Anyone looking to live a life of unadulterated luxury in South America should make their way to Mama Ruisa. A luxurious guest house (or rather, mansion) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mama Ruisa was founded by hotelier Jean Michel Ruis, who wanted to offer the ultimate Brazilian experience, with a French twist.
The mansion, located in the heart of bohemian Santa Teresa, a world away from the beaches and Copacabana's 1960s high rises, has seven luxuriously appointed modern rooms with views of the Bay of Guanabara and the famous Sugar Loaf.
Inside the rooms the views are similarly impressive, with drawings by Jean Cocteau, photos by Josephine Baker, Colette and Maria Callas, as well as religious sculptures from all over Brazil. The building also has plenty of period features: huge walk-in wardrobes, stained glass ceilings, tall wooden shutters and a swimming pool.
Santa Teresa itself is a local village within the city that boasts 19th-century colonial architecture, a famous carmelite covent, the restaurant Aprazivel (which offers incredible Amazonian food) and the Bar do Mineiro, where you can dance all night long.
And with a private chauffeur on offer to cater to your every whim, you're all set. RM
Images: Mama Ruisa