Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
At a Glance
A firm staff favourite due to its cracking location and good value – it’s ideal for independent minded travellers seeking a comfortable and stylish base to explore this exciting colourful city
Don’t compromise on location – the hotel sits on the corner between the world-renowned beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema…the best of both worlds!
There’s an almost villagey feel to the surrounding area, easy and safe to wander around, plenty of places to eat and a promenade flecked with swaying palms
The hotel blends casual style with modern flair, with a real focus on sustainability and protecting Brazil’s rainforests and wildlife
Another big selling point for the hotel is its rooftop terrace and pool, where you can request an ice-cold beer with which to soak up the iconic views of Rio’s coastline
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Rio de Janeiro is a year round destination. Spring (September - October) is one of the nicest times to visit Rio, before the humidity sets in. Rio's forests and gardens are lush and beautiful to see at this time. Summer vacation begins in mid-December and lasts until February. During this time the beaches are packed with Cariocas working on their tans. This can also be the rainiest time of year in Rio. The heavy heat starts around October and will reach 40 degrees Celsius on a sunny day. Winter vacation happens in July and, although the days can stay hot, the evenings in Rio get relatively chilly dropping to 15 degrees Celsius. The winds and dampness can make this feel colder. Summers are best for diving while the winter months (June - August) are the best for surfers. Carnaval is held every year, 7 weeks before Easter Sunday. During this period, and often the weeks leading up to it, Rio is at its liveliest. It is also a time when prices skyrocket and crowds can become unbearable.
To start planning your holiday to Arena Ipanema
It can be hard to find a hotel with a prime location without paying through the roof, but this hotel is perfectly positioned between Rio’s most famous beaches - Ipanema and Copacabana. With well-appointed rooms and modern decor, it’s a failsafe option.
Arena Ipanema is one of our favourite hotels in Rio. Both its location, modern design and spacious rooftop pool makes it a great option for both couples and families when exploring the city at length.
With just over 100 rooms, the hotel maintains a fairly intimate atmosphere, with friendly staff and personable service throughout. With eco-protection in mind, the hotel uses ecological furniture with wooden structures made from materials retrieved from sustainable forest management. With this in mind, guests can be sure that the hotel has sustainability at the forefront of its design to contribute to Brazil's rainforests and wildlife whilst delivering modern and contemporary decor.
The hotels restaurant, Otaviano, has a relaxing ambience and is the perfect place to unwind after a long flight or day of exploring. Offering a variety of dishes in both Brazilian and International cuisine, there is something for all tastes.
Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Tiradentes, Ouro Preto, Salvador
from £3200 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Wander along cobbled streets flanked by pastel coloured buildings as you discover the cultural delights of Brazil on this in-depth trip through some of the country's best-preserved colonial cities.
- No trip to Brazil is complete without touching down in Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most iconic cities with its famous golden beaches, instantly recognisable landmarks and picture-perfect photo opportunities.
- Finish the trip in vibrant Salvador de Bahia, once the capital of Brazil and the birthplace of Afro-Brazilian culture, the city pulsates to the sound of beating drums and colourful dancers on every street corner.
Imagine Active Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Chapada Diamantina & Trancoso
from £3700 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- No trip to Brazil is complete without visiting Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most iconic cities with its famous golden beaches and stunning sweeping vistas, best observed from a bird’s eye view.
- Discover Salvador’s rich Afro-Brazilian history, get stuck into some capoeira, enjoy a few caipirinhas and dance the night away to the sound of pulsating drums
- Explore one of Brazil’s most unique landscapes, at the beautiful Chapada Diamantina National Park you'll hike tabletop mountains, marvel at spectacular waterfalls and visit the clearest blue lagoons.
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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