“Stylish and relaxing boutique hotel and spa in the fashionable coastal town of Búzios, near Rio de Janeiro”
Casas Brancas has grown slowly over recent decades from a 4-bedroom house to a stylish hotel with individually decorated rooms. Arranged on different levels and reached via secluded plant-filled courtyards and winding staircases, all are charming, airy and comfortable. White walls, ochre-washed arches and paintings of fishing boats give them a Mediterranean feel, while wall hangings, cushions and ornaments brought back from the owners' travels to Asia lend an exotic touch.
We recommend booking one of the Deluxe Rooms or one of the large suites, which all have an ocean view and a balcony or terrace with hammocks overlooking the bay. If you don't want to splash out, go for a smaller Superior Room with an ocean view. The Classic Rooms are similar to the Superior Rooms only situated on the lower level and without a veranda, but they still have views of the sea. The Standard Garden Rooms face the garden, but these are a tad dark. The 2-bedroom apartments are the best choice for families; alternatively, some of the Deluxe Rooms and suites can accommodate an extra person.
The hotel has 2 restaurants; 74 Restaurant on the terrace, and Deck by the seafront. Start the day with breakfast on your private terrace or in 74 Restaurant. Fresh papaya, watermelon and mango and a selection of breads and pastries washed down with coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice will set you up for a day's exploring or pool-lounging.
Come evening time you can chill out to the mellow sounds of Bossa Nova while admiring the breathtaking view of the bay from Deck. The bar here serves a wide range of cocktails - a caipirinha at sunset is a must. If you'd like to eat here, expect a mix of Italian cuisine and local dishes. Alternatively, 74 Restaurant offers tasty international cuisine, as well as typical Brazilian recipes. It's renowned for its seafood, and we opted for delicious salmon marinated with sweet peppers, followed by a large platter of fresh seafood and locally caught fish, simply grilled and served with risotto or a crisp salad. We finished with gooey chocolate cake and homemade sorbet. For lunch we enjoyed healthy salads - chicken with an oriental-style tamarind sauce - and fat club sandwiches.
If you prefer to eat out, it's only a 5-minute walk to some of the town's best restaurants and bars. The hotel can provide recommendations, one of which would undoubtedly be its sister restaurant Rocka, which serves Spanish food by the sea.
Children over the age of 5 are welcome. Some rooms are adjoining, providing accommodation for up to 4 with a shared bathroom. Alternatively, the Deluxe Rooms and suites have space for an extra bed (charged at 30% of the room rate). There's no children's pool or specific facilities, but babysitters are on call at any time of the day. They can take children on tours and activities, including the trolley bus and biking, depending on the age of the child.
Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.