Vila Naia is designed to resemble a traditional fishing village, but we're pretty sure your average Brazilian seafarer doesn't live in such style.

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Set on a nine-mile long white sand beach and overlooking a stretch of ocean that is a designated marine reserve thanks to the diversity of life beneath the waves, Vila Naia is an eco-resort that walks the walk.

Owner Renata and architect Renate might sound like an early 80s pop double act, but they are the creative force behind the Vila Naia project and spent 12 years in the area soaking up the atmosphere before rolling up their (no doubt designer) sleeves and creating this, the ultimate Brazilian beach retreat.

The look here is all rustic eco-chic on the outside - the rooms and walkways were all built from recycled wood - and retro-designer interiors with classics such as Arne Jacobson chairs in all the rooms.

Despite hailing from the urban jungle of Sao Paulo Renata takes her rural eco-credentials seriously. Vila Naia's lush gardens, in which the suites and bungalows are dotted discretely, consist of entirely indigenous species. Naturally all the energy requirements of the resort are met by renewable sources, and the majority of building projects are carried out by teams from the local community with most of the staff on site also local.

The heart of the 'village' is The Square. The swimming pool is here along with a marble-floored lounge, a nest of hammocks and two bar-cafes. There is a massage room and yoga pavilion nearby alongside the main restaurant. All (the extremely good) food is included in the price of your stay, and meals can be served at the restaurant, by the pool, in your bungalow or even as a picnic if you want to explore the local region.

Trendy Trancoso is just up the coast and more adventurous guests can reach the hotel from there by beach buggy but there is also an airstrip for the hop from Port Seguro.

Why we love it

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The deserted beach in front of the hotel is known as Corumbao which, appropriately, translates as 'far from everything'.

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Key Info

Number of rooms

6

Eco Rating

5

Location

Bahia

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