I just don't know where to begin really. I am only back home 10 days and I do nothing but dream about going back to The Aram Yami! Everything is just flawless, starting from the very first contact I had with the hotel via email to the last fairwell at the front door. Contact with the hotel is rapid, concise and transparent. Everything they promised us was there and available.
We spent just the one night in Aram Yami but believe me, I would have spent a full month. Never, ever, have I been so sad to leave a hotel... We too chose it because of all the great reviews and I was worried that my expectations would be too high. No way, they were all fulfilled! From the moment you hop out of the taxi you are made to feel so so very much at home. A glass of coconut milk quenched our thirst whilst checking in and a plate of fresh fruit delivered to our room 5 minutes later was the perfect start to the evening. We had booked the Bahia Suite and couldn't have been happier. The room leads right out onto a wooden deck with a small infinity pool and although it is supposedly to be shared with another 3 rooms it felt like our own private pool as it was just outside our bedroom windows. We were delighted with our choice. The pool was small but delightful and the mere fact that it was just outside our room made it quite a luxury. An added bonus is that at 10 p.m. the door leading to this pool for the other guests is closed and only the people staying at the Bahia Suite have access to it. We did not use it so late at night but if you fancy a dip after dinner then you have it all to yourself! The shower in the bathroom is fantastic, I spent ages in it, you just don't want to get out! The size of the room perfect and the bed absolutely unbeatable. Massive and comfortable. Everything is spotless too and we did not encounter any bugs or mosquitoes.
Breakfast is amazing. Plenty of fresh fruit and fruit juices and a fantastic display of everything possible with a delightful lady cook on the spot waiting to cook you whatever you fancy. Fried eggs, omelettes, pancakes (sweet or savoury) ... All made in front of you. However, there is one thing you MUST try (and indeed leave room for) and that is her Passion Fruit Mousse... It is to die for! It is just delicious. So delicious that they have the recipe ready to print out for whoever wants to try to make it at home. They also have a Lime Mousse which is equally good. Try them both!
The hotel itself is about 15 mns walk from the main square but it is a lovely walk through cobbled streets and it is great to admire all the colourful buildings and feel the local atmosphere. We walked to dinner (about 20 mns walk away) and returned back again by foot. We did not feel we were in any danger at all. There were plenty of people in the streets and loads of policemen in the Pelourinho. Staff at the hotel were great in giving us maps and telling us which streets to go on and which ones to avoid but we really did not encounter any trouble whatsoever.
Everything is just so perfect but it all boils down to the staff and owner. The owner, Juan, is a charming Spanish architect and the hotel is clearly his "baby". He mingled with his guests at breakfast time and was such a fantastic host. He went out of his way to get me passion fruit to take home and make their mousse! I have never felt so spoilt! The staff are all just amazing and the backbone of the hotel has got to be JAKUB. He is the Manager at reception and an absolute credit to the hotel. You can see he is a workaholic and a total perfectionist. He even answers emails from home when he is off duty! A delightful chap who is just simply... special. He is in 3 places at the same time, recommends everything and anything and so so terribly friendly. I felt like I had known him for years. I take my hat off to you Juan for having found such a perfect Manager! As for the rest of the receptionists and staff... they are all brilliant. Henrique, Sergio and Daniele and of course the delightul cook with her huge warm smile. I am sorry but I can not recall her name. All the staff really made our stay a treat and they indeed are all so very responsible for us feeling so terribly miserable now that we are back home again!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for making our short stay an unbelievable one and hope they manage to keep up the good work. Thank you Aram Yami ... "Hasta la vista, we will be back soon..." Take care in the meantime... Abrazos, Sandra and Alvaro
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- Also Known As:
- Aram Yami Salvador
- Aram Yami Hotel Salvador, Bahia, Brazil