Weekend at Belmond Copacabana Palace, in Rio

On a recent trip to Brazil I went to Rio de Janeiro to host an event with H.Stern, great Brazilian jewellery brand, and for another book signing night for my book, “Dia de Beauté: A makeup guide for real life”. I just love doing events in Rio, my carioca readers are so incredible, sweet and supportive!

And because I had two weddings on Saturday, nothing better to prolongue my stay and enjoy the weekend in this wonderful city. Happily, I got to stay at legendary hotel Belmond Copacabana Palace, where I had only been before for a quick one-night stay for work and barely had time to enjoy. Let’s just say I have some experience when it comes to hotels, travelling around as much as I do (and, thankfully, having the opportunity to visit some really incredible hotels around the world!), and I can attest to the really impressive level of service you get at Copa. The staff is extremely nice, helpful, always going beyond the expected when you request something – sometimes I feel as if they were reading my mind!

The rooms have been recently refurbished and are looking great. We had a big and bright one, with big windows and a sea view, walk-in closet and giant bathroom – perfect to fit me and two girlfriends who also came from São Paulo for the wedding. Although Rio has many great places to go to, we were totally spoiled and almost didn’t leave the hotel on Saturday and Sunday. Spent sometime at the (super photogenic) pool and, ever better, got the chance to move to the Black Pool, a restricted area only available for guests from the sixth floor – aka all the many singers and celebrities that stay at Copa – that we had just for ourselves. I had lunch at Cipriani twice – best pasta with pomodoro – and breakfast by the pool at Pérgola.

Another memorable moment was visiting the spa – I find it quite hard saying no to a massage, so head there to experience an out-of-body treatment that combined the “Slim Summer Sensation”, that includes lymphatic drainage and other slimming techniques to get rid of unnecessary bloatness, with the Harmonia, for tension release (that I always need). It’s a great thing being able to customize and combine treatments to cater to what you need, and the Copa spa also offer the world renowned and hard to find Biologique Recherche facials.

Before leaving, I had the chance to visit a new area of the hotel that was only opening to the public some weeks from there, the Gazebo. With relaxing beds and flowing curtains and overlooking the pool, it’s the ideal place to relax and unwind. Cool enough, it’s available for a day use even if you’re not a guest from the hotel – it gives you pool access, bar service, a healthy lunch, champagne, magazines and iPad… A great way to enjoy a bit of the wonderful Copacabana Palace experience. I cannot wait to stay there again!

More info at Belmond Copacabana Palace

{Translated by Ana de Almeida}

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