“Rustic guesthouse set in a lush tropical garden, a short stroll from a fabulous beach on the unspoilt island of Boipeba”
The 12 rooms are simply furnished but charming, colourful and perfectly suited to the local environment. Four of the rooms have air conditioning, but you don't really need it anyway as the open windows capture the breezes coming in off the sea rustling through the luxuriant foliage, or you can cool off in your hammock on the veranda or terrace outside. All rooms have hot showers, mosquito nets, a ceiling fan and a small fridge, as well as outside hammocks (one room, number 11, also has an inside hammock). There's no TV and certainly no need for a safe.
I inspected most of the rooms and came away with the impression that none had a particular advantage over another and all were equally pleasant; room 3 is good for a family as it has a double bed and 2 single beds around a corner, plus an additional outside shower, and is perhaps more private than others being somewhat tucked away at the back of the property. Rooms 7 and 8 are on 2 levels (8 can sleep 4 people, 7 just 2.) I loved mine, room 4, for the way the light flooded in in the morning, with birds providing a natural alarm, and for its terrace, perfect for an afternoon siesta swinging gently in the hammock.
Mark used to own a small café in Vermont, and he and his team do a fantastic job in the kitchen making breakfasts (delicious juices, coffee, bread, cakes, local coconut-infused rice pudding dusted with cinnamon, and cooked local Bahian specialities) that will fill you up way beyond lunchtime.
For dinner (not available on Mondays) there are delicious 3-course meals. Even if you think you're full after the main course, you'll magically find room for a homemade brownie or slice of pecan pie, and one of the 10 varieties of homemade ice cream - I'd recommend the white chocolate and the honey. Starters might include aubergine with mozzarella, crabcakes, or Vietnamese lobster rolls; main dishes could feature lobster ravioli, prawns with tangerine sauce, or homemade linguine with ricotta, rocket and fresh tomatoes. There's always a vegetarian option and lots of seafood.
For lunch, you might want to walk an hour along the beach to meet Guido, who cooks seafood dishes over a simple fire under a palm tree. Just in front of Pousada Santa Clara there are several very simple beach restaurants offering beer and snacks, while in the village (a 10 minute walk away) there are a few laid back places offering tasty local dishes such as moqueca (fish or prawn stew). Or you can take a boat 20 minutes through the mangroves to the floating oyster restaurants where dinner is directly beneath your feet, washed down with a large beer.
Children are welcome and most rooms have extra beds (room 3 has a double bed and 2 single beds around a corner). There are no special facilities for children, but they (and parents) will love the freedom that an island like Boipeba affords.
Teens (over 12)
Extra Beds Available