Known as the St. Tropez of Brazil, Buzios is a tropical retreat in the state of Rio de Janeiro known for its golden beaches, rich abundance of marine life and array of quality restaurants and entertainment options. It also has several boutique hotels that are as stunning as Buzios’ natural scenery. Here’s our pick of the best.
Located on high ground, Costa do Sol Boutique Hotel’s wide, wooden terrace overlooks several hilly peaks, as well as offering views of the ocean. The dazzling pool is surrounded by a calm deck lounge decorated with palm trees and white umbrellas that create a genuinely tropical vibe. The marble floor and exposed brickwork on the inside add a cosy and homely feel.
Just a stone’s throw away from Rua das Pedras, Buzios’ thriving nightlife and entertainment strip, Pousada Bucaneiro is close to all the action yet maintains a quiet, peaceful ambiance. Guests can choose between the nearby golden shores of Buzios or the open-air two-tier pool at the hotel for afternoons of sunbathing and ultimate relaxation. The breezy rooms are simple and modern with cheerful decorations in bright, tropical colors.
With its seafront location and proximity to Ferradura beach, Insólito Boutique is a true tropical paradise in Buzios. The wooden outdoor terrace makes a fine area to enjoy the boutique’s healthy breakfast and for a truly memorable dining experience, head to the restaurant upstairs to enjoy contemporary Brazilian cuisine with ocean views. The white color scheme delivers a fresh, crisp look and the dark wooden flooring and wide windows in the room create a homely, breezy setting.
Pedra da Laguna blends tropical decor with comfortable living in a luxury hotel that feels both relaxing and exciting. The building itself is nestled within a flourishing garden of palms, long grass and vibrant blooms, the warm color scheme inside creating a welcoming, homely setting. The swimming pool dazzles with a tall, pillar-based structure providing a shaded haven from Brazil’s fierce sun. Guests can enjoy a range of facilities from tennis courts and a tranquil spa to Buzios’ stunning nearby beaches and water-skiing.
Aquabarra Boutique Hotel is the ultimate relaxation boutique. From the open-air sofas on the ample terrace to the hanging beads wafting in the breeze above the lounge chairs, the whole space feels zen-like and calm. The ocean views are sensational and make a wonderful backdrop to a pleasant afternoon in the outdoor swimming pool. The rooms are a taste of home with warm colors and soft rugs on the floor.
Its location in Buzios’ hillsides affords glorious ocean views at Vila d’Este Handmade Hospitality Hotel, which are best enjoyed from the hotel’s infinity pool. While the gardens are manicured and relaxing, it’s the attention to detail in the rooms that is the real joy. The light and breezy rooms have floor to ceiling windows to allow full appreciation of Buzios’ natural landscapes. Some rooms come with a jacuzzi on the balcony to enjoy, before sleeping in a magnificent four-poster bed with crisp white drapes.
Casas Brancas Boutique Hotel and Spa creates a serene setting with a wide patio overlooking the sea and comfy lounge chairs that invite hours of pure relaxation. The white interior with light wooden furnishings maintains peace and calm within the hotel. Guests can make the most of the sublime spa available which has a wide range of treatments.