The range of accommodation options across Brazil is varied to say the least. The country is home to everything, from slick city hotels to rural pousadas. But when it comes to enjoying a relaxing retreat in the country, it’s the boutique details in some of the smaller properties that really highlight Brazil’s beauty .
We’ve picked some of our favorites, including those we stay at on our Flash Pack trips to Brazil. And, while beautiful independent hotels can often be out of reach for solo travelers due to the single supplement, with Flash Pack you can still access these beautiful stays, minus those pesky room rates. Here’s some of the best luxury beach hotels in Brazil from which to enjoy the laid-back life.
Brazil’s luxury beach hotels
1. Pousada Maravilha, Fernando de Noronha
With its volcanic beauty, rich wildlife and eco-friendly character, the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha off the northeast coast of Brazil has some of the best beaches in the country. With crystal clear waters, white sandy shoreline, and hard-to-reach peacefulness (you can only get there by boat or plane), it’s well worth the trip. What makes Pousada Maravilha one of the best beach hotels in Brazil? The 360 degree views of Sueste Bay, along with it being a top spot for marine life with an ecological approach to business. With exceptional service and gorgeous rooms, it’s a key contender in Brazil’s boutique hotel scene.
2. Insólito Boutique Hotel & SPA, Armação dos Búzios
Originally a port for pirates and slave traders, visitors today would be hard-pressed to find evidence of this gruesome past in Armação dos Búzios, east of Rio. It has a relaxed atmosphere, rustic architecture and natural beauty, with some of the most beautiful sunsets. Insólito is situated next to Ferradura beach. Each room contains authentic Brazilian art as well as books on art, architecture, culture and history. The rooms are also cosy and the food is exceptional, earning Insólito its status as one of Brazil’s top boutique hotels.
3. Pousada do Ouro, Paraty
Down the Costa Verde (Green Coast) sits this pastel port town with cobbled streets backing on to jungled mountains. The beautiful setting is also awash with incredible independent restaurants. Behind the whitewashed walls and sunflower yellow windows, you’ll find the welcoming Pousada do Ouro guesthouse, just eight minutes walk from Paraty’s beaches. Exposed wooden beams hint at its 18th century heritage, and you can cool off with a quick dip in the palm-flanked outdoor pool. As we think it is one of the best luxury hotels in Brazil, a stay is included as part of our Brazil Icons: São Paulo to Rio trip.
4. Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso
The sleepy fishing village of Trancoso, Bahia, is exactly where you want to go to hide from the busier parts of Brazil. Nothing opens until 3pm as everyone is at the beach. Uxua Casa is an exceptional Brazilian beach hotel that blends in seamlessly, with renovated fishermen’s homes that make up nearly half of the properties rooms. Each casa was built by local artisans using traditional building methods, reclaimed materials and Brazilian antiques and art. The result is a mix of rustic, contemporary and authentic Bahian charm.
5. Txai Resort, Itacaré
Frequently voted one of the world’s best small towns, Itacaré is a hub of Bahian culture, where visitors get to taste some of the best Brazilian food and take part in Capoeira circles (a fight and dance performance). As for the beaches, there are many still completely isolated with no infrastructure and impressive natural wonder. Txai Resort has been voted one of Brazil’s best beach hotels and is truly deserving of the title. The resort was built with raw materials from the region and offers exceptional Brazilian cuisine and hospitality.
6. Butterfly House, Maraú
Maraú in the northeast might not be the first place that jumps to mind when thinking of a beach holiday in Brazil, but that definitely isn’t because it’s lacking in them. As far as the eye can see, you’ll find unspoilt islands, mangroves, palm trees, lakes and deserted beaches. The Butterfly House owners opted to protect the surrounding untouched beauty, taking 10 years to build the property. The result is a chic eco-resort which blends with the natural environment to create an organic luxury. It’s the perfect spot for those looking for plush paired with adventure.
7. Kenoa, Barra de São Miguel
Barra de São Miguel in Alagoas is set in a tropical rainforest. It’s a place where searing temperatures are cooled by the gentle ocean breeze. It’s also one of the best places to visit during Festa Junina (a celebration of the winter solstice), but is popular all year round with domestic and international visitors. Kenoa is a luxury hotel located right on the beachfront, surrounded by fine white sand, calm clear sea, great weather and seclusion – everything you could want from a luxury beach hotel in Brazil.
8. Sagu Mini Resort, Ilha Grande
Having once been a pirates’ lair, a leper colony and even a prison for political prisoners, Ilha Grande is an island with history. Today, things are a little more relaxed. Much of the island is unbuilt and made up of unspoilt tropical beaches and virgin Atlantic rainforests. Sagu is nestled amongst the trees, right on the edge of the Bay of Abraão, where visitors can relax in hammocks, sip caipirinhas and enjoy the glorious sunsets.
9. Fazenda Corumbau, Ponta do Corumbau
Ponta do Corumbau in Bahia is a real life paradise with 15km of white sand, crystalline water, palm trees and spectacular coral reefs. Fazenda Corumbau perches right on the beach among the wispy palms, 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. With only 10 rooms available, Fazenda Corumbau is one of the best boutique hotels in Brazil.
10. Toca da Coruja, Tibau do Sul
Tibau do Sul in the northeast region of Brazil 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. Not only is Toca da Coruja a trendy beach hotel set around a tropical garden, but it’s made from raw materials, such as bamboo, which perfectly encapsulates elegance and authentic Brazilian style. It’s these small details which makes Toca da Coruja one of the best beach hotels in Brazil.
Experience Brazil’s best beach hotels on your next adventure
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Images: courtesy of Pousada Maravilha, Pousada do Ouro, Toca da Coruja, Txai Resort, UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Fazenda São Francisco do Corumbau , Kenoa and Unsplash.