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In the current issue of Ker & Downey’s BESPOKE magazine, we travel down to Brazil, where the country is preparing to host the 2014 World Cup. Read on to find out the four most-coveted spots to watch the World Cup unfold.

In the 10 years since it was announced that Brazil would host the 20th FIFA World Cup, the whole country has been preparing for a party. And in the capital of Carnival, you know they know how to celebrate. Brazil last hosted the event in 1950, and this will be the first World Cup in South America since 1978, when Argentina played host to football fanatics. For Brazil and South America, this is a moment to shine. For football enthusiasts in North America, this is a golden opportunity to see the world’s best compete for the ultimate prize without the hassle of a transatlantic flight or losing a day to jet lag.

Maracanã stadium in Rio de JaneiroThere’s just a little more than a year to go before the month-long international battle for bragging rights begins, and if you want to experience the spectacle that comes with the World Cup, listen up. You’re among the first to see Ker & Downey’s exclusive travel packages to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, including luxury accommodations, private transportation, and local tours to fill your time between matches. Watch the final exciting matches held in the two cities, including the finale in Rio, with Ker & Downey’s exclusive accommodation and ticket packages.

Fasano Hotel Rio, Rio de Janeiro

A modern hotel and one of the youngest in the city, the Fasano Hotel on Ipanema Beach is the first project to be envisioned from scratch by renowned designer Philippe Starck. From the entrance where you’ll be greeted by friendly staff behind a counter created from a giant pekia tree trunk to the use of exquisite materials from all across the globe, the Fasano provides the utmost in luxury in one of Rio’s most fashionable areas.

Fasano Rio

Room Options: Deluxe Ocean View Room + Superior Room (Four person package) from $420,000 or Suite + Deluxe Ocean View Room (Four person package) from $600,000

What to do: Copacabana Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado Mountain and the Statue of Christ, Santa Tereza arts neighborhood, private boat tour to Angra dos Reis islands, bike tours, nature trekking, Samba dancing lessons, and cooking classes

Your Entourage: Private concierge and an exclusive Mercedes Sprinter van

Matches Included: Final round match on June 28, semifinal match on July 5, and the final match on July 13

Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

Right on Copacabana beach, the Copacabana Palace is one of South America’s most famous hotels, providing glamorous and luxurious accommodations since 1923. It’s been the hotel of choice for the rich and famous for decades and has become an icon of the city, upholding its reputation of exemplary service, exquisite cuisine, and opulence throughout.

Copacabana Palace

Room Options: Ocean View Suite + City View Suite (Four person package) from $440,000

What to do: Copacabana Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado Mountain and the Statue of Christ, Santa Tereza arts neighborhood, private boat tour to Angra dos Reis islands, bike tours, nature trekking, Samba dancing lessons, and cooking classes

Your Entourage: Private concierge and an exclusive Mercedes Sprinter van

Matches Included: Final round match on June 28, semifinal match on July 5, and the final match on July 13

Fasano São Paulo, São Paulo

Ideally located between the business districts of Avenida Paulista and Faria Lima, in the heart of the exclusive Jardins neighborhood, the hotel is steps away from São Paulo’s prime shopping area. With personalized service that’s accommodating yet discreet, the Fasano São Paulo caters to discerning travelers. Guests can enjoy the inviting accommodations and relax by the hotel’s exquisite spa and rooftop swimming pool.

Fasano Sao Paulo

Room Options: Deluxe Room + Superior Room (Four person package) from $352,000

What to do: Shopping in the Jardins or Vila Madalena neighborhoods, visits with modern designers and artisans, historic tours and museums, private tour to a local coffee farm

Your Entourage: Private concierge and an exclusive Mercedes Sprinter van

Matches Included: Final round match on July 1 and semifinal match on July 9

Buzios Villa, Ferradura Beach

Set on the top of a hill at Praia da Ferradura in Búzios, this modern beach home makes guests feel comfortable enough to relax and enjoy the outdoors, without forsaking good design. Its impressive architecture highlights amazing views throughout the house, of both the bay and the open ocean. While wood, natural fibers, and cool tones are predominant, the Sami Hilal artwork on the living room wall sets the tone of the house: simple sophistication.

Buzious Villa

Room Options: Four bedroom villa (Eight person package) from $720,000

What to do: Rent a beach buggy and explore dozens of beaches, movie night in your private home theater, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and lounge by the beach

Your Entourage: Private concierge, full staff at the villa, private helicopter transfers from Rio de Janeiro

Matches Included: Final round match on June 28, semifinal match on July 5, and the final match on July 13

For more information about customizing your own journey to Brazil or any other destination, contact your travel professional.

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