The Rio Guide


The Rio Guide

Follow Faithfull as we guide you through the best of the best of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from our latest finds during our Summer 17 Campaign Shoot


– Where to Stay –

Hotel Santa Teresa

Welcome to this hip hideaway where the tropics meets a 50’s bohemian borough feel. Hotel Santa Teresa is renowned in Rio de Janeiro as one of its most creative oasis’. Experience your slice of brazilian heaven in the artsy suites, trendy bar & restaurant and the perfect respite pool enclave to see your days through in the treetops – a must alternative to the classic beachfront scene.

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Not only does Hotel Santa Teresa evoke calmness in its art and interior design, but the location is ideal for those seeking to treat themselves to the colorful bar scene, art gallerias and dreamy mansions that the artsy neighbourhood of Barria has to offer.



From $212 USD per night, Hotel Santa Teresa provides unrivalled cuisine, stylised bedroom spaces, relaxing spa treatments and astounding service.

Boutique | Hotel Santa Teresa 
Location | R. Alm. Alexandrino, 660 – Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20240-210, Brazil
Booking | or 
Social | @santateresamgallery

Fasano Rio

As soon as we stepped foot inside Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro we knew we had arrived in utter paradise. Located directly across from star studded Ipanema Beach, and just a skip and hop away from Copacabana Beach, this luxury hotel is nestled right in the hustle and bustle of the iconic beach stretch.



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Boasting a white marble roof top pool, glass exteriors and your own slice of private beach, Hotel Fasano is all about the glitz and glam of the seafront. Spend your days sipping on caipirinha’s by the infinity pool while you look out onto unparalleled panoramic views of the atlantic ocean, or people watch Rio’s beautifully bronzed crowds along the ocean front.



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From $699 USD per night you can experience the best that Ipanema has to offer with Hotel Fasano.

Boutique | Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Location |Av. Vieira Souto, 80 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22420-002, Brazil
Booking | www, or
Social | @fasano

Niemeyer – Sao Conrado 

We were lucky enough to be able to shoot at the unique masterpiece designed by Oscar Niemeyer for our Summer 17 Campaign. The space includes 7 elegant bedroom spaces (did we mention the Master features 3 in total!), 5 different living areas, an informal living room, a formal sitting room, lunch room, dining room and home theatre. Travelling in a large group but require your own privacy with that luxurious touch? Say no more – Niemeyer is the perfect oasis for you.



For those who appreciate art, the estate also encompasses various worldly sculptures in locations across the grounds giving Niemeyer that extra special touch.


Get ready to spend your days in true relaxation mode by the swimming pool and jacuzzi, dry and steam sauna, or natural fountain. Alternatively, guests can utilise on site activities including a gymnasium, BBQ/bar area, painting room, night club, official tennis court and basketball court.


From $3,000 USD per night for 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and a plethora of leisure activities at your finger tips – Niemeyer is truly one to remember and we could not recommend this exclusive Rio rental more.

Boutique | Nieymeyer – Sao Conrado
Location | Rua CapuriRio de JaneiroSão Conrado
Booking | or
Social | @rioexclusive

Ipanema Penthouse

Travelling with a group of 6 people meant we really wanted a location that felt both homely but also gave everyone their own personal space right in the heart of Rio. We were over the moon to discover Ipanema Penthouse was available during our time in Ipanema and we absolutely ADORED our time here.



This stunning penthouse spreads over 470m2 and is located on Ipanema Beaches doorstep between the post 8 and 9. Boasting 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, breathtaking panoramic views of Ipanema and leisure amentities such as a pool and sauna – if Ipanema Penthouse is in your budget, you won’t regret the decision to make this unique oasis your home base.



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Contact Ipanema Penthouse via RioExclusive directly for rates

Boutique | Ipanema Penthouse
Location | Ipanema Beach – Rio de JaneiroSão Conrado
Booking | or
Social | @rioexclusive

– Getting There –

Unless you’re already travelling throughout South America, you’ll most likely arrive by Air into Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo International gateways. Depending on whether you’re located in the USA, UK, Europe or Oceania will dictate your prices, with high season generally being July and August, Mid-December-Christmas and Feb-March (Carnaval time). For the budget conscious, aim to fly outside of these periods to save on Accommodation + Flights.

