Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly a beautiful and interesting city. It is blessed by Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. And it is intertwined with one of the largest urban forests in the world, the Tijuca Forest. For it is exactly on the edge of this forest that you will find a boutique hotel that is a real treasure, the spectacular Vila Santa Teresa.

From the moment you enter through the imposing gate, in the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, and go up the little road that enters the heart of the Atlantic Forest, you forget that you are in a city of 7 million inhabitants. Peace and silence take over. Only the singing of the birds and the noise of the wind are there to keep you company.

With only 7 suites, exclusivity is guaranteed. The huge house, very bright, airy, with large glass windows and an unbelievable view of Guanabara Bay, is an invitation you cannot refuse to immerse yourself in the carioca way of being. The hospitality is welcoming. The relaxation makes you tranquil. The contemporary cuisine with products harvested directly from the garden brings back the flavors of Rio. The pool facing the city’s most iconic scenery makes the soul vibrate. The property, built in the 70s by the traditional Monteiro de Carvalho family, was transformed by the new generation into a haven of impeccable luxury.

The spa is another highlight. It offers Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine treatments. Want something even more unusual? Then schedule lunch in the vegetable garden, a picnic on the lawn, or a romantic dinner outdoors.

It is a perfect place for a staycation, in this pandemic period, or to enjoy the best of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by greenery and tranquility.

This is one of the most secret corners of Rio. So, save this tip for a special date and you will thank me. I’m sure!

I wish you a bright and peaceful week, in the mood of Vila Santa Teresa.