100 Small Romantic
Hotels & Places

Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.


Romantic Places in Brazil


Located on a beautiful beach in Ceará, Northeast Brazil, Jeri has been discovered as a hip destination for young international travelers who enjoy the wind-surfing, beach-bumming scene. Formerly a quiet fishing village, its sandy streets now have boutiques, cafes, and many small homey posadas.

Vila Bela Vista

Jericoacoara, Ceará, Brazil

A small compound of chalets set around a swimming pool, this friendly pousada has views over the sand dunes and is located at the far end of the beach.

T:+55 88 3669-2359. 13 room b&b. US$ 90-

Fernando de Noronha

Visit Brazil’s Emerald of the Atlantic, a 22 island archipelago filled with pristine and secluded beaches. To reach this Unesco National Heritage site located 200 miles off the coast, fly in from Recife.

Pousada Zé Maria

Visireet Nice Cordeiro, 01- Floresta Velha, Fernando de Noronha, Pernambuco, Brasil

Stay in bungalows made of Brazilian hardwood and enjoy wonderful beach views, an infinity pool, whirlpool tubs and hammocks.

T: +55 81 3619-1258. US$ 336-


North of better-known Bahia, the white-sand beaches and rustic beach towns of Alagoas are now being discovered by sophisticated travellers.

Kenoa Resort & Spa

Barra de São Miguel, Alagoas, Brazil

A high-design resort overlooking the turquoise sea.

T: +55 82 3272-1285. US$ $620-

Trancoso, Bahia

Trancoso was settled by Brazilian hippies in the 1970’s and later discovered by the international fashion set, This northeast Brazilian coastal village is known for its stunning 7 mile beach, laid-back attitude, and its grassy town square (Quadrado) surrounded by vibrantly colored houses, artisan shops, restaurants and Brazil’s second oldest church, the 16th century Church of St. John. Getting to Transcoso takes 2 flights, a ferry and a bumpy car ride.

Etnia Pousada

Trancoso, Bahia

Walk to the beach from this sleek pousada and rustic-chic outdoor restaurant created by an expatriate Italian fashion and design couple.

T: +55 73 3668 1137.8 bungalows.. US$ 120-


A popular 2 hour getaway north for Rio de Janeiro’s hip and rich, Búzios became known as the South American St. Tropez after Brigitte Bardot showed up in the 1960s. Although high end shops, restaurants and luxury sailboats have arrived, strict building regulations keeps this fishing village from losing its charm. 20 beaches dot the seven-mile green peninsula and its many coves.

Pousada Casas Brancas

Morro do Humaita 10, Búzios, RJ

Boutique romantic Brazil hotel with lovely sea views. Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Includes the trendy Ipanema, the elegant and affluent Jardim Botânico and the bohemian Santa Teresa districts. Santa Teresa District, Rio de Janeiro Hilly, quaint bohemian district of imposing colonial architecture, artists’ ateliers and bars, and Guanabara Bay views.

T: +55 22 2623 1458. 32 rooms. US$ 115-

Rio de Janeiro

Hotel Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

This former colonial mansion sits on a hilltop in Santa Teresa. It is richly yet sparsely decorated with indigenous art. The hotel includes a restaurant of note.

T: +55 21 2221-1406. 44 rooms. US$ 310-

Mama Ruisa

Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

A French hotelier created a refined guesthouse out of his colonial-style townhouse. The guesthouse features modern rooms, illustrations by Jean Cocteau, a pool, and a veranda overlooking Guanabara Bay.

T: +55 21 2242-1281. 7 rooms. US$ 250-

Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Trendy Ipanema and its crescent-shaped beach is a little less hectic than next-door Copacabana beach. Outdoor cafés line the leafy avenues.

Casa Mosquito

Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

In 2011, two Frenchmen created this 1940’s inspired guesthouse/boutique hotel. Located on a high Ipanema hillside, each room has a veranda with views overlooking Cocabanca’s rooftops and beaches. Four rooms are in the original building and six are in a new annex. This hidden romantic hotel is only a ten minute walk to popular and crowded beaches.

T: +55 21 3586 5042. 10 rooms. US$ 300-

Costa Verde, Paraty

The 325 mile coastline between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo includes the culturally rich hideaway town, Paraty. Located half-way between Sao Paulo and Rio, the once wealthy and elegant 500 year old Portuguese colonial city is splendidly lost in time, with a near-perfect beach, well-preserved whitewashed architecture, and car-free streets. The historic old town has good restaurants and boutiques; visit midweek and avoid the urban weekend escapees from Rio and Sao Paulo. The town lies between the jagged mountain peaks of the Serra do Mar and the beautiful Baia de Ilha Grande sea.

Pousada do Ouro

R Dr. Pereira, 145 (Antiga Rua Da Praia), Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

18th century old-town hotel and restaurant upgraded with modern conveniences. Tom Cruise and Mick Jagger stayed here.

T: +55 24 371 1378. US$ 65-

Iha de Santa Catarina

An hour’s flight south of San Paulo lies this beautiful island filled with beaches, lagoons and hills.

Ponta dos Ganchos

Ilha de Santa Catarina, Brazil

20 cliffside rustic-chic bungalows overlooking Emerald Bay.

T: +55 48 3262-5000. 20 bungalows. US$ 450

Ilha Grande

Off southeastern Brazil lies this tropical island with endless hiking trails, 106 pristine beaches, and misty, mountainous jungles. Take a 90 minute ferry ride to island.

Vila Pedra Mar

Rua da Praia S/N Praia, Vermelha, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Arrive by boat to this tiny bed and breakfast with 5 star service.  This luxury b&b is hidden among the Palm trees overlooking the small bay of Praia Vermelha.

T: +55 24 9971 4660. 3 rooms.