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Serena Buzios Resort 4.0

Armacao dos Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Pros

  • 300 meters from Geribá Beach; free umbrellas and chairs -- plus a bar on the sand
  • Spacious rooms with (most) private balconies and some whirlpools
  • Lush tropical garden surrounds chic outdoor pool
  • On-site restaurant gets high marks
  • Free surf lesson and short massage
  • Free shuttle to Buzios and Geribá Beach
  • Wi-Fi is free throughout
  • Small spa and fitness center
  • Live music entertainment 
  • Free parking at hotel premises

Cons

  • Fee for breakfast
  • Some small bathrooms
  • Tiny fitness center; equipment looks rusty
  • Spotty Wi-Fi
  • Occasional past cleanliness complaints
  • Some rooms don't have balconies

Bottom Line

For couples who want an upscale and romantic beach vacation, it doesn't get much better than Serena Buzios Resort. Free chairs and umbrellas are set up at Geribá Beach, about a two-minute walk or free shuttle ride from the hotel. Meals and drinks are served at an elegant restaurant that overlooks the outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by lush garden landscaping. Many of the spacious rooms and suites have private balconies and whirlpools. Expect to pay extra for breakfast, but a foot massage and surf lesson are included with the price of a room. 

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Scene

Romantic boutique hotel near the beach

The Serena Buzios Resort offers a romantic hideaway in a mostly quiet and residential neighborhood just a few hundred meters from the Atlantic Ocean. Outdoors, the property is landscaped with lush tropical garden, palm trees, and native plants. Wooden sun loungers are set on the grass to encourage lounging. White two-story buildings with tiled roofs and wooden balconies look chic and bohemian. Indoors, a small lobby has painted white walls and matching, modern white rocking chairs with wood rockers. The vast majority of visitors here are Brazilian and international couples, but families visit too. Overall, the vibe is focused on serenity and peace. 

Location

In a safe nighborhood, two minutes from the beach

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The Serena Buzios Resort is located in a safe, residential neighborhood with a few hotels and pousadas (guest houses) in the vicinity. The area has a green and tropical feel as the cobblestone streets are surrounded by blooming fire-trees and bougainvilleas. Geribá Beach is among the most popular of the more than 20 beaches located around the Búzios Peninsula. Geribá offers a wide patch of sand, good for relaxing, walking around, or surfing. At times, the ocean can get rough, and swimmers need to be aware of undercurrents; look for the red or black flags. The beach has kiosks, vendors, and a few bars, but the main dining scene is outside Geribá. Busy and bustling Rua das Pedras street is a 10-minute taxi drive away. The historical center of Búzios is charming and idyllic. It features Colonial period houses, churches, and the Orla Bardot (Ocean Boulevard) for excellent sunset bars and restaurants. At midnight the street fills with nightclub goers, particularly on summer weekends.

The neighborhood of Porto da Barra area is about a 10- to 15-minutes' walk away. It hosts a fish market, boutiques, art galleries, bakeries, and some good restaurant options; a popular spot for a sunset cocktail.

Rooms

Spacious and stylish rooms with balconies or private decks

The Serena Bzuios Resort offers rooms in five categories: Standard, Superior (A or B), Loft, and Suite. All rooms and suites are spacious with an elegant decor and modern vibe. The rooms come with beige tiled floors and white walls. White vaulted ceilings (in some rooms) and large windows make the spaces bright and airy. Light wood furniture and purple throw pillows on the bed add splashes of color to the otherwise chicly simple space. Minibars, safes, free (spotty) Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs are standard. Most rooms have a furnished balcony or terrace, some have an outdoor hot tub. 

Some of the bathrooms are on the small side, though tiled showers are large. A hairdryer is mounted to the wall and toiletries are elegantly presented on a glass shelf. Past guests have made occasional complaints about housekeeping standards. 

Features

Free beach chairs, chic pool, and a full restaurant -- plus a free surf lesson

The Serena Buzios Resort features one of the best pool areas in Búzios. The surrounding garden is beautifully landscaped, and the wood deck is furnished with stylish white sun beds -- some inside the shallow pool -- and romantic sofas. The adjacent restaurant serves a luxury breakfast with sparkling wine, Chilean salmon, and freshly squeezed orange juice; however, it's not normally included in the room rate. Lunch and dinner are served a la carte. Live music is occasionally performed for guests' entertainment. 

The resort has a massage room and an adjacent, tiny fitness center. The equipment looks dated and could use a refresh. All guests get a free, though relatively quick, massage during their stay. 

The resort --  located just 300 meters from Geribá Beach -- offers beach attendance. This includes chairs, umbrellas, and a free 30-minute surf lesson. Drinks and juices are also available from the beach bar. Free transportation is provided to Buzios and other nearby beaches like Tartaruga or João Fernandes. Spotty Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. 

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Address

Rua Campo de Pouso 1630, Armacao dos Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro 28950-000, Brazil

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