Weekend

Chez Georges

13. September 2019

High on a hilltop in Rio de Janeiro’s lush Santa Teresa neighborhood between the city’s center and the sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Chez Georges is a wholly unique place to experience the carioca lifestyle

The sunset from the roof terrace of the house is unique and offers a real 360 degree view of Centro, Santa Teresa, Niteroi, Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and Mata Atlantica Forest

Thanks to the private villa’s lofty and secluded location on the edge of a protected forest, such sights as Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay, and the city rooftops provide impressive backdrops from various vantage points around the property—including the living room with expansive windows, the patio with its vaulted concrete pergola, and the 360-degree panoramic viewing point on the roof. Entering through beautiful concrete arches and a stunning six-meter-high wooden door that overlooks Santa Teresa and Guanabara Bay, one is immersed in a venue of meticulously crafted textiles, bamboo sheets, and cushions carefully chosen in Thailand and Europe. Key architect of Brazilian Modernism, along with Mies Van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer, Wladimir Alves de Souza left his mark. It’s a unique architectural villa made of arches, concrete and precious woods. Chez Georges is the brainchild of Pierre Bident Moldeva and Olivier Verwilghen, who hail from Paris and Antwerp. Both share a passion for hospitality that is neatly summed up by Pierre: “I love nothing more than a big table of friends that lasts until dawn.”

Images: Courtesy of the Hotel

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