Need to know
24, including 12 suites.
12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $408.60 (BRL1,316), excluding tax at 5 per cent.
Rates usually include a cooked English, American or Brazilian breakfast (fresh fruit, tapioca, cakes, yoghurt, seeds and jam).
Fascinated by Brazil’s vibrant culture and African heritage, French owner Emanuelle Meeus de Clermont-Tonnerre is a patron of the arts. The works on display are changed seasonally; the hotel hosts an artist in residence and art lessons for guests keen to work on their creativity as much as their tan.
At the hotel
Boats to hire, treatment rooms, yoga classes, lounge, snooker table, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, kettle, Natura toiletries. Insólito and Honeymooon Suites have coffee machines.
Our favourite rooms
Paying homage to Brazil’s rich art, history and fauna, all the rooms are individually decorated with aztec prints, naif art, tactile batik and specially commissioned pieces. Inspired by the myth of Orpheus, the Insólito Suite has a sprawling sea-view veranda with a hot tub. Loved-up Smiths should book the Honeymoon Suite: perched over the rocks tumbling into the ocean, its sultry deck and pool can be all yours on request.
A striking deck wraps around the main freshwater pool, connecting it to the bar and restaurant. It’s heated all year round and there are plenty of day-beds from which to soak up the ocean views. Sheltered by the curved boughs of a tree, the adults-only terrace pool has cobalt blue tiles and oversized floor cushions for contemplative lounging. The kidney-shaped saltwater pool has striking views down the basalt cliffside; unheated and five-metres deep, it’s for grown-ups only and is sometimes reserved for the Honeymoon Suite nearby.
Insólito’s spa is a bijou affair: unwind in the poolside sauna and steam room, simmer in the ofuro (hot tub) or book one of two treatment rooms for a knot-busting session: Shiatsu, Ayurvedic and deep Swiss massage are on the menu.
Brazil’s mosquitos get ravenous at dusk – don’t forget your spray.
The hotel has three bicycles for guests’ use.
Small pets under 10kg can stay for BRL150 a night. The hotel offers a dog bowl, pet food and dog-walking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Bùzios.
Welcome. Cots and extra beds (free for under-12s; 30 per cent of the room rate for older children) can be added to all rooms. The hotel can arrange babysitting on request.