Best Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Exquisite Philippe Starck design draws oh so pretty people to this Ipanema Beach hotel.
As sexy as the city it inhabits, the Fasano was inspired by Ipanema's Bossa Nova heyday of the 1950s and '60s. Mere steps from the beach, this boutique property features just 79 guest rooms and ten suites. The style is streamlined, as is to be expected from designer Philippe Starck. But there are playful touches like Dali-inspired mirrors and complimentary, signature flip-flops by Oskar Metsavaht. All accommodations have balconies and come with LCD TVs, cordless phones and high-pressure showers.
House restaurant, Fasano al Mare, serves upscale Italian fare with an emphasis on seafood, and a bar offers casual poolside meals. There is also a DJ-driven nightclub, Baretto-Londra, on-site. As if the beachfront location isn't relaxing enough, Spa Fasano | Renata de Abreu is a wellness sanctuary with an emphasis on holistic treatments. A stunning rooftop infinity pool complements the beach across the street; check in with the concierge if you're interested in renting a surfboard or bicycle. Fully equipped meeting and event spaces are available.