Hilltop Hideaways and Beachfront Beauty Spots: Rio's Most Romantic Hotels

For a romantic Valentine's break that really sizzles, Rio de Janeiro ticks alls the boxes. This jaw-droppingly beautiful city is the ultimate lovers' getaway, with its endless soft sand beaches, its year-round hot sunshine and its sultry samba beats. Rio  exudes sensual glamor, and there is endless opportunity to dance the night away at Rio de Janeiro's many live music clubs and funky bars.  Valentine's Day falls in the middle of the Brazilian summer, and sometimes coincides with Carnival, meaning the party spirit will be in full flow. 

The best Romantic Rio de Janeiro hotels are truly stunning, and range from iconic beachfront beauties such as the enduringly glamorous Copacabana Palace, to boutique hideaways.

Our top pick - the seriously stylish La Suite Rio -  is truly off the beaten track in a millionaire's enclave overlooking the city, and is the perfect choice for anyone looking to escape the crowds.  The hillside neighborhood of Santa Teresa also has some of the best boutique lodgings in town, and while they lack easy access to the beach, they do have tropical gardens, attentive service and chic décor - usually at a fraction of the price of beachfront accommodations.

Visitors to Rio de Janeiro often overlook the well-to-do residential neighborhood of Gavea in favor of more famous locations such as Ipanema and Copacabana, but anyone who values space, tranquility and proximity to nature over a famous postcode...  Read More

A seriously stylish accommodation option in the well-heeled, largely residential neighborhood of Gavea, La Maison Boutique Guest House has featured in the pages of style magazines in Brazil and overseas. The setting - a fabulous colonial...  Read More

Copacabana beachfront is not known for its good value lodgings or its personal service, which makes this welcoming guest house such a find. The English-speaking owner Marta Miller offers personal tips and advice to all her guests, and the vast...  Read More

Don't let the name put you off - this French-owned boutique hotel between Ipanema and Copacabana is seriously chic. Stylishly, but not stuffily, appointed, each of the suites is named for a famous Carioca (Rio local), with singer/actress...  Read More

Mama Ruisa
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French chic meets Brazilian cool at this super-stylish hillside hideaway in Santa Teresa. The vast colonial mansion sits in verdant gardens complete with large swimming pool, and the French owners have upped the wow factor still further with...  Read More

Quinta Azul Boutique Pousada
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A relatively new addition to the ever-increasing boutique hotel scene in the scenic, historic hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa, Quina Azul Boutique enjoys a prime location just a few seconds´ easy stroll from the neighborhood´s main square...  Read More

Rio de Janeiro may be synonymous with beaches, but savvy visitors are increasingly venturing inland and up into the hills of Santa Teresa. This luxury hotel, complete with palm-fringed pool and acclaimed French restaurant, cemented Santa...  Read More

The first hotel to rival Copacabana Palace in the glamour stakes, Fasano Rio's prime spot on Ipanema beachfront makes it an ideal luxury base for those with cash to splash. The discreet facade masks a wealthy of quirky design details -...  Read More

The grande dame of Rio de Janeiro's hotels, the 1920s-built Copacabana Palace is still a byword for luxury and lavish living in the 'Cidade Maravilhosa' (Marvelous City). The hotel of choice for A-listers visiting Rio, Copacabana Palace had...  Read More

Truly off the beaten tourist track, this hilltop hotel is located in Joatinga - a super-exclusive neighborhood known as the Beverley Hills of Rio. Each of the suites is unique,and all feature luxurious touches such as vast double showers and...  Read More


Meet Lucy Bryson

Lucy is a British freelance writer living in Rio de Janeiro since 2007. While there are some things she misses about her home country, the lure of year-round sunshine has proved too powerful to resist.