If you are planning a trip to Rio or live in Rio and want to have a ‘get a way’ day (stay-cation) head over to the Sheraton Hotel in São Conrado. If you have ever gone to Barra you have passed by it, but driving by definitely doesn’t give you the full effect of how great the grounds really are. In traditional Sheraton style the lobby is pretty standard and has a WiFi area, but once you head down to the pool area; you will feel like you are at a tropical resort! There is a nice gym, spa, 3 pools, 2 jacuzzis, 2 tennis courts, restaurants and beach access! Living in New York if you want to play tennis you can easily reserve a court in Central Park, or find a free one on East River Drive or along the Upper West Side. In Rio, if you are in the mood to play a round, you need to belong to a country club…not anymore! The Sheraton has become our new favorite spot to play tennis, just call ahead (+55 21 2529-1103) and reserve the time you want to play-it’s that simple. It is R$60 ($35) to rent a court for an hour (usually it isn’t packed so you can stay on longer if you want) and once your done you can take a dip in the pool to cool off or nurse your injuries in the hot tub, not a bad day if you ask me!
Did you work up an appetite from all that exercise? If the answer is ‘yes’ then you should explore the 4 restaurants located at the Sheraton:
1. Trampoline Bar: With a spectacular views of the sea and outdoor seating (right next to the pool); enjoy a lovely buffet of various cuts of meat, salad and dessert. Open: Monday to Friday, 12:30pm to 3:30pm and from 6:30pm to 11pm. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 12:30pm to 4pm. Phone: +55 (21) 2529 1107
2. Big House Restaurant: Located on the 5th floor of the hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and serves national and international cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Serving breakfast from 6am to 11am, lunch from 12:30pm to 3pm and dinner from 7pm to 11pm. Don’t miss out on Saturdays, Feijoada with Samba Trio Live 12:30 to 5pm. phone: +55 (21) 2529 1231
3. Restaurant Mirador: Enjoy the classic Brazilian cuisine and picturesque views of the sea. Open from 10am to 1am. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, live Brazilian music from 7pm to 10pm. Phone +55 (21) 2529 1115
4. Pizza Place/ House of Cachaca: Cute outdoor restaurant (below) serving delicious pizzas baked on a wood stove. Open: 10am to 1am.Phone: +55 (21) 2529 1115
Call ahead of time to find out about special tasting events! They recently hosted a Peruvian Festival!
Whether you are traveling to Rio, a Carioca looking for a relaxing ‘stay-cation’, interested in restaurants with amazing views, want to play tennis or just relax by the pool; head over to the Sheraton located on Avenida Niemeyer 121