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Stylish Rio hotel

It's pretty hard to beat the view from the rooftop of the Fasano Rio Hotel. Where the crystal blue of the swimming pool ends, you're greeted to a 180-degree vista of the world-famous Ipanema Beach, the Atlantic Ocean, and Rio's towering granite peaks. But it's not just the views that are to love in Rio de Janeiro's top hotel. The luxury boutique hotel, whose name leads to knowing nods from Rio's hip set, was designed from scratch by Philippe Starck. His touch is evident in every corner of the hotel, from its slick wooden furniture, to its sexy 'Big Mamma' chairs on each floor. You known you're in for a design treat as soon as you enter the hotel and are welcomed by a reception desk made from a single six-tonne piece of pequia wood. The trunk once lay rotting in the Amazon before being rescued by Tora Brasil, an environmentally conscious São Paolo furniture designer with a penchant for hardwoods. Look around the lobby and you'll be transported back to the 1950s, thanks to bossa nova- and Art Deco-inspired decor, while the 79 rooms and 10 suites mostly overlook the Atlantic, with balconies that boast wooden chairs by Sergio Rodrigues and incredible views. You'll be hard pressed to leave this stylish hotel, but thanks to its central location, right on Ipanema Beach, you have a plethora of bars, restaurants and music venues, all within the radius of a few ridiculously hip blocks. To read more about Rio de Janeiro and the Fasano Rio Hotel, turn to page 150 of the November issue, on sale now...