Brazil isn’t short on press at the moment, what with the obvious World Cup frenzy that is throwing everyone’s attention on to this fabulous South American hotspot. But the launch of a new website dedicated to this beatific country was bound to capture our attention and we’ve been lucky enough to pick the very knowledgeable brains of its founder, Stephane Bouvier. His recently launched site Escapecollection.com features no less than 60 hand-picked hotels scattered across this vibrant Latino nation, with selections having been made solely through first-hand experience and thorough exploration. The EscapeCollection team are true Brazil aficionados, and we’ve been lucky enough to have a chat with Stephane himself. Passionate about Brazil and with years of first hand expertise having travelled and lived in the country himself he has, together with his Brazilian wife, discovered kilometres of isolated beaches, luxury hotels and the best local restaurants. Herewith, he gives his personal top five Brazilian hotels for families exclusively for kodomo.com.
Located near Fortaleza, this is great for those travelling with children as it is located directly on the beach, there are limited waves so the water is calm, and there is a big swimming pool should the salt water all get too much. The large bedrooms come complete with a balcony so there is room for everyone to breath, but parents can enjoy an element of privacy. And finally, there are lots of great family-friendly activities, such as buggy tours around the local area.
This is one of the very few “boutique” hotels in Rio and it comes complete with an undeniably family-friendly atmosphere. Each room is uniquely decorated and the overall atmosphere is really similar to staying at a friend’s maison. There are only five rooms and each are decorated with personal objects chosen by the owner, which only enhances the welcoming vibe for those with children.
This is one of the best properties in Trancoso. With only five bungalows, it is set directly on a gorgeous beach of emerald water and golden sand; the service is incredibly friendly, too. The beach is very kid friendly (the waves are not strong) and the small bungalows are perfectly designed for families (each has a large living room on the ground floor that serves as a sort of family room and dining area).
This is a large resort in Florianopolis with a lot of activities and services for children, (such as dedicated pools and kids’ clubs). It is also located right on the edge of a tranquil beach with no waves to speak of.
This is one of the best locations in Jericoacoara, as it’s right in front of the village that faces the ocean (again, there are no waves in this location). Older children will love the kite surfing school that operates out of the hotel.
And on a final note, Stephane mentions that it is extremely important to approach Brazil with an open mind. It has some wonderful and gorgeously luxurious properties, but they won’t necessarily be defined by a standard of luxury found in Europe and America. Five star in Brazil can equate to four star in Europe and North America so be aware when booking. One’s expectations must be curtailed somewhat but, once there, we’ve no doubt you’ll fall in love with the country as so many have done before you.
For more information visit www.escapecollection.com