- South America
- Georganne Hassell
Morro de São Paulo is easily accessible from Salvador, but once you land on this island paradise, you feel worlds away thanks to its picturesque beaches, cobblestone streets, and lack of any road vehicles. Check out our guide to the top 10 boutique properties to make your stay even sweeter.
A boutique property set just steps away from Praia do Encanto makes for a dreamy island getaway. Nine bungalows set high on stilts make up Anima Hotel, a beachfront setting that also blends the beauty of the surrounding five acres of Atlantic rainforest into its ambiance. In addition to its excellent beach access, Anima Hotel has an in-house restaurant serving traditional Bahia cuisine with a French twist. Their multilingual staff speaks Portuguese, English, French, German, and Spanish, making it easy to set up any excursions in the area.
Anima Hotel, Praia do Encanto, Morro de São Paulo, Bahia, Brazil, +55 75 3652 2077
Hotel Vila Dos Orixas
Another boutique property located in Praia do Encanto worth checking out is Hotel Vila Dos Orixas, especially if you’re looking for a peaceful stay in Morro de São Paulo. This boutique hotel has created a complete sancutary-like space, making every bungalow feel like a private retreat. Enjoy their oceanfront restaurant and swimming pool in addition to the stunnig Praia do Encanto.
Hotel Vila Dos Orixas, Praia do Encanto, Morro de São Paulo, Bahia, Brazil, +55 75 3652 2055
Villa dos Corais
Villa dos Corais is set beween two of Morro de São Paulo’s beaches, Terceria (Third) and Quarta (Fourth) Beach, and offers guests a view of the island’s dynamic environments. Enjoy vistas of the rocky outcrops and the lush Atlantic rainforest, which are punctuated by white sand beaches. Villa dos Corais is also well located to access other activities on the island, like the historic village center. When you’re not on the beach or exploring the island, take advantage of the infinity pool, tennis courts and game room.
Villa dos Corais, Terceira e Quarta Praia, Morro de São Paulo, Bahia, Brazil, +55 75 3652 1560
Head to Pousada Charme for a stay on Morro de São Paulo’s historic main street. This charming boutique hotel has rustic but cozy accommodations. It also boasts a panoramic view and pool with sweeping ocean views. Don’t forget to take a dip in their hot tub and book a massage at their outdoor gazebo.
Pousada Charme, Rua Caminho da Praia, Morro de São Paulo, Cairu, Bahia, Brazil, +55 75 3652 1306
Gorgeous ocean views greet you at Pousada Passárgada. Take in the charm and comfort of this hotel as you toast to one of Brazil’s best spots to watch the sunset. The inifity pool looks out over the water, and might just be your go-to spot to enjoy a Brazilian caipirinha. There are three types of suites to choose from: Luxury, Master and Master suite with a Jacuzzi, but each has a private veranda, so no matter which room you choose you’ll enjoy paradise with a view.
Pousada Passárgada, Rua Caminho do Farol, 01 – Centro, Cairu, Bahia, Brazil, +55 75 3652 1069
Pousada Pérola do Morro
Set on a quiet street close to the beach, Pousada Pérola do Morro is best for those looking for comfortable boutique accommodations at a more affordable price. Located just steps from Primeira Praia, or First Beach, Pousada Pérola do Morro is decorated in bright colors to bring that tropical island vibe. Take a swim in the pool and then grab a bite at their in-house restaurant which offers plenty of traditional Bahian seafood dishes.
Pousada Pérola do Morro, R. da Biquinha, 10 – Morro de São Paulo, Cairu, Bahia, Brazil, +55 75 3652 1490
Pousada O Casarão
For history-minded travelers, Pousada O Casarão is your best bet. This small hotel property was once a soldiers’ quarters during the time of Brazilian emperor Dom Pedro II. Pousada O Casarão is located in the main square, Praça Aurelian Lima in the heart of the island, right near the old Portico and historic fort. Don’t forget to dine in their restaurant with panoramic views.
Pousada O Casarão, Praça Aureliano Lima, 190 – Morro de São Paulo, Cairu, Bahia, Brazil, +55 75 3652 1022
Pousada Villa das Pedras
Situated on the beautiful Segunda Praia, or Second Beach, Pousada Villa das Pedras is the place to be for relaxing oceanfront views right off your balcony. Relax in your private balcony hammock or head to the beachfront pool and deck area. Pousada Villa das Pedras’ location makes it easy to enjoy the neighbhorhood beaches and bars, while offering comfortable accomodations right on the ocean.
Pousada Villa das Pedras, Segunda Praia, Morro de São Paulo, Bahia, Brazil, +55 75 3652 1075
Tropical gardens and panoramic sea views are two reasons to fall in love with Pousada Natureza. With 16 well appointed rooms that evoke a rustic yet elegant vibe, travelers will definitely feel at home. The boutique hotel also has a restaurant that serves regional Brazilian cuisine, or guests can opt to try international dishes at the nearby sailing club. While there, take a trip around Tinharé Bay to experience the majesty of Morro de São Paulo from the water.
Pousada Natureza, Praça da Amendoeira, Morro de São Paulo, Cairu, Bahia, Brazil, +55 75 3652 1044
Pousada da Torre
Pousada da Torre offers the best of both worlds — the privacy and tranquility of a private beach retreat with the easy access to local hot spots. Pousada da Torre is also located in Segunda Praia, which is known as the best party beach in Morro de São Paulo, but the hotel is also sympathetic to the surrounding natural beauty.
Pousada da Torre, Segunda Praia, 05 – Morro de São Paulo, Cairu, Bahia, Brazil, +55 75 3652 1038