Celebrate Carnival across the globe with Orient-Express

Wednesday 23, February 2011


Celebrate Carnival across the globe with Orient-Express


Carnival season is around the corner and people across the globe are taking to the streets to celebrate. Orient-Express offers two fantastic carnival getaways for travellers who want a slice of the hedonistic action.


Just a short four hour flight from London, is the sub-tropical island of Madeira, home to the iconic Reid’s Palace who will be hosting their own Mardi Gras ball. Alternatively, travellers who want to take part in arguably the biggest carnival shows in the world should look no further than the legendary Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro.


The iconic Copacabana Palace is set to host its legendary carnival ball on March 5th, the first Saturday of the festival. This year, the ball will be hosted by Brazilian supermodel Luiza Brunet and has been organised by world famous Brazilian artist and designer, Zeka Marquez. Zeka has drawn inspiration for the ball from the fiery Brazilian wildcat, the jaguar. The ballrooms of the hotel will be embellished with jaguar printed cushions and carpets, with gold and purple ornaments being used to accent the jaguar print.


The ball will take place in the magnificent Golden and Nobre rooms of the hotel. The Golden Room takes its name from the golden dome which forms the centrepiece of the ceiling. The carpet of the Golden Room will be removed to reveal a glass lit dance floor for revellers to dance the night away. The Nobre room boasts marble floors and large chandeliers, and twelve columns. Large windows of the room open out onto a balcony overlooking the hotel’s swimming pool.


Drummers and dancers from the samba schools of Rio will perform for guests, who are invited to dress in black tie or carnival costumes. The sidewalk outside the hotel will be lined with lounge sofas and tables and chairs, with a dance floor laid down for those who want to join the party on the streets of Rio. Tickets are priced from approximately £486 per person and include entry into the exclusive party, a buffet meal created by executive chef, Francesco Carli, and exotic Brazilian cocktails.


For those in search of a spectacular carnival event without the long haul, Madeira’s Carnival should be their first choice. Each year before Shrove Tuesday, the streets of Funchal are invaded by samba troupes, floats, parades, and thousands of costumed revellers all taking part in one of Europe’s most celebrated street parties. Festivities last throughout the week, and peak with a parade on the Saturday of the carnival weekend, with many groups spending weeks designing giant colourful floats and eccentric costumes.


On the last day of carnival, Reid’s Palace will throw a 1920’s themed ball inspired by the hotel’s 120th anniversary. Guests are invited to dress up in their ‘glad rags’ to dance the night away to the hotel’s regsident swing band. The evening will start with a cocktail reception, followed by a sumptuous meal in the Dining Room, with champagne flowing throughout the night.  


Tickets for Reid’s Palace carnival ball cost €79 (approximately £67) per person and accommodation at Reid’s Palace starts from €265 (approximately £226) per room per night, including all taxes and daily buffet breakfast.


Set on the clifftops of Funchal and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Reid’s Palace boasts spectacular views of the town, the perfect setting to enjoy a final carnival cocktail or two!



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