ExperiEnce Rhythm, Culture, Beaches + Colonial Architecture on a Luxury Brazil Holiday.

Pulsating with energy, optimism and a sense of fun, Brazil’s exoticism is powerfully seductive. Its huge size gives it the variety of a continent, rather than a country: from the stunning colonial architecture of Minas Gerais and Bahia to the cities that ring with music and dance, such as Rio and Salvador. The wide-open beaches of the north-east contrast with the peaceful bays and fishing villages near Rio; and the wonders of the Amazon Basin contrast with the remote beauty of the Pantanal.

There are world class hotels in Rio and Sao Paulo and drop-dead stylish private beach houses in Angra, Paraty and Bahia; simple pousadas in the interior and authentic, working fazendas in the Chapada Diamantina.

We tend to work with the smaller and most character-filled properties that best reflect the mood and style of their surroundings. In the Amazon we avoid the larger, commercial holiday lodges in favour of smaller camps, in order to gain access to primary forest – and for small groups, we can charter private river boats.

Brazil’s size and variety make it difficult to get right without insider knowledge and our destination experts will guide you as to how much is manageable and exactly what to expect from the extraordinary variety of alternatives. But ‘wow’ is it fantastic when we get the balance perfect…
All itineraries for our luxury Brazil holidays are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange seven days in Brazil (not including flights) from £4000 per person.

Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.

Copacabana Palace


Belmond Copacabana Palace exudes the glamour of a bygone era with its Art-Deco design inspired by Nice's Negresco. It holds a dominant position overlooking Copacabana beach and is in our opinion the best option for clients looking to experience Rio de Janeiro in elegance and style.

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luxury boat tupaiu south america tailor made trip brazil


Chartering the small, 60 ft riverboat- Tupaiu to explore in great comfort and complete privacy the different rivers systems of one of the most unspoilt parts of the Amazon has to be one of the greatest adventures out there.

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luxury retreat in Brazil


Adjacent to one of Brazil’s most beautiful national parks, the Reserva is a 3000 hectare private estate. At its heart is one of the most beautifully restored fazendas in the whole of Brazil. To stay here is to take a step back in time but with all of the modern comforts of a world class hotel.

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Convento Do Carmo


Right on the doorstep of Salvador’s historic centre stands Convento do Carmo in all its 16th Century glory. When looking at Brazil’s booming economy together with the country’s pride in domestic luxury, it is safe to say that impressive features on the outside usually mean ship shape service behind the scenes.

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Villa Bahia

Villa Bahia, Salvador

Tucked into the heart of Salvador’s historic district, the Pelourinho is a converted mansion of great elegance and style. Sitting amongst colourful houses and the old town, boutique hotel, Villa Bahia is as enchanting as its surroundings and surprisingly tranquil despite being on one of the town’s busiest squares. We recently sent journalist Tom Laing there who was impressed by its intricate décor and renovation.

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Cristalino Lodge


Unlike other lodges in the Amazon, Cristalino Lodge sits in a league of its own in the Southern part of the Brazilian Amazon, far away from the busier area in and around Manaus. Instead, the nearest place of civilisation is the city of Alta Floresta but even that feels worlds away once you’re in the depths of the forest.The lodge is an Eden for nature lovers, encompassed in the huge Private National Heritage Reserve with 11,399 hectare of primary forests and rich biodiversity. Cristalino has become the answer to our long awaited Amazonian prayers.

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Perfectly located in the heart of Sao Paulo’s most fashionable district, exceptional personal service and an atmosphere of grandeur and luxury are all the reasons why for us, the Fasano is one of the best places to stay in the city. Sao Paulo, South America's largest city is wonderfully vibrant with fantastic restaurants, bars, galleries and great shops to fill your days and nights. Located in the charming Jardins neighbourhood you are just steps away from the lovely boutique shops, bars and best restaurants in Sao Paulo.

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If you can imagine an endless white sandy beach, surrounded by 100 hectares of coconut groves and rare Atlantic rainforest, then you can imagine the picturesque spot that Txai is in. We honestly can’t think of many more idyllic resorts in South America than here. The owners chose to emphasise nature, tranquility and beauty which they have achieved to an astonishing degree. They have added a little luxury and artistic flair with three palatial cobalt-blue tiled pools with bedrooms in individual thatched bungalows.

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Casa Turquesa


Until Casa Turquesa came along there wasn’t a luxury hotel option in Paraty, only private houses, which although wonderful did restrict the area somewhat. Brazil’s boutique hotel scene has grown in recent years and Paraty is no exception. Set inbetween Rio and Sao Paulo with golden beaches, uninhabited islands and forested mountains close by, this beautiful colonial town is now home to Casa Turquesa. Only nine rooms encircling an old courtyard with a plunge pool, the property is fantastically charming and luxurious with an artistic vibe.

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Butterfly House


Perching on the serene shores of Bahia, Butterfly House is a relatively new eco-luxury, beach retreat and an enviable spot for a relaxing escape. It's also much better value than other properties on that stretch of coast which is enticing enough in itself. A good place for yoga bunnies and beach worshippers the resort has become quite the go-to getaway for wellbeing enthusiasts. For those who want an invigorating Ashtanga experience in an unspoilt and relaxing setting then Butterfly House is the place for you.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.



This was home of the slave trade with West Africa and the birth place of much African influenced music and culture in Brazil. It is colourful and vibrant, has some of the best food in Brazil (particularly fresh fish and rich curries) and is surrounded by beautiful old colonial towns.

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It is the glamour centre of Brazil, home to icons such as the carnival, Sugar Loaf mountain and with its great beaches and hotels it retains the glamour of the 50’s and 60’s. And up in the hills behind there is the contrast of the more Bohemian districts such as Lapa and Santa Teresa.

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This area offers some of the best ways to explore on horseback or by punt, with abundant wildlife and local guides who have lived and breathed this region all their lives. Plus you can stay in small family run estancias, only accessible by small charter plane.

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The largest city in Brazil, Sao Paulo has a vibrant and energetic culture. Only a 45 minute flight away from Rio, it has an abundance of things to see and do and is the true heart of Brazil. It has some of the country's most amazing restaurants, galleries and boutiques.

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A Favela workshop in Rio is a unique excursion for those who wish to get to know the shanty towns in Rio de Janeiro through Brazilian art and culture. Stroll through the shanty town with the favela’s resident artist and see his 26 miniature houses painted with colourful graffiti.

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This is remote, pristine wilderness in the raw, where the white, black and blue rivers come together. Privately hire a traditional paddle steamer, with a skipper, chef and crew and enjoy a beach to yourself to bathe from by day and set up a barbecue at night with the boat moored nearby.

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The largest literary festival in Brazil, which hosts everyone from specialist Brazillian writers, to international authors. Set amongst streets of beautiful small white washed colonial houses with the backdrop of Atlantic Rainforest-covered hills stretching off into the haze.

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Exploring the hidden beaches of Bahia

This is remote barefoot luxury at its best. You can walk three hours on white sugar sand and not see a soul, or party all night, with live music, heady caipirinhas, fresh fish on the barbecue and fires on the beach. As well as this it has awesome surf and forests that tumble onto the sand.

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As every one of the holidays we create is unique, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. We from c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

luxury experience brazil inhotim


On a recent visit to Minas Gerais in Brazil, Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell explored the incredible art, architecture and landscapes of Inhotim contemporary art museum and was left yearning to go back for another visit.

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brazil rainforest amazon highlight


On a recent trip to explore the Amazon and Atlantic rainforests in Brazil, Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell found out why the Muriqui monkey is on the ZSL's 100 most endangered list and witnessed first-hand the importance of conservation in this beautiful part of the world.

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Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell, director of cazenove+loyd visited Brazil on a research trip. He wanted to get under the skin of Brazil's music scene and the history behind some of their music traditions and influences.

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Bahia experience on a Brazilian Journey

Brazil is a country of contrasts, and there is so much to explore and see. Our clients went from the mesmerising Iguassu Falls, through to Salvador da Bahia where they experienced a local street party on Independence Day.

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Tales from a Very Special Guide

ver the years c+l have collated a black book of special guides, who we like to call 'our friends in town'. Due to a change of plan, our client met with Fabio, a Carioca (resident of Rio) our guide who we have worked with for many years.

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A Trekking Adventure in Brazil

Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell explored a less ventured side of Brazil in the Chapada Diamantina Mountains in Northern Brazil. Bathing in waterfalls, natural stone saunas and rural mining towns all awaited him on this extraordinary trekking adventure.

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A very exciting brief for a photographer

Photographer Frederic Marigaux travelled to Brazil to experience Rio's dazzling carnival scene from behind the lens, capturing its electric atmosphere on camera. He also travelled to Angra Dos Reis to take some action-adventure shots.

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We know Brazil better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

Best time to visit

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Best time to go

There is somewhere perfect to visit in Brazil at any time of year. But it is a vast and complicated country to navigate. The summer months in Brazil, December through March, are the busiest months for travel partly due to Carnival but they bring quite a bit of rain in the south of Brazil, around Rio and the Emerald Coast. So it’s best to head up to the North East for optimum beach weather. The Pantanal in the South is recommended during the Brazilian ‘winter’/dry season which runs from April to October.

This is when Rio and the nearby coastal areas of Paraty and Buzios are quiet and dry. This combination makes for a great northern hemisphere summer trip. The Amazon is also at its best in August with the least amount of humidity and rain. The beaches up in the far north of Brazil, around Jericoacoara can be visited all year round, with consistent temperatures and little rainfall. Brazil tends to be planned as a destination in itself such is its size and variety. However it can combine well with Peru, Argentina, Uruguay or Chile.

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