Need to know
12 noon, but flexible, depending on availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but also flexible.
Double rooms from $552.22 (BRL1,790), excluding tax at 5 per cent.
Rates include buffet breakfast.
At the hotel
Private beach, six swimming pools, spa, gym, two tennis courts, helipad, reading room, gaming and TV room, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, bathrobes and Natura Ekos toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Anyone seeking total privacy (we’re looking at you, honeymooners) may want to stick to the bungalows, as some of the apartment rooms (Superior and Superior Twin) are built in blocks of four. Plus, all of the bungalows have private wooden decks that are built on stilts for uninterrupted views. If you can swing it, the Premium Bungalows have private pools nestled between palm groves.
Serious swimmers can rack up laps in either the 50-metre pool or the 25-metre oasis, which sits near a smaller children’s pool. More laid-back bathers might venture over to the leisure pool just beyond the Cacau restaurant. Palm trees and loungers surround all of these splash spots, which are also just steps from the beach. There's also a heated pool that is part of the spa and has sweeping ocean views from its hilltop locale, and a second children's pool.
A visit to the property’s Shamash Spa is an adventure in itself. Treatments include a game-changing foot ritual that’s inspired by Chinese medicine (Step on the Clouds), and a serotonin-boosting therapy in which an Ayurvedic specialist drizzles oil over the 'third eye' to stimulate the brain (Shirodhara).
When in Brazil, sport teeny bikinis and tiny trunks (plus body confidence to spare). Also, don't forget your capoeira pants, as you can learn to kick and cartwheel at the resort.
Welcome. Youngsters up to age six stay free. Cots for babies, high chairs and baby baths are available at no extra charge. The restaurants offer children's menus, and babysitting can be arranged for around $60 an hour.
Set on 227 acres within the Itacaré-Serra Grande Environmental Protection Area, the resort does its best to blend seamlessly with the surroundings. There’s the property’s ongoing sea turtle preservation project, as well as the ‘Companions of Txai’ initiative, which promotes sustainable agriculture by sourcing organic fruit and vegetables from local families for the hotel’s restaurants.