Fernando de Noronha: How to Do it
With some of the most picturesque beaches on planet Earth and world-class marine wildlife, Fernando de Noronha is a luxury paradise for beach lovers. The Fernando de Noronha archipelago, located just over 200 miles off Brazil’s northeast coast, is made up of 21 small islands and is an important marine […]
Luxury Hotel of the Month: Caiman Ecological Refuge
For our luxury hotel of the month for January we chose Caiman Ecological Refuge in the southern Pantanal region of Brazil. Offering the best accommodation in the region, Caiman’s environmental responsibility and dedication to preserving the local jaguar population makes it a standout stay in the Pantanal.
Why Visit Bonito?
Bespoke Brazil explores the highlights of a stay in Bonito, a picturesque and off-the-beaten-track eco-tourism destination in Brazil – the perfect addition to a luxury holiday in the countryside.
Luxury Hotel of the Month: Ponta dos Ganchos
For our luxury hotel of the month for October we have chosen the exclusive Ponta dos Ganchos resort in southern Brazil. With stylish suites boasting stunning ocean views, this romantic hotel is one of the best in the country.
Wildlife Wishlist – Brazil’s Top Species
World-renowned for its lush tropical forests and varied landscapes, Brazil is home to most of Latin America’s most emblematic species. Bespoke Brazil specialist Ellie introduces you to the top ten creatures to look out for during your trip…
Luxury Hotel of the Month: UXUA Casa
For our luxury hotel of the month for September we have chosen the barefoot luxury hideaway of UXUA Casa in Trancoso. We love this hippy-chic hideway on Bahia’s stunning beaches.
Fires in the Amazon – Should We Be Worried?
As Brazil hits the headlines for the wrong reasons, the Bespoke Brazil’s Director Simon Williams explains the impact of the Amazon fires on the region and your trip.
Luxury Hotel of the Month: Fasano Salvador
For our luxury hotel of the month for August, we have chosen the opulent Fasano Salvador. This brand-new stylish hotel occupies a historical building overlooking All Saints Bay.
Brazil’s Must-Visit National Parks
Explore one of Brazil’s sixty-nine incredible National Parks. Bespoke Brazil specialist Clara explains which are the best and how to plan your visit…
Luxury Hotel of the Month: Pousada Trijuncao
For our luxury hotel of the month for July, we have chosen the gorgeous Pousada Trijuncao in the remote wilderness of the Brazilian cerrado, or savannah.
Festas Juninas: How to do Brazil’s Harvest Festivals
Brazil’s unbelievable number festivals are just another element that contributes to the unique cultural richness of this vast country. Bespoke Brazil’s Marline explains the Festas Juninas, Brazil’s biggest summer parties
Casa Cairucu – A Slice of Paradise on the Costa Verde
The perfect place for family retreats on Brazil’s stunning southern Costa Verde, Casa Cairuçu is a private villa that offers a secluded getaway near the charming colonial town of Paraty.
Caipirinhas: A Brazilian Icon
The caipirinha is one of Brazil’s most iconic drinks and you are almost certain to come across this beloved national cocktail during your luxury holiday to Brazil. Bespoke Brazil specialist Ellie, shares all there is to know about Brazil’s favourite tipple.
Luxury Hotel of the Month: Janeiro Hotel
Luxury boutiques in Rio de Janeiro are few and far between. Janeiro Hotel is a radically different offering, presenting a smaller-scale luxury hotel on the lesser known Leblon beach, one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Rio. Read more about this fabulous hotel here.
A Stay at the Grand Hyatt, Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is a must-see city on any first-time trip to Brazil, but the wealth of high-end hotel options in the Marvellous City can be daunting. Bespoke Brazil specialist, Ellie, spent a week in Rio at the Grand Hyatt hotel and here’s what she had to say about it: […]
Luxury Hotel of the Month: Nannai Resort & Spa
Brazil’s north-eastern coastline is a highlight for those who seek pristine white-sand beaches and the best of tropical luxury. This month we have chosen to shine the spotlight on one of our favourite hotels in the region, Nannai Resort & Spa.
