Paying homage to the glamour of all things Italian, Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro is set to take centre stage this March when it hosts the world-famous Carnival Ball with a ‘Dolce Carnevale’ theme. 

Wild and wonderful, the Rio Carnival is considered to be one of the greatest shows on earth. The celebrations regularly attract over two million revellers to its famous samba street party and the hotel’s legendary ball.

A soirée that’s existed since 1924, the ball has become as synonymous with the carnival as samba itself.

From modern day style icons such as Christian Louboutin to Hollywood royalty such as Gerard Butler and Sir Ian McKellen; each year well known celebrities, politicians, socialites and the city’s elite flock to the party.

Andrea Natal, General Manager, Belmond Copacabana Palace explains, “You come to our ball to party like a Brazilian – to enjoy a moment in time with people who love life.

It is special this year to be celebrating Italy – a country we Cariocas love for its beauty, heritage, food and wine, strong women and of course designers that are adored worldwide. It promises to be an unforgettable theme and spectacular night.”

This year’s ball will be no different, transporting guests on an enchanting adventure. Guests will be taken on a fantastical journey through Italy – where the history, art, fashion, design, music and gastronomy is brought to life in the hotel’s iconic and recently refurbished Golden Room.

For one night only, the famous ballroom will be transformed into Venice landmark St Mark’s Square; the very square that can be viewed from the hotel’s European counterpart Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice.

Music is at the heart of the party and live bands will perform throughout the different art deco ballrooms, continuing on until dawn and the last revellers leave the dance floor.

On the menu, Italian food and delicacies will be served in keeping with the theme and bars will over flow with Aperol Spritz, Prosecco and Bellini’s as famously served at Belmond Hotel Cipriani.

Whilst samba costumes light up the streets of Rio, the Carnival Ball upholds a sophisticated black tie dress code. Revellers will arrive in ‘‘catwalk culture,’ providing a sensational stage for guests to showcase their couture fashion skills. 

Plan your adventure 
Cost: Dolce Carnevale ticket prices per person vary; R$2,100 /$552 for standing, R$3,040 /$800 for Nobre Salon, R$3,990 /$1,050 for the Golden Room, and R$5,786 /$1,522 for a VIP seated box, for a minimum of ten persons. 
How: Click here to make a reservation.