The Best Resorts to Book in Natal, Brazil

Ask for an ocean-view room at Ocean Palace, where the waves come right up to the foot of this Natal resort
Ask for an ocean-view room at Ocean Palace, where the waves come right up to the foot of this Natal resort | Courtesy of Ocean Palace Beach Resort and Bungalows / Expedia
Alex Robinson

Occupying the northeastern shoulder of Brazil’s bottle-green Atlantic coast, Natal has long attracted sun-seekers to its sandy shores. The beach-fringed state capital is even known as the City of the Sun thanks to its reliably vacation-friendly climate and string of resort hotels lining the coast from buzzing Ponta Negra up through to the sand dunes of rugged Parque das Dunas. We’ve picked a selection of the best resorts in Natal – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Coral Plaza Apart Hotel, for ocean views

Apartment, Resort

Individual balconies jut out from the hotel buildings on either side of the lagoon-style pool, all with ocean views at Coral Plaza Apart Hotel
Courtesy of Coral Plaza Apart Hotel / Expedia

This gleaming white apartment hotel has been cleverly designed with three sections that tier down towards the beach, meaning every room has at least a partial ocean view. Top rooms boast big terraces with cinematic seascapes spied through the windows. Sip on caipirinhas in the freeform pool’s swim-up bar, or hit the hot tub for some jet-aided relaxation. With indoor and outdoor play areas, there’s loads for the little ones if you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation, too. Plus, you have direct access to the sands of Ponta Negra Beach.

2. Visual Praia Hotel, for the tropical vibe

Resort

Oceanfront lagoon-style pool with a mini palm-tree island surrounded by lounge chairs and palapa-shaded seating at Visual Praia Hotel
Courtesy of Visual Praia Hotel / Expedia

With its palm-frond palapas and bamboo touches, they’ve got the tropical vibe nailed at this Natal resort. Broad views along Ponta Negra Beach and the Atlantic beyond certainly add to the paradise-island mood. Three pools feature the likes of waterfalls, a swim-up bar and a splash pool for the kids. Spend a little more on your room and you’ll be treated to ocean views, too.

3. SERHS Natal, for cool pools

Resort

Aerial view of large oceanfront lagoon-style meandering pool dotted with palm trees, greenery and white lounge chairs at SERHS Natal
Courtesy of SERHS Natal / Expedia

This vast beach resort in Natal towers over an unspoilt stretch of Ponta Negra Beach 1mi (1.6km) north of the restaurant- and bar-crowded center of the suburb. With a suite of big pools and a long menu of activities for kids and adults, it’s immensely popular among Brazilian families on package holidays. Rooms come in a palette of pale yellows and oranges, with light woods and taupe floor tiles. Bathrooms have walk-in showers, and almost all rooms are fronted with balconies featuring breakfast tables and ocean views.

4. Ocean Palace Beach Resort and Bungalows, for all-in fun

Resort

Overhead view of oceanfront tropical lagoon-style pools with fountain at Ocean Palace Beach Resort and Bungalows
Courtesy of Ocean Palace Beach Resort and Bungalows / Expedia

This sprawling oceanfront Natal resort is a 30-minute walk from the Ponta Negra restaurant and bar scene, so most guests stay in, and for good reason – the beach is right in front, and there’s a shady garden with acres of pool space, waterslides, artificial waterfalls and toddler-friendly paddling areas. And if that’s not enough, the hotel organizes fitness classes, live music, kids’ clubs and barbecues. Accommodation comes in all shapes and sizes, from simple boxy rooms with beds to plusher granite-floored suites with luxuries such as quality linens. Top tip: ask for a room with an ocean view.

5. Wish Natal, for simple comforts

Resort

Aerial view of Wish Natals angled resort buildings and lagoon-style pool area surrounded by green lawns and facing the ocean waves
Courtesy of Wish Natal / Expedia

Wish is a big old package hotel, with rooms in concrete pyramids overlooking a huge, snaking, palm-shaded pool next to a stretch of golden beach. The resort has its own suite of restaurants (together with bars, live-music venues and kids’ clubs), but you’ll find a good alternative selection a 10-minute cab ride away in Ponta Negra. Standard rooms have simple appeal, all contemporary creams with taupe tiles and work desks. The best face the rising sun and have floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies.

6. D Beach Resort, to be close to the beach

Resort

Multiple outdoor pools at D Beach Resort lined with white lounge chairs and palapa-shaded seating, with ocean in background
Courtesy of D Beach Resort / Expedia

The best thing about D Beach is the beach – it’s the best stretch of sand in Ponta Negra, right at the foot of the giant Morro do Careca dune, and it’s just outside the lobby. Dozens of restaurants and bars lie within a few minutes’ walk. Rooms are in a cluster of identikit cottages, shaded by palms, with balconies and blue-shuttered windows. Interiors are uncluttered spaces in grey tile and white, with IKEA-style furnishings. Walls are bright and breezy, hung with flea market paintings of nautical scenes.

7. Kristie Resort, for a choice of tours

Resort

Aerial view of white-and-blue tiled outdoor pool area with palapa-shaded swim-up bar and spacious hotel room patios at Kristie Resort
Courtesy of Kristie Resort / Expedia

Resorts in Natal don’t come with better locations than Kristie Resort, right at the foot of the Morro do Careca dune, in the thick of the bar, restaurant and nightlife action. The hotel has an impressively big pool (with a swim-up bar serving all-day cocktails) and organizes all manner of tours and activities. Standard rooms are plain and modern, in light beiges and whites, offset with laminate woods and with plenty of luggage storage areas and closets. Superior rooms are marginally larger, with balconies.

8. Aquaria Natal Hotel, for aquatic activities

Hotel

Yellow and white exterior of Aquaria Natal Hotel behind outdoor pools with swim-up bar
Courtesy of Aquaria Natal Hotel / Expedia

Relaxation is the name of the game in the simple rooms of this appealing Natal option. It’s technically a beach hotel, but it offers many of the same amenities as a resort; expect the ubiquitous whites and beiges, patent leather sofas and tranquil wall art. That said, you won’t be spending very much time indoors – outside the lobby, Ponta Negra Beach stretches long and wide, backed by towering dunes. You can windsurf or paddleboard right off the sand; or if you prefer to laze or sunbathe, the hotel has a large pool, beachside jacuzzis and an all-day cocktail bar.

Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting.

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