The Best Hotels to Book in Natal, Brazil

Palm-lined white-sand beaches await in Natal, Brazil
Palm-lined white-sand beaches await in Natal, Brazil | Courtesy of Serhs Natal / Expedia
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22 November 2021

Natal, or Nativity, is named after a fort. The fort still stands, and Natal city – the tiny capital of one of the smallest states in Brazil – crouches behind it, baking under the tropical sun. It’s a bit of a dishevelled place, but the surrounding beaches are magnificent and dune-backed. The most idyllic of all is Ponta Negra, now a fashionable coastal suburb that’s home to some of the best hotels in town. Book your stay now with Culture Trip.

Manary Praia Hotel, for boutique-hotel beauty

4.6/5 (140 Reviews)
Outdoor pool at Manary Praia Hotel
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Now from $78 per night

Manary is as close as Natal hotels get to a beach boutique hotel. Rooms are decorated in earthy terracottas, lent extra pizazz by playful pink, pinstriped wallpaper. Lambent bedside lighting adds cosiness as night falls. Lacy hammocks hang in the balconies – clamber into yours at dawn to look out at daybreak over the Atlantic. Breakfast is served al fresco on a deck next to the pool, delivering the same sea views. The hotel has one of the best restaurants in Natal, with a menu based on ​​tapioca, pumpkin, shrimp and butter among the many Brazilian ingredients, as well as a bar serving icy caipirinhas all day.

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Children’s fun at Rifóles

3.9/5 (203 Reviews)
Beach-facing pool at Rifóles
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Now from $76 per night

Bigger beachside hotels in Natal cater to Brazilian families jetting-in on wintertime packages. As a result, they have plenty laid on for children. At the Rifóles, the fun includes a suite of swimming and paddling pools, a kids’ club and all manner of organised activities. Young ones under the age of eight don’t have to pay to stay, and adults get to indulge in the spa and the bar. Rooms are small and simple – built for sleeping in – with expanses of rough brick and plain tile. Ask if you want more – some have small balconies and ocean views.

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Natal Dunas, for a stunning setting

Garden at Natal Dunas
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The best thing about Natal Dunas? Location, location, location. The finest stretch of Ponta Negra Beach – right under the dune Morro do Careca – is just beyond the lobby, as is the restaurant strip. The hotel has a decent pool with a sundeck, and super-helpful staff will be happy to organise tours as well as wind- and kitesurfing. No wonder very few guests spend much time in their rooms, which are attractively compact; with their nautical palette of whites and beiges, they look the part, decorated with photos of local scenes and pops of colour in the form of scatter cushions.

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Activities aplenty at SERHS

4.4/5 (943 Reviews)
Large ocean-facing pool at the SERHS in Natal
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Now from $121 per night

This huge Natal hotel rises like a procession of concrete cliffs behind a long, almost-empty stretch of beach, 30 minutes on foot south of Ponta Negra. The resort does all it can to keep guests in its confines – with suites of restaurants, swimming pools and non-stop organised activities for all age groups. If you want to practise your Portuguese, you’re in luck – SERHS is usually packed with vacationing Brazilian families.

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Ponta Negra Beach, for tip-top views

3.8/5 (43 Reviews)
Balcony suite at Ponta Negra Beach
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Now from $52 per night

The rooms to book in this Natal hotel are the Superluxo suites. They’re appealingly decked out in swathes of surgically white tiles and furnished with taupe vinyl lounge chairs. The best bit? Some have balconies with wonderful beach and ocean views. The hotel has a large pool and sundeck, right on the sand. And it’s in a good location. The restaurants and bars in Ponta Negra and the liveliest dance bars in Natal – be sure to check out Rastapé Casa de Forró – are an easy stroll away.

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  • Amazing sands at Hotel Marsol

    3.9/5 (137 Reviews)
    Bird's-eye view of Hotel Marsol and its many pools
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    The best thing about the Marsol is the location – this Natal hotel enjoys its setting on a long stretch of beach a 10-minute cab ride north of Ponta Negra, which it has to itself. Two large pools (with shallow areas for young ones) and a restaurant overlook the sand, and there’s good paddle-boarding to be had immediately out front. The hotel is aimed squarely at vacationing families, here to relax on budget package trips. As a result, the rooms (simple whitewashed affairs) are often booked well in advance.

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    Mirador Praia, for being in the heart of the action

    4.2/5 (65 Reviews)
    Rooftop pool at Mirador Praia at dusk
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    The Mirador is right at the focal point of Ponta Negra Beach – on the broadest stretch of sand, with plenty of restaurants, bars and dance clubs all around. Metres away, the popular Na Casquinha kiosk serves delicious açai sorbets and juices from early until late. The hotel has a small swimming pool (with bar service) and can organise watersports and tours around Natal. Rooms are simple and attractively plain. If you can, plump for an oceanfront Super Luxo suite – these come with sunrise-over-the-ocean balconies and convenient kitchenettes with lounge dining areas.

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    Big feasts at Vogal Luxury

    4.3/5 (36 Reviews)
    A deluxe suite at the Vogal Luxury
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    Price Drop
    Now from $165 per night

    This Natal hotel in northern Ponta Negra is one of the few to break with the region’s standard taupe tile and whitewash interior decor. Rooms come lined in modern warm woods and muted creams, greys and peppermints, with polished hardwood furnishings and leather lounge chairs. Most have sea views – through wall-high glass as well as from balconies. The hotel has a spa, a palm-shaded patio with a bar and a scattering of sinuous swimming pools. Make sure you don’t oversleep – your stay here includes an excellent, substantial breakfast.

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