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“Superb hotel on Morro de Sao Paulo - a fantastic place to unwind and relax!”
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Anima Hotel
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London, United Kingdom
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“Superb hotel on Morro de Sao Paulo - a fantastic place to unwind and relax!”
Reviewed February 6, 2012

We stayed at the Anima Hotel for 6 days in January 2012 and had a fantastic time. The hotel is situated on the beach and has wonderful, tropical gardens where the individual bungalows are located. The bungalows are great - huge bed, satellite tv, dvd player, large bathroom and some have private, outside jacuzzis - very luxurious! The restaurant serves delicious Brazilian food (Mocqueca and Bolbo are really good) at very reasonable prices and there is also a regular shuttle into town if you want to explore (but there's no need to leave the Anima!). Bruno, Angela and Adaulto are incredibly helpful and hospitable (as are all the other staff too); Bruno recommended a hike (approx. 1 hr) to Garupa and lunch at Kiosk Pipoca which was excellent (especially the lobster Mocqueca!)- thank you. We look forward to coming back at some point in the near future when we're back in Salvador. We highly recommend anyone staying at the Anima!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

who: me (39, architect, brand strategist) and my husband (50, marketing director)
other hotels in this trip: Hotel Fasano and Hotel Unique in Sao Paulo, Villa Bahia in Salvador de Bahia
time: new years eve 2011, 5 nights

pros:

- the location. stunning white sandy beach, secluded. but beach more for nice walks than for swimming, as in his area you can walk for km before the water is deep enough.

cons:

- the hotel grounds and the bungalows are quite badly mantained.
our house (n.3) was located on the edge, very close to the access street (used mostly by the hotel staff with motorbikes and the hotel shuttle), very close to the main building open air kitchen (smell of fried food all day long). inside it was poorly funished and had smell bad.
we did not expect luxury, but we were anyway paying the equivalent of 500 euros per day, so a minumum comfort for this rate should be guaranteed.
on arrival we asked if any other rooms were available but only one was and it was not better than ours.
the garden and the area leading to the beach are not properly taken care, sort of dirty and messy.

- service is very slow (but in Brasil is normal) and some of the hotel staff are extremely rude/aggressive.
We had a serious problem with one member of the staff, I won't name him not to be as rude as he was with us from beginning to the end of our stay.

- food is quite a disaster
really poor breakfast, less than mediocre dinners.

- new year eve package sucks
Absolutely not value for money: you really feel a stupid tourist. the dinner was pretentious and horrible, all the guests were sit at one big table (we took it with irony and started laughing with another couple, but we all felt it was weird), each bungalow has the right to just one bottle of 'champagne' (sort of bad quality prosecco) and can't have a pre dinner glass otherwise you're done, fireworks were ok, the trip to another beach was poorly organized etc

- some tips:
- the location is amazing, so try to book at the hotel just on its side, it's listed on Tablet Hotels. we visited the grounds and it's really charming, we also had one lunch and it was fresh and tasty. Btw room price is the same as Anima!
- on the beach we discovered a little simple restaurant run by a nice guy, we had an amazing dinner just the two of us on kms of desert beach. there are also little local posadas, charming and cheap.
- try to avoid in any case new year period, prices double and what is normally poor value becomes terrible value making you feel....as we felt at Anima.

enjoy Brasil, an amazing country!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

This is a beautiful boutique hotel on the wonderfully peaceful fourth beach. There are many plus points e.g. room size, amenities (DVD library, DVD player in room, shuttle bus into 'town') and a superb restaurant. Just a couple of minus points to note: the temperature of the air con machine in the room is set despite what it says on the handset. Staff tried to adjust it and gave rather patronising explanations for the malfunction; in fact, as a female lone traveller, there was a bit of patronising in general - but I think that's just Brazilian men...

A note for solo travellers, you can relax in the hotel without feeling too conspicuous and there is not set place to eat i.e. you are not forced into the dining room but can eat by the pool, by the sun loungers by the beach, in your room/porch of your own bungalow set in wonderful tropical gardens, in the lounge area etc.

Wifi was only available in the communal area which is a pain if you need to keep in touch/work (as I did) or need to Skype - not very private or convenient.

But if I had a problem or a request, the owner Adauto, did his best to accommodate graciously. A good place to relax.

Incidentally, I flew to the island as I couldn't stand the thought of spending 3 hours (yes 3, not 2 as the website says) on a boat with seasick passengers in very choppy waters); it only took 20mins and was a real treat on small plane of only 7 passengers.

