My husband and I had both been Rio de Janeiro quite a few times, thus it was not necessary for us to stay in the heart of the city and since we were going to have to say an unthinkable goodbye to each other on the last day of our honeymoon due to immigration issues, seclusiveness was what we were seeking. La Suite Rio was the perfect choice, as it is perched on top of the Joatinga cliffs, offering complete isolation from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The boutique hotel with a sweeping view is located in the most glamorous part of Rio de Janeiro. Some consider it to be the “Beverly Hills” of Brasil. While it is not on the beach, it is only a short taxi ride away
There are seven suites, each is assigned a different color and with the most fabulous room key I have ever seen in all of my travels.
While we were not given the pink room, which probably would have been my first choice, we were given the blue room and it could not have been more suited for us. It has deep, dark masculine walls that appealed to my husband, however there is a gorgeous Andy Warhol print of Marilyn Monroe adjacent to a fuchsia orchid that pulled at my heartstrings.
Another special touch included in the King sized bedroom is an iPod that had thousands of songs already downloaded onto it.
The blue room also happens to have the largest private patio of all of the suites.
The spacious en suite bathroom is as luxurious as they come, as it is draped in marble that matches the wall color of the bedroom and contains L’occitane products.
Brasilians take their sun worshipping seriously, thus there are are pools on the premises. My favorite was the sixty-six foot infinity pool with a sheer drop into the Atlantic Ocean. The surrounding grounds are expertly landscaped with tropical flora.
Breakfast, which is included in the room rate, is served on on the main terrace. Honestly, I am not sure if the meal or the view was better; they were both unforgettable.
Why It Is Andi’s Pick
I could have spent days admiring every single detail found throughout the hotel. The owners have collected items from their travels around the world, as well as local flee-markets, to create the perfectly balanced ambience.
The detail that most took my breath away though was the Philippe Starck, my favorite designer/architect, Baccarat mirror and chandelier in the lobby of the hotel. When I saw it, I instantly knew that I was in the right place.