‘Belle-époque gates open onto a huge country estate on Santa Teresa hill, in crumbling, colourful old colonial Rio. The modernist mansion at its heart has opened as a guest house.’
Travel, January 2017, The Week - Magazine of the Year
‘This is no ordinary city bolthole. After a game of tennis on the private court, have a massage under the 100-year-old mango tree.’
The Hotlist 2016, Conde Nast Traveller
‘Niché en haut de la forêt Atlantique, cet hôtel-maison vous place dans la peau d’un hôte des Monteiro de Carvalho…’
Plus de City Guides, Madame Figaro
‘In time to host a lucky few is Vila Santa Teresa, a 7 room modernist mansion…run like a very elegant private house’
How To Spend It, Travelista
‘Rio A-LIsters, the Monteiro de Carvalho family, have transformed their modernist mansion into… one of the city’s smartest hotels, just seven rooms, spectacular views and personalised service’
Lauren Holme, Conde Nast Traveller
‘Vacation should be lovelier than real life…what we crave now is individuality and scarcity… Away from the tourist districts of Copacabana and Ipanema, this new seven-bedroom “boutique home” is in Rio’s boho-chic neighborhood of the same name, which gives it access to the city’s most interesting shops and restaurants, plus postcard views over Sugarloaf and the cityscape below, especially from the pool terrace.’
Ann Abel - 10 Exciting Villas to Book Now, Forbes


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.


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


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


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.


We have captured a nice panoramic view in a short film.


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.