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Villa Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro 

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60 Rua Erere
Cosme Velho
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil 22241-130
Tel: 55 21 3511 5381
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Restored by an Anglo-Brazilian couple, this colonial-style mansion in Cosme Velho (from which a funicular ascends to Christ's statue atop Mount Corcovado) straddles four acres of private jungle on the edge of Tijuca National Park, alive with the whistles and croaks of tropical birdsong. Its fortress-thick walls, washed in brilliant white and roofed with terra-cotta tiles, rise with the land's contours, opening to a warren of reception rooms, terraces, verandas, and sun-filled nooks. (The house even has a disco, complete with pulsating ceiling lights and restored seventies neon.) The three spacious, light-filled rooms are simply accessorized: a single statue, woven basket, or tribal mask augments the handcrafted sideboards, benches, and tables. The solicitous hosts prepare breakfasts laden with tropical fruit, mix caipirinhas, and even provide emergency toiletries for those arriving luggage-less. At the mansion's palm-ringed pool, guests can gaze up at Christ through the boughs of the flamboyant and jackfruit trees.—2011 Hot List

Which room to book: The Academia Suite has a mosaic-floored private terrace shaded by a towering mango tree.

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