Casas Brancas Boutique Hotel & Spa
Visitors making the two-hour car ride from Rio to Buzios, the resort town made famous by its biggest fan, Brigitte Bardot, will find this stylish and relaxing retreat well worth the trip. Set on a hillside overlooking the bay, Casas Brancas offers guests the best of both worlds: a peaceful oasis seemingly in the middle of nowhere, yet just a 5-minute walk from the upscale shops and restaurants in town. The white-washed hotel, with 32 uniquely-decorated rooms—think slipcovered seating juxtaposed with modern furniture—and plenty of hidden staircases and nooks, looks more Mediterranean than Brazilian. But linger over caipirinhas at the waterfront bar while listening to Bosso Nova and you will remember, quite sweetly, where you are.