Stay in style at Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro
- Published:October 2, 2012 8:23 am
One of the great pleasures of international travel is the chance to enjoy the “high life” at a luxury hotel. When it comes to staying in style, Rio de Janeiro compares well with the world’s other great cities. To experience the height of luxury provided in the Brazilian style, one of the best areas in Rio is Copacabana Beach. This is home to fabulous resort hotels that have hosted the likes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and in more recent times, celebrities such as Will Smith and the Rolling Stones.
The Copacabana Palace
First built in the 1920s as an art deco palace combining the best of Latin American and European architectural styles, this hotel boasts the finest service in all of Rio, including exclusive beach services for guests enjoying the sun and surf at Copacabana Beach. Amenities such as an outstanding view of the Atlantic Ocean, rooftop tennis courts, and a full fitness center are available to guests.
There are almost 250 rooms and some suites, available at the luxurious Copacabana Palace. Best of all is the fact that because children are really welcome, the hotel is ideal for families seeking a stylish getaway. Situated just 20 miles from Rio’s main airport, the Copacabana Palace is conveniently located for guests arriving on international airlines.
Also located directly on the beach is the Sofitel, which features nearly 400 rooms and some luxury suites, each one with a balcony. Two pools, including one situated on the roof, welcome guests who prefer an alternative to beach swimming. The Sofitel actually stands on one of the very nicest parts of Copacabana Beach and can boast calm ocean waters along with a picturesque fishing dock.
The Sofitel is also noteworthy for its stylish restaurants, one of which is the Le Pre Catelan, widely regarded as one of the best places in Rio to visit for French haute cuisine. Meanwhile, the Horse’s Neck Bar in the hotel features an African theme and offers live Brazilian music on the covered terrace every weekend.
Rio de Janeiro is quite rightly famous for its Carnival season, when the entire city appears to become one large street party, but this former capital of Brazil is also a great place to visit during all the other months of the year. Rio offers more than 40-miles of stunning beaches, and local customs dictate that sun lovers wear dramatically less than is the case in the United States. The result is a sense of freedom and exhilaration that encourages tourists to join in the fun.
The south zone of the city, called the Zona Sul by locals, is home to Copacabana Beach, the most famous coastal play zone on earth. Even on its less busy days it is filled with literally thousands of people, both tourists and Brazilians alike. This has caused it to develop an active, vibrant beach culture characterized by a fascinating blend of street entertainment and open-air market stalls selling all manner of crafts and souvenirs.
Copacabana Beach is a place where tourists can have it all: a stylish vacation that still allows them to blend in with the locals for an authentic Rio experience.