A major makeover has seen the Copacabana Palace emerge with a fabulous new face. Redesigned suites, a dazzling marble lobby, and super-cool boutiques ensure that this Orient-Express landmark continues as Brazil’s most sought-after address.
This glamorous Orient-Express landmark is pre-eminent among the best hotels in Rio de Janiero. Since its Art Deco doors swung open in 1923, it has been welcoming the rich and famous: from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the Rolling Stones and Nelson Mandela. Superbly positioned overlooking Copacabana Beach, this is the best place to stay in Rio. Soak up the sun in the magnificent pool or join Brazil’s style setters at the adjacent Bar do Copa. And don’t miss the hotel’s top restaurants, whether for great local dishes or fine Italian dining at the Hotel Cipriani Restaurant.
The Belmond Copacabana Palace faces the world-famous Copacabana Beach, yet is only minutes away from the business centre, and the Ipanema and Leblon districts of Rio de Janeiro. The hotel is located eight miles from the domestic airport, Santos Dumont, and 20 miles (about a 40-minute drive, depending on traffic conditions) from Rio’s international airport, Tom Jobim.
Come to the Carnival Ball!
It’s not just the parades through the Sambadrome (pictured above) that make Rio fizz at carnival time. The Carnival Ball at the Copacabana Palace Hotel is another highlight of the city’s festive February calendar.
Every year there’s a special theme and for 2013 it was the tale of beautiful Scheherezade, who in the *Arabian Nights* escaped execution by telling the Persian king 1001 stories.
World-famous artist and designer Zeka Marquez masterminded the décor, a profusion of exotic black, gold and pink with silver details and polka dots.
Much-loved jazz singer Eliana Pittman opened the party, which also boasted lively performances from drummers, dancers and carioca percussionists. On the balcony, overlooking the Copacabana promenade, the samba group Manga de Colete kept revellers dancing until the early hours. Guests dressed in black tie or “luxury fantasy” for the occasion.
Intrigued? Then why don’t you, too, come to the carnival? Get your feathers on and fly in for next year’s event!
New Years Eve Party
Gaze out from the oceanfront terrace and you’ll see all of Rio life on the beach beneath. It’s everything from the world’s biggest sports stadium to its most scintillating party and New Year’s Eve venue.