Belmond Copacabana Palace's breathtaking, blue views in Rio, Brazil

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil


If you’re looking for a dash of old world glamour in one of Rio’s most iconic locations then the Belmond Copacabana Palace is hard to beat.

This imposing Art Deco hotel has been welcoming the rich and the famous since 1923, and the timeless décor evokes the glamour of past guests such as Marlene Dietrich and Orson Welles. Expect gleaming marble and sparkling chandeliers, along with charming service and fantastic Michelin-starred dining.

The location on Copacabana Beach is perfect, and it’s well worth paying the extra for a sea view room. Belmond make sure that all guests feel at ease during their stay, with an inclusive, LGBT-friendly ethos, and the beach in front of the hotel is popular with Rio’s gay community.

Inclusive Retreats Rating

5 stars

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£899 from

Per Person

Includes return economy flights. Two people sharing a room for 3 nights, departing in May 2018. Contact us for your specific requirements. From price for guidance only, all subject to availability.


  • Iconic property overlooking Rio's famous Copacabana Beach
  • Reserved area of the beach for hotel guests with sun loungers and umbrellas
  • Large outdoor swimming pool with poolside dining
  • Michelin-starred restaurant and fine-dining options
  • Leisure facilities which include a fitness centre and spa

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Belmond Copacabana Palace well-appointed, white marble bathroom in Rio, Brazil
Stunning, five star bathroom, with a view of a double bed in Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio, Brazil
Close up of Belmond Copacabana Palace's beach and sun loungers in Rio, Brazil
Boy in a Brazilian football shirt, playing on Belmond Copacabana Palace's sandy beach in Rio, Brazil
Attractive view of Belmond Copacabana Palaces white exterior, blue swimming pool and deck chairs in Rio, Brazil
Belmond Copacabana Palace's royal exterior lit at night in Rio, Brazil
Belmond Copacabana Palace's window view of the scenic beach and city of Rio, Brazil
Grand, stylish, double bed in large suite at Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio, Brazil
Belmond Copacabana Palace's glamorous suite bed with bright, marvellous views in Rio, Brazil
Sophisticated double bed with wooden furnishings at Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio, Brazil
Stunning view of Belmond Copacabana Palace's exterior and swimming pool lit at night in Rio, Brazil
Stunning view of Belmond Copacabana Palace's exterior and swimming pool lit at night in Rio, Brazil
Luxury Belmond Copacabana Palace's exterior lit up at night in Rio, Brazil

Nearby Attractions

The location on Copacabana Beach is superb, and there is a reserved section of the beach for hotel guests, with sun loungers and attendants to watch your things while you take a dip in the sea. Rio’s other famous stretch of sand, Ipanema, is the next beach along to the south.

It’s a 15-minute cab ride from the hotel to the lower terminus of the Sugarloaf Cable Car, which whisks you to the top of Rio’s most iconic mountain for spectacular views of the city. Rio’s other famous peak, Corcovado, is about 40 minutes’ drive from the hotel, and the views from the foot of Christ the Redeemer are arguably even more breathtaking, although the viewpoint also tends to be more crowded.

Other highlights include the beautiful Tijuca rainforest, the sultry samba-fuelled nightlife of Lapa and the beautiful Art Deco architecture of hilly Santa Teresa. The hotel is also conveniently located if you’re visiting during Carnival, just a 15-minute drive from the Sambadrome.


The hotel comprises 239 classically-styled rooms and suites, with the best views inevitably on the side facing Copacabana Beach.

All rooms have a flatscreen TV, WiFi, iPod dock and mini bar, and the suites have a sitting area and private balcony. Upgrade to a plush Penthouse Suite for butler service, a spacious terrace overlooking the beach and access to a private pool exclusively for Penthouse guests.

The main swimming pool is one of the largest in Rio, and hotel guests have access to a reserved area of the beach with sun loungers and umbrellas. Other facilities include a fitness centre, rooftop tennis court and a superb spa, which includes two couple’s treatment suites, a hair salon, sauna and steam room.

Amenities & Activities

  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Tennis Courts
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Steam Room

Dining at Copacabana

Ken Hom’s Michelin-starred MEE restaurant serves spectacular pan-Asian cuisine, drawing on inspiration from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan. The Hotel Cipriani restaurant is named after the iconic Belmond property in Venice, and offers a fabulous fine dining menu showcasing the flavours of northern Italy.

Head down to the Pérgula restaurant for Brazilian and international favourites overlooking the pool, and don’t miss the legendary Sunday Brunch. The Copacabana Piano Bar is a popular spot for pre- or post-dinner drinks, with live music and a sophisticated ambience.

Poolside romantic dining at the famous Belmond Copacabana Beach Hotel


Rio Carnival is one of the world’s biggest parties, which culminates on Shrove Tuesday with a spectacular parade at the Sambadrome. All around the city you’ll find block parties, known as blocos or bandas, where the music blasts out from floats loaded with musicians, and revellers dance all day long in colourful costumes. Each bloco is based around a particular neighbourhood, theme or type of music, from reggae to samba to the songs of The Beatles.

Fun and flirty at the world-famous Rio Carnival

How to get here...


British Airways operates direct flights daily from London to Rio de Janeiro. Flight time is approximately 11 hours 45 minutes.

Airport Transfer

The resort is at the centre of Copacabana Beach, around 40 minutes’ drive from Rio de Janeiro International Airport.

Car Hire

We wouldn’t recommend hiring a car in Rio; parking is scarce, traffic is heavy and driving in the city is not for the faint hearted. However, parking is available near the hotel at an additional charge if you do want to bring a car.

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Travel Information

Flight time

11-12 hours

Transfer time

40 minutes

Time difference

-4 hours (GMT)

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