Hotel das Cataratas, a retreat next to Iguaçu Falls on
the border of Brazil and Argentina, will join Orient-Express on 1 October 2009.
First opened as a hotel in 1958, Hotel das
Cataratas is an elegant two storey Portuguese colonial style
building. It has one of the most impressive and enviable locations
in South America, with the world famous Iguaçu Falls just a two
minute stroll from the property, and is surrounded by almost
1,850km² of national park land.
As the only hotel within the
national park, Hotel das Cataratas has an unbeatable location,
allowing guests to enjoy exclusive access to the falls each
morning, before the park opens at 9am.
guest rooms, including 15 suites, have been decorated in line with
the Portuguese style and feature paintings of the local flora and
fauna by well known Brazilian artist, Ludmilla de Montes.
Traditional Azulejos painted tiles, specially designed for Hotel
das Cataratas, have also been used throughout the property,
further enhancing the Portuguese history of the hotel.
Many of the
16 Cataratas Deluxe Rooms boast views of the falls, as do
the Tower and Cataratas Suites.
A new spa opening
at the end of October will offer an array of treatments from the
Brazilian brand, Natura, which uses tropical fruits from the area,
as well as ingredients sourced from the Amazon. There will be five
treatment rooms with ipod docks, so guests can choose to listen to
their own music if they wish, as well as a relaxation room and a
Hotel das Cataratas has two restaurants; the
Restaurante Itaipu, serving a blend of Brazilian and international
cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner, located on the ground
floor of the main building, with a veranda for al fresco dining.
The Ipê Bar & Grill by the main pool, is named after a local wood
and serves light snacks throughout the day and a churrascaria
(South American style meat barbecue) with live music for dinner.
The terraces surrounding the hotel have been extended, allowing
guests to dine al fresco.
On the hotels grounds is
the Belvedere Look-out Point, which offers unparalleled views of
the falls and a perfect photo opportunity.
1986, UNESCO listed Iguaçu National Park as a 'Natural Heritage of
Humanity' area. The park, home to the Iguaçu waterfalls (or
cataratas), comprises 1,850km² of forest reserve and preserved to
maintain the area for future generations.
Iguaçu Falls are a spectacular collection of 275 waterfalls
extending over a length of almost five kilometres in an enormous
canyon on the Iguaçu River. There are 19 big waterfalls, the
largest of which is the 'Devil's Throat', the drop of which is
over 90 metres. Only three of the falls, Floriano, Deodoro and
Benjamin Constant are located on the Brazilian side with the
majority located on the Argentinean side facing Brazil.
Local activities which can be organised through the hotel
include helicopter tours over the falls, boat rides through the
rapids, four-wheel drive jungle adventures and nature walks within
the national park.
A double room at Hotel das
Cataratas starts from US$375 per room per night including
Orient-Express acquired Hotel das
Cataratas in September 2007 and is the companys second business
in Brazil, where it has also owned and managed the Copacabana
Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro since 1989.
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