Relax and Unwind with Spa and Beauty Treatments in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro spas are becoming more popular, and - while they tend to be pricey - they offer real treats for anybody looking to be pampered on their break in Rio. 

The spa rooms at top hotels Copacabana Palace, Fasano Rio and Hotel Santa Teresa offer luxurious spa and beauty treatments that will make you feel a million dollars, and both open their pristine white doors to non-guests as well as those lucky enough to be staying the night. 

For those looking for pampering on a more modest budget, look no further than the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, where massage chairs are set up, facing the ocean, and skilled masseurs work their magic on local and visiting beachgoers. 

Yogis will be in their element in Rio, with studios and classes held across the city, and many offering spa and well-being treatments as well as an opportunity to perfect your alignment or strike an impressive pose on the beach.



While Copacabana wins out as the most picture-perfect city beach in Rio, Ipanema is easily the more chic of the two neighboring stretches of sand. Less flanked by high rise hotels than its neighbor, Ipanema is the ideal place to while away...  Read More



For a truly luxurious experience in Rio, it's hard to beat the spa at Copacabana Palace. This classic hotel added a five-star spa and beauty salon in 2007, and the treatments here are all about making those well-heeled guests feel like a million...  Read More



Hotel Santa Teresa Relais & Chateux marries French chic with tropical pizazz, and the spa here is one of Rio's best. The lovely hilltop location is the perfect setting for a little pampering, and the spa itself does not lack Parisian...  Read More



Buddha Spa has several branches in Rio de Janeiro, having carved a niche for itself among the body-conscious sun-lovers of the wealthy beach zones. At Buddha Spa you can push yourself with a punishing weights work out or relax with an indulgent...  Read More



This yoga center in the heart of hectic Copacabana bills itself as an 'Oasis of Calm' in the city and offers relaxing Reiki massage as well as yoga, pilates and meditation sessions. The center offers one-off lessons and treatments as well as...  Read More



The DeRose Method of yoga focuses on physical, mental and emotional healtg and well-being. Fans of the challenging style of yoga can attend classes in Rio at studios in Copacabana, Leblon and Centro, as well as open air classes in front of the...  Read More



Located inside Rio's somewhat exclusive Jockey Club in well-to-do Gavea, the spa at Espaco Nirvana feels an eternity removed from the hectic pace of life on the streets of Rio. Espaco Nirvana was originally conceived as a space for practising...  Read More



This spa and treatment center close to Ipanema beach is the perfect place to unwind with a massage or hot-stones treatment during a stay in Rio. Along with an enormous range of spa, massage and beauty treatments, there's a restaurant serving...  Read More



The spa at super-chic hotel Fasano Rio is as luxurious and elegantly appointed as one might expect, and offers a wide range of beauty and massage treatments. It's not cheap, but if you're looking for a real Rio treat, book yourself in for a...  Read More



This wonderfully relaxing spot is a hot stone's throw from Ipanema beach, and you can feel your stress levels drop the moment you step through the door. Treatments such as head massages, shiatsu, foot massage and sports massages are among the...  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.