Hotels in Brazil

High in the mountains of Vale dos Mellos, 160 miles northwest of São Paulo, sits a stone-and-glass lodge conceived to showcase the best of the country.

Opened in March 2008 by Jessy Greenhut and her husband Tsachi, the two named the property after the huge almond tree that shades its beachfront lounge. The hotel has a modest, earthy vibe, with a pumpkin patch and snall cabanas.

Entering the lobby from the famous Roberto Burle Marx-mosaic promenade, the Marina All Suites is a tall narrow building with 38 suites.

1923 landmark French Riviera-style palace with a modern, all-suite annex, on one of the world's most famous stretches of sand, the 2½-mile Copacabana Beach. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire once graced the halls of this 245-room Art Deco grande dame.

Located on the 11th floor, the Flat in Rio has a rooftop pool and surrounding patio that overlooks Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain. With its Italian-marble floors, the three-bedroom apartment (each with an en-suite bathroom) covers 240 square meters.

Songbird Gal Costa’s vacation house—designed by architect Ricardo Salem—became a hotel in 1998. Now a member of Relais & Châteaux, the 28-room beachfront resort retains a winningly informal vibe and friendly service.

Restaurateur Rogério Fasano established himself as a tastemaker par excellence with his flagship Fasano hotel in São Paulo. And now, the opening of the second Fasano, in Rio’s perennially chic Ipanema, sees his talent for infusing environments with social cachet reach critical mass.

Brazilian innovators Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan designed this sexy retreat with clubby leather armchairs and Brazilian modern art. Downstairs, there’s the see-and-be-seen Italian restaurant, where São Paulo’s creative set gathers. Best for Sophisticates and fashion gurus.

249-room pink-marble hotel with a rooftop pool across from Copacabana Beach.