With the World Cup now over we got to thinking, where do you go now all the football has finished? Brazil has a lot to offer, but what ticks the “boutique” box?
If it’s a little R&R you’re after, Brazil has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with something to suit every taste and style. We went on a hunt to find you the coolest boutique beach hotels Brazil has to offer. Whether it’s a traditional beach hut in the jungle, or an elegant beach spa that you’re after, we’ve got just the ticket!
1. Pousada Maravilha in Fernando de Noronha
With its volcanic beauty, rich wildlife, and eco-friendly character, Fernando do Noronha boast some of the best beaches in Brazil. With crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and hard-to-reach feel (you can only get there by boat or plane), it’s well worth the trip. What makes Pousada Maravilha so special is the 360 degree views of Sueste Bay – a top spot for marine life – along with their ecological approach to business. With exceptional service and rooms to die for, you will be happy you came!
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Originally a port for pirates and slave traders, visitors today would be hard-pressed to find evidence of this gruesome past. Boasting a relaxed atmosphere with rustic architecture and natural beauty, Buzios is one of the most beautiful areas in the world (top 10 in fact!). Insólito is situated next to Ferradura beach and each room contains authentic Brazilian art and books on art, architecture, culture, history, and more! It also has an excellent Brazilian restaurant which you just have to go to!
3. Casa Cairucu in Paraty
If it’s the true Brazil you are after, Paraty is the place for you. With its centuries old architecture mixed with secluded beaches situated in amongst the mountainous rainforest, it’s a perfect place to go to escape the World Cup crowd (or any crowd for that matter!). The best thing about Casa Cairucu isn’t the astounding sea views, the abundant wildlife, or even the unrivaled interaction with locals you are sure to experience. Rather, it is the peace and quiet you will find in amongst the forest paths. There are no cars here, only passing boats and the occasional dolphin.
4. Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso
The sleepy fishing village of Trancoso is exactly where you want to go to hide from the hustle and bustle of the World Cup and just do… nothing. If you are here to shop, think again – nothing opens til 3pm as everyone is at the beach! Uxua Casa blends in seamlessly with its surroundings, with renovated fishermen’s homes making up nearly have of the casa’s you might find yourself in. Each casa was built by local artisans, utilising traditional building methods, reclaimed materials, and Brazilian antiques and art. The result is a blend of rustic and contemporary, with true Bahian charm.
5. Txai Resort in Itacaré
Voted one of the worlds best small towns, Itacaré is a hub of Bahian culture, allowing tourists to taste authentic Brazilian food and take part in Capoeira circles. As for the beaches, there are still many which are completely isolated with zero infrastructure, and 100% natural wonder. Txai Resort itself has been voted Most Excellent Beach Hotel, and it truly deserves the title! The resort was built with raw materials from the region and offers exceptional Brazilian cuisine and hospitality.
6. Butterfly House in Maraú
Maraú isn’t the first place that jumps to mind when thinking of the best beaches in Brazil, but that definitely isn’t because it’s lacking in them! As far as the eye can see you will find unspoilt islands, mangroves, palm trees, lakes, deserted beaches. The Butterfly House owners made sure to celebrate and protect this untouched beauty, taking 10 years to built the hotel! The result is a chic eco-resort which blends with the natural environment to create a natural sort of luxury. This place is perfect for those looking for luxury and adventure!
7. Kenoa in Barra de São Miguel
Barra de São Miguel is set in the tropical rainforest and so sees soaring temperatures, cooled only by the sweet ocean breeze. It is one of the best places to visit during Festa Junina (celebrating the winter solstice), but is popular all year round with domestic and foreign visitors. Kenoa finds itself right on the beachfront. Fine white sand, calm, clear sea, heat, seclusion; literally everything you could want from a beach hotel.
8. Sagu Mini Resort in Ilha Grande
Ilha Grande is an island with history – it has been a pirates’ lair, a leper colony, and even a prison for political prisoners! Today, however, things are a little more relaxed but thanks to that history, much of the island is made up of unspoilt tropical beaches and virgin Atlantic rainforest. Sagu is nestled in amongst the rainforest, right on the edge of the Bay of Abraão where visitors can relax on hammocks, sipping caipirinhas and enjoying the sunset.
9. Fazenda Corumbau in Ponta do Corumbau
Ponta do Corumbau is a real life paradise with 15km of white sand, crystalline water, palm trees and coral reef of various shades and sizes. Fazenda Corumbau sits right on the beach in amongst the palm trees, making you feel at one with nature. The rooms elegantly mix sophistication with tradition, and the restaurant offers locally sourced food (including vegetables from their very own garden!).
10. Toca da Coruja in Tibau Do Sul
Tibau Do Sul is picture perfect with tranquil beaches sheltered under high cliffs. It’s the perfect place to relax and watch the sunset while taking in the warm Brazilian rays. Toca da Coruja is a trendy beach hotel set around a tropical garden, made from raw materials such as bamboo, perfectly encapsulating elegance and authentic Brazilian style.