July 11, 2012
Travelers in Morro de São Paulo should make sure that they know how removed Quinta Praia is from the buzz of village life - 8 kilometers, or about 5 miles - before they book a room at Vila dos Orixás Boutique Hotel, one of the better places to stay at this scenic and expansive beach at the end of the road.
The road in question is a narrow, bumpy trail which cuts through the island's preserved woods and coconut groves; guests will be dependent on the hotel's Land Rovers to come and go to other beaches and to the village center. Only select service cars are allowed in Morro.
That much said, it's many a traveler's joy to arrive at Vila dos Orixás and take in the beach, aka Enchantment Beach, and the lush tropical garden from one of its bungalows. There are 10 of them, in two categories - Luxury and Superior - placed in a way to allow for privacy.
The bungalows, each named after an orixá, or Candomblé deity, are more colorful on the outside than on the inside; white and the natural hues of wood are predominant in a décor that is almost completely devoid of decorative details, such as paintings on the walls.
The items in the bungalows which fully justify the boutique slant are more tactile - 280- to 320-thread sheets by Brazilian label M. Martin, goose dawn pillows and amenities by Realgem's from Paraná are some of the comforts.
The Luxury bungalows have the double bed on a mezzanine with a spiral staircase, with the living area, the bathroom and a hot tub with panoramic views on the ground floor. They also offer the best ocean views. Superior bungalows, though smaller, seem airier since the bed is only slightly elevated above the rest of the space, instead of tucked away in the small mezzanine. These bungalows are just as surrounded by attractive gardens as the others, but they're closer to the pool than the ocean.
All the beds have mosquito netting. However, keep in mind that this is a mangrove environment, and that you might want to pack some extra resources to enjoy a quiet, bite-free night, such as a plug-in repellent.
During the day, use an insect repellent with DEET for extra protection, even though, according to the hotel staff, tests have been carried out regularly on the property and no eggs of Aedes aegypti, the main mosquito vector of A< href="http://www.cdc.gov/Dengue/">dengue fever, have been found.
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