7 Bedrooms, 6 full baths - Optional full breakfast, cook available
Mike C Iott
- english, spanish, portuguese
About Mike C Iott
The team is run by Thiago and Rodrigo - two university students studying IT and statistics. Tereza is the head of the kitchen and lives across the street. Lara and Beni do the housekeeping, painting, odds n ends, garden and Lara is a trained bartender.
Mike C Iott purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Mike C Iott chose Zona Sul
When you add up the architecture, the interior design, the tropical gardens PLUS a team who absolutely loves their work and having fun - you create a special magic.
What makes this Villa unique
We are not expensive nor cheap like a bare bones apartment rental. But we are an absolute bargain for what we provide.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
The list of superlatives in prior reviews accurately capture most everything I want to communicate. The staff, lead by Thiago, were the best anyone could ask for. They were responsive, kind, understanding and most helpful. Tereza, the Chef de cuisine, was exemplary in every way. Her food in taste, preparation and qualify was one of the many highlights of the trip. Lara too was excellent and helped us in so many ways from translating Uber Eats menus to the best places to go, etc. Coordination of tours, transportation, nightlife and directions were but a few of the accoutrements we enjoyed by the staff. The Villa itself is very accurately depicted in the photos and was truly our Brazilian home for a week. After a few days, we unanimously agreed that we MUST return next year because of this experience. I cannot imagine a better experience in Rio than the one we had, and for that for that, we thank you!
40th birthday to remember for a lifetime
This experience was outstanding!
Myself and 12 friends stayed at the Villa for 10 days. Upon arrival, the staff greeted us after arranging a pick up from the airport. I was introduced to 2 'new' house managers Thiago and Rodrigo, as the Villa had just been placed under new management. In the first minutes of communication, they were professional, personal and eased/improved upon the original planning.
Quickly, the full staff was introduced and the week began it's planning. We worked directly with Tereza, the chef, who is the kindest, sweetest person and creates the most delicious (and bountiful) meals. Her food is out-of-this-world and certainly recommended for anyone planning their trips.
Laura and Erica were very sweet, kind and attentive, but respectful of space to be sure the house was tidy. Thiago and Rodrigo were responsive at any time if there was anything that required attention to the Villa.
The team of 5 are incredible and they blended seamlessly into my group of friends, as we invited them to enjoy the time with us. They are a wonderful team of people and made our time in Rio unforgettable.
The home is just lovely. It's in a private, safe, gated street in the Copacabana neighborhood. Very convenient to shops, restaurants and a short walk to the beach. The upstairs pool is small, but a nice option. The suites are all very nicely appointed, the 2 poolside cabanas are not as well appointed and have bunk beds. My friends were not interested in climbing the ladders to the upper bunks and Thiago and Rodrigo quickly made arrangements for us to 'expand' into the neighboring Cottage for a very reasonable fee. This offered everyone, who was not coupled, their own bedroom space and a great option for larger groups.
The experience was more than I could have ever asked for. The house is nice, but the team who runs the home is PHENOMENAL. They will make your stay feel like you're visiting your Brazilian family.
THANK YOU ALL! You made my birthday incredibly special.
As the owner of the Villa and Cottage - your review confirmed my decision to expand beyond the original mansion and add the cottage. For so many groups - 6 bedrooms is not enough. I personally like the cabins because of pool (but the lower double beds) but understand the garden of the cottage is a wonder because of the jasmine and our birds.
I agree with you that the new team (as of Dec 1 -has some amazing synergy and are ready to show off their talents and please.
A beautiful mansion does not make a vacation magical. It takes TLC and incredible people.
THey have spent the few weeks since you departed going over every inch of the big house and the new cottage to showcase their style. It is a pleasure to have them on board.
Come back and see us. You were the first guests in the cottage which we had just completed 24 hours before you arrived.
You were good luck.
Every day between guest stays - they are working on new menu items and hold staff team building. Its hard to get them to go home. I am a lucky owner.
Meticulous Attention to Detail!
Our experience staying in the Villa exceeded expectation.
We utilized all of the services offered, chef service, car service, guided tour
of Rio etc. No complains. On time, Teresa the chef and her staff made the best
meal daily (You can tell she loves what she does).
Adan (House Manager) is definitely the nucleus that puts it all together. Well mannered, knowledgeable, every request is met with a smile, goes out of his way to please. I cannot say enough about this gentleman.
I am planning another trip next year and will be staying in the same villa. Thanks Adan for a memorable time!
Family stay at the Villa in Rio
The Villa in Rio provided the ideal place for our UK family including children to stay in Rio for a family wedding. The property manager Adan and Tereza, without being intrusive, were always available to ensure everything went smoothly and to give us excellent local advice on all aspects of a stay in Rio.
We availed ourselves of the excellent breakfast provided and also an evening meal where we invited a number of other friends staying locally in Rio. Tereza provides an excellent standard of catering which is very good value for money and being able to hand over some responsibility for cooking and shopping is great!
