Bronzed skin, itty bitty bikinis, gold sand as far as the eye can see and crystal blue waters are many of the images that come to mind when one thinks of Rio’s famous Copacabana beach. Consequentially, if you plan on visiting the beach immortalized in the infamous “Girl from Ipanema” song, you might as well stay in a place that embodies the joie de vivre of the lively city.

The Belmond Copacabana Palace is such a hotel. The landmark hotel is moments from the beach and near the heart of the city’s center. While its Art Deco design elicits images of a by-gone era, the services and amenities are top-notch.

The rooms offer stunning views of either the beach or the city, and no detail is overlooked in the sumptuous furnishings and design. The hotel offers many dining options including the Norther Italian cuisine of Hotel Cipriani Restaurant. Not to do anything halfway, the Belmond also has one of South America’s first Michelin rated restaurants, the pan-Asian focused, Mee. If you want to enjoy the beautiful weather of Rio and dine outdoors, the Belmond has thought of that too. Pergula Restaurant overlooks their legendary swimming pool and offers light dishes perfect for lunch and lounging. Finally, the Copacabana Piano Bar is a night-life hotspot attracting A-list guests who enjoy listing to jazz bands and mingling over aperitifs.

An elegant hotel like The Belmond wouldn’t be complete without a few fun extras. Both the spa and salon have extensive treatment menus and include a sauna and steam room. Tennis courts and a world class fitness center can help you maintain that beach body, and if you are looking for something unique to take home, a boutique is available with the latest fashion and exclusive mementos.

Your stay in Rio wouldn’t be complete without exploring all that this grand city has to offer. Fortunately the hotel’s knowledgeable concierge and available tours that include samba lessons and a trip to a jungle that is also national park with boat and helicopter rides, can ensure you do just that.