Bahia, Brazil

Fazenda São Francisco

Rates from (ex tax)$545.19

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (BRL2,127.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Hamptons-inspired beach bungalows

Setting

Palm-lined Corumbau sand bar

Contrasting contemporary luxury with the wilds of South Bahia, Fazenda São Francisco hotel is a terracotta-toned farm backed by virgin forest and fronted by two kilometres of white-sand shoreline. With elegant louvered doors that open out onto the beach and decor more evocative of the Hamptons than the jungles of Brazil, its modern bungalows become your own private tropical pied-à-terre.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

10 suites, including four standalone bungalows.

Check–Out

Midday. Guests are welcome to remain at the hotel grounds throughout the day.

Rates

Double rooms from $545.19 (BRL1,850), excluding tax at 15 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (BRL2,127.50), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include all meals and as much coconut water as you can drink.

Also

There’s a sublime diving spot right in front of the hotel, thanks to the coral reef that stretches 10km out to sea. Practice your balance on the slackline, borrow a paddle board or one of the hotel's bikes and speed along the sands of the two-kilometre private beach.

At the hotel

Beauty treatments and massages, gardens, DVD/CD selection, free WiFi in some areas. In rooms: TV, iDock, CD player, minibar and WiFi connection.

Our favourite rooms

If you can, nab one of the four independent bungalows – these offer vast amounts of space and privacy. Painted in the hotel’s signature terracotta tones, they’re around 30-feet high, with huge sliding shuttered doors and windows. There are two bungalows that consist of adjoining suites – ideal for families – but, like the two smaller upper level rooms, these don’t have quite the same level of wow-factor as the standalones.

Poolside

Directly in from of the restaurant terrace, there’s a large rectangular salt-water pool tiled in an invitingly dark shade of green flanked by adjustable wooden loungers.

Packing tips

Bring snorkelling gear for checking out submarine spectacles, reliable shoes for jungle tramping, and a novel or two for when you fancy indulging in some hammock time.

Also

Two-night minimum stay (five nights over Carnival and seven nights over New Year's Eve).

Children

Under-threes are free. For children aged four and up, adult rates apply (triple occupancy costs US$790–US$1,125. Baby cots, high chairs and a children’s menu are available.

Eco‐friendly

An organic garden provides fresh fruit and veg to the hotel kitchen, and fish is caught from the ocean nearby. Solar power is used where possible, and surplus water is used to irrigate the gardens.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The restaurant has a decked terrace for eating alfresco – by far the most romantic spot to sit down for dinner.

Dress Code

Big beads, sarongs and other blissed-out beachy garb.

Hotel restaurant

Attached to the hotel’s lounge area, São Francisco’s restaurant is a long rectangular room with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors. The menu is classic Bahian, emphasising fresh seafood and great steaks.

Hotel bar

There isn’t a defined bar area but you can sample a variety of drinks throughout the resort – the lounge area by the restaurant comes complete with comfy sofas, coffee tables and heaps of stylish magazines to flick through.

Last orders

Since all meals are taken at the hotel, staff will contact you during the day to determine what time you want to have dinner.

Room service

There’s no formal system in place, but staff will bring food to your room on request.

Location

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Address
Fazenda São Francisco
Ponta do Corumbau, s/n, Prado
45980-000
Bahia
Brazil

Planes

The nearest airport is Porto Seguro, Bahia, which is either 18 minutes or nearly four hours away, depending on how you choose to complete the last leg of your journey. A round trip helicopter ride (three passengers) will cost you US$1,926 or a round trip single-motor airplane ride (five passengers) will cost US$1,305.00. The last flights must be taken before 4:30 pm each day, and a member of the staff will welcome guests when they arrive at the airport in Corumbau.

Automobiles

The city of Bahia is a three-and-a-half-hour drive from the hotel. Transfers are available for hire through the hotel. Or, reputable car hire agencies, such as Avis (www.avis.com) are available at the airport. There’s valet service and free parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

If you can bring yourself to leave your hammock, take a boat trip up the Corumbao river to Monte Pascoal, the legendary 'first glimpse' of Brazil by Portuguese explorers in 1500 and the site of a Pataxó Indian reservation. Not far away from the iconic mountain are two of Bahia's best beaches – Espelho and Barra do Caí, both worth the trip.

