Villa Santa Teresa is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Outside, a swimming pool, the tropical gardens, and the panorama on the sugar loaf will delight you.
Built in 1885, by a French architect, Villa Santa Teresa is located in the former nobility quarter of the imperial capital.
Very close to the central business district and yet nestled on a high harbour side bench in an oasis of greenery, it offers a direct view of the upper, middle, and entrance harbour, the iconic Sugar loaf
Although self catering - the villa is set up for guests like a hotel - all bedrooms have high tech air conditioning systems - with 100% cotton sheets, bed linen and extra pillows provided for all guests - plus Shampoo and conditioner and toilet and hand wash products provided in the 3 bathrooms.
In the kitchen, complimentary
local coffee, Earl Gray tea and sugar, is provided - and complimentary AOC quality Brazil champagne and local export beer is provided in the fridge for a refreshing drink, while taking in the panoramic harbor side views, on first arrival.
But like a private luxury home, the villa has a cool 1.4 meter deep ( at diving end) swimming pool; beautiful private tropical gardens containing an English garden croquet green; and a large outdoor Barbecue and outdoor dining area with sea views that can seat up to 12+ guests.
The Satellite TV service in the upstairs Library TV lounge provides access to CNN and BBC - has an extensive international movies selection - and Netflix.
The WIFI modem is located in the upstairs library and privates an excellent Internet service with fast downloads available in most rooms in the villa.
To enable instant Internet access the WIFI in house network name and password is sent to guest’s What’s App numbers before arrival - together with a Site Plan for the villa compound - a local neighborhood MAP - a Rio de Janeiro city suburbs map - and a local METRO ( rapid train) map.
All these Maps can be ‘clicked on’ in What’s App to be enlarged.
Security is second to none with electronic code gate entry and the villa itself locks up like a box with the original riot proof colonial house door locks and window shutters making the villa impenetrable at night.
The house manager resides in an adjacent but fully separate Caretaker’s lodge, close to the villa compound entry path, and his virtual 24 hour day presence provides supplementary security both during the day while guests attend local Rio tourist excursions and at night while asleep.
The house manager is also available to quickly resolve any guest house maintenance or appliance operation issues.
Although close by and available, the very discrete ( English, Spanish and Portuguese speaking) house manager, fully respects guest privacy and only enters the villa itself, or the guests private pool and gardens area, upon express request by the clients”
The villa is 150 years old - it's not like a shiny new Copacabana high rise apartment where everything is perfectly aligned and looks brand new - but it has recently been updated interior including a modern new main bathroom - and the exterior walls stonework have a 'deconstruction' look of fading elegance.
#1 Ipehama & Copercapana Beach:
See these in combination with  and  below - The real essence of Rio de Janeiro beach culture - great clean surf swimming beaches with all day long drinks and food service on the beach. Hire a beach umbrella and chairs at both beaches at the numerous booths close to the entry paths.
Distance from Villa Santa Teresa: 20/25 minutes by cab or less by METRO from Gloria METRO [12 minutes walk from villa].
#2 Flamingo Parque:
Massive beach side park that stretches from centro to Botofongo 6 kilometres away as was the location of the 2014 Olympics Marathon.
Amazing tropical tree stands and art deco park architecture - one of the best landscaped parks in the world.
Best place in Rio for long sunny walks under tree canopies at the weekend or before breakfast - very good security as has countless park rangers - half way through the walk have a fresh; cold aqua de coca [coconut juice] from one of the beachside booths for 5 Reals.
Distance from Villa Santa Teresa: 5 minutes by cab or 15 minutes walk from villa.
#3 : Pão de Açucar: SUGARLOAF/ THE ROCK
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Morro Pão de Açucar. You can go by bus (512 line), by Uber or taxi. It is a must see attraction. You must get on the Bondinho to get at the top of Morro da Urca e Morro do Pão de A... read more.
Distance from Villa Santa Teresa: 18 minutes by UBER or taxi direct from Villa Santa Teresa gates - or buses from Gloria 12 minutes perfectly safe and charming walk down the hill - just take the Gloria sign close to the villa gates.
#4: Christ The Redeemer:
In the top of the mountain is installed Christ the redeemer, one of the most wanted touristic sides of Rio de Janeiro. Biggest and most famous scripture Art Déco of the world.
