Bùzios, Brazil

Insólito Boutique Hotel & Spa

Rates from (ex tax)$334.24

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (BRL1,102.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Art lover's beach house


Cariocas’ St Tropez

Clinging artfully to a bay-facing hillside, Insólito Boutique Hotel & Spa’s breeze-kissed abodes have bags of Brazilian charm. Had she stumbled upon this leafy hideaway in the Sixties, Búzios regular Brigitte Bardot would no doubt have fallen for its art-strewn contemporary rooms, three deck-perched pools and sea-view hot tubs.

Smith Extra

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A tasting of four caipirinhas at the beach lounge, early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability) and a 20 per cent discount on the main tasting menu


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Need to know


24, including 12 suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $334.24 (BRL1,050), excluding tax at 5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (BRL1,102.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a cooked English, American or Brazilian breakfast (fresh fruit, tapioca, cakes, yoghurt, seeds and jam).


Fascinated by Brazil’s vibrant culture and African heritage, French owner Emanuelle Meeus de Clermont-Tonnerre is a patron of the arts. The works on display are changed seasonally; the hotel hosts an artist in residence and art lessons for guests keen to work on their creativity as much as their tan.

At the hotel

Boats to hire, treatment rooms, yoga classes, lounge, snooker table, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, kettle, Natura toiletries. Insólito and Honeymooon Suites have coffee machines.

Our favourite rooms

Paying homage to Brazil’s rich art, history and fauna, all the rooms are individually decorated with aztec prints, naif art, tactile batik and specially commissioned pieces. Inspired by the myth of Orpheus, the Insólito Suite has a sprawling sea-view veranda with a hot tub. Loved-up Smiths should book the Honeymoon Suite: perched over the rocks tumbling into the ocean, its sultry deck and pool can be all yours on request.


A striking deck wraps around the main freshwater pool, connecting it to the bar and restaurant. It’s heated all year round and there are plenty of day-beds from which to soak up the ocean views. Sheltered by the curved boughs of a tree, the adults-only terrace pool has cobalt blue tiles and oversized floor cushions for contemplative lounging. The kidney-shaped saltwater pool has striking views down the basalt cliffside; unheated and five-metres deep, it’s for grown-ups only and is sometimes reserved for the Honeymoon Suite nearby.


Insólito’s spa is a bijou affair: unwind in the poolside sauna and steam room, simmer in the ofuro (hot tub) or book one of two treatment rooms for a knot-busting session: Shiatsu, Ayurvedic and deep Swiss massage are on the menu.

Packing tips

Brazil’s mosquitos get ravenous at dusk – don’t forget your spray.


The hotel has three bicycles for guests’ use.


Small pets under 10kg can stay for BRL150 a night. The hotel offers a dog bowl, pet food and dog-walking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Bùzios.


Welcome. Cots and extra beds (free for under-12s; 30 per cent of the room rate for older children) can be added to all rooms. The hotel can arrange babysitting on request.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Pick a lunchtime spot by the pool; at night, cosy up on the back banquette or by the glass wall for atmospheric sea views.

Dress Code

Do Bardot proud with bold Roksanda Illincic prints and relaxed off-the-shoulder tops.

Hotel restaurant

Looking out over the main pool through panoramic glass walls, A Galeria is clean-lined and airy, with wooden banquettes livened up by colourful geometric cushions. Chef Eduardo Barbosa rustles up indulgent lunchtime treats (grilled sirloin, seafood risotto) and tantalising Brazilian dishes. Dinner is a bit more formal: grilled salmon, fillet mignon, seared sea bass and duck breast are on the menu. Down by the sea, Eden Beach Lounge is an open-air hangout shaded by an impressive palm-woven ceiling. Snack on burgers, caesar salads, shrimp ceviche and charred squid.

Hotel bar

Framed by a luxuriant fern wall, the pool bar has high chairs and a banana-bright sofa. Fans of bafo-de-tigre (tiger’s breath), rejoice: staff mix up a mean caipirinha.

