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The Bucket List: Rio de Janeiro

Five of the city’s most exclusive, life-altering offerings

1. Get a body scrub from the chicest spa 
Hotel Fasano, Ipanema

On the roof of Rio’s most stylish hotel, an aesthetician stimulates circulation with the Vichy Shower—a bespoke, scented body scrub finished with a hydrating massage.


2. Eat local in a cliffside tree house 
Aprazível, Santa Teresa

Perched atop a hill in Rio’s cool-kid zip code, you’ll enjoy local favorites cooked perfectly (shrimp moqueca), as well as surprises like grilled heart of palm carved table-side.


3. Enjoy Rio from the clouds
Helisight, Lagoa

Spy all of 2016’s Olympic sites, including Maracanã Stadium, plus iconic destinations like Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Fortress of Santa Cruz, from the comfort of a helicopter—all with a glass of champagne in hand.


4. Go shopping with a famous stylist
Leblon and Ipanema, Rio

Celebrated Brazilian fashion specialists accompany couture lovers on a guided tour of Rio’s best destination boutiques, with stops at Lenny Niemeyer for swimsuits and Antonio Bernardo for contemporary jewelry like the Puzzle Ring.


5. Sip a Caipirinha with an iconic view
Belmond Copacabana Palace, Copacabana

The historic hotel—where a broken-hearted Ava Gardner once trashed her own room, and where Madonna and the Rolling Stones have enjoyed the sights—offers a classic afternoon caipirinha poolside.