For a new spin on a classic destination it’s never a bad idea to find out where your favorite spot’s residents take themselves on holiday. In the case of Rio, that destination is Búzios, a fishing village turned beachside getaway two hours’ drive to the east, a place where rather than towering five-star hotels you’ll find intimate little escapes like the Abracadabra Pousada.
Just sixteen rooms on a hill above the bay, it’s the perfect antidote to the city hotels. Half the rooms have views out to sea, as does the pool deck — and all are stylishly and simply outfitted. Out here it doesn’t take much to set a tone of luxurious calm, just a canopy bed and a draft of ocean air.
Of course this being Brazil, Búzios is a bit on the lively side; anyone looking for a desert-island experience would do better on, well, a desert island. Here the party’s never far off, and at Abracadabra the drinks are usually pouring poolside. And if that’s not enough, the pousada’s entry is right on the Rua das Pedras, the main Búzios strip — so the shopping, dining and nightlife begin just about right at your front door.
Abracadabra Pousada is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Galeão - Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro. Please contact email@example.com to arrange airport transfers.
Morro do Humaita 13 - Centro, Buzios
(+55 22) 2623.1217