Local restaurants

All meals are provided by the Fazenda – and in any case, there are no restaurants around for miles in any direction...

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Not in the mood to spend four hours being shaken like a caipirinha, we skipped the drive from Porto Seguro airport to Fazenda São Francisco. As the roads are full of potholes the size of craters and if it rains, you’re stuck (literally), we opted for the skyway and arrived in style by helicopter.

Eying our luggage like it was the Manual Dexterity Challenge on The Krypton Factor, the pilot packed me snugly in the back with three oversize cases, two bags and a token umbrella. While Mr Smith played navigator up front, I fretted over whether or not my haul of kaftans and fashion mags had surpassed the bird’s weight limit. Happily, we took off with no trouble and were off on an exciting 20-minute ride, with heart-stoppingly beautiful sunset views of the dense jungle and vast, nearly iridescent ocean.

The pilot deftly landed us in a mangrove clearing at Fazenda São Francisco. After being greeted with the warmest smiles and chilled coconut water, we were chaperoned by buggy to reception. The lodge is like a little slice of Nantucket in Bahia: dark wood is offset by fresh stripes. Inside is the picture of relaxed beach getaway: overstuffed sofas, open spaces and coffee tables stacked with travel books and copies of Brazilian Vogue. As they took our dinner pre-order and told us the lay of the land, I decided I would have been happy to bed down right there.

Well, that is until we arrived at our bungalow. The picture of palm-shaded splendour, they tick every beach-ready box: high ceilings, exposed wood rafters, minimalist furniture and crisp linens on a king-size bed.

Feeling quite spoiled and emboldened by my new surroundings, I turned to the staff member who’d shown us the room and asked ‘Is the beach private?’

‘Is the earth round?’ came the reply. ‘It’s very secluded here.’

What an understatement. To shake off the journey, Mr Smith and I wandered over to the beach and immediately understood why Fazenda Sao Francisco was built here. There’s nothing but white sand as far as the eye can see. There are no lights other than the bright moon and stars, and no sounds beyond the rolling waves.

One perfectly refreshing skinny dip later, we showered off under a rain-head shower, by the massive sunken tub, and snuggled into fluffy white towels. It was time for dinner. We followed the lantern-lit path to the pool deck, where candle-lit, petal-strewn tables awaited.

We only waited a few moments before the tantalising dishes we’d pre-ordered at reception began to arrive. The menu, by Corumbau-born chef Teco, showcases fresh local seafood along with organic vegetables from the hotel garden. We slurped a gingery pumpkin and shrimp soup, tasted fish with shiitake mushrooms, and finished with tropical desserts made with guava and pineapple.

By the time we were through, two of the other four couples had taken their tables. But aside from courteous nods and low-key introductions, everyone kept à deux. Romance is definitely the focus. Back in our Bungalow, a pot of tea awaited, with late-night chocolates that we nibbled on our private terrace.

Jetlag can be a beautiful thing, every so often. So when we found ourselves up in time to catch the breathtaking sunrise, we were jubilant. Aside from the sand crabs, we had the experience to ourselves. An empty beach can do funny things to a couple. So we worked up a breakfast appetite by diving off each other’s shoulders in the ocean and splashing around, then headed back for breakfast of tropical fruit, coconut granola, warm muffins, cinnamon tapioca balls and omelettes, all washed down with fresh melon juice and lashings of strong Brazilian coffee.

The caffeine gave me a surge of productivity, so I set off from there on a hunt for happily elusive WiFi. Thwarted (I interpreted it as life’s recommendation that I stay unplugged for a bit), I joined Mr Smith in the lagoon-style saltwater swimming pool for races and more splashing. Fresh coconut water was brought to our loungers on the beach by staff that made a point of knowing our names (I tried not to smirk when they referred to Mr Smith as my husband).

As I lazed, I pondered the long list of activities: kayaking, diving, visiting native reservations, hiking, cycling… But we were content to do very little aside from frolicking in the water, taking magic-hour walks along the beach and doing our best to live up to the brochure ideal. In no time, we were back by the water, watching with a heavy heart as the staff waded into the choppy water with our suitcases (and my unused umbrella), all thoughtfully wrapped in plastic for our speedboat ride away from paradise. Bouncing our way from Bahia, we were indeed shaken like caipirinhas as we waved goodbye to intoxicating Fazenda São Francisco do Corumbau.

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