“It’s one of the places left in the world where people still live with a big charge of poetry on a daily basis.” – Vincent Cassel
That tells a lot about a city, don’t you think? Rio is indeed a very exhilarating and raw place – full of energy and with an indulgent joy for living. Carnival is one of the city’s most colorful cultural expressions, a time when everyone becomes a party king or queen.
With a thriving food scene, new hotels, and incredible weather the city welcomes the adventurer traveller to a 5 day of endless partying. Here I share an inside guide to some of the coolest experiences to have in Rio de Janeiro.
Hotel Santa Teresa
Where to Stay
The stunning views from Hotel Arpoador
Rio de Janeiro is vast and there are plenty of stunnings views to be amazed by – from the golden beaches of Ipanema and Leblon to the bohemian hills of Santa Teresa.
Hotel Santa Teresa is located in one of the most bohemian hoods in tow. The hotel has one of the best pools & fine dining in Rio.
Hotel Arpoador, has been recently refurbished by modern Brazilian hotelier Daniel Gorin. The hotel has jaw dropping views of Ipanema and is barefoot luxury at its most elegant.
Janeiro Hotel in Leblon is the hospitality venture of fashion designer Oskar Metsavaht from brand Osklen. Luxury and refinement in a very cool way.
If you are in Rio, one shall let go of any inibitions and jump heads first into the casual and happy energy of the party scene. Carnival is the moment Brazilians let go of any social and political challenges and enjoy the days that appear to be endless! There are parties in the most iconic places in town – from the luxurious Belmond Copacabana Palace Ball to the street parades and free music gatherings happenings everywhere in town. Baile da Arara by creative agency Arara Inc is the to-go-to party should you have a flair for performative spontaneous dance moves. Carna Geralda is another fabulous party to dance to until dawn – properly fancy dressed in one of the many local styles: glitter, feathers and sequins galore to cover the parts of your body you wish to keep mysterious – or not.
The climate is hot and the fashion entrepenuers in the city are clever enough to dress you up in light fabrics – silks and linens. Brands range from the tailored craftmanship style to the sustainable, vegan and genderless take on fashion to provide the ultimate confort to very tuned-up concious local consumers.
Handred, is a phenomel brand that draws inspiration from Brazilian craftmanship and fabrics. The looks are sharp and garment detailing exquisite.
Ahlma.cc is a take on sustainable fashion. Collections are by supplies of new recycled fabrics rather then the season. Cool like the cariocas.