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Villa Santa Teresa

Rio, Brazil

The Monteiro de Carvalho family settled in Rio in the 1920s and acquired this land for their private estate. They built for themselves a truly palatial property, including this modernist villa encompassed by Atlantic Rainforest and with views of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Everything at the villa is immaculate, from the orientation and proportions of the rooms, to the way which light flows in through the windows and falls upon the calming tones of the furniture. The interiors are timeless in their look, blending antiques with contemporary Carioca designs. You will shift throughout the day from breakfast at the communal table in the dining room, to a wander in the gardens, a swim in the pool, and then pre-dinner cocktails in the Library Room. For dinner, choose a candlelit meal for two looking out across Rio at the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
 
The seven rooms and suites are individually decorated and named, with comfortable furnishings, Italian marble bathrooms, and king size beds. Some of the rooms have vintage bathtubs; others have writing desks or a chaise longue.