Surrounded by pristine white-sand beaches and multi-coloured coral reefs, Butterfly House Bahia offers an idyllic spot to relax and be at one with nature after the heady thrills of Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo.
Comprising 11 beautifully appointed villas and fisherman’s cottages, this boutique retreat also houses a palm-enshrouded swimming pool, direct beach access and acres of tropical gardens dotted with hammocks and bamboo recliners.
At the heart of Butterfly House lies its lively restaurant, Anna Banana. Part experimental kitchen, part Brazilian living room, this is the hub of the hotel. Guests can enjoy sharing platters of aromatic delicacies conjured up by the lodge’s highly creative Brazilian chef or opt for an a la carte experience.
Butterfly House’s flamboyant British owner, Chloe Gibbs, has created a dreamy combination of South American rusticity and French/Moroccan interiors, inspired by her travels and as an extension of her own Bohemian personality. Sprinkled with antique French ceramics, homespun Moroccan rugs and whimsical Indian objets d’art, each villa has its own distinct look, accentuated by an impressive collection of Brazilian modern art.
Located on Brazil’s untouched Maraú Peninsula, with its sheltered bay and outlying cluster of islands, Butterfly House Bahia is the gateway to a playground for adventurers, with miles of sandy beaches, natural pools and freshwater lakes to enjoy. The hotel offers expert guides and tours for surfing, snorkelling, diving, island-hopping, whale watching and paddle boarding, and while on land, the jungle surrounding the lodge teems with exotic wildlife.
Since opening its doors at the end of 2013, Butterfly House Bahia has been recognised by some of the world’s most influential media, including the Condé Nast Traveller Hot List, House & Garden’s Hotels by Design and the BRIDES Honeymoon Guide.
The ultimate pousada for partying groups or adventurous families
Condé Nast Traveller Hot List 2014
This deliciously laid-back hotel may be an effort to get to but boy is it worth it!
Best for Eco Chic: the hotel’s carbon footprint is close to 0 and staff can organise anything from jungle treks and whale-watching to crack-of-dawn yoga.