Unique Hotels: Ariau Amazon Towers, Brazil

Here’s a hotel that is guaranteed to offer the best Amazonian experience you ever had. For, the Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel is believe it or not, entirely built atop the towering trees of the Amazon forest. Connected only by giant wooden catwalks that hang 70 feet above the ground, the hotel in its entirety offers adventure and nature lovers a wonderful opportunity to experience the great outdoors.

Location: The hotel is located at a distance of 35 miles from the city of Manaus in Brazil. The nearest airport is Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes International Airport which is located on the outskirts of Manaus and is about 40 miles from the hotel. A short boat ride from Manaus will take you to the hotel which at first look, seems to draw you into the world of Tarzan.

Accommodation: Built atop the point where the Ariuu Creek and Rio Negro meet, the hotel stands out in stark contrast to the surroundings, and yet seems to blend in effortlessly. You might be surprised to see several parrots, monkeys, macaws, and sloths scampering around the hotel. There’s no need to worry though, as the animals are extremely friendly and playful.

The hotel is built at the canopy level of the trees with the towers housing the rooms and common areas of the hotel; and joined together by 4 catwalks suspended in midair. The catwalks stretch for over 4 miles which would give you a faint idea of the hotel’s extravagant layout.

There are a total of 8 towers out of which towers I, II, IV, V, VI and VIII house the rooms and suites of the hotel. Tower III houses a private staff lodge and Tower VII houses the reception, main restaurant, gift shop, auditorium, game area and an ambulatory.

The 268 tree top rooms are divided among the standard rooms, suites and tree houses. The rooms come equipped with the necessary amenities and have private balconies and terraces that overlook the forest. The facilities include air conditioning, mini bars, en suite bathrooms, king or queen size beds, cable televisions and several other vacation enhancing features. The tree houses are tastefully designed with an eco touch and are classified as Jacques Cousteau, President Lula, Discovery and Tarzan respectively with like minded themes and furnishings.

Cuisine: Dining at the hotel’s two tree top restaurants is a pleasure in itself. With spacious decors, spectacular views of the rainforest and mouth watering Brazilian cuisine to dig into, you are sure to have a blast here.

Served buffet style, the traditional Amazonian dishes will leave you asking for more. Some of the more popular dishes include grilled and stuffed chicken, various pasta dishes, white and yellow rice; tapioca pudding, and a wide assortment of cakes, ice creams and fruit salads prepared from exotic Amazonian fruits.

Guests can enjoy refreshing drinks and tidbits in any of the 4 bars and lounges present in the hotel. If you feel like having your feet firmly planted on the ground while dining, you can always drive down to nearby Manaus which has numerous eateries, cafes and trendy restaurants.

General Amenities: Hard to believe but true! Nothing at the Ariau Amazon Tower Hotel touches the ground. This goes for the hotel’s 2 swimming pools that are built above tree tops as well. The hotel also houses two gigantic observation towers that offer stupendous views of the rainforest in addition to a private heliport, an open air auditorium, two large screen and fully equipped amphitheaters for business and convention purposes; a separate business center, convenience stores, a cyber café and a gift/souvenir shop.

The other facilities provided by the hotel include 24 hour reception, room service, concierge service, airport transfers, activity desk, health club, laundry and dry service, internet connectivity, games and television room, supervised kid’s center event planning, and complimentary wake up calls.

Recreational Activities: Exploring the Amazon rainforest is an altogether different experience and what better way to do that than going on a 1 mile trek into the forest to visit some of its most treasured attractions?

The hotel’s activity desk makes sure to keep your itinerary jam packed with exciting adventures. Some of the more popular activities include tours to Rio Negro, Amazon River beaches, villages and the Anavilhanas Archipelago; bird watching, fishing, alligator viewing, swimming with pink dolphins, night safaris, canopy tours, and helicopter rides above the forest.

Guests can also enjoy visiting the city of Manaus and its attractions which include museums, the local market, ancient palaces, cultural sites, several restaurants, the Ponta Negra Beach and the Meeting of the Waters.

Plan a trip to the Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel today for a remarkable vacation in the wild with heaps of activities, shows and friendly animals to keep you entertained.

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