Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro combines the brand’s effortless luxury experience with a Brazilian design and hospitality in an urban resort setting. Guests can enjoy its prime beachfront location in the exclusive Barra da Tijuca neighborhood and access to world-class shopping, dining, cultural and outdoor activities. Designed by internationally acclaimed interior designer Yabu Pushelberg and with the local assistance of Brazilian designer firm Anastassiadis Arquitetos, the hotel provides a relaxed, carefree coastal living experience with large balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows, along with stones and fabrics authentic to Brazil. The 436 guestrooms include 40 suites, two 1,561 square foot Presidential Suites, and one 2,100 square foot Penthouse Suite with a 1,248 square feet terrace including a lounge area and a plunge pool. A special private elevator provides the Penthouse and Presidential Suites direct access from the garage. The stunning beachfront location affords all of the guestrooms views of the blue-green Atlantic Ocean or the magnificent Marapendi Lagoon that surrounds the hotel. Among the special local touches, each guestroom has Brazilian flip-flop sandals, and in the botanical tradition of Brazil’s oldest pharmacy, Granado bath amenities. The wellness facilities at Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro are resort-inspired with a range of treatments and amenities. Guests may opt for the 24-hour fitness center that has the latest high-tech cardio and strength training equipment or the Movement Studio which offers yoga and Brazilian dance classes. The Atiaia Spa, named after the native indigenous tupi-guarani word for luminosity, features six single and three couples’ suites all with private showers and changing areas. Spa highlights include specialty treatments using local techniques and native products, a relaxation lounge, private changing rooms, and steam rooms. The outdoor pool with a wet deck is a focal point in the middle of the property.