Last orders

A Galeria serves breakfast 8am–11am; lunch 12.30pm–3pm; dinner 7.30pm–10pm. Eden Beach Lounge is open 10am–6pm. Drinks are mixed at the pool bar until 11pm.

Room service

Ceviches, burgers and grilled meat and fish dishes can be ordered in-room round the clock.


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Insólito Boutique Hotel & Spa
Rua E1, Lote 3 e 4, Condomínio Atlântico Ferradura Beach
Armação de Búzios


A hub for international flights, Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão International Airport is a three-hour drive away. Traffic can get manic at weekends and during holidays, so plan carefully.


A beach buggy can be a handy way to explore the peninsula’s two dozen beaches; hire one in Búzios. If you’ve brought your own wheels, the hotel has free valet parking.


Insólito’s helipad is just by the entrance. It’s best to organise helicopter transfers when booking; if you favour a maximalist approach to packing, the hotel can arrange for your luggage to follow by car.

Worth getting out of bed for

A glorious crescent of golden sands curving in on itself, Ferradura Beach has warm, clear waters and decent snorkelling in its rocky shallows. It’s not rare to see passing whales off the coast from September to December, but, with 23 beaches on the peninsula, the area has plenty of other natural delights. Commandeer Insólito’s 30-foot boat, Rush, for picnic and fishing expeditions of up to eight people, or book smaller and speedier Dragos for an afternoon of bóia-cross, the local take on water-skiing. Stop by Osklen (+55 22 2623 6474) for edgy beachwear or stock up on jungle prints and bold embroidery at Farm (+55 22 2623 7401). Stone Street, a tempting stretch of trendy boutiques, glamorous restaurants and must-visit ice-cream parlours nearby, comes alive at night. Amble down the boardwalk to Orla Bardot, where a provocative bronze statue of the eponymous actress presides over the beachside bustle.

Local restaurants

Sea-view Bar do Zé (+55 22 2623 4986) is an Orla Bardot institution: nab a spot on the beachy terrace for an expertly mixed sundowner, then stay for creamy risottos and prawn-flecked pasta. Nearby Salt (+55 22 2623 6769) serves adventurously plated contemporary cuisine in an elegant dining room. Rocka (+55 22 2623 6159) has a prime spot overlooking Brava Beach; the champagne list and fresh-off-the-boat lobster aren’t bad, either.

Local bars

Crêperie Chez Michou (+55 22 2623 2169) is a popular post-prandial pit stop: sip on a cocktail at the terrace bar and see if you’ve left any wiggle room for one of their chocolate-smothered confections. Lively Anexo (+55 22 2623 6837) has high tables and sea-facing loungers – a good spot to soak up the late-night buzz of Orla Bardot.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this beachside hotel in Búzios and unpacked their Havaianas and sarongs, a full account of their relaxed luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a postcard from Insólito Boutique Hotel & Spa in Brazil…

When French owner Emmanuelle Meeus de Clermont-Tonnerre first set eyes on Insólito Boutique Hotel & Spa, it was just a six-bedroom house perched on a little peninsula overlooking Búzios’ Ferradura bay. She had a vision of a glamorous, peaceful hideaway for Brazil’s bright and beautiful. The hotel’s residences have now tastefully colonised the hillside, a genteel jumble of sea-view terraces, tree-shaded pools and breeze-kissed day-beds inviting guests to make themselves at home. A keen collector of Brazilian design and objets d’art, Emmanuelle has livened up a blank canvas of white walls and sleek furniture with textural chandeliers, rustic wooden sofas and recycled rubber carpets. Brazil’s up-and-coming artists are on show here – the hotel plays host to residences and regularly refreshes the works on display, but that’s not to say it’s forgotten creature comforts. Lavish bathrooms, generous hot tubs, sea-fresh cuisine and indulgent massages await the visitor come to savour Brazil’s year-round summer.

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