A Vegetarian’s Guide to Rio de Janeiro
Bespoke Brazil’s Ellie sheds light on how to navigate Rio as a vegetarian. Whilst Brazil’s cuisine is perhaps more famous for its carnivorous delights, there’s plenty of meat-free options for veggies to enjoy.
Jericoacoara: Brazil’s Hip Beach Hangout
Travellers to Brazil are spoilt for choice when it comes to inviting Atlantic beaches to while away a few days on. Bespoke Brazil director Simon explains just what makes Jericoacoara so special.
Three Days in Rio de Janeiro – How to Make the Most of It
Most holidays to Brazil include a stay in Rio de Janeiro. Bespoke Brazil’s resident carioca, Marline, gives her pointers on how to make the most of a three-day stay in her hometown.
Luxury Hotel of the Month: Cristalino Jungle Lodge
Undoubtedly a highlight of any trip to Brazil, the Amazon rainforest is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. One of our favourite lodges is the charming Cristalino, situated in the lesser-visited southern Amazon.
Top 10 Foods to Try on a Holiday to Brazil
This month, Bespoke Brazil’s resident carioca, Marline, offers up a list of tasty treats that she suggests trying during your luxury holiday to Brazil. Brazil is a vibrant, diverse and exciting country, and the national cuisine is no less colourful. Here’s what we think you should try…
Luxury Hotel of the Month: Fazenda Barranco Alto
This month, our luxury hotel choice in Brazil is a rustic eco-lodge nestled deep in the tropical savanna of the southern Brazilian Pantanal. Cosy, traditional and exclusive; Fazenda Barranco Alto is a fantastic option for travellers looking for a unique wildlife experience during their luxury holiday to Brazil.
Trancoso; Laid Back Glamour in Northeast Brazil
Read all about the super cool beach village of Trancoso, a favourite for celebrities yet with a laid-back vibe, which is on the wish list of many visitors to Brazil. Pristine beaches, small boutique shops, superb luxury hotels and some of the best restaurants outside of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. What’s not to like?
The Ultimate Amazon Packing List
If you have decided to head into the Amazon rainforest, chances are you will be faced with the daunting task of packing for a trip which is unlike any you have taken before. The thick jungle environment with its wide rivers, oxbow lakes and towering trees are a natural wonder that will not disappoint, but it is essential to be properly prepared in order to truly enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.
Exploring Charming Paraty on Brazil’s Emerald Coastline
With turquoise waters, golden sands and lush Atlantic rainforest, Paraty is a haven for those seeking a relaxing holiday. Just 4 hours from Rio, along a beautiful coastal road which is a joy to drive, the colonial town of Paraty has much to offer those looking to visit Brazil.
Exciting New Fasano Hotel Openings
The start of 2019 has seen the opening of two new luxury hotels from the famous Fasano brand which will finally bring proper luxury hotel options to the cities of Salvador and Belo Horizonte.
Rio Carnival 2019
Rio Carnival is now only a few weeks away and there’s still a chance to visit and take part in the largest party on the planet.
Highlights of São Paulo
A regular stopover city for those travelling from Europe to elsewhere in Brazil or Latin America, or for travellers hopping on connecting flights within this gargantuan country, São Paulo, and its international airport, Guarulhos, is a familiar sight for many visitors. Bespoke Brazil specialist, and ex-São Paulo resident, Clara argues the case for spending the occasional night or two in this uber-modern megacity.
Reserva do Ibitipoca
There are some places that one dreams of existing, or reads about in books and wishes was real. A remote countryside idyll where you can completely get away from it all and disappear into a slower and simpler pace of life. Ibitipoca is just such a place.
