“Lovely secluded beach spot with a fantastic restaurant - yet only 15 minutes from Morro de São Paulo for those who want to party”
The 9 cottages are set in a small tropical wood beyond the main building and are spaced well apart to ensure decent privacy. All are similarly sized and simply but tastefully furnished in rustic style, with wooden floors, woven palm ceilings, bamboo towel racks and local artwork. Each has 2 outdoor hammocks and decking; pay a little extra for one of the 2 Whirlpool Cottages and you also get an outdoor whirlpool bath.
Inside you'll find a comfy kingsize bed (convertible into twin beds if required), rattan chairs, air con, minibar, a hairdryer, a phone, and cable TV (although there are no English-language channels). There's also a DVD/CD player - you can borrow one of the 200 films from the library. Bathrooms are modern and a good size, but functional rather than plush, with an indoor as well as outdoor walk-in shower.
Breakfast is served buffet-style from 8am every day, with a choice of juices, local pastries, coffee and Bahian specialities such as cooked cheese with honey or tapioca pancakes.
You'll probably only feel like something snacky for lunch in the heat of the day, so there's a menu full of suitable suggestions, from salads to burgers. But in the evening Silvana, the Brazilian wife of the French owner Philippe, oversees the kitchen with a range of truly delicious dishes that blend local influences with those from Asia and Europe (expect mains such as shrimps with sweet chilli and manioc puree, or chicken with pistachios, passion fruit and noodles). Given the logistics of getting supplies here, the quality of the cooking is superb.
If you're staying for a while you'll probably take the hotel's shuttle into nearby Morro de São Paulo for alternative restaurants. There's a wide range of places to choose from, although few are anything special.
Children (and parents) will love the freedom that Anima's setting affords. The hotel has a small paddling pool next to the main pool, and there's a big sandy beach.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking