The Luxury Guide to Rio de Janeiro


The world is focused on Rio de Janeiro right now so why shouldn’t KOKET be?! This postcard-pretty seaside city has had a recent increase in popularity due to the summer Olympics, but we are going to give you the luxury tour. With glittering beaches, cultural landmarks, tasty cuisine and impeccable nightlife, there are plenty of things to do in this youthful Brazil city. So get your bikini ready and journey through KOKETs luxury guide to Rio de Janeiro.
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With glittering beaches, cultural landmarks, tasty cuisine and impeccable nightlife, there are plenty of things to do in Rio de Janeiro.

With glittering beaches, cultural landmarks, tasty cuisine and impeccable nightlife, there are plenty of things to do in Rio de Janeiro.


Where to Stay
Hotel Santa Teresa – This luxe boutique hotel is located in the artsy Santa Teresa neighborhood. A former colonial-era mansion, the Rio hotel’s interior along with 44 spacious rooms, are decorated with Brazilian designed furniture featuring tropical woods, silk shades and warm colors. The Hotel Santa Teresa comes complete with a gourmet restaurant and cozy bar, surrounded by lush green gardens.
This luxe boutique hotel is located in the artsy Santa Teresa neighborhood.

This luxe boutique hotel is located in the artsy Santa Teresa neighborhood.


A former colonial-era mansion, the Santa Teresa hotel’s interior along with 44 spacious rooms, are decorated with Brazilian designed furniture.

A former colonial-era mansion, the Santa Teresa hotel’s interior along with 44 spacious rooms, are decorated with Brazilian designed furniture.


Hotel Fasano – The Hotel Fasano set a new standard of luxury when they opened this Philippe Starck-designed hotel, inspired by the bossa nova era of Rio de Janeiro. The impeccably designed 79 rooms and 10 suites of the Ipanema Beach hotel each feature Sergio Rodrigues furniture and private balconies. Dine at one of the three on-site restaurants, pamper yourself at the world class spa or take a dip in the penthouse swimming pool.
The Hotel Fasano set a new standard of luxury when they opened this Philippe Starck-designed hotel.

The Hotel Fasano set a new standard of luxury when they opened this Philippe Starck-designed hotel.


Dine at one of Hotel Fasano's three on-site restaurants.

Dine at one of Hotel Fasano’s three on-site restaurants.


Mama Ruisa – Located in the Santa Teresa neighborhood, the boutique hotel, Mama Ruisa, offers a traditional Brazilian feel with a French touch. With only seven bedrooms, the hotel has a “home-away-from-home” feel, offering a lounging pool surrounded by palm trees and hummingbirds, while staff meet your every need.
Located in the Santa Teresa neighborhood, the boutique hotel, Mama Ruisa, offers a traditional Brazilian feel with a French touch.

Located in the Santa Teresa neighborhood, the boutique hotel, Mama Ruisa, offers a traditional Brazilian feel with a French touch.


The Mama Ruisa hotel has a “home-away-from-home” feel

The Mama Ruisa hotel has a “home-away-from-home” feel


Where to Eat
La Fiducia – Located along Copacabana’s Rua Duvivier, La Fiducia is a small and elegant café offering contemporary Italian cuisine. Although they serve some traditional Brazilian dishes, it is a great Rio de Janeiro restaurant when you want to spice it up a little with some Italian fare.
La Fiducia is a small and elegant café offering contemporary Italian cuisine.

La Fiducia is a small and elegant café offering contemporary Italian cuisine.


Le Pre Catelan – Located at the Rio Sofitel, Le Pre Catelan is an award-winning restaurant headed by chef Roland Villard. The gourmet restaurant is praised for its French cuisine blended with Brazilian elements such as fresh fruits, vegetables and fish. Dine under glittering Swarovski chandeliers while surrounded by luxurious rococo décor and dramatic Copacabana beach views.
Le Pre Catelan is an award-winning restaurant headed by chef Roland Villard.

Le Pre Catelan is an award-winning restaurant headed by chef Roland Villard.


Casa de Feijoada – Rio de Janeiro is famous for their feijoada, or traditional bean stew, and Casa de Feijoada is the best place to try it. The Ipanema restaurant offers a cozy and relaxing environment with traditional Brazilian fare.
Casa de Feijoada is the best place to try Rio's famous feijoada.

Casa de Feijoada is the best place to try feijoada, a famous dish in Rio de Janeiro.


What to do
Rio Scenarium – Rio has a great nightlife including dancing the night away! Hit up Rio Scenarium, an old city favorite, for three floors of lively dancing and music.
Hit up Rio Scenarium, an old city favorite, for three floors of lively dancing and music.

Hit up Rio Scenarium, an old city favorite, for three floors of lively dancing and music.


Beach – Suns out, buns out! Rio has two famous beaches to soak up some of those gorgeous rays, Copacabana and Ipanema. Copacabana features 4.5km of pristine, sandy beaches dotted with various hotels and restaurants, and is a popular tourist attraction in Rio. If touristy isn’t your thing, head to Ipanema beach, known for its elegant development and its social life, and located in the affluent Ipanema neighborhood.
The shores of the famous Copacabana beach.

The shores of the famous Copacabana beach.


Ipanema beach is known for its elegant development and its social life.

Ipanema beach is known for its elegant development and its social life.


Christ the Redeemer Statue – If you have never been to Rio de Janeiro, it’s worth visiting the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue perched on top of Corcovado mountain. The Art Deco design has been looking over Rio since the 1930s and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is perched on top of Corcovado mountain.

The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro is perched on top of Corcovado mountain.


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