South Beach has an abundance of hotels. Rio de Janeiro does not. Hence why there is a wealth of hoteliers here, looking for a site for the 2016 Olympics. In the meantime, travellers should check in with Martin Frankenberg of Brazil specialist Matueté (www.matuete.com). Frankenberg has introduced a new portfolio of private apartments to rent in Rio to catch the 2014 World Cup, with locations ranging from Ipanema (example of two-bedroom apartment pictured) to Flamengo Beach. The best of them are sourced through Frankenberg’s chic Brazilian clients and packaged up with a Matueté concierge, with prices starting at $10,000 per week. Frankenberg also has some impressive villas out of town, such as the new Trancoso 17, designed by Flavio Marelim, who put Ponta do Camarão resort and Trancoso’s Uxua Casa on the map.