Praia do Espelho pousadas are among some of the most relaxing places in Bahia. Here are a few great ones:
Pousada Bendito Seja
Exclusively for guests 13 and older, the Curuípe beachfront pousada opened in late 2009 has beautiful guest rooms soothingly themed after colors and the sensorial properties of natural materials. Perks and amenities include 600-thread-count cotton sheets, plasma TVs and Nespresso machines in the suites, gardens, a pond, a bistro, ofuros, and a massage room.
Pousada do Baiano
The beachfront pousada which set the tone for Espelho lodging is decorated in a Bahia-Bali style, with smooth concrete floors, native wood, plenty of windows and artfully placed colorful objects and fabrics. Guest rooms have large, comfortable beds and A/C. Baiano and wife Leni are cherished for their hospitality.
Hotel Fazenda Calá & Divino
Calazans Luz, or simply Calá, is another beloved Trancoso character. Located on the southern end of Praia do Espelho, Hotel Fazenda Calá & Divino has become more sophisticated through the years without losing its home feel. There are eight bungalows and a restaurant serving cuisine with regional and Mediterranean flair by chef Mariá Sallum, a beach bar, pleasant relaxation areas with hammocks and chaises longues, kayaks, and horses for rides on the beach.
Pousada Enseada do Espelho
Toes-in-the-sand Enseada do Espelho is one of the best pousadas on the beach. The suites are attractive, with comfortable beds. The pousada has a restaurant and a deck. Boat tours can be arranged (paid separately). The owners also have a hotel in Florida and another pousada: Recanto do Espelho.
Pousada Recanto do Espelho
All rooms have A/C and sea views. On the ground floor, you get a small veranda with a hammock. You can also stay in a bungalow. There is a restaurant and a beach bar.
Pousadas at Outeiro das Brisas
There are three pousadas at Outeiro das Brisas, a residential and vacation complex on the cliffs at the northern end of Espelho:
Pousada do Outeiro
An upper-range pousada with 12 suites and the best swimming pool on Espelho.
Viela da Vista
Viela da Vista has a nice restaurant that's open to non-guests as well.
European-Brazilian hospitality is a highlight in this well-kept, more affordable pousada.
You can also rent a house at Outeiro das Brisas.