Top 10 best Belmond Hotels & Resorts in the world

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Today (September 13, 2020): Top 10 most fabulous Belmond Hotels in the world

Belmond – known as Orient Express until its rebranding in 2014 – is one of the world’s most exclusive hotel brands. The Belmond company manages an ultraluxe collection of 49 iconic hotels, trains and river cruises in 24 countries, bringing together some of the world’s most sensational journeys and destinations. With Belmond, you can stay in timeless hotels in Venice, Rio and St. Petersburg, embrace the spirit of adventure at Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat, glide along the rails through the Swiss Alps, soar across the Andes, or explore the mystifying rivers of Myanmar. It all began in 1976, when the company received the keys to the legendary Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice. A year later, it began collecting the carriages for the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which launched in 1982 to whisk intrepid travelers to La Serenissima in style. Since then, Belmond has grown to a carefully curated collection of travel adventures, each with a rich story to tell. Here are my 10 favorite Belmond properties across the globe.

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The only hotel located within Brazil’s Iguassu National Park, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas enjoys an unrivalled location in the jungle, just a short stroll from Iguazu Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. Due to its location, guests have exclusive access to the magnificent surroundings in the evening and at dawn, when the park is closed to other visitors. A Portuguese-colonial residence, this classic luxury hotel is redolent with the atmosphere of lazy days lounging on a veranda or beneath sub-tropical palms. The hotel offers thrills and excitement in abundance: helicopter trips over the falls and jungle treks to view amazing wildlife including colorful toucans and giant butterflies.

  • Hotel website: Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas
  • Other accolades: Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas also features in my top 10 lists of the best luxury hotels in South America and the most luxurious rainforest hotels in the world.
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD spa credit).

Top 10 best Belmond Hotels & Resorts in the world


For more than 100 years Belmond Hotel Splendido has been welcoming romantics, adventurers, aristocrats and royalty, who come from around the world to experience La Dolce Vita in the famous fishing village on the Italian Riviera. A former 16th -century monastery high above the bay of Portofino, the property is a secluded hideaway where guests can relax in terraced gardens as they enjoy spectacular views over the harbor. A more recent addition to the family, Belmond Splendido Mare is an intimate retreat on the piazzetta and water’s edge that opened its doors in 1998. The two properties complement each other beautifully; it takes only three minutes to travel between the two by shuttle, or ten minutes on foot.

  • Hotel website: Belmond Hotel Splendido
  • Other accolades: Belmond Hotel Splendido also features in my top 10 list of the best luxury hotels in Italy.
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).
  • Review: coming soon


Belmond operates several luxurious lodges in the Latin American country of Peru, including Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only lodge that is in the National Park for which it is named. The best Peruvian Belmond property and one of the most unique luxury hotels in Peru is Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado, which is built to resemble a rural Peruvian village. A stay here lets you experience the majesty of life in the mountains. Situated at a lower altitude than nearby Cusco, the hotel provides the perfect environment in which to acclimatize, and is an ideal base to explore the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Savor sensational cuisine in the restaurant, enjoy a local Sacred Valley massage or spend a few soothing minutes feeding the hotel’s baby alpacas.

  • Hotel website: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD spa credit).

Top 10 best Belmond Hotels & Resorts in the world


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