Earlier this month, I gave you a sneak preview to the magical oasis where I stayed over the New Year break. Now here is the full low down on one of my favourite hotel experiences to date.
Neatly tucked into the peninsula of Maraú, Barra Grande, Nirvana Beach Club is a Wood and Luxe dream come true. Set on 60 acres of lush tropical gardens, the scent of the tropical trees and the warm ocean breeze is like a welcoming hug when you arrive at the hotel. Spending most of my time in London, I yearn for the ocean, wide open spaces and mother nature. And this hotel answered every prayer.
Owned and run by an eccentric London expat, the Nirvana Beach club has so much to offer. To break it down for you, here are a few of my highlights:
The lush natural paradise is fringed by three lovely beaches, to which you have private, direct barefoot access. Inland, there is 60 acres of nature reserve including a tropical fruit plantation that bears mangoes, avocados, coconuts and cacao – the list is endless. Each morning, I would find a different quiet location to practice yoga and sit amongst the trees, something that I can’t do in London.
The luxury boutique hotel has five honeymoon suite rooms that each overlook the Brazilian jungle. The kingsized beds are draped in white mosquito nets (much needed), there’s an open style bathroom and the hammock on the deck completes the ideal bohemian picture. At night you can hear the inexorable crash of the ocean waves below and the comforting humming of the cicadas in the trees. If only I could have stayed forever.
Each morning after my walk along the beach and my yoga practice, I would look forward to the freshest and delicious breakfast. Sitting beneath an open air hut, the staff would cook you anything you wanted from the menu. The choices included tapioca, eggs, pancakes, fruit salad and juices picked from the plantation, and freshly baked treats. My favourite option was a tapioca crepe filled with cooked eggs and tomato paired with a hand picked coconut. Gluten free and dairy free but flavour full! It was a highlight every single day.
If you’ve read my previous post on how to get to Barra Grande, you will know that the Nirvana Beach Club is super secluded and far away from the hustle and bustle of any Brazilian city. You feel like you are on a deserted island far far away. There are also endless restaurants, cafes, bars that are dotted along the coastline all in walking distances from the hotel giving it the ideal mix of escapism and buzz.
The list of activities is endless. You can book in a yoga or surf lesson at the hotel, use the sea kayaks or paddle boards out the front of the hotel or discover the reefs below by snorkel. You have hundreds of beaches to choose from including day trips to waterfalls, discovering a cacao farm and horse riding or quad biking adventures. And you are only a short walk along the beach into town (about 30 mins). The staff are super friendly and can organise pretty much everything for you which comes in handy.
Last but not least, the sunsets melted my heart every afternoon. All of the colours of the rainbow painted the sky in a golden glow. We would take cushions down to one of the grassy hills and watch the sun sink into the horizon. No matter how many sunsets we watched at this spot, they never seemed to amaze.
THE LOW LIGHTS
I could go on and on about the highlights of the hotel but we would be here all day. A few things to note if you are going to visit: the wifi is temperamental on a good day. Let’s face it, you are in Brazil, so if you plan to do some serious wifi work I would rethink your choice of hotel. I couldn’t get a blog post up during our stay, which gave me a forced holiday from blogging. However I could manage a few instagram posts and email checks here and there. But it was actually nice to have that break. Other things to mention, vegetarianism is not a well understood term in Brazil. If you are vegetarian, try to learn some portuguese to explain what you would like to eat. Once I gave the kitchen suggestions, they were happy enough to make me some veggie dishes.
Whether you want to escape society and get off the beaten track, or if you are looking for a honeymoon location, I can highly recommend the Nirvana Beach Club as a paradise destination. It’s romantic, it’s outdoorsy, it’s an organic beachside location. What more can you want on a holiday? I can see my travels taking me back there in the near future. Would you make the trip all the way to Nirvana?