Gran Melia Iguazu
Iguazu Falls, Northeastern Argentina, Argentina
At a Glance
Luxurious modern resort-style hotel with all the latest mod-cons and facilities to match
Undoubtedly the best view of the thundering Iguazu Falls from any hotel on either the Argentinean or Brazilian side of the border
Be one of the first to see the falls and get that all important photo as guests enjoy access to the national park before the crowds arrive
All rooms have a balcony and some have glimpses of the falls, but the best place to enjoy the view is from the 50m long infinity pool (cocktail optional)
Thanks to a huge recent investment the hotel is now arguably the most modern and high end property in the area
Escape the humidity of the surrounding jungle with a pampering treatment at the spa or settle down at one of the bars with an ice cold drink
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
All year round destination, however in Spring and Autumn (October/November and March/April) are most pleasant. The peak season is January through February when Argentineans and Brazilians are on holiday. December through March is summer. This is the hottest and the most humid time of year. The winter months are June through to August, this is when rain is mostly likely and the temperatures range from lows of 10°C to high of 23°C.
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Located within the boundary of Argentina’s Iguazu National Park, the Gran Melia Iguazu is a modern and spacious hotel with awe-inspiring views of the mighty Iguazu Falls and the surrounding jungle.
With the enviable accolade of being the only hotel located within the confines of the Iguazu National Park, the Gran Melia Iguazu offers unbeatable views of the thundering falls. Just ten minutes’ walk from the Garganta Del Diablo, the real highlight of the Gran Melia Iguazu is being able to rise early and walk to the falls before the park opens to the public, giving unfettered access to the walkways and viewpoints of the Argentinian side of the falls.
The hotel itself is large and spacious, with 176 guest rooms that have been recently refurbished with light, contemporary décor and large picture windows that look out over the gardens, the jungle and some even to the falls themselves. Some of the larger rooms have small balconies with impressive views and all rooms have air conditioning, Wi-Fi and satellite television.
Four varied restaurants and bars cater for every taste, ranging from the bright and contemporary Merkado Restaurant, under a vast expanse of glass with views of the falls, to the rooftop Alter Bar for cocktails with a view. Prime cuts of Argentinian beef, fresh vegetables from local farms and tropical fruits from the surrounding jungle feature highly on the menus, alongside world-class Argentinian wines and local beers.
Set amongst the manicured gardens is the 50-metre infinity-edge swimming pool, looking across to the spray of the falls that rises above the jungle. The Gala Pool Bar serves laid-back international cuisine including burgers and salads, and provides poolside refreshment all day. The hotel’s Yasí Health Club houses a 24-hour gym, saunas, a hydrotherapy circuit and a luxury spa offering an array of treatments from the comfort of the five private spa suites. Yoga and tango classes are available throughout the week and the Gran Melia Iguazu has curated a selection of experiences to best experience the falls, from helicopter flights to full moon tours of the waterfalls under the cover of darkness.
The Gran Melia Iguazu has 176 guest rooms, ranging from the light and airy Deluxe Rooms through to the expansive, multi-level Suites with private terraces and views of the falls. Recently renovated, the rooms are bright, airy and contemporary in style, complete with satellite television, air conditioning and Wi-Fi. Many of the rooms have jungle views, but the real highlight are the rooms with views of the falls, or better still the suites that offer unspoilt views from their private terraces.
Children are welcome at the Gran Melia Iguazu, with interconnecting rooms, baby cots and rollaway beds available upon request. There is a separate kids pool and giant garden games to entertain the younger guests.