From SYDNEY, AUS approx $1400 return
From LOS ANGELES, USA approx $1200 return
From LONDON, UK approx $973 return
From ROME, ITALY approx $1275 return
Visit SkyScanner to find the best deals

– Must See’s –

  1. Sunday Night at Bar Bip Bop

Regarded as THE Sunday night bar, Bip Bop is a casual, slightly bohemian cafe where famous local musicians play choro & samba music as the sun goes down. Do not miss your chance at catching a live roda de samba and purely captivating jam sessions spilling into the streets with both young hipsters and old professionals sipping their beers to the beat of Brazil.



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2. The Cristo Rendentor

You’ve seen the classic Rio de Janiero photo, so almost certainly you have added this to your Rio List! Standing 38 metres tall, the high statue of the “Cristo Redentor” offers simply breathtaking panoramic views from the base at 710 metres above the sea.

You can reach Cristo Rendedor 2 different ways – either by train or bus. Aim to arrive in the morning – early afternoon, as the sun sets behind the mountain as early as 4pm – leaving the view partly shaded and not ideal to capture this iconic view.


3. Pao de Acucar

You’ve seen the post card perfect view from Pao de Acucar countless times, but taking in the view in real time is completely mind blowing. Take the cable car up to Pao de Acucar in the early morning to secure the best views Rio has to offer of iconic beaches La Copacabana and Ipanema.

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  1. Bohemian Santa Teresa

Colorful houses and lush gardens lined with cobblestone streets sound mesmerising? We cannot recommend visiting one of our favorite locations Santa Teresa more when in Rio. Spend hours strolling through streets taking in all the color contrasts and picture perfect snap shots that this area evokes.

While Santa Teresa is not unsafe, we do recommend to stay cautious as pick pocketing is rife in Brazil as a whole.

santa2 santa35. Visit a Samba School

As the saying goes When in Rome… it would be silly to not lose yourself to the samba tunes and mesmerising dancers at one of the top Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro. Although we didn’t get the chance to visit, we were recommended Saturday Nights in Salgueiro for the ultimate samba experience.

6. Watch a Football Match

Boasting one of the biggest stadiums in the world, the newly built Maracana (Brazil’s temple to football) is the perfect sight to see true enthusiasm and excitement of the football club supporters. During championships or times when local teams go head to head, the games have said to rival those most exhilarating in the world. With matches taking place all year round, usually on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Weekends – Maracana is a not to be missed experience!

7. Carnival

Rio Carnival is a wild and extravagant 5 day festival occurring 40 days before Easter every year. Internationals flock to Rio and other parts of Brazil to be entertained in the true culture of Brazil. To locals, Carnival sums up their way of thinking and life, evoking a euphoric event where people can sing, dance, party and overdose on fun & happiness. Planning a trip to Rio in early February? There is a good chance you’ll be caught in the streets of laughter, happiness and good times for Rio Carnival.



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For more information on Carnival visit Rio Carnival Tourism

– Where to Eat –

Hotel Fasano

We adore Italian Food, and we don’t mean that lightly – so it was a beautiful surprise to us when eating at Fasano Al Mare that we were acquainted with some of the best italian food we have ever had the pleasure of consuming.

Post Dinner, we recommend to visit Londra, with the rock’n’roll decor, vintage record displays, and Italianized union jacks and brick walls. We fell in the love with the vibe and essence of this cosy bar.

For bookings contact Fasano


Nestled in tropical gardens, rustic wood backdrops and picturesque views of Guanabara Bay, Aprazivel is a casual, open air lunch spot perfect for travellers wanting traditional dishes.

For bookings contact Aprazivel


When in Rio, one must devour the freshest or fresh seafood on offer. Azumi’s seafood is particularly divine thanks to its own personal boat that fishes for its catch early each morning, to put straight on your plate for evening sushi and sashimi.

For more information visit Azumi

– Where to Beach –

Copacabana Beach 

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Ipanema Beach


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Arpoador Beach

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Leblon Beach

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Joatinga Beach



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– What to Pack –

– #BTS Photo Diary –





Rio de Janeiro… there is something almost mystical about this place. No city we’ve travelled to stimulates as much of the imagination and we left Brazil being absolutely spellbound. Summer 17 Campaign was a beautiful success & one thing is for sure.. Brazil, we will be back!

Words by Faithfull the Brand

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