Monday, February 21, 2022

5 Amazing Rooftop Pools in Rio

Rio de Janeiro is a sprawling, tropical metropolis. That’s why rooftop pools are the perfect place to simultaneously take in stunning city views and escape the heat.

Take our advice and be a Booker at one of the city’s five most extraordinary rooftop swimming spots.

Hotel Santa Teresa

Unique inner-city calm in this boutique hotel’s rooftop garden

Lining a sleek swimming pool are striped lounge chairs that are perfect for kicking back and soaking up the urban tranquility of this boutique hotel’s rooftop garden. It sits on a hill above Santa Teresa—the tree-filled, bohemian neighborhood—offering incredible views across the city. The Rio skyline is even more striking at sundown, when the city in the darkness below lights up, and up the seating area fills up with guests sipping Negronis. If a stay here seems a little pricey, don’t worry – the hotel’s chic downstairs Bar dos Descasados is open to everyone. Bookers come from all over the city to sample its mango and tangerine caipirinhas while watching some live Brazilian music.

Hotel Fasano

The breathtaking views of the Morro Dois Irmãos and Ipanema Beach from Hotel Fasano's rooftop pool

The breathtaking views of the Morro Dois Irmãos and Ipanema Beach from Hotel Fasano's rooftop pool

Hotel Fasano sits alongside Ipanema Beach, right in the middle of some of Rio’s most prized real estate.

On the eighth floor, you’ll find the crowning jewel of this Philippe Starck-designed hotel – the stunning, guest-only rooftop pool. It’s as exclusive as they come, frequented by both travelers and locals, who often book suites just to get access to the hotel’s parties. Bookers can enjoy the top-notch service and sip a cocktail while taking in the view, with the peaks of Morro Dois Irmãos perfectly framing the beach below.

PortoBay Rio International

A minimalist pool 20 floors above Rio’s most stylish neighborhood

A minimalist pool 20 floors above Rio’s most stylish neighborhood

The minimalist, square swimming pool at this luxurious Copacabana hotel towers 20 above one of Rio’s most fashion-forward neighborhoods. The pool might not be deep enough for a heart-pumping swim, but it’s guaranteed to be refreshing after a day out in the Brazilian heat. Bookers can kick back on a sun chair and grab a caipirinha to take in views of the favelas, Christ the Redeemer, and Sugarloaf Mountain.

Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro

Pastel sunsets through this pool's state-of-the-art sunroof

Pastel sunsets through this pool's state-of-the-art sunroof

The Hilton Barra’s mosaiced, infinity rooftop pool is breathtaking. Its lean, rectangular shape and bold lines match the hotel’s modern architectural design, with grey columns supporting a state-of-the-art sunroof. Bookers can treat themselves to a cocktail while gazing out over the mountains and the nearby Jacarepagua Lagoon.

Miramar Hotel by Windsor

Swimming and sunbathing in the Sugarloaf Mountain silhouette

Swimming and sunbathing in the Sugarloaf Mountain silhouette

The glass border of this hotel’s rooftop pool is practically invisible, blending its ice-blue waters beautifully with the sea and sky beyond. Just after sunset, the sky’s pastel pinks and oranges reflect off the pool’s surface, as fluffy clouds drape the silhouette of Sugarloaf Mountain. Located on Avenue Atlantica at Copacabana beach, Bookers are promised easy access to all of Rio’s main attractions.

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