A grand Santa Teresa home has been turned into one of the prettiest bed and breakfast locations in the city
Casa Beleza encapsulates all that is charming about Santa Teresa and its idiosyncratic architecture; turrets, hidden garden passageways, forestloads of original wood on the floors and staircases and views across Guanabara Bay that demand a long cocktail at sunset are all present and correct. A B&B in the truest sense (for this is also a family home), the layout is such that you can still feel like you own the place and barely see another soul if that is how you want to play it - the self-contained building at the top of the garden is a favourite retreat among honeymooners. The owners are French and Indian; he something of an authority on Brazilian music, she a documentary filmmaker, so there is no shortage of prized information on hand and the two cultures inform much of the eclectic interior design. For a total escape from the tried-and-tested hotel options, Beleza comes highly recommended.