What does ‘5 Star’ luxury look like on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro? Look no further than the Pousada Casas Brancas in beautiful Búzios, Brazil. This elegant little boutique hotel sits on a hill overlooking the picturesque bay. Defined by its gleaming white exterior and charming Mediterranean style architecture, the “white houses” combine a relaxed atmosphere with refined dining and accommodations. From Casas Brancas, it’s a short five minute walk to the shops and restaurants of downtown Búzios. There are 21 unique beaches in the area, offering a wide variety of activities and plenty of room to spread out and soak up some sunshine.
The hotel has a spa that features 10 different styles of massage and an assortment of special treatments including full body and facials. There are several spa packages, including half day and full day options. The spa also features a hot tub with a view of the bay. Guests can take advantage of yoga and tai chi classes on weekdays. Casas Brancas is there to help you line up activities throughout town as well. Take a boat out into the bay for a look back at the shoreline, or do some fishing. Guests can rent a buggy or trail bike, go snorkeling or scuba diving, and the adventurous might even try their hand at surfing or kitesurfing.
The hotel features 32 rooms with a variety of options for amenities, view and room size. All rooms come with air conditioning, television, phone, private bath, minibar, safe and music player. Free wireless internet and tropical breakfast are also included with your say. Standard rooms don’t have a view of the bay, but several do have balconies and most are spacious enough to accommodate four guests comfortably. These rooms are also the most economical. Classic rooms have a view of Baia da Armação and the gorgeous sunsets that take place right over the bay. These rooms are known for their natural light, and most are large enough to accommodate up to three guests. Superior and Deluxe rooms feature balconies with sweeping views of the ocean and Deluxe rooms come with extra space and an espresso machine. The Master Suites offer the best of everything with panoramic ocean views, the largest spaces and the most ornate decoration.
Café Atlântico – revered as one of the best spots to grab a bite in Búzios, Café Atlântico is famous for the breathtaking ocean views that guests enjoy from the hotel terrace. The cuisine is a fusion of Brazilian, French and Mediterranean dishes with a heavy emphasis on seafood and local ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner daily, this is definitely the best place in town to test your sophisticated palate. View the Café Atlântico menu
Deck – this restaurant is exactly as its name indicates; a large deck right on the water with a lively and fun atmosphere. Deck features local dishes blended with Italian cuisine. This is a popular place to order up a caipirinha and take in a spectacular sunset with good friends.
Rocka – just five minutes from the hotel on Brava Beach sits the exclusive Rocka Lounge & Restaurant. The beach is considered one of the most pristine locations in town. Guests are able to relax on private seaside beds where the prompt service provides popular seaside cuisine and other renowned dishes. Dining at Rocka as you spend the day at this incredible setting makes for a truly unforgettable experience. View the Rocka menu
Other facts and information:
The hotel is multi-lingual with staff that are fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Weather is just about perfect year round, although the hotel recommends warm clothes for winter evenings when temperatures can drop into the low 60’s (F). Nightlife in Búzios is very lively during the peak season, with trendy visitors from around the world living it up until the wee hours of the morning. The scene is a little more quiet during the winter offseason as many Brazilians look to escape the Rio scene for a peaceful, serene getaway. However, plenty of good times can be found during this time as well.
The Inside Scoop: If you do enough digging, you’ll hear several mentions of the grandeur of Room 21.
What people are saying: It’s unanimous! Customer reviews from across the web recommend staying in a room with a view of the bay.