Located in Búzios, the Saint Tropez of South America and my all time favourite holiday destination, is one of the most perfect beachside bars in the world. Perched high on a cliff overlooking a horseshoe bay and the heavy surf of Praia Brava is Rocka Beach Lounge.
Run by the Santiago Bebbiano, the Justin Hemmes of Brazil and one of the country’s most eligible bachelors, Rocka Beach Lounge is as close to perfection as a bar and restaurant can get. Growing up in the family’s luxurious boutique hotel Casas Brancas has clearly paid off for Bebbiano. Large leather sun lounges with umbrellas shade guests as they sip on Cham Cham cocktails (Chambord and Champagne) and dine on a sophisticated menu of fresh seafood prepared by top Argentinean chef Gustavo Rinkevich. But don’t let the exceptional service and beautiful people fool you, this place is far from pretentious. Rock up barefoot in a bikini or boardies and chill out to super cool Brazilian bossa nova while you work on your tan. Stay until the sun goes down and you might be lucky enough to experience an impromptu dance party under the moonlight to the sound of the waves.
Santiago is currently working with Sydney-based photographer and Búzios regular David Prichard to produce a beautiful book on the area that we can’t wait to put on our coffee table.