With a spectacular setting within a hilltop mansion designed by Brazilian architect Jose Zanine Caldas in 1968, La Suite) luxury boutique hotel is the creation of French hotelier Francois Xavier Dussol. This luxurious modern guest house has an intimate feel, with cutting-edge furnishings including a ‘Zenith’ Baccarat chandellier by Philippe Starck, a former Coco Chanel-owned painting by Andre Servant, and seven individually-designed suites which offer great views of the beach and city through the floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies. Enjoy a refreshing swim in one of the hotel’s two swimming pools, one of which is a stunning infinity pool overlooking the city views below. While the hotel doesn’t have a formal in-house restaurant, gourmet small plate-style tastes can be ordered at La Suite’s outdoor terrace area. During the evenings, La Suite’s chic bar draws a fashionable local crowd. Located 30 minutes drive along the coastline of south Rio de Janeiro’s downtown area, La Suite hotel is one of the city’s most coveted residential districts with gated neighborhoods, beautiful ocean views and exclusive access to the prime surfing beach, Joatinga Beach.