8 Bedrooms, 6 full baths - Optional full breakfast, cook available
Luiz Leandro or Thiago Bassi
- english, spanish, portuguese
About Luiz Leandro or Thiago Bassi
The team is run by Thiago e Luiz - two university students studying IT and statistics. Lara and Beni do the housekeeping, painting, odds n ends, garden and Lara is a trained bartender.
Luiz Leandro or Thiago Bassi purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Luiz Leandro or Thiago Bassi chose Copacabana
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.
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - The pool area will remain open, stone steps The pool area will remain open, stone steps
No pets - under inquiryunder inquiry
No parties/events - under inquiryunder inquiry
No smoking - Open seating area by the poolOpen seating area by the pool
Max guests: 17 (sleeps up to 17 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Absolutely perfect for our family gathering
First of all this is a very unique and beautiful property. Located down a gated side street the house is off the road enough to be quiet yet a 5 minute walk from all the activities of the beaches! Stores and shops are close for stocking up for your stay.
Our group of 8 (with family and friends coming and going) had ample room. Ages ranged from 5 to 45. The kitchen had all the utensils one would need to seat a party of 12 or more.
The rooftop pool was clean and sweet for a dip. Lounge chairs were tidy and There were music speakers throughout with ample TVs for entertaining. Each bedroom had working air conditioning and comfortable beds. The kids preferred the “fun” rooms which had bunk/loft beds and were on the upper floors.
Management was quick to respond and reactive to our questions and needs before and during our stay. There were daily House cleaners that were so friendly and polite.
My only concern for anyone traveling with families is that the house is beautifully decorated, with some breakable items low enough to cause concern for any “handsy” toddler. This is not an issue with our 5 year old; however, if your kids like to be touchy you may need to keep this in mind. It is not a negative statement, it is just a parents perspective.
When we return to Rio for our next family gathering, we will be staying here again. It really was an ideal fit for us. I highly recommend it for both family and mid size work groups.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!
I am warning you as much as I possibly can. You do not want to stay at this property!!
I took a group of 36 middle-aged, responsible adults (mostly couples) to Rio’s Carnaval to celebrate my 50th Birthday. We stayed in 3 penthouses, one being the Villa. We had zero issues with our other rentals, but many, many with the management and owner of the Villa. First, the manager, Luiz, was very confrontational throughout the stay. At checkin he became irate about one guest staying 3 nights instead of the full week. Even though it was authorized prior to be pro-rated, Luiz was adamant that he had to pay for a full week. He finally pulled me into a separate room away from our group and tried to intimidate me.
The VRBO website advertises amenities that the villa does NOT offer, including washer and dryer. They locked the door to laundry and charged for fresh linens/ towels. The pool was green with algae making swimming gross. The ability to “party till the wee hours” didn’t exist. They wouldn't allow anyone by the pool after 10pm and remotely locked out the music speakers. The advertised chef is the biggest scam. We booked 4 meals with the chef. While 16 people stayed in the Villa, management authorized (over two years of discussions) that our travel companions could participate in these meals. I gave Luiz, in writing, my entire groups’ names and passport numbers, as requested. Confusion with the management occurred because not all 16 staying in the Villa ate with the group. He counted everyone who walked in, regardless of whether they ate or not, by watching us through hidden cameras at the door. Or so he says. He also tried to charge us for 4 people using the amenities, because 4 people not staying there walked by the pool on a tour of the house. He would neither disclose the location of the cameras nor show us the footage as requested. NO ONE walked in that door who didn’t have prior management permission. The Chef took our uncooked food we purchased home and the leftover food was supposed to be for us but was eaten by house staff, who took it home. Upon checking out, he charged us double, because “more people ate than paid!" Then he kept our entire deposit because “I didn’t fill out the proper forms” on who was eating, despite giving all our info. He didn’t say otherwise the entire week we were there while he admittedly watched our every move. I can see why they try to have good security. At night this neighborhood is very scary. The management & owner, and Villa are frauds. I RECOMMEND HIGHLY: DO NOT STAY HERE!
This is a false review BECAUSE THIS GUEST DID NOT GET HIS SECURITY DEPOSIT BACK.
