For those who dream of swimwear-clad days on golden beaches yet with all the amenities of a thriving city, Rio de Janeiro could be the perfect destination for a romantic honeymoon. Whether you want samba-fuelled nights in underground bars or long hikes through Rio’s exotic forest, Rio de Janeiro has something for every couple. Here are the best boutique hotels in Rio de Janeiro for your honeymoon.
A grand mansion with 19th-century colonial architecture in the heart of Santa Teresa, the boutique Mama Ruisa hotel manages to blend the romance of timeless style with the cool of the modern, making it an ideal setting for a honeymoon retreat. Displayed throughout are a number of drawings by Jean Cocteau, as well as religious sculptures collected from around Brazil. Inside the hotel, elegant furnishings sit within spacious rooms, all with views looking out onto the Guanabara Bay and the Sugarloaf Mountain.
A converted mansion in the hills of Santa Teresa, the Santa Teresa Hotel is surprisingly large yet its rustic architecture and contemporary style give the impression of a relaxed yet luxurious guesthouse, creating a more memorable setting for a honeymoon than a multi-storey hotel. The hotel is surrounded by a tranquil garden with colorful flowers, plenty of palms, and a swimming pool complete with a cocktail bar and sun loungers. Enjoy cozy evenings taking in the panoramic view from the garden or relax for pampering sessions at the fully equipped spa.
Hotel Fasano is one of the only five-star hotels in Ipanema and goes above and beyond to make each guest feel special, perfect for honeymooning couples who are looking to be pampered. The rooms come complete with Egyptian cotton pajamas to sleep in as well as indoor flip-flops and bathrobes to pad around the hotel. Spend a love-filled afternoon on the rooftop while sipping cocktails from a pristine infinity pool before watching Rio de Janeiro’s best sunset across the ocean.
Despite rising competition from other luxurious and more modern hotels, Copacabana Palace remains Rio de Janeiro’s most iconic hotel. It’s maintained its classic style with polished marble floors that run throughout the hotel, Brazilian wood finishings, and black and white photos of famous legends (and past guests) hanging up on the wall. The elegant rooms and around the clock room service provides a romantic setting for honeymooning couples who can also enjoy sunny days at the glamorous swimming pool or on the part of Copacabana Beach reserved exclusively for guests.
For honeymoon couples who want to escape from Rio’s tourist traps, La Suite by Dussol provides a secluded haven in the jungle-covered hills of Joá. Boasting several A-list celebrities as past guests, the total privacy and the infinity pool with ocean views make it easy to see why it’s popular among those looking for peace and exclusivity. The contemporary interior design is softened with a collection of antiques, which has been the inspiration for several fashion shoots. Service that finds the fine balance between being attentive and discreet will make couples feel they have paradise to themselves.
The Emiliano Hotel in Copacabana – the same brand as the Emiliano in São Paulo – oozes exclusivity and excellence and its striking panel facade brings a modern edge to the otherwise traditional neighborhood. The sophisticated marble decor with wooden furnishings and the living wall of the restaurant are wonderful touches and provide a pleasant setting to relax in for your honeymoon. On the rooftop, a central swimming pool, well-stocked bar, comfy sun loungers, and attentive staff will cater for your every need and make you and your partner feel well and truly spoiled.
Straddling the border of Ipanema and Copacabana, Casa Mosquito is an impressive mansion transformed into a seamless blend of guesthouse and boutique hotel. On top of this elegant mansion is the rooftop bar which is one of the few places in the city that has aerial views of both Copacabana and Ipanema complete with a swimming pool and delicious cocktails. In the evening, it’s a peaceful spot for honeymooners to enjoy each other’s company and take in the unrivaled sunset. The rooms are spacious and decorated in a fifties theme with a mix of contemporary and antique furniture, providing a pleasant setting for cozy nights in.