Visiting the Hotel Fasano Angra dos Reis
Recently we were lucky enough to be invited to stay at the newly opened Hotel Fasano Angra dos Reis during a visit to Brazil. The hotel is the 5th Fasano property to open in Latin America following those in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Boa Vista (in the Sao Paulo countryside) and in Punta del Este in Uruguay
Visiting Ponta dos Ganchos
Read all about our recent visit to the stunning Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort in southern Brazil. It’s one of the best hotels in Latin America and a favourite with celebrities.
Discovering the Amazon Rainforest with Juma Lodge
Visiting the Amazon Rainforest is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many, which is why when I visited Juma Lodge my expectations were high. Luckily these expectations were met as the lodge itself is absolutely fantastic, a true luxury wilderness experience, and in addition we saw some pretty impressive wildlife.
New hotel openings in 2018
In 2018 Brazil is back. After a difficult 2016 and 2017 with the positive and negative impact of the Olympics, the Zika scare stories, economic downturn and government turmoil, Brazil is finally on the up again with a number of new luxury hotels poised to open.
Emiliano Rio finally opens!
Exciting! After many years of anticipation, the Emiliano Rio opens this week on Copacabana beachfront. The site of the former Belgian embassy has been transformed into Rio’s newest luxury hotel and Copacabana finally has a boutique 5 star hotel to rival the Fasano on Ipanema beach. The Emiliano Sao Paulo […]
Visiting the Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas
The Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas is the place to stay whilst on holiday at Iguassu Falls. The only hotel located inside the Brazilian national park it offers unrivalled services, views and accommodation on the Brazilian side of the falls. On arrival at Foz do Iguacu airport, it’s a short 5 […]
Rio Olympics for schools
We’ve been contacted a lot of late from parents looking for information about the Olympic Games as it appears many schools are doing projects on the upcoming Olympic Games which take place in Rio de Janeiro from the 5th-22nd August. As a way of helping parents to source information we […]
Olympic Games Hotels
We’ve been getting a lot of enquiries recently about accommodation and tickets for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 so here’s a little blog to hopefully cover many of the frequently asked questions. Can you sell tickets? Yes and no. Individual tickets for the Rio Olympics have […]
The best beach in the world
Baia do Sancho beach on Fernando de Noronha has been chosen as the best beach in the world on TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travellers’ Choice best beaches list for the second year running. This is not a surprise to us at Bespoke Brazil as Fernando de Noronha is one of the most […]
Up to 40% off Luxury Apartments
Bespoke Brazil, the UK’s specialist Brazil tour operator, are offering up to 40% off select luxury apartments and penthouses in Rio de Janeiro during the forthcoming carnival period next month. We offer a range of exclusive properties throughout Rio de Janeiro which are perfect for couples, small groups or families […]
The Chef’s Table
Sao Paulo may well be the culinary hotspot of Brazil with fabulous world famous restaurants such as D.O.M. or Mani but eating out in Rio de Janeiro can be just as good and for those looking for an exclusive dining experience look no further than the Chef’s Table at the […]
Brazilian wine tours
Bespoke Brazil, in partnership with Go Brazil Wines, is delighted to offer a new range of exclusive Brazilian wine tours, incorporating the leading vineyards of the Serra Gaúcha and Santa Catarina regions of southern Brazil. Wines of the new world are more readily associated with Chile, Argentina and sometimes Uruguay […]
Luxury hotels in Sao Paulo
The most amazing places to stay whilst in Sao Paulo São Paulo is primarily a business destination for most travellers to the city however it is a city with huge appeal, Brazil’s best restaurants and shopping and endless nightlife. Understandably it has an endless array of hotels including a number […]
New Years Eve in Rio
As the Christmas adverts fill our TV screens here in the UK and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere it’s getting into summer in Rio de Janeiro and people are starting to think about New Years Eve in Rio which is a fabulous time to visit the Marvellous city. If […]
