Belmond das Cataratas, Brasil
Belmond das Cataratas is a 203-room hotel surrounded by 700,000 acres of national park, in prime position next to one of the planet’s greatest natural wonders, Iguazu Falls. The Belmond is the only hotel within the Brazilian side of the national park. And while all other visitors enter via tour buses between the hours of 9am and 5pm, guests of the hotel can walk from the lobby to the falls in under 30 seconds.
The hotel's grand colonial style ambience and traditional Portuguese decor give it a formal air. There are 19 rooms with falls views, but the garden view rooms are delightful, too – looking out over the pool and palms. Bathrooms have tubs with showers, and fabulous marble basins. There are two restaurants at the property, Itaipu and Ipe Grill, where you can enjoy Refined Brazilian barbecue in the heart of the jungle.
Bikes can be hired to explore the park, there’s a delightful pool surrounded by palm trees, as well as a fantastic spa and a gym.