If you’re planning a trip to Brazil, it’s likely you have beach time in mind. From São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro to Bahia and beyond, you can chill on the sand, then dance the night away. Here’s our pick of stylish beach stays – all bookable through Culture Trip.
With more than 4,500mi (7,242km) of coastline, Brazil is no stranger to surf-washed beaches, clear waters and captivating sea views. So whether you’re in Bahia or on the Paulista coast, here’s our guide.
The adults-only Hotel Spa Nau Royal is all about relaxation and romance. It’s set on the shores of Camburí, the largest beach of São Sebastião, a characterful coastal colonial town a couple of hours’ drive from São Paulo. The spa is the star here, offering rejuvenating facials and invigorating deep-tissue massages, using luxurious L’Occitane products. To continue the pampering, sip on champagne for two on the glamorous oceanfront deck while you watch the waves lap against the shore.
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.
Further north, in Alagoas state, in the beach town of Barra de São Miguel, lies Kenoa Resort. The lavish suites and villas here have floor-to-ceiling windows so you can take in the natural light and exquisite views. With two infinity pools directly in front of the beach, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to swimming. Should you tire of those, head to nearby Praia do Gunga, one of the best beaches in Brazil. There are also oyster nurseries you can visit by canoe, and mangroves and river springs to discover, all of which can be organized by the hotel.
The incredible Uxua Casa Hotel is made up of a series of Crayola-colored, colonial-era casas and a romantic restaurant, set around the grassy church-topped quadrado (main square) of Trancoso. Some houses date back 500 years, when the village was founded, and each has elegant design details, including handmade furnishings, created by local fishermen and the indigenous Pataxó. After you’ve enjoyed a spot of surfing or sea kayaking, head to the beach bar, carved into the hull of an antique fishing boat, which serves ice-cold cocktails on the sand.
If you like your beaches backed by sand dunes with onshore winds for kitesurfing, then the Essenza Hotel, in Jericoacoara National Park, on the wild north coast of Brazil, is for you. Glossy rooms have their own deck leading to the pool so you can take a dip at any time of the day. Sip coffee on a floating cabana and take in the sweeping beach views. There are no street lights in Jeri village, but that doesn’t stop it coming to life at night; enjoy a beer while dancing your way through the streets pulsing with forró and samba rhythms.
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.
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.
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 onsite, all serving local fare, whether cocada treats, seafood or caipirinhas.
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.
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.
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.
The grounds of Pousada Villa Dos Corais stop right at the pristine beach of Morro de São Paulo, in Bahia. This region of Brazil has no cars, creating a tranquil setting for those looking for an escape from the bustling daily grind. Relax on one of the decks overlooking the ocean and retreat under large, thatched umbrellas when the tropical sun becomes too hot. The hotel is warm and cosy, providing a relaxing setting to spend a few quiet days.
There are 500 rooms spread out across tropical, well-manicured gardens at this behemoth of a hotel in Bahia. Iberostar Praia do Forte ticks all the boxes for a tropical getaway where your every whim will be catered for. Make the most of afternoons at the onsite golf course, play a few games of tennis, relax at one of the many swimming pools, or join one of the fitness classes. Enjoy inclusive restaurants and bars within the hotel or explore the surrounding beaches that conjure the image of pure paradise. Depending on the time of year, visitors may see humpback whales, or hatching sea turtles on the beach.
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.