Vila Santa Teresa
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
At a Glance
A luxurious home from home atmosphere with impeccable hosting and exceptional food
Beautiful setting in one of Rio's oldest private estates
Spectacular views over the city, Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer statue
Just seven rooms, offering a very private, boutique feel
Located in the charming Santa Teresa district, full of cobbled streets, cafes and independent shops
Ideal for a second visit to Rio or those who prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of Copacabana
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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 Vila Santa Teresa
Vila Santa Teresa combines the luxuries of a beautiful private villa in a boutique hotel, set on the estate of one of Rio de Janeiro's wealthiest families. Offering spectacular city views and impeccable service, it is a beautiful home from home.
Vila Santa Teresa is located on the estate of one of Rio de Janeiro's wealthiest families, the Monteiro de Carvalhos, offering guests a luxurious and exclusive base for their stay in the city. Originally one of the family houses (one of four on the estate), it has been lovingly converted into a chic seven bedroom boutique hotel, which feels more like a stylish villa than a hotel. This home from home atmosphere is beautifully orchestrated, with plenty of lounge areas to relax in, an honesty bar to help yourself to, discreet but impressive service and the most delicious meals served beside the pool or in the grand dining room. The hotel only accepts children aged 16 or over which adds to the peaceful atmosphere.
The service is exceptional, with a real emphasis on treating guests as individuals, planning little surprises to delight throughout your stay. In our experience, you may find yourself tempted to simply stay at the Vila rather than get out into the city to explore - the service is that good! The views are some of the best in the city - from the swimming pool terrace you can see most of the city, the bay and Sugarloaf mountain, whilst to one side of the property you have views of the Christ the Redeemer statue.
The seven bedrooms occupy the upper floor, all different in design. Two of the rooms overlook the gardens to the back of the property, and the rest enjoy views over the swimming pool and city. The master suite has an opulent bathroom, and the suite has a separate lounge area. All are minimalist but chic in their design, with hand-picked antique furnishings mixed with modern amenities.
The surrounding district of Santa Teresa is bohemian and charming, with cobbled streets, tram lines and independent cafes and shops. Located high on the hill, there are great vistas over the city that reveal themselves as you wander the winding streets.
There are seven bedrooms, each of which has an ensuite bathroom with shower. All are light and airy, enjoying views over the garden or pool and city and all are air-conditioned. Three rooms are garden-view, three are city-view and then there is the Master suite, which is the largest room in the house, with a marble ensuite bathroom almost as large as the bedroom with a sunken Jacuzzi bathtub for two.
The Master suite of the house boasts a king-sized bed, views over the city, a private balcony and an enormous marble bathroom with walk-in shower, sunken Jacuzzi bathtub for two and chaise-lounge.
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Joaquim is the only suite, with a separate living room with a twin day-bed that can be converted to accommodate a single adult or two children. The main bedroom is in the corner with views over the forest and the city, and has a king-sized bed and ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower.
An elegant twin room with views over the swimming pool and city, with a private balcony and ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower.
Eva is a spacious room with balcony overlooking the swimming pool and city beyond, with a sofa and an ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower.
A compact but perfectly comfortable room overlooking the garden, which enjoys the afternoon sun. Leticia has a king-sized bed and ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower.
A garden view room with two armchairs and an ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower.
A garden-facing room which enjoys afternoon sun, this room can be a twin or double configuration, and features an armchair, balcony and ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower.
Children over the age of 16 are welcome. Only one room has capacity for an additional bed for a child - the Joaquim suite, in the lounge area.
Breakfasts are included daily until 11.30am and comprise a variety of home-baked breads and cakes, fruits, juices, meats and cheeses, and the option of cooked dishes at your request. Delicious lunches and dinners are also available and need to be arranged the night before with the manager.
As part of the boutique home approach, there is a fridge stocked with water, healthy juices and soft drinks in the communal areas to help yourself to, and each afternoon there will be home-made cake and coffee available in the lounge. A selection of alcoholic drinks are also available to help yourself to at the honesty bar, as a complimentary service. Wine is charged additionally.
The manager at the Vila can easily arrange any sightseeing or experiences to make the most out of your time in Rio, as well as suggesting the best restaurants or bars to visit. The property has tennis courts and a professional tennis coach can be hired to give lessons. There is also a swimming pool and guests are welcome to explore the estate on foot, taking in the extensive gardens and seeing the original manor house which dates back to the 1920s.
Katie Fewkes (Staff)
What a hotel! I never wanted to leave! The service here truly stood out as genuine, warm, really personalised to us as individuals and we really felt that nothing was too much trouble. Staying on the beautiful family estate means you feel a million miles away from staying in a traditional hotel, and their hope to create a luxurious home rather than a hotel atmosphere has been executed perfectly. It's laid back, beautifully luxurious, all of your needs are catered to and anticipated sometimes before you have even considered them, and they've got a superb can-do attitude. The food here is notably excellent too, showcasing delicious Brazilian dishes with vibrant flavours and healthy twists - I would definitely recommend enjoying lunch or dinner at the Vila at least once.
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Rio Sailing Experience
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Location & directions
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Vila Santa Teresa is located on the very private Monteiro de Carvalho estate, owned by one of the richest families in Rio, in the heart of the bohemian Santa Teresa district. The views over the city are spectacular from here, overlooking the city, Sugarloaf mountain, the bay and from the back of the vila, the Christ the Redeemer statue, too.
How to get there
11-hour flight from the UK to Rio de Janeiro, and approximately a one hour drive (traffic-dependent) from the international airport to the hotel.
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