“New York loft meets Brazilian rainforest in a funky, chunky beach house just a stroll from the sea (sleeps 4-10)”
You rent the whole house: an airy, generous interior that spreads itself over 3 floors and several outdoor decks (plus an extra leisure area on the mezzanine). Perched high in the forest, this light-drenched villa glows with warmth and style: the decoration is contemporary rustic, mixing splashes of colour in textiles and tiles with gleaming chrome touches and original pieces of furniture commissioned from local craftsmen.
On the ground floor is the lofty, white-walled sitting/dining area with a kitchen, off which lies a bedroom with a super-kingsize bed. Glass doors, curtained for privacy, glide serenely open to a huge decked veranda on one side and the living area on the other. A chunky open-tread stair leads to a second double bedroom (again all white, again with a hand-crafted four-poster) and a vast deck on stilts brushed by the leaves of the rainforest; views sweep down across the dense green of the Atlantic Forest.
There are 3 more bedrooms (2 with kingsize beds and one with twin beds), which form part of an extension added in 2010. We have not yet seen these rooms, but we hear they reflect the superb design and quirky detailing found elsewhere in the house.
All 5 bedrooms have ensuite shower rooms and these are an experience in themselves - exotically and lavishly tiled, with all-white fittings and high-pressure showers.
Outside, the decks have cushioned L-shaped seating, funky loungers and luxurious hammocks in vibrant colours; candles in lanterns add magic at night. One deck comes complete with an infinity pool and a pool house.
This is a self-catering villa, but if you want to free yourself from domestic chores the rental price includes a spoiling 6 hours of maid service a day. She can prepare breakfast if you like - tropical fruits, cereals, a hot dish; you just pay for the ingredients. The maid will also do as much food shopping from the local market or supermarket as you wish; just bear in mind that she speaks no English!
That said, if you fancy donning your chef's hat, the chunky-wood galley kitchen, with a breakfast bar fronted by chrome stools, looks good and contains all you need to cook simple meals; another kitchen area sits outside in the pool house. There's a daily market in the village where you can buy fresh produce, and the supermarket will deliver your order; you can also walk down to the beach and buy fish fresh from the ocean. If you're too relaxed to cook your catch, request for the maid to do it for you, in the kitchen or on the barbecue (small charge).
A 10-minute walk from the house are a number of restaurants - in the village and on the beach. You're spoilt for choice - just consult the house info guide: there's Bahian, Italian, Japanese (great sushi), Portuguese and, of course, heaps of seafood. Less adventurous eaters can phone for a pizza or pasta dish to be delivered to the house.
The railings of the decked terrace upstairs are not particularly high so the house is not ideal for young children. Under 11s may be accepted, but only after discussion with the owner.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking