Rio is hot. We're not just talking about the sexy population and the sunny weather, but with the World Cup coming in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, this Brazilian city is the place to be.

The most coveted address in town is Ipanema Beach so no wonder the seventh floor of Fasano has earned the nickname 'seventh heaven': the deluxe oceanfront suites have the best views into the heart of the hip and happening action.

All rooms have wrap-around terraces, Philippe Starck-designed mirrors and stand-alone bathtubs. Book a couple's massage at the spa, have dinner at Fasano al Mare (don't miss out on the gamberoni) and dance the night away at Fasano's very own club, Londra.

You'll also want to make the most of the roof terrace, which has a bar, pool and views of the famous statue of Christ.

WOW FACTOR: The hotel has its own private stretch of Ipanema Beach.

FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours.

WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring

GO: Abercrombie & Kent ( offers seven nights, B&B, from £3,395 per person. Includes British Airways flights and transfers.