The property itself is superb and more than lives up to its description. It is in a central location. The short walk to the beach and small roof top pool is a great help in keeping the children amused.
I had the TIME OF MY LIFE at The Villa! Everything was wonderful!
I planned to visit Rio to celebrate my birthday and immediately fell in love with online photos of The Villa. After speaking with Adan (the amazing House Manager/Concierge-Extraordinaire!), I was even more excited to visit. Adan listened to my requests, considered what he knew of my expectations, and tailored my experience to suit my needs.
The Villa is located in a gated community within walking distance from EVERYthing, including shops, restaurants, public transportation, and Copacabana beach! (I'd received many warnings about crime/safety/well-being in Brazil but I felt very safe at The Villa)
The house itself is beautifully decorated, warm & inviting, with every amenity imaginable. All 3 levels (including the rooftop with private pool, bbq grill, and additional sleeping quarters) were laid out with pleasant arrays of artwork, plants, and photo worthy furniture. Every nook & cranny was a photo-op! (I love elephants and was thrilled to see something with an elephant on it in most places in the house!)
I traveled with a party of 6 and there was more than enough room for each of us to have our own space without the concern of crowding each other; and at the same time it was cozy enough for us to fellowship and enjoy each other's company.
From the time I and my group arrived, we were treated like family. Adan, Theresa and Andrea were warm and receptive. Even Paco (the parrot) was beautiful and friendly. If there was anything we wanted or needed, all we had to do was make mention of it once and Adan made it happen! From currency exchange, to private car service, to dinner reservations,to private boat rental, to guided tours - Adan and the crew made sure we were well attended to.
And the food....oh my goodness the FOOD! Y'all, Theresa and Andrea's hands are BLESSED by the Gods!!! We awoke each morning to a beautiful/delicious breakfast spread on the dining room table. Any time we requested a special meal it was prepared as tho for kings/queens. Superb! It always looked great and tasted even better. (have the pork or shrimp stew...they're divine!)
On my birthday they decorated the house with beautiful flower arrangements that made my heart sing. (even gave me a little memento to bring home) It truly was an experience of a lifetime and you know what....I'll be back!
If you're considering going to Rio, do yourself a favor and lodge at The Villa! You will not be disappointed.
The Villa in Rio de Janeiro is a real Rio gem!
We could not have been any more pleased with the Villa- it was an incredible, comfortable and beautiful place to stay. We were there as a group of 7 friends, gathered from across the country and could not think of a better place to be. The staff is incredible, and if you have a chance for them to cook for you - take it, over and over again - they really know how to put on a meal and it was far less than if we had gone out to eat. There were a number of day adventures to take advantage of if wanted and with the villa being only about a 7 minute walk away from Copacabana beach, location could not have been better. The beds were comfortable, the amenities were plentiful, and relaxing in the roof top pool with an evening gin and tonic was a great way to end the day and begin the night. The staff was solicitous, helpful, friendly, and the smiles on the cook and housekeeper are still burning brightly in my mind. If you want a great and unique place to stay in Rio, and the Villa is available - grab it. I know we will when we ever return. Oh! Last but NOT least..... Paco, the parrot, was an added treat. A few from our group fell madly in love with him!
The Villa is located in Copacabana, the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Thanks to its wonderful location, you can easily get to other famous carioca neighborhoods: Lagoa, Leblon, Ipanema, Botafogo, Flamengo, and Centro. The famous Copacabana Beach is at a walking distance of five minutes and there is a subway station just two minutes away.
The property is managed by Thiago Bassi and Rodrigo Barbosa. It is an ideal venue for families and groups. We offer services such as maids, cooks, and a concierge, which are included in the rental.
It is well-suited for small to medium-sized events and has a well-equipped kitchen with full catering and dining set. It accommodates about 75 people for dinner buffets or receptions. Our concierge can have Brazilian or European chefs cater your events. Our cook can prepare family meals at a fraction of the cost of eating out. It makes for a great and inexpensive way to have a grand house party.
For travelers who are either inexperienced or do not know Rio de Janeiro, we can offer help with planning. We can also offer a complete set of services for your vacation, but in case you just want to rent the house, cook for yourself, and arrange your own leisure time, we will just supply you with a daily maid and someone to water the garden and clean the pool.
As of November 2018, The Villa can be rented along with a next-door Cottage, which is a three-bedroom 1870's New Orleans style Creole house, built around a central garden court.
All incoming guests are emailed an almost 100-page Guide to a great Villa vacation, which is constantly being updated.
For the security of our guests and neighbors, we are selective about whom we rent the property to. The villa is NOT suitable for noisy party groups. WE ARE NOT A BACHELOR PARTY VILLA.
Our rates vary depending on the size of the group, requested services, and the spaces you wish to rent.
The Villa is very charming, cozy and affordable — do not let the luxurious photos of the house scare you off. We love taking care of our guests and we do our bets to guarantee they have a memorable stay. Check our reviews here and on Facebook. We are the ultimate fun house for cool visitors.