Ipanema (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
A unique Philippe Starck-designed hotel in a prime position on Ipanema with wonderful views along the beach. The hotel oozes modern elegance and style and no corner has been cut in the choice of materials, from the marble bathrooms to the sleek wood finish and handcrafted furniture. Best of all is a stunning rooftop pool with fabulous panoramic vistas of Ipanema. The seafood restaurant, Fasano Al Mare, on the ground floor, is one of the best in Rio.
There are 89 rooms in total, including Superior rooms with courtyard view, Deluxe rooms with ocean view, and 10 spacious Suites.
A stunning option in an ideal location that raises the bar in terms of design and modern elegance. The ocean view rooms (and suites) are the only categories worth considering.