Luxurious bungalows are hidden deep within tangles of Atlantic forest at this beautiful retreat on Brazil’s northeast coast. Guests will enjoy excellent dining opportunities and secluded swimming pools in a tranquil location, close to the resort’s bars and restaurants.
This preserved patch of forest is found, somewhat incongruously, along with the main strip of the beach resort of Pipa. Guests are immersed in a lush, silent Eden while having the convenience of Pipa’s many bars and restaurants at the end of the driveway. Originally catering to surfers, this was one of the first hotels to open in Pipa back in 1991, when the road outside was just a sandy track and there was no electricity.
The hotel gradually expanded, as did the resort, but it remains a very private refuge, with bungalows set apart from each other but connected by raised walkways. A quiet stroll is all that’s required to spot the monkeys, green-maned forest lizards and neon-pink dragonflies that make the grounds their home. Non-intrusive and helpful but not always available immediately. Security guards patrol the forest walkways at night.
Twelve luxury bungalows are scattered throughout the forest, while eight ‘special’ bungalows occupy a two-story building. Each is a trove of reconditioned furniture, from cabinets to trunks. The luxury options have wrap-around verandas with hammocks and rocking chairs for sitting and staring up at the forest canopy, there’s also heavy wooden shutters and drapes, and a rainforest shower room that opens onto an open-air hydro massage bath. The ‘special’ bungalows have smaller baths, with a choice of a terrace or balcony.
There are three secluded pools, a rustic candlelit bar, and a thatched reading room, which is open-sided to catch refreshing through breezes. Mangoes were offered whole for breakfast and there was a log fire over which eggs and crepes were cooked. As I spooned honey onto my toast, hummingbirds supped from strategically placed feeders above the table.
The dinner menu features well-presented northeastern Brazilian dishes, with an emphasis on fish and organic vegetables from the garden. The ‘special’, cheaper bungalows are especially good value as they have a similar feel to the luxury bungalows, but without a veranda and in a smaller space. A special room for two starts at £157 a night. Free Wi-Fi.