If you wish to set a trend or merely follow one, Ipanema is where you want to be!
The chic and upscale Ipanema neighborhood and beach lie near the Copacabana coast between Lagoa and Leblon. A spectacular beach and a hotspot during the Carnival, it witnesses the celebrations pouring onto the streets before leading to the Sambadromes. The Ipanema beach was immortalized by the song ‘Girl from Ipanema’ by Tom Jobin. The locality of Ipanema is an extremely sought after residential space in Rio de Janeiro and most if it was built after the Art Deco boom in the city.
A lively place known for beautiful people flocking it, Ipanema is a trend setter and not just trendy. The proof of this is seen in fashion, music and movies that have drawn inspiration from it since ages. Whether it is the Bossa Nova in the sixties, the trend of tanga bikini or going topless, it all started here. All the glamour and statements do not deter Ipanema’s fun quotient and the beach is filled with crowds playing volleyball and soccer, surfing, etc. It offers a more relaxing and serene atmosphere and the waters are calm and inviting with separate play areas for children. Besides, plenty bar cafes, kiosks and stands are scattered around the beach, tourists will find art galleries, boutiques, theatres and bookstores.
Ipanema offers good shopping on its Rua Visconde de Pirajá area and its by-streets thrown in with excellent restaurants, great night scene, not to forget the beach. The beach, bustling with people, is a major recreation spot for locals and tourists and you can see people skating, cycling, jogging and flaunting themselves. It is also popular for the Feira Hippie on Sundays at the Praça General Osório. Started in 1968 by some hippies, this fair boasts of 700 stalls selling everything from clothes, jewelry, Brazilian arts and crafts. It is the best place for tourists to pick up souvenirs.
For a place to stay try Mar Ipanema, Praia Ipanema, Marina Palace, Best Western Sol Ipanema, Ipanema Plaza, Marina All Suites, Caesar Park or Fasano Rio.
A closer look at the Copacabana Palace (Main Build) located in Rio de Janeiro.
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Copacabana Palace is one of the most famous and well known hotels in the world. The hotel boasts film stars and royalties as their guests. It became famous world over after a dancing sequence of the popular movie Flying Down to Rio was shot in this hotel. In the dancing scene, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire danced together in this hotel. Facing the Copacabana beach, and at the same time just minutes away from Rio; it enjoys an unparalleled location.
The main building has one hundred and forty seven accommodation units. They are divided as seventy one suites and seventy six standard guest rooms. All the rooms are equipped with modern amenities like air conditioning, satellite television, telephones with voice mails, a digital safe for your valuables and cash, wireless internet access, a well stocked mini bar etc.
Copacabana Palace boasts a large and well maintained swimming pool. It is undoubtedly the best in Rio. Plus there is a tennis court that will invite you to learn the sport for the sake of playing in the beautiful court. For those who wish to pamper themselves can visit the spa or beauty saloon. One can avail the fitness centre if they want to stay in shape after indulging in the food delights offered by the hotel.
Every small need including laundry, baby sitting services are taken care of.
Copacabana Palace also offers luxurious lounges and bars and restaurants. The two of finest restaurants in Rio are here for you. The Hotel Cipriani restaurant, offering a host of northern Italian specialties, often frequented by the cream of Rio and who go back more than satisfied. The Pergula restaurant, situated by the pool, offers international cuisine. Drinks and snacks are served on the pool terrace throughout the day. Both are unique in their cuisines and serve happiness and delight on their platters.
The services offered by the staff are commendable. The staff is professional and well trained to cater to all your needs and not give you any reason to complain. You can choose to dine in the comfort of the room by asking the room service.
One can indulge in water sports nearby. You can go for body boarding, enjoy a cruise or have fun snorkelling. One can also enjoy golf or feel the soft sand while playing beach volleyball or beach football.
This spectacular hotel lives up to its “palace” title. It makes you feel like a king who is presented the best services, the best food, the best staff and the grandest luxuries. So, pack your bags and set for Rio de Janeiro to enjoy an unforgettable holiday at Copacabana Palace!