The only hotel within Brazil’s Iguassu National Park, this colonial-style residence is just a two-minute stroll from the thundering action of the 275 Iguassu waterfalls. Surrounded by lush rainforest, this pastel-pink hideaway grants exclusive access to the park, minus the crowds. Restored to its original 1950s charm, the hotel’s hacienda-style exterior is matched by its warm, inviting interior design. Soothing Portuguese-Colonial fixtures breathe old-world elegance into every spacious room and suite. Recline in vibrant artisanal furnishings and admire the locally-commissioned artworks adorning the walls. The tropical rainforest which encircles the hotel attracts fascinating birds, animals and butterflies. You can soak up the jungle chorus while you float in the pool, stroll among gardens bejewelled with orchids and sip home-made caipirinhas as the sun goes down. Staying in the National Park also gives guests access to some amazing adventures. Whether it’s priority access helicopter rides, dawn entry into the Parque das Aves or a bespoke speedboat tour under the Falls, the concierge will make it happen. Like all the best hotels, the Belmond gives unique access to one of the most fascinating, beautiful places on earth while at the same time magicking away the harshness and discomfort that can accompany remote natural locations. After a day traversing Iguassu’s treetop walkways, you can enjoy a cocktail at the bar or immerse yourself in the rainforest with a Brazilian-fusion menu at the Itaipu Restaurant. It’s not just the food which is delivered with a local twist. With lush rainforest on one side and the falls on the other, Cataratas Spa features local, responsibly harvested ingredients, delivering the finest treatments in Amazonian healing.
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Belmond Hotel das Cataratas