Reserva do Ibitipoca
One of Brazil's best small hotels, set in a private nature reserve 3.5 hours' drive (or a short helicopter flight) north of Rio.
Parrots fly free in the rainforests, cool rivers run through green valleys and caves, and when the sun goes down, the sky is bright with stars. Few foreigners have discovered this 3,000ha private reserve and sustainability initiative 3.5 hours north of Rio, where nature rules; come here now, before they do. The centrepiece of the reserve is the 18th century-farmhouse of Fazenda do Engenho, one of Brazil’s finest small hotels, with just handful of rooms and suites spread across 3 houses, a unique design mixing local, rustic heritage and 21st-century amenities, and stables of Mangalarga and Anglo-Arabian horses.
Guided daily excursions on foot or horseback explore the reserve's caves, valleys and natural wonders, and afterwards you can sink into loungers by Engenho’s Waterfall and unwind with a frosty caipirinha. The wonderful spa offers Ayurvedic massages and well-being rituals, and there are daily yoga classes to balance your mind, too. And the service and welcome are second to none. A stunning place to escape and rejuve.
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