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The Best Resorts to Book in Natal, Brazil

Ask for an ocean-view room at Ocean Palace, where the glittering sea lies right in front of the hotel
Ask for an ocean-view room at Ocean Palace, where the glittering sea lies right in front of the hotel | Courtesy of Ocean Palace / Expedia
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24 November 2021
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Welcome to the beach-fringed northeast of Brazil, where the desert meets the bottle-green Atlantic. Natal is a small state capital surrounded by sultry coastal suburbs, the most popular of them Ponta Negra. What the resorts in Natal lack in interior design bells and whistles, they make up for in natural beauty and vibrancy – Ponta Negra beach is long and white, tapering to a towering sand dune called the Morro do Careca. There’s good windsurfing, a lively bar and restaurant scene and rooms to suit all budgets. These are the best resorts in Natal – bookable right here on Culture Trip.

SERHS Natal, for cool pools

Large ocean-facing pool at SERHS Natal, Brazil
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This vast Natal beach resort towers over an unspoilt stretch of Ponta Negra beach a mile 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.
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Rifóles Praia Hotel and Resort, for good value

Beach-facing pool at Rifóles Praia Hotel and Resort, Natal, Brazil
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Here’s a popular Natal resort that attracts vacationing families from all over Brazil. There’s a spa, and a string of swimming and paddling pools with views over Ponta Negra beach and the dunes. Rooms are small and simple – in brick and plain tile, some with balconies overlooking the ocean – but the resort is good value. Under-eights stay free and the included buffet breakfasts are big enough to last you until evening. While the hotel has its own restaurant, there’s a good choice of others nearby.
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Ocean Palace Beach Resort and Bungalows, for all-in fun

Aerial view of pools and sea at Ocean Palace Beach Resort and Bungalows, Natal, Brazil
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This sprawling seafront 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.
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Wish Natal, for simple comforts

Aerial view of Wish Natal with pools and sea, Natal, Brazil
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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.
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D Beach Resort, to be close to the beach

Pool at D Beach Resort, Natal, Brazil
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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.
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  • Hotel Marsol, for plenty of company

    Bird's-eye view of Hotel Marsol and its many pools, Natal, Brazil
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    There’s plenty to like about this Natal beach resort. Marsol has a long stretch of shore pretty much to itself, two large pools (with paddling areas), a restaurant with an ocean view and a menu of activities and tours for all ages, including paddleboarding and windsurfing. It’s a big place, so expect crowds. Rooms are decorated in the standard Brazilian whitewash and taupe tiles. Top tip: the all-inclusive deal is good value, with national alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on offer wherever you are in the resort.
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    Kristie Resort, for a choice of tours

    Aerial view of Kristie Resort, Natal, Brazil
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    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 wardrobes. Superior rooms are marginally larger, with balconies.
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    Aquaria Natal Hotel, for aquatic activities

    Exterior and pool at Aquaria Natal Hotel, Natal, Brazil
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    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.
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