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No other country has Brazil's vibrancy. There's so much life in the landscape, and that feeds through into the passionate Brazilians, who infect the architecture, art and way of living with their energy. This is South America's largest and most varied country, with tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, beautifully dilapidating colonial towns, mega cities with their sprawling favelas, the Amazon river and a rich wealth of wildlife. And of course this life and variety feeds through into the best places to stay in Brazil, which reflect the joie de vivre of the country.

There are many ways to experience Brazil. On many budgets. You might find yourself being whipped into a frenzy during Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, trying out the bossa nova cafés of Santa Teresa, hiking up to meet Cristo Redentor for one of the world's most spectacular views, or sunning yourself with the beautiful Brazilians on the caipirinha-soaked beaches of Ipanema and Copacobana.

Of you might find yourself shopping for fashion in São Paulo, a global city of epic proportions and Brazil’s cultural capital. With 20 million inhabitants, some rich, some very poor and lots of foreigners, São Paulo has a landscape to match this cultural diversity. As well as culture and shopping, São Paulo is also known for its nightlife.

You might also find yourself hiding out on the banks of the Amazon and going on rainforest safaris. Or in amongst the reserves and luscious green valleys of Minas Gerais - also great for those interested in Brazil's colonial past. Or Perhaps you'd like to explore somewhere really remote? Like Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands, for the quintessential tropical paradise.

If you want to come to Brazil for a beach break, try Bahia, with its sunshine, white sandy beaches, coconut palms and bright blue water. Salvador de Bahia was Brazil's first capital, and the ancient mix of cultures - coming from Europe, Africa and the Americas - which gathered here still shows. Or consider Paraty, a gem hidden just west of Rio. A colonial town surrounded by untouched beaches, jungle and natural parks, this is a great place for snorkelling, fishing and just relaxing. Or Búzios, that stunning hippy favourite east of Rio turned luxurious topical hideaway.

The Best Places to Stay in Brazil

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The Best Places to Stay in Brazil for a City Break Like No Other

  • Right on Ipanema Beach, Fasano is a Philippe Starck-designed retro-chic paradise, with fifties and sixties furniture, and pacious airy bedrooms - many with two double beds placed to maximise ocean views. Staff even wear vintage uniforms! And there's a rooftop pool and bar to retreat to when you've had enough of the beach.
  • Featured in songs, films and books, the Copacabana Palace is an iconic place to stay in Rio. There's all-out marble and chandelier bedecked grandeur in public areas, so the feeling is traditionally luxurious. The beachfront rooms are the best, with their terraces, and the pool, bar and restaurants are quite something.
  • The Ipanema Penthouse is a three bedroom apartment, with chic, all white bedrooms with private balconies, a rooftop pool and fantastic panoramic views of the city.
  • Casa do Amarelindo is great for a city break in Bahia. In the bustling heart of the pretty Pelourinho district, it offers a quiet spot, a roof terrace, fantastic views. Just ten rooms, and, with no guests under 14 accepted, this is a grown up, intimate hotel.

The Best Places to Stay in Brazil for a Beach Break

  • Rio Atlantica is a large hotel on the beach at Copacabana. Rooms and suites are modern and luxurious, and some of them also have spectacular views.
  • Just down from São Paulo, Vida Sol E Mar is a beautiful, eco-friendly beach resort. The location is idyllic and the resort makes the most of it with as many floor to filing windows as possible.
  • The Ponta dos Ganchos is also just below São Paulo, another dreamy beach paradise, this time with enormous luxury cabanas with private pools, balconies and hot tubs.
  • Uxua Casa Hotel in Trancoso is perfect if you're planning a luxurious beach break. Its ten 'cases', or wooded villa huts, are surrounded by a luscious, shady garden. And you're just a short stroll from the beach.
  • Txai Resort ion the Coconut Coast is best for the eco-conscious. Slightly undeveloped and colourful, with just the right blend of rustic and comfort, these 40 rooms and bungalows are perfect for a tropical escape. You're right on the beach, but with access to plenty of resort style facilities.
  • Insolito, tucked away on the side of the Búzios peninsula, is a sleek, minimalist hotel with an excellent fusion restaurant and amazing sea views.

The Best Places to Stay in Brazil to Relax

  • The Cachoiera Inn is two hours from the capital, in the buzzing resort of Búzios, the St Tropez of Brazil. Cachoeira means waterfall in Portuguese and there are nine here, as well as pools and a swim-up bar. There's a multilevel reef just off the coast, so this is a great place for divers and snorkelers - this is a great spot for meeting local turtles. Can you resist lying in a hammock under a palm tree sipping a caipirinha? Absolutely not.
  • Pousada Picinguaba is by a secluded bay with a white sandy beach. Its chic, all white rooms have wooden floors and four poster beds. Great for meeting the local wildlife, but also great for romance.
  • Fazenda da Lagoa is a secluded eco-retreat on the Coconut Coast with just fourteen cabanas. Here you'll find peace and quiet amongst the coconut groves, personalised spa treatments and a total pampering service.

The Best Places to Stay in Brazil for An Adventure

  • Casa Cairucu in Paraty is a a gorgeous eco lodge with views over crystal blue water. A smart wooden structure on stilts, with just four rooms, floor to ceiling glass windows, this is the perfect spot for families or groups of friends who want the outdoors in all its greatness.
  • Also in Paraty, though this time in the town itself, Casa Turquesa is a charming colonial house with three romantic bedrooms filled with artefacts and paintings.
  • Fazenda Catucaba is a glorious farmhouse set in a luscious green valley with chic boutique rooms and suites, log fires and fresh local produce prepared by fantastic chefs.
  • Fazenda São Francisco do Corumbau is best for whale watching. On a private stretch of quiet beach, there are excellent amenities for scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and other water sports. There are just ten private bungalows, scattered amongst the palm trees, and it's all very family friendly.
  • Etnia Pousada and Boutique in Trancoso has eight rustic, individually styled bungalows just a few minutes walk from the beach.
  • Cachoeira Inn, a favourite of Brigitte Bardot, is a slightly quirky hotel set in a tropical forest. Its wooden structure on stilts fuses Asian and Brazilian architecture and you'll find art from all over the world, nine waterfalls and two private beaches.
  • The Reserva do Ibitipoca is a stunning lodge in a Natural Park, with beautiful boutique rooms and gardens and terraces that let you soak in your surroundings. There's also an Ayurvedic spa, and riding safaris on offer.
  • Solar da Ponte is a charming colonial house on a cobbled street in the village of Tridentes, with old world rooms and suites, four poster beds and bags of character.

The Best Places to Stay in Brazil - The Hip Edit

  • The Santa Teresa Hotel is hipness HQ in Rio's Santa Teresa, serving up luxury boho chic. The loft suite the ultimate, but the verandah rooms are also excellent, and the restuarant serves acclaimed Brazilian-French gastronomy by French chef Damien Montecer.
  • São Paulo's Hotel Unique is a boutique designer-chic hotel designed in the shape of a ship. The rooftop terrace, extensive spa and gourmet fusion restaurants are hip places to be seen.
  • Luxurious and modern, Fasano Hotel is another competitor for São Paulo's hippest hotel. As well as a rooftop health club, a top of the range spa and multiple restaurants, the Fasano also has a jazz club.
  • Emiliano might just possibly be cooler though? Luxury all the way - including private butlers and complimentary massages, this hotel is so cool it doesn't even need to try to hard. Understated to the point of being a work of art.
  • Close to one of Salvador's best beaches, Hotel Cocoon & Lounge is a funky, spaceship-like hotel building - it's very 60s, in a futuristic, cool way.

The Best Places to Stay in Brazil on a Budget

  • Castelinho38 is a cheerful hotel in Rio's bohemian quarter, Santa Teresa. Rooms are large and colourful - some with sea views, and there's a lovely breakfast terrace and garden. The seven rooms start from £67 per night. This is also one of the best places to stay in Rio for families.
  • Quinta Azul in the quiet hills of Santa Terese is a good value boutique pousada. The house itself is over 120 years old with thirteen comfortable rooms, close to restaurants and galleries and just ten minutes from the beach. Room rates start from £87 per night.
  • Ilha de Toque Toque in São Sebastião is a collection of contemporary chic suites with beautiful bay views. Enjoy the view from a hammock on your private deck, and all starting from just £69 per night.
  • Abracadabra offers perfect sea views over the bay of Búzios, with rustic chic rooms, a lovely pool and a fantastic seafood restaurant.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Brazil for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Brazil, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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  • Castelinho38

    Rio de Janeiro (Santa Teresa)

    A cheerful hotel in Rio's Bohemian Quarter, Santa Teresa. Large colourful rooms, suites, and triples, with sea views. Lovely breakfast terrace and garden. Excellent value, idea for families on a budget.

    7 rooms from $86
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Santa Theresa is Rio's bohemian quarter, Carioca Aqueduct, Museu da Chácara do Céu.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Surfing  -  Suitable beaches nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Casa Cool Beans

    Rio de Janeiro (136 Rio de Janeiro-RJ (Santa Teresa))

    Inexpensive, super-friendly B&B in a cool boho neighbourhood. Clean and simple white washed rooms with splashes of colour - most with two double beds. Multiple gardens, open-air areas, pool and sun deck have wonderful views and are perfect to chill out in. A great choie for groups of friends.

