Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
An Art Deco masterpiece built in 1923, the Copacabana Palace is the crown jewel on Brazil's most iconic beach. The landmark hotel is an address long sought by international jet-setters and the world's most famous glitterati, including celebrated musicians, artists, film stars and royalty. Featured in the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, today the Copacabana Palace fuses historic glamour with contemporary chic. Notable highlights include a Michelin-starred restaurant, afternoon tea in the library, a luxury spa offering treatments with local botanicals, and rooms with expansive views directly over world-famous Copacabana Beach. Lavish interiors feature decor by French architect and designer Joseph Gire, with gleaming marble floors, imposing pillars and glittering chandeliers. Deluxe beach-view rooms have high ceilings, light and airy decor in cooling neutral tones, Brazilian freijo wood furniture, and spacious bathrooms of pink and white Brazilian marble. Play tennis on the roof, take a dip in the luxurious swimming pool as you sip a capirinha from the pool bar, or head for the powdery sands below. On the beach, exclusive pampering includes sun loungers, umbrellas and water—plus beach assistants will watch your belongings if you decide to head for the water.