OUR STORY

Built in the 1920’s, as Rio emerged as one of the world’s most glamorous travel destination, the private estate offers a window into a by-gone era. The story of the Monteiro de Carvalho family begins in 1924, when great grandfather Alberto arrived from São Paulo to build the Pavillion of France, in celebration of Brazil’s 100th year anniversary of independence. Settling in Rio, Alberto purchased the main house from an Austrian coffee commission, a residence of palatial proportions – sweeping marble staircases and intricate woodwork enveloped in magnificent tropical gardens.

Driven by a deep and abiding spirit of work and innovation, Carvalho Monteiro grew to become one of the most entrepreneurial families in Brazil. Spread over five hectares, of which Vila Santa Teresa is one of them, the property remains the only private residence still intact in the heart of Rio.

Passionate about hospitality and driven by a desire to share this unique environment in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the 4th generation of the family place a flag in the hospitality industry with the rebirth of the former residence into a boutique house.

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OUR STORY

Built in the 1920’s, as Rio emerged as one of the world’s most glamorous travel destination, the private estate offers a window into a by-gone era.

PRESS & REVIEWS

Read what some of the most discerning and influential magazines have written about us.

THE VILA

A complete haven in the midst of the city, the 1970’s modernist villa occupies a privileged position on the pinnacle of the estate.

SANTA TERESA

Rio de Janeiro, known as the marvellous city (“Cidade Maravilhosa”) by the local Cariocas, proudly offers a great and diversified nightlife and parties 24/7.

TAKE A TOUR

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ENJOY YOUR STAY

Vila Santa Teresa offers its guests the freedom to experience unique, unforgettable experiences; be it a peaceful walk through a pathway of imperial palm trees, or an intimate candle-lit dinner overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain.