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.