BEST PLACE FOR SURFING AND SAMBAWHY IT'S GREAT
Rio tops current hot lists, and there's no better place to soak up the vibe than at the new Fasano. Located in a prime spot overlooking Ipanema beach, the hotel has 82 rooms, ten suites and three mini apartmentsall designed by Philippe Starckand boasts a 1950s bossa-nova ambience.
WHAT TO DO
Sip Rio's best caipirinhas, the national cocktail, at Club Chocolate; spend a day at Posto 10 (the city's chicest beach); or for authentic samba music, head to Carioca a Gema (but never before 11 P.M.).
BRING IT BACK
A teeny Isabel Capeto bikini and matching sarong; a CD by Gilberto Gil; loose Thai pants from the outdoor Ipanema hippie market.
BOOK ITfasano.com.brMelissa Biggs Bradley of indagare.com additional reporting by Elisabeth Durkin