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