I had not taken a vacation for more than a few days at a time in years and I decided to go to Art Jungle for a break over Anew Ayears before going back to my MBA program in Rio. I don't think I have enough space here to express my joy and gratitude for the experience I had at Art Jungle.
This place is an amazing retreat in the midst if the Mata Atlantica and the first day I woke up there I could not believe where I was. Birds were singing, the sun shining and blue skies greeted me in the morning. Every day I loved having the delicious breakfast with fresh fruit (most grown on the property), fresh baked bread and pastries, fresh fruit juice, coffee, fresh eggs and other things to get me ready for the day's adventure. Try everything even if you have no clue what you are eating. You are in the jungle in Brazil, so you may as well try something new. Chances are, you will like it!
I rented a surf board and went surfing most days with an instructor and I loved every bit of every day at Art Jungle and in Itacare in general. I stayed in Tripe which was great for me as a single traveler. I had a bird's nest just outside my window and watched everyday as the mother bird fed her young about a foot from my face. How cool?!
The other guests were really cool as well and we had lots of great conversations. If you are traveling alone, you will have no trouble meeting people here. We had a really nice New Years Eve dinner made by Rai (the man of all trades there) with live entertainment. They even have an earth oven.
i did not try any of the massages or treatments and I so regret that. Kate, the manager, runs a really great operation at Art Jungle and the whole team is fantastic. Kate and Rai's daughter Keanna is the icing on the cake and it was great to have her running around up there. So cute!
Why was this place so life changing? Something about the energy of Art Jungle, and of Itacare made me really unplug and appreciate my life. I felt the happiest I have in along time and I am really glad I decided to spend a week there. My only complaint is that I did not stay longer!
Please remember that Art Jungle is in the Atlantic Rainforest. This is not for everyone. I loved not having plugs in my room, or a television, or anything but peace and quiet. The main house is open during the day if you really need to charge things. Most things are run on solar power and the water comes from a spring, so this is a very sustainable property that can run independently. I really like that.
If you have the time (and even if you think you don't), go to Art Jungle...go to Itacare! I did and it changed my life. This is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but if you are looking for fast pace, all the comforts of home, or chic things then go elsewhere. If you are looking for peace, love and beauty then this is the place for you. It is not perfect, but it is perfect for me!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Art Jungle is a hidden oasis on top of a hill, just 5 minutes from the center of Itacaré. It is the perfect place to relax body and soul and enjoy true nature, priviledged sunsets and starry nights. Amidst tropical plants and flowers and a sculpture garden, with breathtaking views of the ocean, beaches and river « Rio de Contas ». ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Art Jungle Eco Lodge Itacare, Brazil