The growth in the number of charming pousadas and guest houses means good news for couples traveling in Rio. On the other hand, Rio's long history as a top destination for honeymoons and romantic getaways is stronger than ever in the city's hotels - when you make your reservation, inquire about the best suites, best views and perks such as check-in gifts and extras in the room.
1. Copacabana Palace 18912
To many couples, no other hotel will do: the legendary Copa, opened in 1923 and now part of the Orient-Express, has never stopped being a top getaway for romance in Rio.
The Penthouse Suites and the rooms with beach views are the leading categories, but the smaller rooms with pool and ocean views and design by Orient-Express French designer Michel Jouannet are beautiful and just perfect for two.
The pool and the hotel restaurants and bars, especially the Cipriani, are attractions in themselves.
Copacabana Palace website: www.copacabanapalace.com.br
2. Fasano Rio de Janeiro
A member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World, beachfront Fasano Rio de Janeiro, in Ipanema, has design by Philippe Starck, with a rooftop marble pool from which you can see the Arpoador, Ipanema, Leblon, Morro Dois Irmãos and the Corcovado.
Materials used in the architecture and décor include white marble from Greece, 19th-century bricks from Argentina, yellow onyx from China and many works of art. All 91 apartments have balconies, and the king size beds are placed in a way to maximize the view of the sea. The three Suites Deluxe have a living room, an extra-spacious balcony and a bar all in onyx.
3. Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
The company’s comfortable trademark My Bed, available in several suites, is undoubtedly a plus. All guest rooms have balconies (ask about the ones with beach views).
The location at the end of Copacabana close to Arpoador and Ipanema means a large number of the best restaurants, clubs, and fine shops in Rio are a short walk, bus or taxi ride away.
4. Hotel Santa Teresa
In the hills of the historic Santa Teresa district, Hotel Santa Teresa, opened in 2008, compares to the lovely guesthouses nearby with its exclusive setting - a restored and redesigned property on what used to be a farm in Brazil's colonial times.
Contemporary design with ethnic references, with elements made from native materials, and integration with the surrounding gardens make for a sensuous atmosphere that's ideal for romantic escapades.
Gorgeous views of Rio and Guanabara Bay, a spa and a fine restaurant complement the experience.
5. Marina All Suites
Elegant and upbeat, the Marina All Suites has a spectacular beachfront location in Leblon, well- appointed guest rooms and two sleek bars.
6. La Suite
Tucked away in a cliff in Joatinga and formerly a mansion belonging to Portuguese bankers, La Suite has only seven guest rooms, each one themed according to one color - as in black walls and chandeliers in the Black Suite.
Two swimming pools, interiors designed by co-owner François-Xavier Dussol with a tasteful mix of antiques and contemporary art, and fine services such as gourmet cuisine are some of the highlights.
7. La Maison
From the same owners of La Suite, French-owned La Maison has comfy suites couple will enjoy retreating to, but also inviting common areas for socializing in style, such as the Lounge with a generous view of the Corcovado.