Best Brazil Beachfront Resorts
As Brazil relaxes its Visa requirement around the upcoming 2016 Rio Games, there’s never been a better time for U.S. and Canadian citizens to visit the world’s fifth largest country, occupying nearly half the South American continent. Whether you’re planning to attend the Games or simply want to avail yourself of the newly expedited entry requirements while they last, Brazil is a highly diverse and biologically rich country that is home to many world-famous landmarks, festivals and wildlife.
One highlight of this massive country is its expansive coastline (more than 7,000 miles of it) and glimmering tropical beaches, each with its own unique flavor. From the world-renowned beaches of Rio de Janeiro and artsy beaches of Bahia, to the trendy coast of Buzios and eco hotspots at Fernando de Noronha, all of Brazil’s beaches enjoy near year-round sun but are, otherwise, as diverse as its flora and fauna. Choose the atmosphere that fits your beach vibe or bounce around to experience all this stunning country has to offer.
For a bit of inspiration, here are our favorite beachfront resorts in Brazil:
Txai Resort | Itacaré, Bahia
Sometimes called “the Blue Coast,” Salvador de Bahia is intensely connected to its African roots and boasts some of the very best beaches in all of Brazil. Nestled along the stunningly well-preserved Itacaré Coast, lies the multi Condé Nast Johansen’s award-winning boutique hotel, Txai Resort. Here, they’ve mastered the art of celebrating life, receiving guests and respecting the region’s culture. There are 38 bungalows surrounded by the rare beauty of Bahia and ample public spaces decorated with sophisticated Brazilian art. These include three restaurants, two main pools and a smaller kid’s pool, spa, gym, tennis court, gaming, reading and living rooms, and, of course, lush gardens. Although all Superior, Luxury and Premium suites are either steps from the sand or on the hill with breathtaking ocean views, we especially love the Guarani Suite for its panoramic ocean view, private deck and saltwater pool.
Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort | Santa Catarina
Santa Catarina is one of Brazil’s southernmost departments and often is referred to as “the Emerald Coast.” Here, you’ll find its true that Brazilians really can talk about their favorite beach and its culture for hours on end. You’re also likely to find deserted beaches with pristine golden sands and scenic coastlines reminiscent of your favorite coffee table book. Situated among pretty little fishing villages just a short drive from Florianópolis, lies a Leading Hotels of the World member adult-only resort— Ponta dos Ganchos. The resort, one of Brazil’s most exclusive, rests on a private peninsula where impeccable service and a commitment to comfort and quality reign supreme. There are 25 1,025- to more than 3,000-square-foot bungalows spotted where the sea laps at the rainforest. Other amenities include heated swimming pool, restaurant, bar, fitness center, cinema, game room, tennis court, game room, spa and nature trails.
Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort | Barra de Sao Miguel
Along Brazil’s northeast coast, you’ll find the department of Alagoas where it’s summer year-round due to its close proximity (just nine degrees) to the equator. It’s a small region with bountiful azure blue waters, golden sand beaches and the primitive jungle of the virgin Atlantic outback. In this exclusive and private hideaway, you’ll find Kenoa— a world-class eco-chic design resort where natural beauty blends with residential style luxury. There are 10 suites and a spattering of beachfront villas that manage to seamlessly blend handcrafted and modern elements that lead to ultimate comfort, tranquility and joy. The intimate, but not intrusive, resort offers a pool and beach club, fitness center, spa, winebar, lounge and restaurant designed to promote mankind’s connection to nature through simple luxuries and a unique experience where small details make the difference.
Pousada Maravilha | Fernando de Noronha
A World Heritage island archipelago surrounded by a national marine reserve, the beaches of Fernando de Noronha have become extremely popular in recent years— particularly for eco-tourism. The warm clear waters are home to colorful coral reefs, tropical fish, exotic birds, sea turtles, dolphins, whales and sharks. Hidden away on the Sueste Bay is Pousada Maravilha, boasting 360-degree views of turquoise water, whimsical mountains and the hotel’s lush grounds. There are only eight suites here, and each includes an extra wide balcony, hot tub, hammock and uber charming decor and accommodations. Although the resort is small, it employs a staff of 40 to ensure impeccable yet relaxed service. There is a vanishing pool, brand new spa and exclusive restaurant on property— all with views of paradise. The wine menu was selected by the Fasano’s famed sommelier, rounding out the experience nicely.
Insólito | Buzios
Trendy, upscale and chock full restaurants, bars, boutiques and resorts, Buzios is globally recognized as one of the best beach areas for tourism in Brazil. It’s only two hours by car from the hustle and bustle of Rio, making it an easy addition to a 2016 Rio Games vacation. Although Buzios can be a busy beachfront region, our favorite oasis of calm in the area is Insólito Boutique Hotel— once a private home. Hidden in a rocky hillside overlooking Ferradura Beach, the hotel has 20 rooms designed by celebrated architect Otavio Raja Gabaglia. All rooms include locally hand-crafted decor and most have floor-to-ceiling windows, large balconies with hot tubs and panoramic ocean views. Suites have their own bar/lounge. Insólito has a swimming pool, pool bar, huge beach lounge and restaurant, and it has been recognized by Condé Nast Johansen’s as one of the best luxury hotels in all of Latin America.
Hotel Fasano | Rio de Janeiro
Known for its all-night party atmosphere and lively urban ambiance, Rio also is home to some of the world’s most beautiful white sand beaches, including internationally-ranked Copacabana, nearby Ipanema and Leblon and the Niteroi beaches across the bay. Located in the heart of charming Ipanema, a trendsetting locale responsible for the tanga style bikini, Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro is a coveted property brimming with glamour, sophistication and a commitment to excellence. The hotel’s 79 rooms and 10 suites all have balconies, affording the oceanfront rooms stunning sea views. Or, enjoy an unparalleled vista from the infinity pool, where you’ll see Corcovado, the Arpoador and Morro Dois Irmaos (and probably a celeb or two) all from the pool deck. The Fasano family is well-known for its culinary and beverage traditions, and this property is no exception. Its three restaurants, poolside bar and bar/nightclub are open every night— for when you’ve had your fill of the beaches.
If you’re ready to explore the varied coastlines of Brazil, call us today to figure out which beach is right for you.
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