Need to know
Midday, although both check-in and check-out are flexible, depending on availability.
Double rooms from $236.35 (BRL768), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include breakfast.
A trained masseur is on hand to soothe your joints with a Watsu massage (water therapy), and the hotel’s own personal trainer runs free Aqua gym sessions three days a week.
At the hotel
Massage treatments, personal trainer, library, furniture and antiques boutique, free WiFi in all rooms. In rooms: TV, minibar.
Our favourite rooms
Etnia’s bungalows are dotted around the woodland and linked by paved pathways, so each offers plenty of privacy. They’re all styled according to a different geographic theme, with spacious Gipsy decorated with a Romanyish blue and red palette and including an endearingly kitsch Madonna statuette among its ornaments. Goa, by contrast, offers a stylised slice of hippy India, and Trancoso evokes the local village, with simple murals of rural buildings and a wooden four-poster. A smaller bungalow, Kyoto conjures Japanese minimalism in red and white and unlike the others, features a futon bed.
Occupying a clearing in the lush flora beside the open-air restaurant/chill-out area, Etnia’s pool is surrounded by cosy sun chairs.
Insect repellent never goes amiss in these tropical climes, but otherwise just make sure you’ve a stock of holiday reading to skim through, some Haiavanas to flip-flop around in, and a mind for some serious relaxation.
Three-night minimum stay. Rates increase for the Christmas and New Year periods.
Although extra beds can be arranged (at 30 per cent of the room rate for a third person; 40 per cent for a fourth), the hotel is a decidedly grown-up playground.