The Best RIO Luxury Rentals for the 2016 Summer Games

Joa in Barra da Tijuca, Rio

The 2016 Summer Games will take place August 5 – 21, 2016 in the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The largest global sporting event on the planet, with 29 different events and competitors from 209 countries, is, for the first time, taking place in Latin America with the beautiful city of Rio as its backdrop. The 2016 Summer Games are thus sure to be an once-in-a-lifetime experience!

With an estimated 600,000 visitors expected to travel to Rio, not including Brazilians coming from other cities, the time for you to make your plans, book your reservations at! Rio VIP Pass has some of the best Summer Games Packages, including short term luxury rentals in Rio, as well as our new Rio Black Card, 24/7 concierge services, free transportation, free Rio tours, free dinner, receptions, parties and more.

Despite the fact that Rio may have less four and five star luxury hotels than previous host cities, it makes up for this with some of the most incredible luxury rental apartments, condos, villas, penthouses and mansions available anywhere. Some of Rio’s luxury accommodations are on the beachfront, or built on hills and mountains, sporting unobstructed views of the sea and tropical forest that will both stun and amaze.

Penthouse in Copacabana with Rooftop Pool

As mentioned, many luxury rental apartments in Rio are on the beachfront, or are a street or two away from some of the world’s most famous beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Copacabana, one of four main Summer Games locations, plays host to the “must-see” men’s and women’s volleyball competitions.

When walking from Copacabana to Ipanema, or vice versa, you come across Arpoador, a small peninsula between Ipanema and Copacabana which is a popular destination. The giant Arpoador Rock overlooking the Atlantic sea is the main attraction. This area sports large-windowed oceanfront luxury condos and a small park, which is visited by small, local monkeys.

If you intend visiting Rio to enjoy the 2016 Summer Games, yet prefer some privacy away from the crowds and center of action, Santa Teresa might be the perfect location for your stay. A fifteen minute drive from Copacabana beach and situated above Lapa, it is located up on the hilltop, a perfect getaway for those who prefer some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the Games.

The Villa Rio in Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is the perfect place to stay when tranquility, incredible city views, charming and sexy boutique hotels with rooftop pools, villas and cliff-top mansions, is the criteria. It is an excellent option for those who do not want to be in the heart of Rio with its crowds. Santa Teresa is quiet, relaxed, and artsy, with local bars, local music, great restaurants, and a San Francisco-like trolley train.

Maayan Apartments in Barra

Barra de Tijuca, one of the four main areas in which the 2016 Summer Games will take place, is the location of the Olympic Park and provides housing for 10,500 athletes. Completely different than the heart of Rio, it’s more like Miami Beach, and, depending on traffic, is about a 20 to 30 minute drive from Leblon and Ipanema. Barra has many modern high-rise luxury condos with balconies, beachfront views, large resort-like pools and amenities. Rio VIP Pass has 3.5 to 4 star two bedrooms and two bathroom apartments in Barra, with occupancy of 4.