Fasano, Rio de Janeiro
Ipanema beach is only a Frisbee-throw away; there's a view of Christ the Redeemer from the rooftop infinity pool – locations don't come better than this. Younger sister to Sao Paulo's Fasano hotel, the Rio outpost's rooms are designed by Philippe Starck, who has gone for a warm, mid-century style: a lot of wood, eclectic light fittings, marble bathrooms. A three-star Michelin restaurant specialises in Florentine seafood and the Carnaby Street-inspired Londra bar is a hangout for Brazilian celebs.
Fasano Hotel, Avenida Vieira Souto 80, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (00 55 21 3202 4000; www.fasano.com.br). Doubles start at US$500 (£263), room only.