Rio de Janeiro: The OB Five-Minute Guide

What to do in Rio   If, like us, you've been seduced by the iconic scenery and carnival spirit of Rio while watching the Olympics this year, you'll be planning the ultimate Brazilian getaway. Read on for our top tips on where to stay, eat and explore in Rio de Janeiro.   Where to sleep  Fasano Rio - With archetypal Rio views, elegant dining, 1950s-inspired Philippe Starck interiors, an infinity pool that's hard to leave and a prime spot right on the beach, why stay anywhere else? The Fasano is widely considered the best address in Rio.   Where to eat Olympe - While some of the best Brazilian food can be found by exploring on foot and following locals' tips and recommendations (that's half the fun!), it's worth booking in advance to enjoy the fine dining experience at Olympe. The French-influenced cuisine is best enjoyed as part of a tasting menu with paired wines.   Where to explore Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden - Rio isn't short of tourist attractions, but one not to miss is the Botanical Garden. Head there on a weekday morning for a peaceful walk and a chance to to take in the truly spectacular views. You won't tire of the lush green exotic vegetation - all 137 hectares of it.   What to do Hit Ipanema Beach - To Rio's residents, the beach is the ultimate playground - and a way of life. It's where you relax, play sport, socialise, top up your tan and of course, see and be seen. Head to Ipanema beach in the late afternoon and stay for sunset beers and a blockbuster-worthy sunset.