Hotel Santa Teresa
The only Relais & Chateaux property in Rio, Hotel Santa Teresa's art-filled rooms and lush grounds are secluded in a picturesque neighborhood with cobblestone streets, coffeehouses, and ateliers. Built on a former coffee plantation, the boho-chic hideaway's pool and tropical gardens offer panoramic views of the city and bay. With furniture by top Brazilian designers like Sergio Rodrigues, each of the 42 rooms is a sanctuary of its own, complete with marble tub or shower. Guests should indulge in the unrivaled cuisine at the restaurant, Tereze (get the chef's special for a taste of the freshest ingredients from the farmer's market that day), and bask in the views while lounging on stylish canopied chaises on the expansive terrace. Those looking for complete serenity might be disappointed, however, as the 6-year-old upmarket property has quickly become a favorite spot for destination weddings.