Frank Sinatra once sang about the girl from Ipanema, painting her as the tall and tan beauty who takes long walks around town, enchanting those who see her. While it might not be as easy to enchant those whose paths you cross, it’s not too difficult to get a lovely tan whilst on holiday in Rio de Janeiro. While you’re thinking of that, it’s worth looking at some luxury hotels in Rio too.

The South American beachside city is most known for its gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer, host of the 2014 World Cup, Copacabana beach, and of course — Ipanema beach. Hiking up Corcovado Mountain to have an up-close view of Christ the Redeemer and chilling out by the beach are the regular activities one might get down to in Rio. But if you’re one to enjoy a spot of nature, visit the Jardim Botanico and bask in the array of over 6,000 indigenous and exotic species of flora. It opened to the public in 1822 and even Albert Einstein has visited this botanical garden.

If nature isn’t your thing, try art and architecture in the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. This bohemian district is home to traditional Brazilian restaurants, bars, craft stores, and art galleries. During the night, head out to the Lapa neighbourhood and watch firsthand the samba culture whilst sipping on cocktails and snacking on tapas. Ready to begin your vibrant holiday? Check out our recommended luxury hotels in Rio below.