Often hotels are described as an oasis and it feels like a cliché when I say that Villa Balthazar truly is an oasis. Lush green gardens surround the 4 rooms, plunge pool and outdoor seating area.
There has been an incredible amount of thought and design gone into the rooms, while also making them feel effortlessly tasteful. Petra and Felix are fabulous hosts, making every guest feel welcome, the Villa is after all also their home.
Breakfast is a real highlight. Freshly baked breads, homemade jams, granola, fresh juices and a sweet treat from the Balthazar Bakery. Sitting outside in the garden is the perfect way to start your Buzios day!
Start the day off taking advantage of the calm waters on Joao Fernandes Beach. Protected from the surf this is the perfect place for renting some Kayaks and getting out on the water. Paddle around the headland to Praia de Azeda or Praia do Ossos and admire the stunning coastal scenery. If the conditions are right and you are feeling up for it you could make your way to Praia de Tartaruga and back relatively easily.
Lunch with a view!
After working up an appetite on the water, head to Restaurant 74 in the Casas Brancas hotel for lunch with quite possibly the best view in Brazil! The lunchtime tasting menu is perfectly balanced with light seafood dishes devised by the chef each day. No two days produce the same menu and it depends on the catch of the day. The seafood ceviche is pretty special.
No trip to Buzios should be complete without a spot of swimming. There are so many sheltered beaches there is an incredible amount of selection to choose from. Azeda and Tartaruga are two of my favourite beaches to swim from for their interesting rock formations and rugged headlands. If your up for it the island in the bay of Praia do Pontal is easily accessible by swimming and has some interesting rock crystals. If you have something for your feet you can scramble up the hilly bank to the top of the rock.
Dinner with the lights
Mistico Restaurant in the Abracadabra Pousada is another restaurant with an incredible view. The outside seating deck has you right on the edge overlooking the lively Rua das Pedras and Orla Bardot Boardwalk.
Búzios, of course, has so much more to offer visitors, but sometimes less is more. Especially when you are in somewhere as beautiful and relaxing as the Brazilian Riviera!