Brazil is easily the best destination in South America for beaches and with over 5000 miles of stunning coastline, it is easy to see why. There really is something to please everyone amongst Brazil’s beaches. Whether you want to relax on a secluded beach, off the beaten track, catch some waves kite surfing, dive in crystal clear waters, whale watch or people watch, you will be spoilt for choice. There are plenty of hotel options to satisfy even the most discerning traveller. Here we pick out our top 5 luxury beach hotels in Brazil.
Trancoso is a beautiful town in the state of Bahia on Brazil’s north coast. Bahia is known for its beaches and has many to choose from. Trancoso is one of the best; trendy, laid back and stunningly beautiful. The main attraction of the town itself is the quadrado, a beautiful UNESCO-protected main square surrounded by pretty pastel coloured buildings and with a beautiful church at the head. Uxua Casa is situated on the quadrado and, with a short walk to the beach it is this location that makes it stand out, combining the beautiful beach with the quant quadrado. This hotel is the ultimate in cool sophistication. Created by the renowned designer Wilbert Das it combines traditional techniques, antiques and local materials. Wilbert works with local artisans, using their products throughout the hotel.
There are 11 different residences known as ‘casas’ and each is individually designed. They all include large comfortable beds, in-door and out-door living areas, air-conditioning, flat screen TV and Wi-Fi. The pool was built using green aventurine which is believed by the locals to have relaxing and calming properties. If it is relaxation you are looking for, then head to the spa at Uxua Casa where they offer a range of treatments using local ingredients and combining the philosophy of the local cultures.
The staff at the hotel are all employed from the local area and all speak English. The food and drink is prepared using local ingredients and can be served at the beach bar or the restaurant on the quadrado. Our top tip-make sure you try the seafood skewers and the passionfruit Caipirinhas!
Uxua Casa really lives up to its name (Marvellous House) and is a must-see on any trip to Brazil.
Ponta dos Ganchos is located on Brazil’s south coast, just north of Florianopolis and overlooking stunning forested coastline. Set on a privately-owned peninsula, this small hotel is considered one of Brazil’s most exclusive resorts and regularly wins the accolade of South America’s best beach hotel. The area is populated with picturesque fishing villages and steeped in history, the locals are descendants of the first Azorean immigrants to settle on the Santa Catarina coast.
The accommodation comprises 25 individual bungalows, in perfect harmony with the scenery, a beautiful mix of forest vegetation and waters of the emerald sea. Many of the bungalows jut out over the sea and all have beautiful views of the stunning and secluded scenery.
The hotel offers many opportunities for both relaxation and activity with a spa, massage bungalows, heated pool games room, cinema, state-of-the-art fitness suite and oceanfront tennis court and nature trails. The bar and lounge offer perfect places to relax with a caipirinha at any time of the day. The nearby Arvoredo island offers excellent scuba diving and you can also visit the local Dolphin Bay.
This flexibility is seen in the cuisine as well. All freshly prepared using local ingredients, many of which are grown organically in the gardens of the hotel, the dishes can be ordered at any time of day, wherever you are in the resort.
The final stamp of exclusivity is found in the Leading Hotels of the World seal of approval and the fact that the hotel only accepts guest aged 18 or over, to preserve the tranquillity of this stunning and unique resort.
Located on Brazil’s north-east coast, Zorah Beach is an Asian-inspired hotel tucked away on a remote and beautiful beach. Roughly 2 hours from Fortaleza this hotel really is away from it all and you are likely to share the beach with no more than a few kite surfers or fishermen.
The hotel is made of 22 individual accommodations comprising spacious suites through to luxury bungalows and even an exclusive beachfront villa. Each one contains Egyptian cotton bedding, L’occitane amenities, a Nespresso machine and Sky TV. In an effort to preserve the relaxing vibe, WIFI is only available in public areas.
The décor is a main feature of the hotel and all pieces were sourced or specially made for the hotel in India, Bali and the Middle East. The Asian influence extends to the restaurant which uses local ingredients to create Asian dishes with a unique twist.
The beaches surrounding the hotel are perfect for relaxing in complete tranquillity. If you would like to be more active there are opportunities on both land and sea. The dunes provide the perfect opportunity for sand boarding, buggy rides or horse riding. You can visit local lagoons or trek further into the surrounding vegetation. For those keen on water sports or wanting to give them a try there is kite surfing, wind surfing or SUP (stand up paddle boarding).
For a unique and secluded luxury hotel look no further than Zorah Beach.
Buzios is Brazil’s answer to St. Tropez. Made famous by Brigitte Bardot who fell in love the with the place in the 1960s, it retains its charm and sophistication to this day. Ideally located on the coast roughly 2 hours from Rio de Janeiro it is set on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by 17 beaches.
Insolito Boutique Hotel combines art and culture in charming decoration. The rooms range from superior up to suites and each one is uniquely decorated. Renowned artists from Brazil and France were involved in the decoration of this sophisticated hotel and it shows in every detail. With accolades such as South America’s Leading Beach Hotel for the past 4 years it is easy to see why this is such a sought-after destination.
The restaurant offers a delectable fusion of French and Brazilian cuisine and features contemporary art from artists all over the world. There is a bar and beach lounge, each offering perfect places to relax with a cocktail or light snack.
The spa offers total relaxation in an area of the hotel facing the sea and a mixture of Eastern and Western influenced treatments. If it is activity you are after then the hotel offers local hikes, bike tours of Buzios or buggy trips along the beaches. There is a nearby golf club and water sports such as surfing, kite surfing, paddle boarding and wind surfing. This is also one of the best areas in Brazil for sailing.
For an enchanting mix of modern chis and old-world sophistication, look no further than this luxury hotel in elegant Buzios.
It says much for Bahia that this is the second hotel we have included from this state. Situated on Brazil’s Coconut Coast, in a stunning beachfront location it is a perfect paradise in one of Brazil’s most beautiful regions.
The design is a mixture of eco-friendly style and luxurious comfort. The accommodation is made up of 38 individual bungalows, scattered amongst a coconut grove and all facing the ocean. There are also 3 private villas for larger groups or families. Each bungalow is built using raw materials from the region and offers stunning view through the large windows.
The gastronomy uses local ingredients including the freshest fish (the resort is metres from the ocean) and with three restaurants you are spoilt for choice when it comes to location.The spa offers a range of treatments with their roots in ancient traditions and using a unique blend of spices from the Bahian region.
The focus at Txai is on responsible tourism, offering exclusive activities with minimal impact on the environment and local community. The ecotours include visits to secluded beaches, canoe trips upriver and hikes through trails to natural pools. The Txai Institute works with local communities to promote development and the preservation of biodiversity. There are unique opportunities to get involved in these projects while staying at the hotel.
Txai is an inspiring and captivating resort offering the best in luxury ecotourism in an idyllic location.
Simon Williams is Director of The Bespoke Travel Group.