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Cidade Maravilhosa (1/2011, EVROPA Magazine)

8.03.2011

Rio de Janeiro

Our photo report on Rio de Janeiro as published in Vsya EVROPA 1/11.

Issue January/February 2011

Think of Rio… And you’ll picture beaches, Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain), carnival and beautiful women… Let us take you to Rio, Rio as we have seen it…

The Rio beaches… Ipanema, Copacabana… Two regions with the world famous beaches are plain life, the soul of Rio… guarded by the Sugarloaf. A unique experience is a helicopter tour over Rio.

If you wish to discover more than the beach, you have to visit Santa Teresa… This lively neighbourhood, home to artists and the creative crowd, is a picturesque place on top of a hill… A popular attraction is the historic tram, the only one in Rio today. The first tram started 1859 – it was drawn by donkeys.

On the left:

Historic tram in Santa Teresa… a singular adventure… if you cling to the tram on the outside you don’t have to pay the fare of approximately 20 cents… The tram will get you to Rio’s most famous steps set called Escadaria Selarón or Selarón’s Steps. Only the lower part of the steps is considered safe for visitors. Some dark-minded figures are said to roam the upper steps…

On the right:

No… This is not a flying saucer… This is the breathtaking work of the famous Brazil architect Oscar Niemeyer… here the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói… Designed in 1991, completed in 1996, it predicted the architecture of the 21st century…

Known worldwide, adored by the Rio residents – the famous statue Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer)… Kind and generous, he seems to protect the town with his outstretched arms… But you have to be lucky to have a closer look: located at the peak of the 700-meter mountain the statue will suddenly disappear in the foggy skies and clouds of the Brazilian rainforest.

Rio truly offers you a lot to discover… and at the end of an exciting day you are happy to plunge into the relaxing oasis of a unique hotel.

Unfortunately, the fashion credits don’t show properly. Dresses: mongrels in common, Lena Hoschek, Tara Jarmon; Shoes: Hugo Boss, Kaviar Gauche, United Nude, mongrels in common; Jewellery: Caroline Ronzani.

Hotel Santa Teresa

When you arrive in Rio de Janeiro you don’t do so without a few expectations in your pocket… Copacabana… Ipanema… the Sugar Loaf Mountain… the favelas… But if you search for the authentic Rio experience, off the beaten track – don’t miss the colonial idyll of Santa Teresa… perhaps the most Brazilian and bohemian of all quarters in Rio. It was here that Brazil’s most unique hotel project has started four years ago… when the renowned French hotel entrepreneur Francois Delort has discovered here – in the heart of Rios former diplomatic quarter – an aged colonial mansion. Today it’s become a charming, sophisticated hotel, a Relais & Chateaux member.

Every room is unique; the ambience is dominated by local artwork and design furniture made of exotic wood. The hotel garden is neatly integrated into the hillside and harbours tropical Fauna and an elegant swimming pool… Here you will discover a fantastic panoramic view over Western Rio. To recover from Rios frantic everyday life, the traveller is well-advised to enjoy some relaxed Brazilian music and the comfy designer sofas at the hotel’s chic open air “BAR DOS DESCASADOS”. Or spoil yourself with a Xingus massage or a bath treatment with essential oils from the Amazon rain forest in the Spa Natura.

Dinner is served in three delicious courses that can be combined almost endlessly. The young Chef reinterprets the cuisines of the world, from Africa to Brazil, from Chile to Morocco emphasising the Mediterranean and the South-West. The excellent wine list is also a challenge. The hotel offers the best in Relais & Chateaux quality and variety. The service is excellent: unobtrusive, professional, and charming. It’s not for nothing that the house is known as one of the best in South America.

Santa Teresa Rio de Janeiro:

Tel.: +55 21 3380 0200

Fax: +55 21 2222 2693

Email: santateresa@relaischateaux.com

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