Above all fueled by Tripadvisor reviews, we took a chance and went to Arraial d'Ajuda, which is a one and a half hour trip from the Porto Seguro airport. The taxi is rather expensive, when travelling with few luggage it may compensate to go by bus or change taxi at the ferry.
On first sight, the pousada (it's not what you call a hotel in the States) is marvellous: A beautiful garden with impressive palm trees of various types, pineapples and so on. The house itself boasts intricate details and reminds of Portuguese colonial style in many aspects, although the interior is lined with more modern art. The rooms are big enough for a couple. We especially liked the terrace. The horizon pool gives view over the distant ocean.
But that's also where the rainbow ends: Where the fence in front of the pool is of rather cosmetic nature, the omission that you have to walk half a mile to get to the nearest beach is grave. Even graver as there are some really steep steps to be covered, as the pousada is situated atop a cliff. Fortunately, the lighting along the up/downhill path worked at night. But for the not so sportive, in every sense a no go! At least I would like to know about it beforehand. Also, they keep a big dog (a German shepherd, I think) which crossed our ways not only once - not so nice when you are dead-scared of dogs or have an allergy. On second sight, the interior of the rooms wasn't so sparkling anymore. The mosquito nets covering the fourposter were so broken that they were useless.
The service was ok overall. Breakfast was a bit on the light side, for a Brazilian breakfast, few variety was offered and when we arrived after 9 am one morning, the good bits were gone. Lunch and dinner looked simple and homemade, but my partner and I didn't have our share, we preferred to eat out.
All in all, we enjoyed the building and our room, but given the high expectations and the steep bill, were quite disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Casa Grande de São Vicente is a charming house located on the top of cliff giving on the Beach of Parracho and Pitinga in Arraial d'Ajuda, on a total ground of 5.526 m2, where the good taste and comfort are completely allied. We are to 150 m of the beach of Parracho, with a direct access since the hotel by privative staircases (5 minutes by foot). The privileged situation makes it possible our hosts to benefit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Grande Sao Vicente Arraial D'Ajuda, Bahia, Brazil