While its days as a sleepy fishing village ended with Brigitte Bardot’s arrival, Buzios manages to achieve a rare balance of sophisticated St Tropez-esque chic and low-key, laidback charm. Dazzlingly blue lagoons and coves pepper the peninsular, offering superb scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing, while stylish restaurants dot the harbour’s edge, and upscale boutiques line cobbled streets.
Spend your days luxuriating on pristine beaches, sailing across to neighbouring islands, and snorkelling with a rainbow of tropical fish, before hanging out in uber-trendy bars and feasting on the freshest seafood.
Pousada Casas Brancas
Buzios, Southern Coast, Brazil
Pousada Casas Brancas is a charming boutique hotel and spa overlooking the main bay of Brazil's coastal town of Buzios, a 2.5 hour drive from Rio de Janeiro. Lively bars, restaurants and night spots within walking distance as well as picturesque beaches.