No other hotel can match the Sheraton for views of arguably the world’s most spectacular waterfall
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Straddling the border of Brazil and Argentina, Iguazu Falls is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the natural world – 300 or so cascades (depending on water levels) that tumble over a horseshoe-shaped precipice, surrounded by tropical, squawking jungle. The Melia, formerly the Sheraton, sits on the Argentine side of the falls and is the only hotel located within Iguazu National Park.
Spread over three floors, the 168 rooms and eight suites look out towards Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), the most spectacular of the cascades, where several falls converge to hurtle down a 90-foot drop. Some rooms admittedly have better views than others, but all have private balconies and it’s not uncommon to have monkeys dance across your balcony or to be woken to the sound of tropical bird song. Inside the rooms are modern and highly functional, with comfy beds, ample natural light (thanks to the floor-to-ceiling sliding balcony doors), cable TV with English-speaking channels, hairdryers, mini bars and air conditioning.
The national park closes in the evenings, so the only real choice for after-dark dining is the hotel’s Garganta del Diablo restaurant, which offers international cuisine as well as local specialities, alongside live music and still more tremendous views. The Lobby Bar is an ideal place to grab a cocktail, snack or pastry, enjoyed inside or out on the generous terrace, while the Jeriba Bar offers poolside bites and cocktails from 10am until 8pm. The hotel also offers a great all-inclusive dining programme for kids, where for a daily flat rate, kids of 12 or younger can enjoy all-inclusive access to a variety of dining options.
More than 80% of the falls lie on the Argentine side of the border and a wonderful network of spray-drenched walkways takes you through the tropical jungle and alongside the falls for close-up views never to be forgotten. Boat trips are extremely popular, and if you pop across to the Brazilian side you can even arrange helicopter tours – well worth the extra if you’re there on a full moon. The hotel’s SEDA Pool & Spa is a calming antidote to all that excitement, with treatments available in indoor ‘boxes’ and outdoor ‘tents’, as well as a sauna, steam room, Zen relaxation room, whirlpool bath and salon. An incredible jungle-backed outdoor pool, floodlit tennis courts and state-of-the-art fitness centre round out the facilities.
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