Art Jungle Eco Lodge & Spa, Itacaré, Bahia
"Rustic tree & stilt-houses just outside Itacaré, with beautiful views over river, jungle and ocean"
ArtJungle Eco-lodge in Itacaré, Bahia is one of the most incredible places to stay in Brazil, a group of stilt houses and tree houses set in a 100 hectare park with spectacular views over ocean, beaches, river and islands. There's also a place for yoga, and a beautiful pool to relax in if you don't fancy making your way down to the beach.
Only a couple of miles up the hill from Itacaré in southern Bahia, ArtJungle is definitely "hidden" and you'll need instructions on how to get there as it is often referred to locally by other names like "Arte na Mata". You'll also find your mobile won't work and internet is iffy at best. Come expecting peace and tranquility and fabulous scenery in a very special quirky place and you'll love it here.
|Nearest Airport:||Ilheus - 65 kms|
|Trip Style:||Yoga + Spa, Watersports, Nature + Wildlife, Honeymoon + Romance, History + Culture, Eco-tourism, Beach|
9 bedrooms: stilt houses and tree houses
wi-fi, travel agency, terrace, supports sustainable tourism, supports community projects, spectacular views, spa, sauna, restaurant, private parking, pool, meditation, massage, honeymoon package, heliport, hammocks, gym, guided tours, games room, events room, ceramics workshops, Brazilian cooking classes, bi-lingual reception, beach service, bar
|Language(s):||Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, English|
|Recommended attractions:||yoga, whale watching, weddings, waveboarding, waterfalls, walking, swimming, surfing, stand-up paddle, spa, snorkelling, safari, rock formations, rappelling, night life & shopping, museums, massage, local handicrafts, kayaking, indigenous culture, horseriding, hiking, flora & fauna, fishing, farm visits, dolphins, diving, churches, ceramics workshops, buggy trips, boat trips, birding|
|Ideal for:||travellers with baby, solo travellers, small groups, friends sharing, families, couples|
|Cards Accepted:||Paypal, Cash, Bank Transfer|
|10 reasons to visit:||10 reasons to visit|
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Note: Where pousadas are off the beaten track, Google maps only show the nearest town, and are not an accurate guide to location.
Alison's pousada review
This morning I woke up in paradise. In a beautiful tree-house overlooking luxuriant gardens. Gazing out towards the Rio das Contas, half hidden in the mist. Listening to the roar of the distant ocean, the birdsong, the lone cock crowing. Watching the beijaflor humming bird tap against the window.
ArtJungle Eco-lodge, with its park full of wooden and ceramic sculptures, is the "in"place for photoshoots, and many famous people have passed through here- Jade Jagger, Sean Penn, Al Gore, Gisele Bunchen to name only a few. But this is not a place to be "seen" and definitely not somewhere for those who see luxury in terms of material things like TV, airconditioning or internet access. Lodges are comfortable with good hot showers and mosquito nets, and an ice box instead of a minibar- but that's where it stops.
Itacare, and all the beaches, restaurants and bars you could want are only a couple of kilometres down the dirt track, but ArtJungle is where you will want to retreat to. This is a place for people who see luxury in nature, in art, in peace, and who support the idea of a social ecological cultural project which gives something back to the local community. I personally could have stayed for ever.
Itacare is situated on the Cocoa Coast of Bahia, the stretch which runs between Ilheus, 65km to the south and Salvador 230kms to the north, just where the Rio das Contas river meets the ocean. The town itself has indigenous origins but became known as Itacare as early as 1732 and countless grandiose mansions atest to the wealth of the town and region during the cocoa boom of the early 20th century.
Rediscovered some 40 years ago by surfers, the town has grown rapidly and there are now countless pousadas, bars, restaurants and nightlife. But for those who prefer more peace or who prefer more ecological tourism there are some wonderful trails and palm tree fringed deserted beaches nearby, many set in spectacular scenery, with mountains and atlantic forest as a backdrop.
- a canoe trip with Ney down the Rio das Contas at sunset
- trips to the waterfalls of Azevedo, Tijuipe, Pancada Grande, Tucleandro
- capoeira in Itacare at night
- beaches of Prainha, Engenhoca and Jeribucacu
- superb food at A Brasileira restaurant in the main street
- tree-houses and stilt houses
- carved wooden washbasins and freshly cut flowers
- park with wooden and ceramic sculptures
- large swimming pool
- views over the river
|Try a different place if...
you want to be really close to the beach or can't live without TV, airconditioning, or phone