Encanto da lua is a warm and spacious guest-house situated on the wonderful Praia da Forte beach. It is run by two generations of a very friendly half-Brazilian half-Japanese family who were chatty, attentive and very keen to ensure we enjoyed our stay with them. Also a couple of them spoke very good English which made it a lot easier for us!
For a posada it is actually on the large side with over twenty rooms and a swimming pool. However, they have a fairly big plot so you don't feel cramped by other guests and you need only take one step to find yourself on the near deserted 3km stretch of one of the purest most beautiful beaches in Brazil. Indeed, a day trip at the very least to see the spectacle of Praia da Forte, especially at full moon, is a must for anyone near the area. We were certainly the only non-Brazilians at the pousada and possibly on the whole beach so this area is still very much "off the beaten track" territory for foreigners. The more visited, but still very authentic, Barre Grande is about 7km away and the pousada can arrange quad bikes or a sort of golf buggy should you wish to explore there and the rest of the Marau peninsular - both recommended.
The rooms of the pousada are clean, reasonably spacious and come complete with a private hammock on each balcony. Decoration is minimal but quite tastefully done but whilst it is more than adequate now I would imagine the rooms would need a bit of modernising in a couple of years time, especially the bathrooms. A buffet dinner is included in the room rate and as the pousada is pretty isolated on that big beach that itself is pretty isolated then this is no bad thing. A mixture of Japanese and Brazilian very tasty dishes that changed each night offered just about enough variation for our 4 night stay. The spread at breakfast was also of good quality and variety and the made-to-order tapiocas simply delicious!
The beach is a must see if in Bahia, both for surfers and sunbathers, and Pousada Encantao da Lua a very pleasant place from which to enjoy it.
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