Blame it on Rio!

09 September 2011

Hilary Duff has just arrived in one of Grazia Travel Club’s all time fave cities – Rio de Janeiro.  What other city has jungly mountains dropping down to the sea? Then there's the cool Latino vibe plus some of the most beautiful people on the planet. Oh and we forgot to mention the beaches - some of the best anywhere in the world -  skip Copacabana though, and head to Ipanema, it’s way cooler.  No wonder Hil tweeted she loved the place.  Odds are on she's staying at the Fasano www.fasano.com.br in Ipanema, the Philippe Starck-designed, ultra cool hangout beloved by celebs like Beyoncé and Madonna.  The infinity pool here is one of the most beautiful in the world, stretching out to the sea with the famous Sugar Loaf mountain behind it.  Rooms cost from £400 per night. 

Hilary's got to head to Arpoador beach at dusk (it’s just next to Ipanema) and watch the sun set at the very chic Azul Marinho bar in Avenida Francisco Bhering - it's awesome. Night life is great too, especially in Leblon (close to Ipanema too). A caipirinha at Bar d'Hotel (696 Avenida Delfim Moreira Marina Hotel), is great with a hip crowd of Cariocas (that's Rio residents) as well as visiting models and "telenovela" actors.

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