At the Copa, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro

A retreat worthy of an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, the beach-front Art Deco-style Copacabana Palace welcomes visitors from all over the globe. Celebrity photos line the walls of the lobby (much as they do in a Hollywood dry-cleaner) of the Palace’s  famous guests: from the bygone fairy tale couple Charles and Di, to former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to Nobel-laureate Nelson Mandela, not to mention the usual cornucopia of A-list actors and musicians.

When you step inside one of the guest rooms you’ll experience a colonial retreat. Stylishly decorated in exquisite furniture of the epoch, rooms hold all the modern amenities to make guests feel comfortable and at home including wireless Internet, iPod docking stations and international converters for appliance usage. Bathrooms are spacious and comfortable, and well appointed in marble and dark wood with complimentary toiletry kits. Then, there’s the view. The Copacabana Palace offers two different room vistas: the Avenue City View of the Rio skyline and the Pool Ocean View with Copacabana Beach and ocean for as far as the eye can see.

Poolside serves up brunch on the terrace at the Pergula Restaurant, with traditional Brazilian fare plus international dishes too and poolside cocktails. The pool is almost as spectacular as the famous beach, and dining here is an experience in Brazilian ambiance.

Meanwhile, the Hotel Cipriani restaurant, named after the Venetian hotel (which, like the Copacabana, is owned by Orient Express) specializes in classic Italian cuisine and holds a status as a definite place to see and be seen. Hotel Cipriani lives up to its namesake by offering a fine dining experience, intimate in décor, delicate fabrics, handcrafted accents and luxuriously stunning food. Hotel Cipriani is renowned for the Chef’s Table, an exclusive dining experience with Chef Nicola Finamore, as he prepares the meal from start to finish, complete with wine.

If mixology is more your thing than gastronomy, the Copacabana serves up cocktails at its Piano Bar and lets you take to the dance floor until the break of dawn at Bar do Copa. While the Piano Bar affords guests an opportunity to relax and settle in style while still overlooking the pool, Bar do Copa, also by the pool, delivers the vibe that has made Rio a party destination.

Feel like working up a sweat doing something other than dancing? The concierge can arrange activities off property including golf, tennis, jet skiing and other water sports. Plus there’s always their state-of-the-art health club. Or, let the sauna take care of the sweat before retreating to the pool or ocean. When you’re ready, pure opulence awaits in the Copacabana Palace Spa, where you can lose yourself in the invigorating botanicals from deep within the Amazon. Massage, facials and body treatments are designed to refresh and revitalize you. The salon also specializes in precision cuts, coloring and the latest styles (Brazilian blowout, anyone?).

A city without rivals, Rio de Janeiro pulsates with a lively energy that beckons visitors to venture out and explore the city and her surroundings. Of course, no article on Rio is complete without the instruction to check out the iconic masterpiece, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain. But make sure you experience the Jardin Botanico too.

  • Address: Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021
  • Rooms: 243
  • On site: Two restaurants, two bars, gym, spa and salon
  • Reservations: 1-800-237-1236
  • Price: $$$$

 

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