Category: Brazil

An insider's guide into bar hopping in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

An insider's guide into bar hopping in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has long been celebrated for its natural beauty and as the home to the most spectacular of all Carnival celebrations. As you can imagine, Rio locals (known as Cariocas to their friends) are a lively bunch who like nothing better than to gather with friends at the end of the day,
The top 10 wine destinations to visit in 2013

The top 10 wine destinations to visit in 2013

France is not going to be happy. Remember our ‘5 best wine destinations’ post a few months back?  Well, France – often regarded as one of the best wine producers in the world – was excluded from that TripAdvisor list.  And now they’ve been snubbed again, this time by Wine Enthusiast, who have declared the
Flair and indigenous style unveiled in Brazil

Flair and indigenous style unveiled in Brazil

In Campos do Jordao, Brazil – midway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro – a fresh, new luxury retreat has made its debut. The Botanique Hotel & Spa is a visionary project developed by a group of entrepreneurs that has set the benchmark in Brazil for design, services and above all, authenticity. Conceptualised by Ricardo and Fernanda
The best ways to sea in the New Year around the world

The best ways to sea in the New Year around the world

The New Year is cause for great celebrations as people ring out the old and ring in the new, with cities across the world celebrating in style with parties and huge fireworks displays. Some of the best displays can be seen in Madeira, Sydney and Rio, with the best view being available from a ship
10 of the most exclusive luxury hotel services

10 of the most exclusive luxury hotel services

If you believe that a luxurious hotel is just a place to stay for a night, you are wrong. Luxurious hotels offer much more than fashionable interior and unusual exterior to attract visitors. A wish to amaze guests has no limits. Nowadays hotels offer exclusive services for the most sophisticated visitors: from unique spa-procedures to
Treat yourself to these 9 luxury destinations and resorts

Treat yourself to these 9 luxury destinations and resorts

Awww… the life of luxury. It’s tough to beat a Thai massage, sipping mimosas by the poolside, dining on only the best Parisian cuisine and living the luxurious life. Whether you’re looking for the perfect weekend get-a-way or want to rub sholders with the rich and famous, these nine luxury destinations will point you in
Top 10 holiday cocktails and their origins

Top 10 holiday cocktails and their origins

We all love a good cocktail whilst on holiday, the two go hand in hand like Bonnie and Clyde or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. I’ve put together this little fun list of the best ones out there, where they hail from and how they are made: Singapore Sling, Singapore This fabulous cocktail was famously
The perfect hotel in Paradise: Jericoacoara, Brazil

The perfect hotel in Paradise: Jericoacoara, Brazil

Nestled in the most northern part of Brazil, is a hidden paradise, named Jericocaoara yet to be discovered by many. The village of Jeri, nickname for the destination, is nestled amongst white sand dunes, crystal clear blue water, and a very strong breeze. Located on a slight hill behind the village, is the The Chili
One of the great wonders of the world

One of the great wonders of the world

The Meeting of the Waters (Encontro das Aguas in Portuguese) is a natural phenomenon which occurs near the city of Manaus in the Amazon. Two massive rivers, the River Solimôes (Rio Solimôes) and the River Negro (Rio Negro) meet near the city; they meet but do not mix. The River Solimôes is the chocolate river and the
The most exotic and unusual city in the world

The most exotic and unusual city in the world

Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, is going to be one of the host cities for the football World Cup in 2014. For the footballers who visit the city at that time, even the Brazilians, this will be a whole new experience. Local conditions mean any teams having their matches here will
Special feature: FB Collection

Special feature: FB Collection

I have recently been lucky enough to acquire a number of items from the FB Collection.  Founded by Harry Brantly and Max Leese in Rio de Janeiro in 2005, this beachwear collection exudes quality and style.  Among the collection are beautiful, brightly-coloured (£85) or patterned (£95) linen beach towels. These towels are so soft and
Interview with Luke Powers, Managing Direct of Africa Bespoke

Interview with Luke Powers, Managing Direct of Africa Bespoke

Luke Powers is a passionate traveller, always keen to explore new destinations. But mostly he enjoys exploring his own back yard: greater Cape Town. He loves a slow road trip on backroads, with plenty of time to meet the locals and take loads of photos. He lives in Cape Town and revels in every detail

10 unique luxury hotels you'll never forget

Tripadvisor recently published ’10 unique luxury hotels you’ll never forget’.  Strangely, it’s just a list – albeit with pictures – but with no explanation as to what, precisely, makes each one memorable.  For what it’s worth, though, I’ve reproduced their list below. Please post a comment and tell us what hotels you think are unforgettable…
Top luxury hotels for holidays in Brazil

Top luxury hotels for holidays in Brazil

From stunning country haciendas to slick city hotels, Brazil today has a huge range of luxury hotels for you to enjoy on your Brazil holidays, whether you want to enjoy style and luxury throughout your holiday, or whether you’re just looking to upgrade for one particular night. The undoubted highlights of Brazil for most visitors
Why the focus is shifting to Brazil

Why the focus is shifting to Brazil

The world’s attention will be shifting to Brazil over the next few years because it is due to host the world’s two biggest events, the Football World Cup in 2014, followed by the Olympic Games in 2016. I am not sure that any country has ever won the rights to host the two largest events
The world's most beautiful city

The world's most beautiful city

The world’s most beautiful city was discovered on 1st January 1502 by the Portuguese fleet led by Pedro Alvares Cabral. Thinking that the impressive entrance was the mouth of an enormous river, they called it the River of January, but it is, in fact, a massive bay, Guanabara Bay. When you are distracted by the