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Sequinned mask? Check. Sensible samba shoes? Yep. Barely-there-swimwear? Of course. Now that your Carnival carry-on is packed, we’ve just the place for you to drop it when in Rio de Janeiro: the chic and charming Casa Mosquito hotel.

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This restored colonial mansion in Ipanema is a stroll from the beach and the sizzling Zona Sul district – where dance-until-dawn street parties and spectacular samba parades dazzle over five festive days of the world’s more elaborate (and sexiest) Carnival celebration.

Perched on a hillside, Casa Mosquito is close to all of the hip-shaking action, but it also offers a hushed escape when you need to recharge. Sink into a claw-foot tub for a soothing soak, relax in palm-shaded privacy on a quiet terrace or refresh with caipirinhas and watch the action unfold below from the rooftop pool bar. This nine-suite home-from-home retreat will have you feeling like a true carioca (local) in no time.

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