Being a larger hotel, the Gran Melia Igazu is brimming with facilities that made for a luxurious and comfortable stay. There are four unique restaurants and bars to choose from, each offering a different dining or drinking experience. The main restaurant, Merkado, is located at the heart of the hotel with views of the falls and serves daily breakfast, light lunches and a dinner menu with Spanish influences. The Lobby Bar & Lounge Amaro is a more relaxed dining destination, serving drinks, tapas and light bites alongside nightly live music. The al-fresco pool bar, Gala, provides poolside refreshment and an international menu and is open during the day, whilst the rooftop Alter Bar comes alive as the sun goes down, offering spectacular sunset views of the falls and expertly mixed cocktails. The hotel’s Yasí Health Club houses a fully-equipped gymnasium, sauna and hydrotherapy circuit, alongside a dedicated spa. The outdoor swimming pool with its infinity edge has spectacular views of the falls and the surrounding jungle.
The Gran Melia Iguazu’s proximity to the falls makes it the perfect place to stay to get up close to this wonder of the world. Take an early morning stroll to see the falls before the crowds arrive, or cross to the Brazilian side for a different perspective. The hotel can also arrange flights over the falls for a bird’s eye view, full moon tours of the falls and excursions to other local sites of interest such as the Wanda Mines and the ruins at San Ignacio. At the hotel, there are yoga and tango lessons, along with gin master classes and the opportunity to learn the Argentinian art of the asado.
Michele Segalla (Staff)
One of my favorite things about the Gran Melia Iguazu is that, thanks to its unique location actually inside the park, you can beat the crowds by the getting an early start. Staying at the hotel means you also have the luxury of leaving the park and coming back in with the same admission ticket, whereas people who are not guests of the Melia have to pay each time they re-enter the park. The pool has a simply amazing view of the falls and when there, you feel like you are just surrounded by jungle. The recently renovated rooms are very clean and modern; I liked the style. The food was great but dinner did take a long time as everything is made fresh, so I'd recommend heading a little earlier before hunger sets in!
Exploring the Ibera Wetlands - Puerto Valle
There are a wealth of activities available from Puerto Valle, explore the Ibera Wetlands, estancia and river. Search for wildlife with a knowledgeable guide, take a boat trip on the Parana river or walk along the monkey trail.
Helicopter Flight Over Iguazu Falls
A 10 minute helicopter flight is a spectacular way to admire the amazing natural force of the Iguassu Falls and surroundings. It is weather dependant (a minimum of 3 guests) so we advise to book this locally through the Belmond Das Cataratas on arrival.
Iguazu Falls - Full Day Argentine Side
The Iguazu Falls are one of South America’s spectacular natural wonders located on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Enjoy a private full day guided tour of the Argentine side. A thrilling boat trip can also be taken to the base of the falls (optional).
Iguazu Falls - Half Day Argentine Side
The Iguazu Falls are one of South America’s spectacular natural wonders located on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Enjoy a private half day guided tour of the Argentine side. A thrilling boat trip can also be taken to the base of the falls (optional).
Iguazu Falls - Half Day Brazilian side from Argentina
The most spectacular panoramic views of the Iguazu Falls are from the Brazilian side, as it is said that "Argentina puts on the show and Brazil enjoys the view". Stop off at magnificent vantage points with your private guide on this half day exploration.
Iguaçu Falls - Brazilian side
The most spectacular panoramic views of the Iguazu Falls are from the Brazilian side, as it is said that 'Argentina puts on the show and Brazil enjoys the view'. Stop off at magnificent vantage points with your private guide on this half day exploration.
The Argentine Experience at Iguazu
Learn to prepare the perfect steak, create tasty empanadas and whisk up some delicious wine cocktails with the help of your host - not forgetting dessert! Don your apron and get stuck into The Argentine Experience for a dinner party like no other.
Triple Border, Macuco Path and the Guarani People
To appreciate the wealth of wildlife, cultural interest and history in the Iguazu region, visit the Triple Border, walk the Macuco Path and meet the Guarani people.
Location & directions
Iguazu Falls, Northeastern Argentina, Argentina
The Melia Iguazu is located within the Iguazu National Park, just 10 minutes’ walk from the falls, giving guests the unique opportunity to explore the park before the crowds arrive.
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