It is an icon. You can buy tickets directly on the official website.
BUSES from The Largo do Machado a square located in Catete close to Larenjaris.
Distance from Villa Santa Teresa: 25 minutes by Uber or taxi from Villa Santa Teresa gates direct to Christo - OR - Largo do Marchedo is 20 minutes walk from villa or 8 minutes by cab [can also access Largo do Marcado via GLORIA METRO - 12 minutes walk from villa]
#5: Arcos da Lapa
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Ícone da Lapa, este antigo aqueduto hoje abriga os trilhos do bondinho de Santa Teresa. Icon of Lapa, this ancient aqueduct is now home to the Santa Teresa's trolley tracks - very easy to access - take the BONDE TRAM from Largo do Gumaires in Santa Teresa - 3 minutes walk from the villa gates
It is an impressive example of colonial architecture and engineering which used to supply fresh water from the hills of Santa Teresa to the young RIO DE JANEIRO city based around centro
Distance from Villa Santa Teresa: 5 minutes by UBER or taxi direct from Villa Santa Teresa gates - but much better to access by take the traditional open air BONDE TRAM [free of charge to centro] from Largo do Gumaires in Santa Teresa - 3 minutes walk from the villa gates
#6: Jardim Botânico: [botanical Garden]:
The park was created by King João VI and has about eight thousand species of flowers and plants from Brazil and the world. The royal palms, that were planted at the time of the foundation are amazing.
Beautiful park with old palm trees with a total area of 137 hectares.
Nice to relax and walk. It’s not free, but the $2 admission to the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is one of the city’s best values. Created in 1808 by the Portuguese Royal Family the Botanical Garden is an important touristic side of the city and so much visited by researchers who study the hundreds species that are there.
Distance from Villa Santa Teresa: 18 minutes by taxi direct from Villa Santa Teresa gates - OR - 12 minutes perfectly safe and charming walk down the hill - and take buses from Gloria.
#8: Parque Nacional da Tijuca:
The Tijuca Forest is a mountainous hand-planted rainforest in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is claimed to be the world's largest urban forest, covering some 32 km²,
World biggest urban forest. Take the bus over there and enjoy nature. Waterfalls, Walking, Hiking, Panorama View of hole city.
It"s the largest urban forest in the world. Cachoeira das Almas and Cascatinha Tauany are two examples of the beautiful waterfalls it has!
Distance from Villa Santa Teresa: You can view one of its great escarpments from the library-salon of the villa so is very close: 10 minutes by Uber of taxi direct from the villa gates - OR - take a bus from outside the villa gates.
#9: Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
Popluar with Locals who live in the surrounding high rise towers; Very nice place to rest and admire Rio de Janeiro.
Stunning nature views and landscapes.
Around the Lagoa there is a 7 km bike lane, which provides a great space for physical activitie..and you can bikes to access it more easily.
Over the quiet waters of Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, cariocas and visitants practice sports, make picnic and relax.
The scenery is perfect to the nautical sports, like Rowing and Canoeing.
Amazing walks - cycle rides - reaturants and cafes overlooking the lake.
Distance from Villa Santa Teresa: 18 minutes by Uber or taxi direct from the villa gates.
#10: FEIRA HIPPIE DE IPANEMA on SUNDAYS: Art Market Fair:
Very touristic. Every Sunday on the Square General Osório in Ipanema. It starts around 10 am.
The most famous market, the Hippie Fair (aka Feira de Arte de Ipanema) has artwork, jewelry, handicrafts.
Must visit experience for those who come to Rio de Janeiro, the fair has more than 600 exhibitors.
Operating since the late 60s, when an artist group started to sell picture frames and paintings in General Osório square
You can buy souvenirs, see some arts, crafts and original inexpensive paintings from local artists.
Distance from Villa Santa Teresa: 25 minutes by Uber or taxi direct from the villa gates OR walk to the METRO [12 minutes walk downhill] and exit at GENERAL OSORIO station in Ipehama - don't miss the nearby 'FELICE [happy] CAFE' for lunch - this superb international cuisine cafe is located just opposite ZONA SUL supermarket at the opposite [beach side] of the park from the train station.
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