Mabu Thermas & Resort Iguassu Falls
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Review Type: Hotel
Location: 2925-4075 Avenida das Cataratas Foz do IguaƧu 85853
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: 45 3521 2000
Website: http://www.hote[...]en/hoteis/


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Fabulous gluten free dining at resort in Brazil,
May 29, 2013

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Our initial contact was with Leticia Feldmann, Reservation Center, Leticia She sent our advance request with dispatch and completely clearly so that dining every meal was easy at Mabu. Nothing appeared lost in translation. Mabu was well prepared for Gluten-Free and offered numerous flavorful selections.

One of the managers, Rosone Morques, was most helpful, sincere and very efficient in the dining areas at all times. I so appreciated her. When we checked in, she was fully prepared. Usually, I do this alone. Our tour guide Rodrigo wanted to come with me and he facilitated all more smoothly. I had every confidence Mabu understood. There aren't many hotels in Foz do Iguacu and we didn't want to go in town for a pizza joint or Oriental, so we had dinner here and we both were well satisfied - Gluten Free and not GF. Others in our group who tried in town were severely disappointed.

Mabu has a staff including nutritionists available for any dietary needs. Staff asked the nutritionists when I had any questions, just to be positive they understood our questions. I spoke with two nutritionists at Mabu (for dinner and breakfast) and was fully confident all understood Celiac. Others there were familiar with Gluten-Free. Alceu Vieira was helpful as well. All our questions were answered in a knowledgable manner about recipes. If not known, they promptly found the proper person to ask and quickly informed me.

Of interest were Mabu's hot dishes with butter. I was told by Alceu that the butter used in hot dishes is NOT Gluten-Free. Normally there is no gluten in butter but he cautioned me about this on several dishes.

Mabu offered a wide variety of fruit juices, soy/soya milk, cow's milk, teas, and other refreshments, eggs, meats, cheeses. They offered a Gluten-Free bland bread, no cereal nor couscous at breakfasts. They did not offer their more flavorful vanilla/chocolate Gluten-Free bread the second day which was disappointing as it was quite good, not too sweet. Alongside the coffee and teas was a small dish that looked like cocoa. It was, but it contains gluten. I was so glad I asked as one could not tell it wasn't only cocoa. Goes to remind us celiacs that nothing is obvious.

If one eats meat and dairy, the range is greater. I wish I took pictures here, but I was busy gobbling up the good food instead of snapping photos. Sorry, folks.

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