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Rua Dos Gravatas 1374 Buzios, Brazil -
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A haven of peace and serenity, the Relais La Borie stands at the entrance of Buzios peninsula, considered to be the official Brazilian Saint-Tropez. This family-oriented hotel run by French owners provides its guests with an idyllic setting and a tropical garden, not to mention a spa centre, two swimming pools facing the sea, and a renowned gastronomic restaurant.

This hotel review is a translation from the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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      Hotel Le Relais Laborie   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 5.42 /10

    The hotel stands on the beach of Praïa Geriba, on the southwestern side of the peninsula where the chic resort of Buzios is located, some 112 mi North of Rio. Allow two and a half hours to get to the airport. Cabo Frio international airport is a mere 29 kilometres away but there is no direct flight from England. It attracts primarily Brazilian and Argentinean tourists.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    The rooms of the Relais La Borie offer a decent level of comfort. They include two single beds, a queen size bed or a king size bed. They have satellite television (20 channels) and a selection of DVDs, individual air conditioning, a free electronic safe, a mini bar refrigerator, a telephone, and a free Wifi Internet connection. Fitted with tiling, they include a leather armchair, a sofa bed, and a wooden desk. It's a shame there is neither a balcony nor a terrace. A big bay window overlooks either the gardens or the beach. The interior is equally charming: pillows, bedspreads, lamp shades and curtains in the same white and yellow tones, and a nice painting of a sunflower to add a touch of warmth. As for the bathrooms, they have a tropical shower head, a line on which to hang laundry, a toilet, hospitality products, a hairdryer, and bathrobes. There is also a safe and a mini bar refrigerator. The master bedrooms have separate toilets, the two suites boast massaging water jets in the bathtub and a large separate shower, and one of the rooms includes a hammock.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The Relais La Borie has been welcoming its happy guests since 1986, in one of 39 rooms divided among 4 two-storied buildings. The establishment undergoes frequent renovations and offers numerous choices for a pleasant stroll: flower-filled alleys, a lawn with banana trees, a street that runs along the beach, and the castle square. Put this altogether and you feel like you're in a separate little village. You have the choice between two 1.25m-deep swimming pools, one of which is heated and boasts an aquabar that opens from 11:00am till 6:00pm, and a bathtub with massaging water jets. They are surrounded by white deckchairs and sunshades. Showers are available and you can ask for a towel at the reception desk. Thankfully, the hotel does not offer aquagym lessons or any other noisy activities that could disturb the peace and quiet. The only thing you might hear is a relaxing piece by Mozart! A door with a digicode provides access to the beach, right in front of the hotel.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    Welcome to Chez Françoise (Françoise is the owner of the Relais La Borie); definitely one of the establishment's strong points. Our compliments to Brazilian chef Paulo Cordeiro Menezes and his team! The gourmet restaurant is sure to please your taste buds with dishes such as grilled lobster, coconut-flavoured prawns, grilled grouper with passion fruit, filet mignon, beef filet à la crème, confit of duck, confit of pineapple... in short it's a delicious mix of French and Brazilian cooking. Unfortunately the room is not air conditioned, but the setting is charming, with a fireplace and a view of the sea. Food is served non-stop from 1:30pm till 9:00pm. The breakfast on offer provides a good start to the day with fruit and fresh fruit juice, homemade cakes, tasty pastries, and bacon and eggs. It is served from 8:00am till 11:00am. The indoor bar is clad in wood and nicely decorated. It includes a flat screen TV and serves excellent caïpirinhas, from 9:00am till 9:00pm.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    A door with a digicode provides access to the beach, right in front of the hotel. The praïa Geriba is a 1.2 mi long stretch of sand, southwest of Buzios peninsula. There are a lot of and the current can become quite strong, but it's monitored by of lifeguards and flags tell you how dangerous bathing is. The beach is wind-exposed and provides the perfect place for nautical activities, such as sailing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, and regular surfing, but you can also have a go on the banana boat. There is even a surf school and a couple of beach volley pitches. The beach is equipped with deckchairs and white sunshades.

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    Why not head for the spa with its double mattress laid out under a palm leaf palapa and enjoy a massage for two! The sauna and the tub with massaging water jets are free of charge. The latter is concealed behind a white curtain, on a small wooden terrace with visible stonework, decorated with vases, pottery and various amphorae, making for a charming setting! There are no computers available, but if you've brought your own, the Wifi Internet access is free. Bear in mind that none of the rooms are adapted to accommodate for guests with reduced mobility. A free car park is also available to guests. The relaxation area includes a selection of books and a TV set with a choice of DVDs. Furthermore, a conference room is available and can welcome 45 people.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, sauna, keep fit, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      surfing

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The excellent "Chez Françoise" restaurant
    • A 'French speaking' welcome from its owners
    • The location in front of the splendid Praïa Geriba
    • The charm of the place

    disadvantages

    • The lack of facilities for disabled guests
    • No air conditioning in the restaurant
    • There are no balconies or terraces in the rooms
    • The considerable distance from the Rio airport

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