A designer, beachside hotel in Rio de Janeiro
79 Rooms / 10 Suites
Located on Rio de Janeiro's Avenida Vieira Souto on the eastern end of the glamorous, sexy Ipanema Beach, Brazil’s Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro is all Italo-Brazilian sophistication with a glass exterior, a rooftop white marble pool, and a section of private beach. Designed by Philippe Starck, the luxury boutique hotel has leather-and-wood-dominated interiors, imaginative lighting and whimsical Starckian ear-shaped mirrors in guestrooms. Other notable design flourishes include the enormous piquiá tree stump used for the lobby’s reception desk, billowing, floor-to-ceiling curtains that divide the lobby from the hotel’s hip restaurant and bar, and an abundance of glass walls that reveal the ocean. Materials found throughout the property include Grecian marble, 19th-century Argentinean brick, and Chinese onyx.
The crown jewel of Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro is its rooftop bar, which includes a white marble infinity-edge pool and oversized cushions where guests can sit back and enjoy caipirinhas while gazing at Sugarloaf Mountain and peaking down on those frolicking on the beaches eight floors below.
All of the 79 rooms and 10 suites have large balconies (some face the ocean, while others face neighboring buildings) and feature tropical hardwood floors along with those ear-shaped mirrors and elegant Sergio Rodrigues chairs. King-size beds are strategically positioned to face the horizon and ocean (the 10 suites have balconies overlooking Ipanema’s beach). Other room amenities include long curtains used to separate living areas, lights made of yellow onyx, touch-lighting dimmer switches, 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, flat-screen TVs, plush bathrobes, oversized bath towels, white marble bathrooms, walk-in showers with rain-forest showerheads, complimentary flip-flops and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Fasano al Mare on the hotel’s ground floor is known both for its excelle Italian-Mediterranean dishes (think seared tuna with baked endive) and its Philippe Starck-designed Murano glass chandelier. The Barreto Londra is a dark, glamorous lounge that features DJs and live music — order the enchanting Black Sea cocktail made with vodka, lemon juice, cardamom pods and squid ink. There is also a spectacularly stylish rooftop pool with casual poolside dining and unobstructed ocean and mountain views.
The infinity-edge, rooftop pool sets a sexy, sultry scene with beautiful people lounging about, while the hotel’s private cabana on Ipanema Beach offers free beach chairs and bottled water to guests. Luxe amenities abound, such as the in-room fresh fruit and mineral water, butler service and a fitness center with complimentary personal trainers. The intimate first-floor spa offers several types of massages (hot Stone, Ayurvedic, reflexology) and facials using La Prairie products. Head to the outdoor salon for skin and haircare treatments, or to the eighth floor where hydro-therapy treatments can be had in the Vichy shower room.