Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
There is only one hotel in Brazil’s Iguassu National Park – The Belmond Hotel das Cataratas. The park closes in the evening so by staying at the hotel guests can, for a few hours, enjoy the luxury of viewing the magnificent, awe-inspiring Falls without crowds. We decided that this was the hotel for us.
We weren’t disappointed either. From the minute we walked into the elegant reception area and were greeted by the charming staff we were cocooned in luxurious comfort.
The hotel has 176 rooms and 17 suites, some offering a view of the Falls. Whichever room you have they are all decorated in Portuguese style and come with a queen-size bed, a large bathroom with nice toiletries, minibar, wide-screen TV and Wi-Fi, etc; pretty well everything you could possibly want. There is also a ‘turn-down’ service.
The hotel also boasts a gym, tennis courts, Spa, an in-house tour operator, botanical and full-moon walks, and the elegantly comfortable Bar Taroba with gentle live music in the evenings.
We had arrived about lunchtime and after settling into our rooms we made our way across the garden to the pool terrace with its bar and Ipê restaurant for a light lunch and our, by now compulsory, caipirinha. In fact we adjourned there each evening for a drink.
On one of the evenings, even though we had applied insect/mosquito repellent, the wretched creatures really annoyed us, but one of the delightful young waiting staff spotted our discomfort and without saying a word dashed off in search of extra insect repellent.
Just one example of the how the charming staff went out of their way to help, and anticipate guests’ needs. But another was on the morning of our very early departure long before breakfast was served; waiting in reception for us as we checked-out – an assortment of fruit, coffee, rolls, etc.
…and great food
In the evening the Ipê restaurant, with its relaxed and informal atmosphere provides an excellent buffet combined with ‘guacho’ style barbecued meat. In the morning it is where the breakfast buffet is served. We also had a splendid meal in the more formal, but still relaxed, elegant fine dining Itaipu restaurant, where a combination of Brazilian/International fusion food is offered. On warm evenings guests can dine on the veranda overlooking the grounds to the Falls.
The food in both restaurants is excellent and full credit to Executive Chef Fabio Del Antonio and his hard-working colleagues.
One day we want to go back to the Falls no prizes for guessing where we will be staying. A.H.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas: www.belmond.com/hotel-das-cataratas-iguassu-falls
To read more about the Foody Traveller’s adventures in South America, see Iguazu – the Great Water – Falls.