Breakfast buffet is included in the Jetsetter rate
Wellness center with a choice of fresh or saltwater swimming pools, private yoga lessons and ofuro, a traditional Japanese bath — a luxury at a small hotel
Modern guestrooms with ocean or beach views
Terrace restaurant, A Galeria, for cocktails at sunset
Eco-friendly: Designer carpets are made of recycled rubber, and museum-quality furniture is fashioned from certified wood
What To Know
The resort’s beach has chaise longues for guests
This is more of a romantic escape, so families may want to leave the kids at home
Town is a 30- to 40-minute walk away — probably worth a taxi
The resort also hosts events, weddings, conferences and workshops, as well as private beach parties
Location is remote — the closest airports are 120 miles away; transfers start at $300 for up to 4 people
Parking on site
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Intimate Brazilian getaway with a saltwater pool, three restaurants and a wellness center
East of Rio de Janeiro, the sleepy fishing village of Armacao de Buzios — aka Buzios — first awoke in 1964, when a bikini-clad Brigitte Bardot set foot onshore. Now this hip resort area is often called the St.-Tropez of Brazil, and the stylish Insolito Boutique Hotel fits right in. Spilling down a rocky hillside to beautiful Ferradura Beach, this intimate 20-room getaway, once a private villa, has been transformed by a French-born owner and features lush tropical gardens, three pools, a wellness center and sweeping vistas of a beach-studded peninsula and emerald sea.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 20 rooms has a different theme relating to Brazilian art or culture — music, literature, modernism — with each theme imaginatively celebrated in the furniture, the art and even the books on the shelves. My room, “Art Naif,” is dedicated to works produced by artists with no formal training. Regardless of theme, all guestrooms are outfitted with the right amenities — flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, rainfall showers and cozy robes by Trussardie — and a highly modern sensibility. There are two Master Suites — one with a broad balcony, the other with a Jacuzzi (both have sweeping sea views).
With so few rooms, the vibe here is intimate. But the public and patio areas have resort-level amenities: a choice of freshwater and seawater swimming pools, a sauna and steam room, and ofuro, a traditional Japanese bath. The wellness center is dedicated to pampering massages and private yoga sessions in a bucolic setting. Continue the good life with gourmet eats by the bay at the beach lounge restaurant, Eden Beach Club, and fresh fish and seafood with Franco-Brazilian flavors fashioned by chef Mateas in the terrace restaurant. After a day of exploring the area’s 20-some beaches, a barbecue at Parilla — where diners choose from Argentinean, Uruguayan and Brazilian meats — plus a drink at sunset will feel just right.
In the Area
The beautiful beaches are best seen aboard one of Insolito's two boats reserved exclusively for guests. Also, Geriba Beach is tops with surfers and windsurfers; kitesurfers go to Manguinho. For snorkeling and shallow diving, the beaches of Joao Fernandes and Joao Fernandinho are good choices, as are Azeda and Azedinha. The 18-hole Buzios Golf Club was designed by Dan Blankenship. Packed on weekends, cobbled-stoned Rua das Pedras is the hub of Buzios’s nightlife, which starts late and ends at sunrise. The Buzios beat is at its best at Patio Havana, where top Brazilian musicians pop in regularly for jazz, samba, salsa and bossa nova. Italian-inspired Satyricon has long been a favorite for superb seafood, while Sawasdee may be Brazil’s best Thai restaurant, and Bananaland offers an astounding menu of self-serve street food dishes. But for the newest dining option, take a 15-minute taxi ride to Manguinhos beach and eat at Porta da Barra, a trendy new destination restaurant overlooking mangroves and the ocean.
Insolito Boutique Hotel
Praia da Ferradura - Rua E1
How to Get There
Flights are available to Rio de Janeiro Galeao International Airport (GIG) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers and to Santos Dumont Airport (SDU) from locations in Brazil. Transfers to/from GIG (about 120 miles away) are approximately $300 for up to 4 people, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from GIG are approximately $350, each way. Transfers to/from SDU (about 120 miles away) are approximately $300 for up to 4 people, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from SDU are approximately $350, each way.