Making the most of a Brazilian summer isn’t hard to do with a wide selection of beaches, but to get a more sophisticated cool down check out these top pools. Located throughout the country, from the city to the forest, from panoramic views to tranquil settings, these are the best swimming pools Brazil has to offer.
PortoBay Rio International
Sure, Rio de Janeiro has plenty of beaches, but those looking for a different vibe (and one with less sand) should head to the PortoBay Rio International hotel. Located in the famed Copacabana neighborhood, the hotel’s rooftop pool offers a stunning panoramic view of the beach. The view from the pool, located 20 stories up, includes the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, and the space is given a modern, clean look. Take in the sights of Rio de Janeiro from the rooftop, enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool and sip a caipirinha from the pool bar.
Hotel PortoBay Rio International, Av. Atlântica, 1500 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 2546 8000
PortoBay Rio International | © Courtesy PortoBay Hotels & Resorts
Discover another tropical paradise outside of Rio de Janeiro in Búzios, a town originally founded on fishing communities that has become a foodie destination. The location is made up of a small peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic, and the PortoBay hotel there encompasses this tropical vibe in their beautiful pool area. As a boutique lodge, the PortoBay hotel has a more intimate feel, and guests can enjoy a tranquil setting surrounded by palm trees in paradise.
Portobay Búzios, Rua 15, nº10 – Village de Búzios, Búzios, Brazil, +55 22 2623 2823
PortoBay Búzios | Courtesy PortoBay Hotels & Resorts
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Head west to discover the unforgettable Iguassu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina. After exploring the incredible waterfalls, guests of the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas can take a dip in their serene pool. With excellent poolside service and an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife, this hotel is certainly one of Brazil’s best.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Rodovia, 469, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, +55 45 2102 7000
Belmond Hotel | © Georganne Hassell
In one of the world’s largest cities, São Paulo, this hotel truly does stand out among the rest. Twice selected by Condé Nast Traveler as The Best Hotel in South America, Hotel Unique offers an upscale experience with modern flair. The rooftop pool is an integral part of the hotel’s appeal, with an underwater sound system making it the most tech-advanced pool around. The rooftop locale offers unparalleled city views and plenty of places to lounge during summer in São Paulo.
Hotel Unique, Av. Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 4700 – Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil, +55 11 3055 4700
Hotel Unique | © Gerardo Lazzari/Flickr