A chip off the La Maison By Dussol block, La Suite By Dussol shares an owner, and a concept — a tiny and impossibly stylish luxury guest house, far enough off the main tourist drag to escape the crowds, but close enough to feel like you’re in on the action. In La Suite’s case, this means Joatinga, one of Rio’s most exclusive residential districts, at the end of a gated street, with some of the best ocean views in the city and access to a well-kept secret: Joatinga Beach. Seven rooms is about as intimate as it gets, and as rooms, they’re remarkable — well-designed, individual, luxe but not ostentatious, and best of all, all seven take advantage of the phenomenal view, from full- length windows or private balconies. One pool would be enough for a hotel this size, but La Suite has two, not to mention Joatinga Beach, a surfer’s paradise, a couple of minutes’ drive down a cliffside road. There’s no restaurant per se, and nothing but houses within walking distance, but the hotel’s kitchen is run by a highly accomplished chef — eat on the terrace taking in the view of the beach and the Atlantic, or in the swanky modernist dining room. Getting out means a taxi ride, as Ipanema is a good ten minutes away; La Suite’s bar, though, is tempting, open more or less all the time, and it’s a short stumble home. Described by THE TIMES as a “contender for the best appointed hotel in the world”, has selected by TRAVEL + LEISURE as being one of the 50’s more romantique places in the world and in the It List as one of the 25 best hotels in the world.
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