Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famous for its beautiful beaches and exciting festivals. For those traveling to this energetic city (with a population of nearly 6.5 million!), the Hotel Fasano is an excellent choice. Designed by famous French designer Philippe Starck, the 91-room hotel is steeped in understated luxury, complete with Dalí-inspired décor and rain-forest showers. Located on the eastern end of Ipanema Beach and just steps away from the tree-lined streets of chic cafes, restaurants, and bustling bars, Hotel Fasano is a great spot to call home for a few nights in Rio.
Opt for a deluxe seafront room and enjoy 300-count crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets and stunning views of the turquoise waters that seem close enough to touch. Hotel Fasano also offers guests a rooftop infinity pool, bar, and restaurant that overlooks the beach below -- a perfect place to relax after a day of adventure. If you prefer the sandy shores, the hotel has a private cabana on Ipanema Beach, where guests have access to free beach chairs and bottled water.
Hungry? Fasano al Mare, the hotel’s Italian restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Luca Gozzani, specializes in seafood and offers dishes including delicious beef ravioli and roasted lamb steak with lentils.