Luxe Brazilian pampering in Rio de Janeiro
9 Treatment rooms
One of Rio de Janeiro’s most favored spots to get pampered since it opened in 2007, Copacabana Palace Spa takes up three floors of the glamorous beachside Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel. The luxury spa is more of a complex than a simple spa, housing several wellness and beauty spaces including a fitness center, several treatment rooms, pristine wet areas, a boutique and a relaxation lounge that plays Brazilian rhythms and provides eats from the spa’s cuisine menu. Treatments run the gamut of traditional massages, facials and scrubs to unique services featuring organic products made from indigenous Brazilian ingredients. A two-story beauty salon is one of the most exclusive in Rio and provides first-rate services, from haircuts and highlights to bronzing and pedicures.
The Treatment Rooms
Copacabana Palace Spa has seven treatment rooms, two of which are spa suites designed for couples. In-room décor is simple yet elegant with white walls and decorative mirrors. The couple’s suites feature side-by-side massage beds and a bathtub, which can be illuminated by surrounding candles and decorated with floating flowers. The suites also have tables where guests can enjoy a light lunch post-treatment. The spa was designed by French architect Michel Jouannet, who used clean lines and subtle shades for a posh, contemporary look in the common areas. Floors are a mixture of sucupira wood and juparaná granite, and the spa’s walls are shades of lilac, beige and white. Paintings by local artist Dominique Jardy depict Brazilian flora and fauna.
After relaxing in the dry sauna and steam room, the Brazilian-flavored pampering begins. Services include facials, body treatments and both relaxing and energizing massages. Therapies may sound traditional, but they are anything but. The spa uses the AYASPA line of all-natural products made from local ingredients, including açaí, guaraná fruits and white clay from the Amazon. Signature treatments include a luxurious Amazonian body exfoliation using brown sugar and guaraná fruit extracts, and another exfoliating body treatment (with brown sugar and açaí) that includes a body mask and reflexology. Longer in duration, the spa’s “experiences” are tempting treatments that combine multiple therapies — the five-hour Copacabana melds an exfoliation, body mask, bath, massage and facial into one indulgent treatment.
Upon arrival, each guest receives a kit containing flip-flops and a disposable bikini or swimming trunks. In between treatments, spa-goers can relax in the spa’s dry sauna, steam room or in its relaxation area furnished with chaise lounge chairs, magazines and headphones connected to four music channels. (Guests can also plug in personal MP3 players, which connect in the treatment rooms as well.) Healthy food items can be ordered from the spa cuisine menu, which features cold melon and cucumber gazpacho, assorted cheeses and açaí ice cream. The spa’s air-conditioned fitness center is available for use, as is the hotel’s rooftop tennis court. Consider relaxing post-treatment by the chic outdoor swimming pool, which has attentive pool service, fresh towels and poolside sunbeds.