The intimate space and upscale qualities of a boutique hotel create a cosy setting, like being a personal guest in a luxurious home. For an unforgettable stay in Brazil, check out these bewitching boutique hotels with features such as tropical beach backdrops and mountain-side locations.
Located in the heart of Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro’s bohemian neighbourhood, Mama Ruisa allows the calming ambiance of the region to enter the hotel providing a peaceful, quiet spot for guests. The decor maintains its traditional roots as a century-old mansion, yet pleasantly contrasts with modern touches to give a fresh look. Highlights here include breakfast on the terrace that overlooks Guanabara Bay and the swimming pool, surrounded by tropical palm trees and timid hummingbirds.
Mama Ruisa, R. Santa Cristina, 132 – Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, +55 (21) 2508 8142
Set beside the cobbled streets in the historical city centre of Paraty, Casa Turquesa is a charming boutique that draws from its colonial roots for decor inspiration. Yet there is nothing old or aging here – the exposed brickwork, wooden beams, and carefully-chosen colour theme of turquoise and yellow give the rooms a fresh, breezy feel. The rooms are named after colours – the white room is one of the most sought after for its terrace with dreamy views. The staff provides an exclusive service with a wealth of local knowledge and travel tips for Paraty.
Rua Dr. Pereira nº50, Centro Histórico, Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 (21) 3371 1037
The old centre of Salvador creates the history-rich environment that Villa Bahia is surrounded by. The chandeliers and the royal yellow curtains that drape from ceiling to floor could set a regal tone, yet the vintage sofas and the antique chest table lend the homely feel of being at grandma’s house. The pots of graceful, green palms add an appropriate tropical touch and the dark wooden floors and panels make it cosy. The restaurant serves up superb cuisine that makes the most of the local, exotic food sources.
Villa Bahia,Largo do Cruzeiro de São Francisco, 16/18 – Pelourinho, Salvador, +55 (71) 3322 4271
Solar da Ponte
Ideally located near to the historical centre of Tiradentes in Minas Gerais, Solar da Ponte maintains its colonial appeal through traditional decor of stone-paved floors, rustic tables and chairs, and simple furniture. Finishing touches such as framed paintings, shelves of aging books, and a fireplace charmingly bring the past to the present. The huge garden where ancient trees reside make for a pleasant place to relax or to simply observe whilst enjoying a classic Minas Gerais breakfast of regional cheese, fresh bread, and a variety of fruit.
Solar da Ponte, Praça das Mercês, s/n – Centro, Tiradentes, Minas Gerias, +55 (32) 3355 1255
Rancho do Peixe
Kitesurfers will be in their element at Rancho do Peixe. Located in the far north of Brazil, this boutique is made of a collection of beach bungalows with beach-vibe touches such as thatched roofs, wooden decking, and a couple of hammocks rigged up outside. The bungalows lead straight to the breathtakingly beautiful beaches near to Jericoacoara, known for its turquoise waters and clean, white sand. With a local kite school and kitesurf equipment for hire, get ready to ride the waves and enjoy the strong winds that gather there.
Rancho do Peixe, Rua da Praia, s/n, Cruz – Ceara, +55 (88) 3660 3147
Campos do Jordão is the mountain retreat of São Paulo, famed for its cooler climate and Swiss-style restaurants serving arguably the best fondue in Brazil. Apple House is a charming, Alpine-themed boutique with picturesque decor of sloping pine ceilings, authentic fireplaces, and large windows overlooking the mountain views. Guests can enjoy a diverse breakfast of both hot and cold foods before enjoying the many activities nearby such as hiking, mountain climbing, and horse riding.
Clinging to the tropical sides of a hill that overlook what could be mistaken for a Caribbean sea, Alizées Moreré in Bahia offers the ultimate paradisaical escape. Each of the rooms has a thatched roof and a wooden decking that peers through the thick vegetation and stretches out over the blindingly blue sea. The humid breeze licks over the faces of those who enjoy the complimentary breakfast outside. The staff are extremely attentive and will go that extra mile to ensure guests have an unforgettable stay.
Camurim Grande balances the minimal look with luxurious finishes that effortlessly push this boutique into the realms of the upscale world. Set in the grounds of a former private residence, the hotel is surrounded by coconut and mango trees, and there is a peaceful, idyllic beach nearby. The hotel’s pool is inviting with loungers in the water and surrounded by a tranquil natural ambiance that is typical of the Alagoas coastline.
Camurim Grande, Rodovia AL101 Norte, km 124 – Zona Rural, Maragogi – Alagoas, +55 (82) 3296 2044