Hard Rock to Debut in South America With Three Hotels in Brazil

Hard Rock International has plans to build three hotels in Brazil, marking the company's first properties not only in the country, but also on the continent of South America.

"As the host of the 2014 World Cup and the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has officially entered the world stage, seeing an increased appeal in international travelers, while its natural and cultural attractions continue to be a driving force for domestic travel," said Marco Roca, executive vice president of global hotel development at Hard Rock International. "Brazilians have always been great fans of the Hard Rock brand and we could not be more excited to announce Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos' entrance into the country, whose famed lively culture is in tune with our brand."

Hard Rock's first Brazilian hotel will be the 400-room Hard Rock Hotel Brasilia in the country's capital city (above), near Brasilia Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport, which is undergoing an expansion. The property will have a signature restaurant and rooftop entertainment lounge, a pool, a spa and fitness center, and more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space.

The 303-room Hard Rock Hotel Caldas Novas will be built in the Brazilian state of Goiás. Taking advantage of the area's natural features -- Caldas Novas is widely considered to be the world's largest hydrothermal resort -- the property will have six thermal pools, along with three restaurants, a helipad and a nightclub.

The third entry will be the 175-room Hard Rock Hotel Itapema in southern Brazil. A conversion of what is currently the Plaza Itapema Resort & Spa, it will have beachfront views and will host curated live music events.

Hard Rock Hotel Itapema will open in 2017; opening dates for the other two resorts have not been announced.