Tripping: Armação dos Búzios, Brazil
By Scott Mitchem
Casas Brancas Hotel & Spa
In the early 1960s, Brigitte Bardot turned this sleepy fishing village into the St-Tropez of South America. Fifty years on, it remains a unique blend of simplicity and sophistication. Here, our perfect Armação dos Búzios itinerary.
Wake up at the stylish Insólito Boutique Hotel, Búzios’ finest accommodation. Perched on the rocky cliffs above Praia da Ferradura, every suite has an incredible view of the horseshoe-shaped beach below, as do the restaurant and pool decks, all perfect spots to enjoy a traditional Brazilian breakfast (açai, local cheeses, salami, et al.).
Prepare for the beach with a visit to Lenny—the namesake shop by famous swimwear designer Lenny Niemeyer—located on the precious cobblestone Rua das Pedras in the downtown district. From here, stroll down to the footpath that leads to isolated and undeveloped Praia da Azeda—where the stunning landscape and a historic Portuguese Colonial beach house create a popular postcard setting.
FROM LEFT: Insólito Boutique Hotel; Rocka Beach Lounge & Restaurant.
Lunch at Praia Brava’s Rocka Beach Lounge & Restaurant, a barefoot-chic beach shack featuring custom-built wooden daybeds that dot the sprawling lawn overlooking the shore.
Take a break from the sun inside the Casas Brancas Hotel & Spa with a relaxing body massage. Afterward, enjoy a cafezinho on the terrace, complemented by the beautiful view and soft bossa nova music.
Order the house-special gnocchi at Quintal, Búzios’ most exclusive restaurant, owned and operated by the Nelson Ramos Filho in his beautiful Búziano-style mansion.
Return to Praia da Ferradura for after-dinner drinks at the stylish and fun Insólito Beach Lounge, located on the sand below the hotel, steps away from your suite.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANIEL PINHEIRO (BRANCAS, ROCKA); COURTESY OF INSÓLITO BOUTIQUE HOTEL; MARCO RICCA (BAHIA)
Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.