Perched in the hills of the trendy Rio neighbourhood Santa Teresa, Casa Marques is a hip hideaway that has been a labour of love for the Franco-Brazilian owners.
This colonial house has been transformed into an art-filled boutique hotel with stunning views of Rio de Janeiro where guests can enjoy a personal and authentic boutique hotel experience.
Not many boutique hotels in Rio de Janeiro can boast an infinity pool on their roof terrace! The pool at Casa Marques has mesmerizing views across Guanabara Bay and Christ the Redeemer as well as the city itself.
Soak up the sun and take in the view whilst sipping a cocktail or dine al fresco under one of the hanging umbrellas. Not many people come to Rio just to sit by the pool; there is plenty to do and see! If you want to top up your tan on the beach then head to a spot that is popular amongst the locals; three of the best beaches are Copacabana, Leblon and Ipanema.
The surfing and sunsets at Pedra do Arpoador are not to be missed. Take in a bit of culture and visit the Theatro Municipal; one of the 'Seven Wonders of Rio', it was fully renovated in 2008 and offers guided tours in English. Not to be missed by nature lovers, the Jardim Botanico is Brazil's largest Botanical Gardens and home to exhibitions throughout the year.
An authentic Rio de Janeiro experience wouldn't be the same without food involved!
Casa Marques has a restaurant in the main house offering a contemporary menu of Brazilian food and juices. A selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches can also be enjoyed by the pool on the roof terrace where you can also take your pick from an international selection of cocktails.
Try the traditional cold tea served with citrus fruits - a local specialty.