The Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Brazil

The top of Sugarloaf Mountain offers spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro
The top of Sugarloaf Mountain offers spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro | © robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip Travel Team

From a luxurious property on a Rio de Janeiro beach to a boutique rainforest hideaway, there are some remarkable places to stay throughout Brazil. The finest options combine the best historical architecture, wilderness and cuisine in the nation to bring you a memorable and relaxing boutique hotel stay. Here’s our pick of the best in the country – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Pousada Capim Santo Trancoso

Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel

Small round outdoor pool surrounded by decking and white sun loungers with colourful pillows at Pousada Capim Santo.
Courtesy of Pousada Capim Santo Trancoso / Expedia

The tranquil beach destination of Trancoso is perfectly suited to boutique hotel living, and you can have it all at Pousada Capim Santo. With its wooden, open-fronted bar draped in a cloak of verdant foliage and tropical flowers, the ecoresort blends in with its surroundings. Apartments have a crisp freshness to them, with their spacious white-and-blue furnishings and lace-curtained windows. Lounge in your balcony’s hammock or swim up to the pool bar for a cocktail.

2. Six Senses Botanique

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Large wooden balcony with heavy stone wall and wooden table and chairs looking out over the forest in the Mantiqueira Mountains at Six Senses Botanique.
Courtesy of Six Senses Botanique / Expedia

Deep in the forest-covered Mantiqueira Mountains is a remote boutique hotel, where the goal is to be in greater harmony with nature. Water is sourced from one of the property’s numerous natural springs, and some ingredients served at the on-site restaurant come from the hotel’s organic farm. Rooms have lofty wooden ceilings and huge windows opening onto balconies with an expansive view of the forest.

3. Pousada Picinguaba

Hotel

Sundeck and small pool at Pousada Picinguaba with an impressive view across the bay.
© robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo

When designing this Brazilian boutique hotel, founder Emmanuel Rengade drew from his philosophy that travel is about searching for personal connection and meaning. Nowhere is this more possible than when close to nature, which is why Pousada Picinguaba is impeccably located in an area where the mountains, Atlantic beaches and rainforest converge. The hotel runs surfing, hiking, boat trips and yoga sessions; however, with the on-site pool with a view and the private jacuzzis in some rooms, you may never want to leave the hotel.

4. Janeiro Hotel

Luxury

Airy, white room with wooden furniture and large double bed with white sheets and hanging egg chair in corner at Janeiro Hotel.
Courtesy of Janeiro Hotel / Expedia

Do Rio in style by staying at Janeiro Hotel, in the heart of the trendy Leblon neighborhood. The imposing Two Brothers Mountain lies to the east and the long sandy stretch of Leblon Beach to the south. The best place to bask in the view of both at the same time is from the rooftop infinity pool. From some rooms at the back of the hotel, you can also see Christ the Redeemer.

5. Mama Ruisa Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Balcony of room at Mama Ruisa, with wicker furniture looking out onto Rio from the Santa Teresa neighbourhood.
Courtesy of Mama Ruisa Boutique Hotel / Booking.com

On one of the cobbled, winding hillside streets in Rio’s creative Santa Teresa neighborhood is the Mama Ruisa Boutique Hotel. Set inside an old colonial mansion, the interior spaces, including the rooms, were designed and furnished by the owner, a collector of Brazilian furniture. There’s a distinct link to designers of the ’50s and ’60s, with the airy, high-ceilinged rooms featuring earthy tones, which blend seamlessly with the leafy surrounds. Take breakfast on the terrace, with views over Guanabara Bay.

6. Casa Turquesa Paraty Maison d’Hôtes

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Small plunge pool illuminated at night surrounded by wooden decking and lush greenery at Casa Turquesa.
Courtesy of Casa Turquesa Paraty Maison d’Hôtes / Expedia

Turquoise is the predominant color on the Casa Turquesa palette, including the wooden doors and window frames, the swimming pool and the leather couch in the living area. But that’s not out of place in Paraty, with its cheery fishing boats painted bright shades of purple, green, pink and yellow. The hotel, overlooking the harbor, is filled with warmth throughout, from the welcome on arrival to the carefully prepared meals.

7. La Villa Bahia

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Villa

Patterned sofa and green chair in communal area with trinkets on top of old wooden luggage trunks at Hotel Villa Bahia.
Courtesy of La Villa Bahia / Expedia

If you’re looking for a boutique hotel with a bit of history, look no further than La Villa Bahia in Salvador’s Unesco World Heritage-listed historic center. Occupying two colonial villas from the 17th and 18th centuries, the hotel has taken great care to preserve the traditional essence of the buildings; antique wooden furniture with a shabby-chic vibe contrasts well with the modern bathrooms and beds. Two garden courtyards and a small pool offer secluded portals of relaxation.

8. Solar da Ponte

Hotel

Exterior of Solar da Ponte, illuminated at night by old-style lamp post, obscured by lush greenery.
Courtesy of Solar da Ponte / Expedia

For the more intrepid traveler who wants to break free of the well-trodden path, Solar da Ponte in Tiradentes is a great option. This historic settlement has retained its small-village atmosphere, and this elegant country house has plenty of traditional charm on display inside. The owners, a husband-wife team, are Brazilian and English, bringing sensibilities from both cultures to the space, particularly in the kitchen, which offers afternoon tea and regional dishes.

9. Rancho do Peixe

Boutique Hotel

Outdoor patio at Rancho do Peixe leading straight onto the beach. The patio is made of old, driftwood-style wooden slats and covered in a climbing plant.
Courtesy of Rancho do Peixe / Expedia
Are you heading to Brazil’s north coast, around the Parque Nacional de Jericoacoara? Be sure to look into the beachfront boutique resort of Rancho do Peixe. Each wooden beach bungalow features a palm-frond roof and contains a rustic-chic four-poster bed. Floral-motif cushions add pops of warmth and color to the bungalows, which sit within a peaceful coconut grove. The sprawling resort has plenty of places to relax in the shade by the water, and in true Brazilian style, there’s even a soccer field.

Let the professionals do the work for you by staying at one of the best resorts in Brazil, or learn more about the country by staying at tailored hotels for every traveler – bookable now with Culture Trip. Experience Brazil properly with these tours from Rio de Janeiro, or check out the best vegetarian restaurants in an otherwise meat-loving São Paulo.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Sarah Brown.

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