Driving northeast from Rio, you eventually reach Búzios , a cove-filled peninsula with 26 different beaches. The town was once a small fishing village, but during the 1960s, Brigitte Bardot put it on the map as a celebrity destination. Still, its cobblestone streets and bobbing fishing boats preserve its original charm. Casas Brancas sits five minutes from the town’s center. Overlooking the bay, its 32 terraced rooms, framed with billowy white drapes and distinctive furnishings, offer a chic Mediterranean ambiance. Its alfresco restaurant, Café Atlantico, provides a perfect setting for candlelit dinners under the stars.