Begin your journey in Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most dynamic cities. For first impressions, Rio does exceptionally well. Whether you fly into the city in the day or at night, you’ll be wowed by its golden curves, forested peaks, twinkling city lights and moonlit shores. It feels an almost cinematic backdrop. There’s a reason why Rio de Janeiro is known as Cidade Maravilhosa (the Marvellous City). You’ll be swept up by its unparalleled energy from the get-go, spending you first evening on a Rio de Janeiro private tour in the energetic Lapa neighbourhood. Once darkness falls, this corner of Rio bursts into life, its streets filled with samba and reggae beats and dancing revellers. First, you’ll fuel up on a churrasco (traditional Brazilian barbecue) before joining the party at some of its best clubs and bars.
On the morning after the night before, any sore heads will be swiftly forgotten with a trip on a cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain. Known in Portuguese as Pão de Açúcar, Sugarloaf is undoubtedly one of Rio’s signature sights, a rocky peak that soars high above the city and the glittering Guanabara Bay. You’ll rise nearly four hundred metres above Rio, where the city, Corcovado mountain and its iconic statue Christ the Redeemer unfurl before you.
From Rio de Janeiro, you’ll travel to Búzios, a sleepy fishing village until 1964 when it was catapulted into the limelight after French icon Brigitte Bardot and her Brazilian boyfriend stumbled upon it. Brigette was spellbound by its Caribbean-like beaches and her proclamation of love for it has led it to become a premier seaside resort. Celebrities like Bill Gates, Mick Jagger and Madonna have followed in her wake and even forty years on, Búzios remains Brazil’s answer to Saint-Tropez. You’ll spend three nights living the jet-setter life on this dreamy peninsula, with a Búzios tour of its twenty-plus beaches (including one named after Brigette herself) and soaking up the boutiques and local restaurants of Rua das Pedras, the area’s cobblestoned heart.
After basking like Bardot in the sun, you’ll hop over to Salvador in the state of Bahia. Brazil’s capital until 1763, Salvador is home to the country’s vibrant Afro-Brazilian community. It’s a city essentially split into two parts: the Lower City and Upper City. You’ll explore both, beginning with the old port, capoeira (a Brazilian martial art) demonstrations and arty Modelo Market of the Lower City and the more contemporary museums, neighbourhoods and churches of its Upper City. In the evening, make a beeline for the hip neighbourhood of Rio Vermelho. Known as Salvador’s bohemian quarter, this is where the locals go for a night out and you’ll do as they do, feasting on Bahian street food like acarajé (black-eyed pea fritters) and washing it down with a drink from a local boteco (bar) before partying Bahian style until the small hours.
The following day, learn more about Salvador’s Portuguese past on a historical tour through the pastel-hued buildings of Pelourinho, which boasts one of the largest collections of colonial architecture in Latin America. It’s a neighbourhood that will make your jaw drop – much like the rest of Brazil, really.
Perfectly located just across the street from Copacabana Beach, Emiliano offers a stylish escape in the heart of the action. Whilst you’re there, enjoy tipples in the champagne & caviar bar, relax at the rooftop infinity pool or indulge at the luxury spa, which boasts a range of multisensory experiences.
This boutique hotel is a haven of beauty and relaxation. With clean-cut Mediterranean-style interiors and panoramic sea views, this serene space provides ultimate tranquillity. Enjoy life’s little pleasures during your stay: sipping caipirinhas while gazing at azure waters of Armação Bay, dining on catch-of-the-day sashimi, and strolling from one perfect beach to another.
Tucked away in the historic quarter of the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Salvador, this one-of-a-kind hotel boasts two magnificent mansions with authentic colonial features. Each room has been meticulously renovated to reflect Bahia’s rich history, offering guests a unique stay filled with character.
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