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Copacabana Palace

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Suite 606 at the Copacabana Palace is a splendidly decorated lair—gleaming mahogany floors, remote-control hideaway TVs in both bedroom and living room, butler's pantry with wet bar, and huge bathroom with oversized tub and shower in gray marble. The wraparound balcony, which gets the sun all day, has a full view of the beach but enough privacy for breakfast without a bathrobe. And just steps from the door is an open-air pool reserved for residents of the sixth floor. It feels like your own private dipper—during my three days at the hotel, I never ran into anyone else poolside—and it has a stunning view of Corcovado, the peak overlooking the city that is crowned with a giant statue of Christ. $1,350. Avenida Atlântica 1702; 55-21-548-7070; fax 55-21-235-7330. Reservations: 800-237-1236. copacabanapalace.orient-express.com

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