The Most Beautiful Beachfront Hotels in Brazil

The Chili Beach Private Resort offers a true taste of Brazilian beach chic
The Chili Beach Private Resort offers a true taste of Brazilian beach chic | Courtesy of The Chili Beach Private Resort / Booking.com
Sarah Brown

Stretching over 4,500mi (7,242km), Brazil’s coastline is dotted with some of the best beach resorts in South America. And while it all overlooks the mighty Atlantic Ocean, you’ll find an impressive range of options from surf-friendly swells to clearer, calmer waters. Whatever your perfect beach might be, we’ve picked some of the top beach resorts in Brazil where you’re only steps from the sand.

1. Hotel Fasano Angra dos Reis

Spa Hotel

Hotel Fasano Angra dos Reis outdoor pool with loungers and mountains in the background
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Boasting a prime beachside position in ridiculously scenic Porto Frade – between Angra dos Reis and Paraty, just over three hours’ drive from Rio – this Brazilian-made Fasano hotel certainly scores highly for its setting. It’s no slouch in the looks department either, with a sharp, stylish design that impresses inside and out. Soak up sea and mountain views from the big outside pool, or duck inside the luxe spa for an afternoon’s pampering. The hotel also offers tours to Ilha Catitas – a nearby private island and genuine slice of beachy paradise.

2. Coconut's Maresias Hotel

Resort

Coconuts Maresias Hotel outdoor pool area with palms and loungers on a sunny day
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This fun, family-friendly resort hotel is set directly overlooking the white powder sands of Maresias beach – a picture-perfect stretch of coast just a few hours drive east of São Paulo. Most gravitate towards its decked terrace with its pair of pools and row of comfy loungers. Or if you’d rather feel sand between your toes, grab yourself a spot on the beach – waiter service throughout the day means you’ll barely need to leave your sunbed.

3. Kûara Hotel

Hotel

Kûara Hotel outdoor pool area with palms and loungers on a sunny day with ocean beside
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An ode to Brazilian design and craftsmanship, Kûara Hotel blends natural fibers in its furnishings with the organic elements of its surroundings to create an oasis on Bahia’s beautiful shores. It’s located just outside the tranquil village of Arraial d’Ajuda, a short drive from Porto Seguro. From the palm-framed pool to beachfront lounging, you’re sure to enjoy every inch of Brazilian life Kûara has to offer.

4. The Chili Beach Private Resort & Villas

Hotel

The Chili Beach Private Resort and Villas dining area with canopy overlooking the sea at dusk
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Also set in Jericoacoara National Park is the Chili Beach, blending a laid-back beach club atmosphere with a uniquely Brazilian stay. Tropical rooms are embellished with ceramic sculptures, while some have decks and space to store kite and windsurfing equipment. Others come with secret-garden-style outdoor areas. Either surf on the water, or down the neighboring dunes, before winding down with a revitalizing massage at the bamboo-built spa, then tucking into a seafood feast at the beautiful beachfront restaurant.

5. Ponta dos Ganchos Resort

Hotel

Ponta dos Ganchos Resort funky decking area with vintage decor overlooking a small beach and thick forest
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Fancy a hilltop picnic overlooking the ocean or a helicopter ride over the Santa Catarina coast? If either of these tickle your fancy, head to Ponta dos Ganchos Resort, an hour’s drive from Florianópolis. The lavish resort is set on its own peninsula and has 25 bungalows facing the Emerald Coast, each featuring a heated swimming pool and dry sauna. Food is foremost, including the gourmet breakfast with canapé-style blini bites, home-baked breads, and fresh oyster platters.

6. Tivoli Ecoresort Praia Do Forte

Hotel

Tivoli Ecoresort Praia Do Forte cabanas set within a pool beside a lawn with palms giving way to the beach
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Tivoli Ecoresort is in an ecological reserve, next to the small fishing village of Praia do Forte on the Bahia coast. The area is a must for marine lovers – with whale-watching spots, coral reefs and beaches where sea turtles hatch. Rooms have a nautical feel and come with spacious balconies. There are three restaurants and a further three bars on site, all serving local fare, whether cocada treats, seafood or caipirinhas.

7. Vila Kalango, Jijoca de Jericoacoara

Resort, Hotel

Vila Kalango, Jijoca de Jericoacoara cabana set upon sand surrounded by palms
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The first-floor apartments at Vila Kalango lead onto stunning tropical gardens, with higher floors overlooking rolling sand dunes with ocean views. Spend your afternoons relaxing in the hotel pool or take a break in the peaceful gardens. The beach is seconds away and visitors can enjoy exploring the dunes or swimming in the ocean’s clear waters. The hotel takes a sustainable approach to tourism by using locally sourced products for its Brazilian-inspired restaurant and recycles wherever possible.

8. Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

An outdoor dining area next to a pool at Belmond Copacabana Palace beneath trees in the shade
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The Copacabana Palace has stood the test of time and still maintains its exclusive air. With chandeliers and marble throughout its 147 rooms, it preserves a timeless elegance. The hallways are peppered with photos of past guests that include Hollywood stars from decades ago, rock legends, and even royalty. With Copacabana beach on its doorstep, guests are spoilt for choice between golden sands and a dazzling swimming pool. The hotel is also home to a Michelin-starred restaurant.

9. Salinas do Maragogi All Inclusive Resort, Maragogi

Resort, Hotel

Salinas do Maragogi All Inclusive Resort, Maragogi pool area with beach and ocean beside and tennis courts
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Located in the less touristy spot of Maragogi, a region between Salvador and Recife, Salinas do Maragogi offers a holiday escape with smaller crowds and untouched natural surroundings. The hotel is next to the Maragogi river that runs into the pristine ocean in front of the resort, providing waters abundant in marine life. The resort is inclusive, with impeccable service delivered by friendly, helpful staff. It is also ideal for families with young children, who can enjoy the playground and kids’ pool. Or, if you would prefer kid-free fun for a few hours, there are onsite babysitters.

10. Casas Brancas Boutique Hotel & Spa, Buzios

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Casas Brancas room overlooking the ocean with minimal vintage decor including heavy knitted rug
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Casas Brancas Boutique Hotel & Spa creates a serene setting with its wide patio overlooking the ocean and comfy lounge chairs that invite hours of pure relaxation. The white interior with light wooden furnishings maintains the serenity. Guests can make the most of the sublime spa, which has a wide range of treatments.

Laura Field and Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.

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