the Mango Yuzu Raviolli a Mango raviolli stuffed with Yuzu cream, crunchy Sembei and citric sorbet.

The MEE also has Rio’s only sake stewardess is on hand to pair each dish with over 25 varieties specially imported from Japan as well as 18 cocktail varieties

A stay at the Belmond Copacabana Palace is truly a magical experience, a beautiful building with prestige interiors and top notch service with dedicated and warm staff on hand to make your stay memorable.

Belmond Copacabana Palace
Avenida Atlântica 1702
Rio de Janeiro
CEP 22021 001
Brazil

Prices for a stay at the Belmond Copacabana Palace start from £248 per room, per night based on a stay  in a Superior  City View room  and includes breakfast. To book or for further information visit belmond.com or call 0845 077 2222.