Brazil is blessed with thousands of miles of tropical beaches, from pristine, deserted beaches to charming beach towns, rolling dunes and incredible watersports, Brazil is a year-round destination with something for everyone. There are plenty of fabulous hotels to match these stunning beaches; here’s our selection of the top 5 luxury beach hotels in Brazil.
OK, we know it’s not right on the beach but a 5-minute walk away to its fabulous sunken beach bar, however UXUA (Oo-shwah) comes out top when we think of where to go for a beach holiday in Brazil. Located in trendy Trancoso, where numerous celebrities have second homes, the hotel regularly features in lists of Top 10 hotels in the world and for good reason. UXUA Casa oozes laidback cool with its gorgeous design, taking inspiration from the nature and town around it.
The hotel is made up of individual ‘casas’, small houses authentically restored by designer Wilbert Das. Situated on Trancoso’s UNESCO-protected Quadrado – the main square of the town which is free from traffic and covered only with grazing horses and local kids playing football. Stroll through sandy streets and mangroves to reach the stunning beach. Relax by Uxua’s beach bar, take a dip in the waves and don’t miss the best seafood skewers from one of the passing traders. Pure bliss.
Ponta dos Ganchos
Ponta dos Ganchos is located on a private peninsula, 60km from the city of Florianopolis in Santa Catarina. This stunning resort is made up of 80 bungalows dotted throughout the property giving a feel of intimacy and exclusivity. The bungalows are spacious and offer views over the spectacular Emerald Coast. Some bungalows feature private plunge pools overlooking the ocean and one even includes its own gym and wine cellar.
Guests can dine on fresh seafood, and dishes created using local produce. Breakfast is a highlight with a delectable menu served at tables overlooking a charming bay, dotted with boats. The hotel’s private beach is small but perfect for relaxing away from the crowds. This is one of our favourite luxury hotels in Brazil.
Is this the best hotel in Brazil? It just might be. Opened in 2019, Casana is the newest addition to the gorgeous town of Jericoacoara in northeast Brazil. Located in Prea, just outside of Jeri (as it is known locally) it sits directly on the beach offering access to rolling dunes, perfect waters for kitesurfing, sparkling lagoons and the purest white sand.
The design here is on point, with mellow tones blending in perfectly with the natural surroundings. The hotel offers just 8 exclusive bungalows dotted around the property. Each offers sea views and a feeling of intimacy, ensuring that guests feel like they have their own little slice of paradise. From the food, to the location to the rooms, we just cannot fault this fabulous property.
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Located on the remote and stunning archipelago of Fernando de Noronha, Pousada Maravilha is the most-far flung property on this list. The property is made up of four different room categories, all offering bright and spacious accommodation overlooking the stunning bay. Noronha is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Here you can relax in true paradise, enjoy some exceptional diving or go for walks to explore the gorgeous natural surroundings. The cuisine here is excellent – contemporary and inspired by local ingredients, showcasing the best flavours of northern Brazil. Dine outdoors, overlooking the bay, relax by the pool with a caipirinha and explore the national marine park in one of the most stunning locations in the world.
Txai Resort Itacare is located in the state of Bahia, known for its beautiful beaches. Txai is no exception and this luxury resort sits within a 100-hectare estate of native Atlantic rainforest. on a stretch of pristine sand overlooking the sparkling ocean waters. The accommodation is made up of individual bungalows and apartments spread around the beach and through the hill, all with sea views.
The design is barefoot luxury, authentic and tasteful and incorporating the natural materials and influences of the forest and ocean. Explore rocky coves and delightful beaches of white sand, visit the local cocoa farm or indulge in a relaxing spa treatment. The food here is excellent with a modern take on traditional Bahian flavours.
Simon Williams is Director of Humboldt Travel. Humboldt Travel is a luxury travel company specialising in tailor made holidays to Latin America.