The Fasano Rio hotel opened in August 2007 and is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World collection, with 91 luxurious guest rooms, including 10 suites, housed in an 8 storey building with a panoramic rooftop terrace affording majestic views across Ipanema Beach. The terrace is reserved for guests staying at the hotel (it can only be accessed using your magnetic room key) and incorporates a 10x10m 1m-deep infinity pool. The terrace is open from 6:00am to 10:00pm and you'll also find showers and cushioned wooden deck chairs laid out in the shade of white canvas parasols here. Bath towels are also provided here free of charge. This trendy little spot also boasts a snack bar, a hammam, and a Vichy shower, and if you'd like to take the pampering a little further, head along to the stylish spa, which includes 4 massage rooms offering various treatments using Lancôme products, a hairdresser, an ultra modern fitness centre and a beauty salon. Apples and lemon or orange-flavoured water are provided. Back down on the ground floor, the reception desk is actually an Amazonian tree trunk! The lobby, meanwhile, is a circular, moderately air conditioned room, tucked away behind some curtains. You'll quickly feel at home here, what with the carpeted floors, cosy library area, trendy music playing gently in the background, chess table, stylish furniture and overall touch of the Philippe Starck about it. There is even a copy of the 1976 Michelin guide on the coffee table, as well as one of those famous Big Mama armchairs. Moving along, even the stylish toilets, complete with gilded washbasins, are worth a special detour!