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, intimate La Maison Boutique Guest House has featured in the pages of style magazines in Brazil and overseas. The setting - a fabulous...  Read More



Copacabana beachfront is not known for its good value lodgings or its personal service, making this welcoming and affordable guest house a real stand out. The English-speaking owner Marta Miller offers personal tips and advice to all her guests,...  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 Rio native - singer/actress Carmen Miranda and...  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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In the scenic, historic hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa, Quinta Azul Boutique enjoys a prime location just a few seconds´ easy stroll from the neighborhood´s main square - Largo de Guimaraes - and the strip of lively bars and excellent...  Read More



This luxury hotel, complete with palm-fringed pool and acclaimed French restaurant, attracts stylish visitors looking for an alternative to busy beachfront lodgings. High on a hillside in the artsy, mansion-filled Santa Teresa neighborhood,it's...  Read More



The only beachfront hotel to rival Copacabana in the glamour stakes, the Phillipe Starck-designed Fasano Rio is a fabulously flashy place for a romantic break. Although the frontage is discreet, it masks a wealth of quirky-cool interior...  Read More



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



Truly off the beaten track, this hilltop boutique hotel sits high above the city in a super-exclusive neighborhood known as the 'Beverley Hills of Rio'. Each of the suites is themed by color and unique in design, but all feature luxurious...  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.