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The northeastern state of Bahia in Brazil is an intoxicating mix of stunning landscapes, historic Portuguese architecture and African drum beats. Bahia’s centerpiece is Salvador, a colonial city packed with cobblestone streets, ancient buildings and colourful carnivals which resonate samba and axé music. If you head out of this grand city, Bahia offers 900km of tropical coastline littered with remote, white sand beaches and tiny islands.

In this article we pick the top 3 best luxury hotels in Bahia, that offer an oasis of calm and luxury, steps from the beach, in this vibrant and beautiful region of Brazil.

Pousada Mangabeiras, Bahia

Our first pick is the tranquil and idyllic hideaway of Pousada Mangabeiras (pictured above). This exclusive 12-acre property is surrounded by untouched Atlantic rain forest, and is set high above the beautiful Boca da Barra beach on the island of Boipeba in Brazil, where the Inferno river meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Boipeba itself offers the tranquillity of a fisherman’s village with 20km of white sandy beaches and lies next to the famous and crowded Morro de São Paulo. Tere are no cars on Boipeba, so the pace of life is slow and you have the time to appreciate Boipeba’s incredible ocean and stunning flora and fauna

Facilities here include a large swimming pool with a wooden deck alongside and ocean views, a spa which offers message and acupuncture treatments, an excellent restaurant and a meandering staircase which takes you directly to the white sandy beach, or you can take the funicular down through the jungle! Bungalow rooms are stunning with a charming veranda where you can while away the hours on your personal hammock looking out over the ocean.

Txai Itacaré, Bahia

Txai Itacaré resort features a beautiful beach backed by coconut groves and jungly gardens. With 38 luxury suites 6 swimming pools along with a private beach, this is one of the larger luxury hotels in the region and has facilities to match.

The hotel is set on 227 acres within the Itacaré-Serra Grande Environmental Protection Area and offers a sea turtle preservation project. It also promotes sustainable agriculture by sourcing organic fruit and vegetables from locals for the hotel’s restaurants.

Etnia Pousada and Boutique, Bahia

Situated in Bahia’s peaceful fishing village of Trancoso, Etnia Pousada and Boutique offers eight woodland bungalows with stylish ethnic furnishings. Etnia’s bungalows very private and are linked by paved pathways that wind through the gardens under tropical trees. Each bungalow has a different theme including Gipsy, Japanese and Goa, so choose carefully and you can be transported to a Zen Japanese bedroom or a hippy version of India depending on your preferences. Facilities also include a small pool an intimate dining area and lots of spots to relax in under jungly foliage.

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