Beautiful beaches, beautiful people, and beautiful Rio de Janeiro apartment rentals; the 2nd largest city in Brazil has all the ingredients of an international celebrity playground. Rio is a hotspot for tourists and celebrities year-round, but all eyes will be on the city later this year as it hosts the 2016 Summer Games. And just like during the 2014 World Cup, the major sports event is the perfect excuse for A-listers to descend on the city in droves.
Most visitors arriving to their 2016 Games Home rentals in Rio this summer are probably interested in watching world-class athletes duke it out for a gold medal, but if celeb-spotting is your sport of choice, we’ve got you covered here. Demand for a spot at any of these restaurants and clubs will be higher than ever, so we recommend you make reservations now.
Aprazivel has great food and drink, but what really makes it stand out is its location in the hills of Santa Teresa. The multi-level restaurant affords stunning views of Rio and, fitting its tree house-like appearance, is also dedicated to environmentally friendly practices like composting and collecting rainwater. Kit Harrington (that’s Jon Snow to Game of Thrones fans) recently graced the establishment with his signature moody visage. Slightly more casual, but still a favorite on the Rio dining scene is Zazá Bistrô. As the restaurant has a lot of vegetarian and gluten-free options, it’s naturally popular with the LA set.
Like all big cities, there is a constant array of lux hotels and Rio holiday rentals where A-listers like to hide out. The Belmond Copacabana Palace is considered not just the most luxurious hotel in Brazil, but in all of South America. The hotel has hosted everyone from royalty like Princess Diana to mononymous megastars like Madonna. Don’t bother paying astronomical prices to get a room there, but instead, grab a drink or dinner at one of its bars or restaurants and hope to rub shoulders with the hotel’s storied clientele.
Proudly located in the exciting area between Ipanema and Cantagalo in a 1940s Tudor-style residence on historic Rua Saint Roman, Clubhouse Rio is the first urban members´ club in Rio. As one of Rio’s top celebrity hangouts and a members-only club, you’ll have to figure out how to get on the guest list before rubbing elbows with the stars.
But once you step inside you’ll see why celebs flock to this upscale little watering hole: a 3-tiered front deck, indoor lounge/bar/library, back garden with pool, outdoor bar with top-notch views and 5 stylish guest rooms if you feel like spending the night. Clubhouse Rio also hosts a calendar of events including private dinners with international chefs, film screenings, art exhibitions and pool parties. With all this and more, it’s no surprise its become one of Rio’s top haute hangouts. Now… just act natural.
The only hotel to have given the Copacabana Palace a run for its money is the Fasano, a similarly luxurious abode overlooking Ipanema Beach. The Phillippe Starck-designed hasn’t quite been able to overtake Copacabana, but its restaurant, the Fasano al Mare, is still considered one of Rio’s sexiest dining establishments, and a popular stop among Rio’s famous visitors.
Aside from the droves of 2016 Games home rentals and major sporting events, where does Rio’s A-list go after hours? Many can be found at Rio Scenarium. Yes, you’ll have to get through massive lines and discerning bouncers before being allowed in, but if you do, you’ll be happy to find yourself in Rio’s number one nightclub.
Celebrities do other things in Rio besides wining and dining, namely hitting up the beach. Of course, both Ipanema and Copacabana beaches have seen the likes of David Beckham and Rihanna, but good luck spotting anyone you recognize in a throng of tourists. Ever since Brigitte Bardot hid away with her Brazilian beau in Búzios in 1964, the little beach town has been a celebrity favorite. Yes, it’s a three-hour drive from Rio, but at least here you’re guaranteed a selfie with the town’s Brigitte Bardot statue, if not a real celebrity.Insider guide to Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Events, Rio holiday lettings, Serviced apartments in Copacabana