Pristine beaches framed by luscious palm trees and turquoise waters – what could be more romantic than a tropical weekend getaway? Known as the St Tropez of Brazil, Buzios is a place to see and be seen. Popular among the young and free, the buzzing ambiance creates an exciting setting for couples seeking a feverish romance. Here’s the complete guide to a couple’s weekend in Buzios.
Where to eat
The best quality food in Buzios is centered around seafood and fish, but there are plenty of other eating options too. From candlelit dinners paired with smooth wine or a more casual affair of thin-crust pizza and chilled beer, there is a romantic dinner waiting in Buzios for all couples.
Bar do Ze
Rev up the romance by reserving a table for two at Bar do Ze, an upscale restaurant where the views – overlooking the famous Orla Bardot promenade – are second to none. Indulge in creamy risottos or freshly-cooked lobster, while smitten couples can celebrate the romance with a bottle of chilled champagne. A classy interior and sublime service complete the dining experience at this fancy eatery.
Bar do Ze, Av. José Bento Ribeiro Dantas 382, Buzios, Brazil +55 (22) 2623 4986
For couples looking for a low-key dining experience to simply enjoy each other’s company with great food, there are few better places than Primitivo. Located in the heart of buzzing Rua das Pedras, the Italian eatery serves up comforting pasta dishes and hearty gnocchi. Keep it romantically casual by ordering a thin-crust, homemade pizza to share and pair it with one of the extra-cold Brazilian beers from the menu.
Primitivo, Rua das Pedras 60, Buzios, Brazil +55 (22) 2623 4132
Rocka Beach Lounge
Dine on an accomplished seafood dish at Rocka Beach Lounge for an utterly romantic lunch, or turn up the heat with a dozen aphrodisiacal oysters washed down with chilled white wine. After eating, stroll outside to laze on the hillside lounge chairs in the restaurant’s gardens where the spectacular views are sure to make hearts flutter.
Rocka Beach Lounge, R. da Praia 13, Buzios, Brazil +55 (22) 2623 6159
What to do
A thriving town next to some of Brazil’s most beautiful coastlines guarantees love-struck couples won’t be short of things to do. From lazy afternoons on tropical beaches to romantic strolls and jaw-dropping sunsets, there are plenty of options to set the scene for romance.
Wander the Orla Bardot promenade
There are few finer places for a romantic stroll than the Orla Bardot. Linger over the sweeping panoramic views of the ocean while taking in one of the quieter spots in Buzios. Peckish couples can drift into any of the cozy restaurants and bars that line the promenade to share typically Brazilian snacks and cold, refreshing beers.
Watch the sunset from the Igreja de Sant’Ana church
Scaling the hillside of Buzios to reach the Sant’Ana church will reward you with a perfectly romantic setting with splendid views overlooking Buzios and the sea. Yet for pure romantic indulgence, settle down arm-in-arm to watch the superb sunset from Buzios’s lofty hills with the charming Sant’Ana church in the background.
Create tropical memories on a stunning boat trip
What could be more romantic than carving out new memories with your loved one? A boat trip to explore some of Buzios’s 20 beaches and countless untouched islands will certainly leave a lasting impression. The on-deck seafood and potent caipirinhas coupled with superb snorkeling spots with potential turtle-sightings will create unforgettable stories you’ll be recalling together for years to come.
Wine and dine at Porto da Barra
The most romantic side of town, Porto da Barra is a waterfront locale with dozens of charming restaurants and buzzing bars. The modern decor of the district coupled with pleasant bay views create a cozy environment in which to sample the fine food on offer at any of the eateries. Feast on Brazilian cuisine for a romantic dinner date, before sipping cocktails on the terrace while watching the unforgettable sunset.
Where to stay
From cozy boutiques to full-on pampering resorts, Buzios has every kind of accommodation option for couples looking to indulge in a romantic break for two.
Just a hand-in-hand stroll from Rua das Pedras – Buzios’s entertainment strip with plenty of wining and dining options – Pousada Bucaneiros’s location is perfectly central yet sufficiently out the way to give loved-up couples some privacy. Relaxing together in the two-tier pool is a perfect way to spend a pleasantly romantic afternoon before drying off the well-manicured gardens. Enjoy the cheerful decor of the cozy rooms for two while getting ready for a romantic night on the town.
Ferradura Resort is the ultimate romantic getaway for couples. From the spacious balconies with sweeping ocean views to the heated jacuzzis in the private bathrooms, the rooms alone are designed for the comfort and pleasure of besotted couples. Venture outside the crisp, modern rooms to laze the days away at one of the three pools or meander down the rustic path that opens out to one of Buzios’s splendid beaches. For pure romance, sip on cocktails and dine at the hotel’s bar and lounge while whispering sweet nothings in your lover’s ear.
Casas Brancas Boutique Hotel and Spa creates an utterly romantic setting with its superb ocean views from the comfort of the ample outdoor patio. Snuggle up together on one of the lounge chairs in the garden or indulge in a romantic pampering session at the hotel’s supreme spa. The peaceful environment of the hotel is enhanced by the white decor warmed by the light wood furnishings and potted tropical plants. An ideal hotel for couples seeking luxury and privacy.
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