Copacabana Palace A Belmond Hotel

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The glittering fantasy façade of the Palace has graced this beach-facing spot for near a century, a hedonistic hangout in the world’s legendary party city. In that time, its fairytale renown has grown and grown. Synonymous with the old-school glamour of its glitzy neighbourhood, this grande dame property can boast of hosting Hollywood royalty, rock ‘n’ roll bad boys and regal rulers. A recent refurbishment was more of a nifty nip and duck than a full facelist and has not dampened the drama. The palatial neo-classical pad maintained its glittering chandeliers, mountains of marble and polished Brazilian wood. Dining options take you worldwide: to Asia, at the Ken Hom-patroned Mee, and to Italy in the well-dressed Cipriani. Bedrooms and suites house king-size beds and timeless, tasteful furnishings. Splash out, and you’ll have a Copacabana sands view. Humbler rooms promise Rio skylines. The nucleus of this Belle Epoque property, though, is the ground-floor swimming pool: a samba-soundtracked, caipirinha-fuelled space filled with glittering limbs, Brazilian blowouts and the thrumming buzz of Rio high life. Loyal patrons spend languid days at the poolside Pérgula, starting with the all-you-can-eat boozy Sunday brunches and ending each night on a sundowner.

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Av. Atlântica, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 1702