Insolito Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
A casa é linda e as piscinas são o ponto forte. Os hóspedes são todos muito amigáveis. Roupa de cama, roupões, camas, vistas são ótimos. Não gosto da falta de presença de pessoas do hotel na piscina, o bar ficava vazio, não tinha toalhas a disposição. O restaurante demorou muito para trazer o prato. No check in não fui informado que havia um beach club descendo as escadas, descobri no último dia apenas.
The house is beautiful and the pools are the strong point. The guests are all very friendly. Bedding, bathrobes, beds, views are great. I don't like the lack of people from the hotel by the pool, the bar was empty, there were no towels available. The restaurant took a long time to bring the dish. Upon check in I was not informed that there was a beach club going down the stairs, only found out on the last day.
Still remembering the amazing days spent in Insolito. In love with this hotel and the location. Rooms are all different and personal honouring Brazilian culture and art. Couldn't choose between the pools which have view on the bay and a very private feeling. Food was very good and we really enjoyed the live music animation. Really a place to go!
I stayed a few days with my 7 month old daughter in this fantastic place. I enjoyed every minute of it. The hotel is located on top of a cliff with refreshing sea breezes, a spectacular view of the sea and easy access to a private beach lounge. The hotel is beautifully designed and I believe every room has its own decoration. The rooms are big, the beds are super comfy, the hot tub was perfect to bath my daughter. The food was always fresh and tasty and the restaurant offered many original dishes. The lush vegetation all around the hotel makes you feel close to nature. The staff were very friendly and always helping me out. I could not have dreamt of a better place to rest, relax, resource myself, at the same time as being active (walking along the beach, swimming, paddle boarding, etc..).
I dream of returning some day.