Strung out along the rim of a crescent–shaped cliff about 1.6 miles long, some 150 to 275 individual cascades plummet from a 130–million–year–old basaltic lava plain into the gorge up to 269 feet below. The mighty Iguazu Falls can be seen from both Argentina and Brazil, with the dramatic Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) chasm defining the borders between both countries. The recommended time to stay at the falls is at least 2 -3 days, there’s so much to see and do at Iguazu, and you should try to see the falls from both sides. Here are some ideas on where to stay at Iguazu Falls.
The Belmond Hotel das Cataratas at Iguazu Falls is definitely a luxury option to consider when visiting Iguazu Falls. This family-friendly, 203-room hotel is surrounded by 700,000 acres of the national park, in prime position next to the falls. It is the only hotel within the Brazilian side of the national park. You can walk from the lobby to the falls in under 30 seconds and it honestly feels like you’ve got the world’s biggest water feature in your own back garden, especially at dawn and dusk. The encompassing emerald rainforest teems with subtropical flora and fauna, including armadillos, wild dogs, and tapirs, plus more than 400 species of birds.
Bikes can be hired to explore the park, there’s a lovely pool surrounded by palm trees, a small gym, and a spa that offers massage with Amazonian essential oils to the sounds of tropical birdsong. There’s also a tennis court, kids’ club, and a steam room. Guestrooms are colonial-styled, with en suite bathrooms with bathtubs. There are 19 rooms with views of the falls but the garden view rooms are also delightful, looking out over the pool and the palms. At the end of the day, if you’re lucky enough to secure one of the outside tables at the hotel’s Itaipu Restaurant, you’ll have eye-popping views of the falls at sunset. Belmond properties are included in several destinations in our luxury Best of Brazil itinerary.
The four-star Vivaz Cataratas Hotel Resort is situated amidst lush nature adjacent to the Brazilian park entrance to Iguazu Falls and is one of the best-located hotels for accessing the falls on the Brazilian side, providing guests direct contact to the native forests and tropical gardens. The Resort offers ecological trails, a fitness center, tennis court, sports court, mini-golf court, adult and children’s pools, a spa, sauna, beauty salon, and two restaurants with fine national and international gastronomy, as well as a wide choice of lively and creative recreational activities. Attached to the hotel is Acquamania, a huge waterpark with seven swimming pools, giant toboggans, and buoy-cross.
Located a five-minute drive from the falls, this family-oriented resort has an informal and relaxed vibe and is a great place to refresh after an excursion to the falls, surrounded by emerald lawns and numerous species of tropical flowers. The property is home to a 7,069 yard, 18-hole golf course − the only course in the region. Dozens of lawns and pools surround the hotel’s 215 modern white-walled rooms, which have comfy beds, desks, televisions, and good coffee machines. Bathrooms feature walk-in showers, faux marble basins, and big mirrors. The resort is perfect for families, with a large communal swimming pool, whirlpools, and play areas. There’s also a kids’ club, climbing wall, fishing lake, and football pitch, plus a number of shallower pools ideal for children.
A secluded lodge, ideal for couples, in a jungle setting, just 20 minutes from Argentina’s Iguazu Falls, Awasi offers private villas characterized by bucket-like armchairs, vast double beds, and private plunge pools. Windows flank three-quarters of the wall space, where you can look out to subtropical greenery. Bathrooms have large bathtubs, walk-in showers, a separate toilet room, and large windows that look out to the jungle. You can either dine in the spacious restaurant or from the lofty outside veranda under the forest canopy. The small menu changes slightly every day, with cuts of local river fish, beef and lamb served alongside delicious vegetarian dishes.
Panoramic Hotel Iguazu is named for the spectacular vistas it offers of the Three Frontiers, the confluence of the Iguazu and Parana rivers dividing the borders of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. Located on a hill, five minutes from the town of Puerto Iguazú and a mere 20 minutes drive from Iguazu National Park, and the famous Iguazu Falls, the hotel offers a luxurious stay in a truly inspiring location.
Rooms are spacious, luxurious, with some of the best views over Iguazu. Tastefully decorated in a modern style, each of the 91 suites invites you to experience the splendor of Iguazu in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The hotel was built in the 1940s by Argentina’s famous architect, Alejandro Bustillo, and was later closed due to the 1980’s economic downturn. After 20 years of neglect, it reopened in 2007 and was restored to its original charm and elegance.
The Melia Hotel, Iguazu, is situated directly in front of the magnificent Iguazu Falls and offers unparalleled views and easy access to the walkways and viewpoints overlooking them. This is the only hotel in the park on the Argentinian side of the falls, and it delivers first-rate accommodation and services. The hotel has 176 stylishly decorated rooms with views of either the waterfalls or the jungle, where toucans gather in the trees at dawn and dusk. You’ll be lulled to sleep by the endless crashing of the cataracts.
There are four luxury suites each with a living room and a private solarium on a large terrace. At the hotel’s excellent Garganta Restaurant (Garganta is, appropriately, Spanish for throat) you can enjoy a view of the falls. Other features include a huge infinity pool with stunning views of the Devil’s Throat, as well as a modern gym, children’s area, and meeting and event rooms. The superb spa offers a variety of treatment options in five indoor rooms, four outdoor tents, and a special room for couples.
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