On a recent trip to the north-east of Brazil we visited Kenoa Resort, 40km south of Maceio in the state of Alagoas. This design hotel, tucked away from it all in the town of Barra de Sao Miguel is a must for any discerning traveller to this part of the […]
Parque das Aves at Iguassu Falls
A visit to the Parque das Aves at Iguassu Falls is a must if you are on holiday in the area. Translated at the park of birds it is located just by the visitors centre at the entrance to the Brazilian national park and houses a wide variety of tropical […]
Wildlife in Brazil
If you are thinking of travelling to Brazil in 2015 and you want to see wildlife in Brazil, then now is the time to book! Due to the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 coinciding with the peak season for big cat viewing many clients have delayed […]
Jaguars in Brazil
We recently paid a visit to the northern Pantanal and during our stay took the opportunity to go in search of Jaguars in Brazil. Brazil is widely regarded as the best place in the world to see jaguars and despite the jaguar being one of the world’s most elusive cats, […]
Gran Aventura Boat ride
On a recent visit to Iguassu Falls we took a ride on the Gran Aventura boat. It was brilliant! If you are visiting Iguassu Falls there are essentially 3 different ways to view the falls; by following the walkways at the side of the falls; taking a helicopter for an […]
Sunrise At Corcovado
Guests at Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil can now enjoy a private sunrise picnic at Christ the Redeemer. Exclusive to the landmark hotel, this once-in-a-lifetime experience gives visitors crowd-free access to the monument on Corcovado Mountain before it opens to the public. A true Rio icon, Belmond […]
Taking part in Rio Carnival
I am hot, sweaty and with aching feet but with a huge smile on my face from ear to ear that won’t go away. I’ve just taken part in the Sambadrome parade at Rio Carnival which can only be described as the best experience of my life. Watching the Sambadrome […]
Porto de Galinhas
Whilst on a recent visit to Recife we took the 45 minutes journey to the south of the city to the town of Ipojuca where lays the beach resort of Porto de Galinhas. The journey was well worth it. For 10 years running, Porto de Galinhas had been named the […]
Olinda – a colonial gem
We were lucky enough to visit the beautiful town of Olinda recently whilst on a trip to nearby Recife for a tourism fair. It was already on our hit list to visit whilst in the north east as is one of the most famous colonial towns in Brazil and was […]
World Cup Travel Guide: Curitiba
Curitiba: World Cup holiday guide Curitiba was declared the capital of the state of Paraná in 1853 and is now the most populous city in the southern region of Brazil. Curitiba had one of the highest proportions of greenery among the Brazilian capitals. More aesthetically pleasing features of the city […]
Top 10 places to visit in Brazil
We often get asked where to visit in Brazil, after all, it’s a massive country so difficult to know where to get started. Here’s our top 10 places to visit in Brazil if you are looking for a holiday to this wonderful country. 1 – Rio de Janeiro In our […]
Entrance fees rise at Iguazu Falls
It has been announced that the entrance fees for the Argetinean side of the Iguazu falls is to increase. The fees are currently USD 33.00 per person however these will increase from 1st March 2013 to USD 40.00 per person. If you are booked on a tour with us which […]
The knights who say “Niiiiiiiiiiii!”
We were lucky enough to be invited as guests of a PR agency to attend the opening night of the Chiswick Book Fair a couple of weeks ago, an invitation which we gladly accepted because of a famous guest speaker. Each year, the night before the Book Fair officially begins, […]
We are now members of LATA
We are proud to say that we are now members of the Latin American Travel Association (LATA). LATA was founded to promote travel to Latin America and the association brings together tourist boards, tour operators, hotels, wholesalers, media, airlines and overseas members. They also promote charitable work in the region […]
Kitesurfing in Brazil
The kite surfing season is upon us in Brazil so it’s a perfect time to head to the north and enjoy the amazing beaches and amazing winds! If you didn’t know already, Brazil is one of the best places in the world for kite surfing. If you are looking for […]
9 months today until the battle to be the top Rio Samba school begins!
It only seems like yesterday that Rio Carnival 2012 finished and yet in 9 months today six of the best Samba schools in the city will kick off two nights of intense competition at the newly redesigned Sambadrome. For the uninitiated, Rio Carnival is the biggest party on earth. For […]