    10 rooms from $89
    Groups  -  An ideal spot for groups or families, most rooms have two double beds, and the garden is a great place to chill in the evenings.
    Sights nearby  -  Just 7 km from the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, plus the B&B runs a shuttle service to the main sights.
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 13.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely outdoor pool.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors

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  • Hotel Canto Das Aguas


    A rustic hotel in the town of Lincois. Charming colourful rooms and suites have stone floors, wooden beams, and splashes of art. Lovely gardens, large pool, and lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Ideal for families and those on a budget.

    44 rooms from $67
    Value chic
    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Santa Clara


    A tropical guesthouse with rustic rooms, direct beach access, and rock bottom prices. A completely unspoilt paradise for barefoot luxury and an eco experience. Excellent restaurant and massage therapies.

    12 rooms from $90
    Beach Life
    Value chic
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, CN Traveller

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  • Ilha de Toque Toque

    São Paulo (Toque Toque Grande)

    A contemporary chic collection of suites above the bay of São Sebastião. Stunning views, hammocks on private decks, lots of natural light and all the mod cons. Excellent seafood restaurant and verandah, gym, pool, and private hot tubs in some rooms. Ideal for total relaxation and beach life.

    from $89
    Beach Life  -  The beach is 50m below and the perfect place to chill out.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Private Hot Tub
  • Tivoli Sao Paulo - Mofarrej

    São Paulo (Cerqueira César)

    A Five Star boutique with flair. Luxury rooms and suites in minimal design with all the mod cons. Fantastic French restaurant, Banyan Tree spa, gorgeous roof top terrace and pool. A hotel with the wow factor. Family friendly, romantic, and gourmet.

    95 rooms from $188
    Spa breaks
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Parque Trianon, Planetarium and Teatro Municipal.

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  • Pousada Casa de Paraty

    Rio de Janeiro, Paraty

    An adorable boutique guesthouse in historic Paraty. Just three suites have white washed walls and private patios. Fantastic breakfasts and access to all the beaches, waterfalls, and rainforest activities around. Ideal for families, excellent value, lots to do.

    3 rooms from $113
    Sailing  -  Dona Geralda schooner.
    Sights nearby  -  Forte Defensor.
    Back to Nature
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Fazenda Catucaba

    Sao Paulo, Paraty

    A glorious 1850s farmhouse in a beautiful valley setting. The perfect place for total relaxation, fresh air, organic produce, log fires, and countryside. Chic rooms and suites all in white with cerulean blue shutters. Fantastic food, full board. 10 rooms and 2 small villas sleep 4 each.

    10 rooms from $325
    Active Holiday
    Romantic Break
    Country Escape
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

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  • Abracadabra

    Rio de Janeiro, Buzios

    A cheap and chic guesthouse on the Buzios peninsula. Perfect sea views over the bay, rustic chic rooms, lovely garden, terraces and pool. An ideal spot for an active beach holiday in a lovely town.

    16 rooms from $143
    Value chic
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Pousada Casas Brancas

    Rio de Janeiro, Buzios

    A stunning boutique to the East of Rio, just outside Buzios with 26 beaches to choose from. Romantic rooms, suites, and 2-bedroom apartments have white washed walls, attractive paintings, and private balconies, some with private pools. Fabulous seafood restaurant, large pool, and sprawling terraces.

    32 rooms from $235
    Families  -  2 bedroom apartments.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

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  • Vida Sol E Mar

    Brazil, Santa Catarina

    A beautiful beach resort. Eco condo-style villas have floor to ceiling glass with beach views, private hot tubs, all the mod cons and kitchens. An ideal spot for families, surfers, or those who like nature.

    from $150
    Eco break
    Beach Life
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Ponta dos Ganchos

    Santa Catarina

    Utterly dreamy beach paradise. Enormous luxury cabanas with private pools, hot tubs, balconies, all the mod cons. Excellent spa, health club, fantastic restaurant, private beach, and attentive service. Ideal for honeymoons and romantic breaks.

    from $500
    Romantic Break
    Beach Life

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  • Solar da Ponte

    Minas Gerais

    A charming colonial house turned boutique inn in a village with cobbled streets. Old world rooms and suites have four poster beds and lots of space. Lovely gardens and pool, walking distance to restaurants, and lots of wildlife to view. Bags of character with lots of exploring to do.

    18 rooms from $182
    Sights nearby  -  Wander around the cobbled streets of Tiradentes.
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 8s welcome.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Reserva do Ibitipoca

    Minas Gerais

    A stunning lodge in the Natural Park with boutique rooms, an Ayurvedic spa, glorious surroundings, and lots of wildlife to view. Fantastic food, all included, and sumptuous suites in traditional style. A few separate houses perfect for groups or families. Horses to explore the area. Fab!

    14 rooms from $456
    Groups  -  A few private houses with 3 bedrooms are perfect for groups or families.
    Spa breaks
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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