This renter engaged the Villa and subleased it to a group of heavy duty party people and did much damage to the property. The reservation was made for 16 and he brought in 40+ to The Villa without authorization. We do not perceive his review as a threat and kept his deposit.
It is probably logical that an establishment in business for 14 years and has been awarded VRBO PREMIER STATUS and has 129 5 STAR reviews including one by the owner at that time of Homeaway/VRBO was not threatened by this renter. It did not work for this con-artist.
It is probably most telling that the guest who immediately followed gave us another 5 STAR review and describes in detail their wonderful experience in the Villa.
In other words - 130 5 STAR REVIEWS BEATS A POORLY WRITTEN 1 STAR REVIEW!
The Villa website (and its reviews) are extensive, detailed, descriptive, and leave little room for doubt.
Some facts which differ from this reviewer are:
1. The Villa is exactly as it appears in the up to date photographs. We are clear that we respect our neighbors and absolutely no noise is allowed in the public garden or in the swimming pool area late night. .
2. We provide laundry service as detailed in our listing. The laundry is organized with commercial Washer-dryer-ironer. It is too complex for guest use.
3. The Villa provides food service as described in the web site. We do use an incredible outside Chef for elaborate functions. The food is delivered and plated in the villa. Anything not served is either thrown away or removed by the chef.
4. Linen service is provided by the villa. There are no charges except for towels which guests use at the beach if requested.
5. The Villa is staffed by an incredible group. Our manager is a PhD from a Canadian University who is a college professor in Rio de Janeiro. The house staff are exactly as wonderful as described by all of the reviewers.
6. The VILLA is the residence of the owner - a New York medical professional who designed the original. It is only rented when his family is not in residence. On an average we spend approximately 100,000 dollars annually on changes. Maintenance is meticulous.
7. There are no hidden cameras. Their is a camera at the entry door which is clearly visible.
8. The Villa location and security are IDEAL. It is a gated and guarded private street 100 feet from the main Copa intersection. Our neighbors are Rio professionals and value security.
The villa in Copacabana is a special property, updated with a lot of really interesting touches and located in a quiet corner of a bustling city. Luiz and Lara and others on the staff were responsive and very helpful. Would definitely come back!
An Awesome Experience!!!
No matter if it's your first visit to Rio, or if you are a seasoned veteran like myself...The Villa in Copacabana is the best place to stay for the full experience of Rio. It's located within walking distance of fresh food markets, retail shopping malls, the best restaurants and Copacabana Beach. Yet, it's located in a safe and secure local area so you get to mingle with those that have lived their for years to get the full experience of Rio. The home, the staff and the owner are all exceptional assets to ensure your stay in Rio exceeds all expectations.
The Home: A well built structure that offers a livingroom, kitchen, dining room, bathroom and library on the 1st floor. This level makes for great gathering space for its guests and their visitors. It also has a glass ceiling that allows in natural light to complete the experience. The remaining floors have some of the best bedrooms that one can expect, complete with a pool on the top level.
The Staff: An exceptional group of people that treated us as family. They provided insight on places to visit, eat and answers to our endless questions about Rio and its history. Thiago assisted with the best tour packeges to meet our needs. Mama Tereza showed us how to dance like the natives. She is also the best cook in the country (I miss that daily breakfast of fruits, pastries, meats and eggs made to order). Dilson made sure the house was always taken care of and ready to suit our every need. Laura and Pamela also ensured that we were well fed and the house was always cleaned.
The Owner: Mike is very insightful and accomodating. Although I thought I knew the best that Rio had to offer to ensure my family, friends and I had an awesome experience... Mike opened my eyes to possibilities for the group that truly enhanced our stay.
All in All, this was the best experience for my 50th Birthday, my God Sister's 40th Birthday, my Frat brother's 35th birthday and my Brother's 30th birthday. All are more than happy we chose to celebrate our special day at The Villa in Copacabana!!!
Amazing house and excellent experience!!
We had an absolutely amazing time in Rio and by far our favorite thing was the Villa. This house is beautiful, eclectic and very well decorated. It is kept extremely clean and feels like you are at your home away from home. Tereza is the sweetest lady you will ever meet, and she is an amazing cook. Thiago was always available for anything we needed. We would definitely come back. Overall fantastic experience!
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.