Looking for a getaway with bae? Head to Brazil! From the fun, lively culture, to the golden beaches, to the parties in the big cities and small towns alike, the country is ideal for a weeklong vacation in the sun. And for a queer couple, the country is particularly perfect. Brazil has an ever-growing LGBTQ+ scene, and as such, tons of gay resorts in Brazil that are perfect for your stay.
1. Casa Cool Beans, Rio de Janeiro
Located in the Santa Teresa area of Rio de Janeiro, Casa Cool Beans offers a cozy, homey, getaway perfect for couples. Enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast every morning, efficient air conditioning in your room to cool you down from the hot Rio sun, and incredibly accommodating and friendly staff. The owners of Casa Cool Beans are a gay couple, David and Lance, who have made their hotel a welcoming and open space for LGBT and straight visitors alike. The hotel has been featured as one of the top gay-friendly bed and breakfast spots, as well one of the top bed and breakfasts in the world, due to its proximity to the best of Rio, its trendy neighborhood location, and its excellent common spaces. Guests at Casa Cool Beans can enjoy multiple outdoor gardens, pools, and sundecks to get the most out of your days in town.
2. Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso
Located just south of Porto Seguro, in the small beachside town of Trancoso, is the Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa, recently ranked one of the top gay-friendly resorts in the world by Travel + Leisure. The resort and spa lets you stay in historic waterfront cabins in the grounds of a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Bahia state of Brazil. Check out the luxury suites, like the Seu Pedrinho suite, named for the cabin’s most famous inhabitant, local celebrity Seu Pedrinho. The casa offers stunning views as well as a private garden. The Ze e Zilda casa offers three bedrooms in authentic Brazilian design, perfect for large groups, or families, while cabins like the Seu Irenio, Terraça do Céu, and Eugenia give you access to your own private pool. Plus, just a short walk to perfect, nearly empty beaches? Yes, please.
3. Mercure Sao Paulo Pamplona Hotel, São Paulo
Heading to Brazil’s largest city? Sao Paulo is full of incredible nightlife, fashion, food, and fun. The Mercure Sao Paulo Pamplona Hotel is the perfect place to stay to get your fill of all the best of Sao Paulo. Located right along the city’s always buzzing Avenida Paulista, this gay-friendly hotel features sleek and modern design, indicative of the city’s classy and modern style. The hotel offers a rooftop pool to catch some rays, a private balcony for a morning coffee with your bae, and a lounge bar for you to relax with a drink after a long day of exploring the streets of Sao Paulo.
4. Ponta dos Ganchos, Gov. Celso Ramos
An adults-only, gay-friendly, all-inclusive resort? Sign us up! Ponta dos Ganchos is a private resort that sits right outside the town of Gov. Celso Ramos, in the Santa Catarina state of Brazil. The resort is so remote that it even has its own helipad for guests to arrive by helicopter. The LGBT-friendly site is perfect for a romantic getaway for two, offering stunning private villa accommodation and fantastic service. Jump into the hot tub right outside your villa, enjoy a sunset from your own hammock, and of course, take advantage of private beach access at the resort. The beautiful resort is the perfect backdrop for a wedding and has been known to host same-sex weddings, even making into lists of top LGBT wedding spots.
5. Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro
If you need a vacation as magnificent as you are, check out the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro. The waterfront hotel offers comfy, elegant rooms with views of the pool, the streets or the ocean below, along with private balconies to watch a sunset or enjoy a coffee. The hotel also offers a minibar and cozy Brazilian robes and slippers for you to wear during your time at the resort. Wake up with yoga or exercise classes, enjoy the full-sized pool, or take advantage of the gym during your stay. Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio is considered a landmark as a building, and a top stay for any gay traveler.