Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Built in 1923 and featured in the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Rio’s Copacabana Palace melds historic Art Deco glamour with contemporary chic. This landmark hotel includes a Michelin-starred restaurant, a botanical spa and a front row seat gazing over the world-famous Copacabana Beach. These luxurious lodgings feature lavish interior decor designed by French architect and designer Joseph Gire, including gleaming marble floors, imposing pillars and glittering chandeliers. It's an address long sought by international jet-setters and the world’s most famous artists, musicians and film stars. Deluxe beach view rooms, some with balconies, complement the expansive coastal scenery with high ceilings, light and airy décor, Brazilian freijo or mahogany wood furniture, and spacious bathrooms of pink and white Brazilian marble. Hang at the luxurious swimming pool or head for the golden sands below. On the beach, exclusive pampering includes sun loungers, umbrellas and water—plus beach assistants will watch your belongings if you decide to take a dip.