Room Tip: Make sure the jacuzzi works properly if you have one - mine had only 2 jets out of 6 working I had...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 13, 2011

My husband and I spent the last 6 days of our honeymoon at the Anima hotel and had a wonderful time here. We were in a superior bungalow with jacuzzi and the bungalow had everything you needed - hairdryer, dvd player, tv, mini bar etc - huge bed with mosquito net. The hotel is just beautiful, on the 4th beach in Morro de Sao Paolo. It's a 30 minute bumpy mini bus ride from 2nd beach but well worth it. When we were staying here it was virtually deserted which was lovely for us on our honeymoon. We got the pick of the sunbeds and just the right amount of attention from staff. Bruno was simply fantastic at recommending things for us to do if we wanted - we did the jungle trek to Garapua beach, again thoroughly recommend it - and in helping us sort out our transfer back to the mainland.

The beach outside the hotel was mainly deserted with the odd walker or horse rider going past. It was lovely to just wander around looking at the sea and the rock pools when tide was out. Quite simply we both wish we were still back there! Food was great, caipirinha's were great, I have nothing bad to say.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed December 8, 2011

It was everything advertised. Beautiful, quiet, very good food. The travelling to and from the village is not pleasant (long and very bumpy), but since the menu is varied and the food delicious we felt no need to go into the village more than once, just to have a look around. 4.5 days relaxing at the hotel were great - hopping from pool to private jacuzzi, to warm ocean waters; reading and chatting in our hammocks or on the beach front loungers, playing beach ball and taking long walks along the almost deserted beach.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

My husband and I had a wonderful 5-day stay at the Anima in November 2011. It was perfect. We had a lovely bungalow (comfortable bed, huge bathroom, air con if you want it) set amongst coconut palms and flowering tropical plants. Service was excellent - from reception to the managers to the staff serving expertly-made caipirinhas. We dined at the Anima on four evenings and found the menu creative and the food delicious every time. Breakfasts were also excellent, especially the freshly-made crepes smothered with doce de leite. Although we spent most of our time at the beach (we recommend the jungle trek to Garapua), the pool was clean, cool and refreshing. We have a lot of experience travelling in Brazil - we lived in Sao Paulo for five years - and we couldn't find any faults with the Anima. We'd return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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washington dc
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

Recently stayed at the Anima Hotel. The location and the grounds are the most sensational parts of this hotel. The location is on fourth beach and quite a distance away from the second beach. But as other reviewers have mentioned there is a shuttle (VW van) that takes you back and forth for free. The grounds are well kept and you get to see lots of red, yellow and blue crabs. You also get to see different birds. If you are lucky you might get to see the monkeys overhead! The bungalows are nice and stocked with the standards (satellite tv, mini bar, safe, mosquito net). There is a large bathroom. Unfortunately, when you enter the bungalows there can be an overwhelming stench of mold/mildew. You can also see the remnants of mold and mildew in areas of the bungalow as well. Would not recommend if you are sensitive to mold. The common areas were very clean. The WiFi service only worked in the common area. Bruno was very helpful with making arrangements prior to arrival and during our stay.

The food was good. I would have liked to have seen more of the fresh fruits incorporated into the afternoon and dinner menus. Breakfast was excellent with a buffet and made to order eggs, crepes, tapioca, etc. The bar service was good.

Dinner service left some things to be desired. Again, I would have liked to have seen some of the fresh fruits incorporated more into the menu. There is listed a chef suggestion of the evening which is usually something already found on the menu. You were just being encouraged to order that particular menu item. I found the traditional foods (moqueca and bobo) to be very bland. The dinner service was also very slow. It took up to 45 minutes and longer for entrees to arrive at our table each night. The atmosphere was such that you can order your entree, then go lounge in the common areas until your food is ready.

Overall, I enjoyed my stay at Anima Hotel. The location is what earns the hotel its 4 stars. Having stayed at other hotels on Morro I can say you will walk away feeling you got great value and a nice hotel.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Anima Hotel
Address: Praia Do Encanto, S/No., Morro de Sao Paulo, Ilha de Tinhare, State of Bahia 45428-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Bahia > Ilha de Tinhare > Morro de Sao Paulo
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Morro de Sao Paulo
#2 Romantic Hotel in Morro de Sao Paulo
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Morro de Sao Paulo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Anima Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the beach, the Anima Hotel is nested amidst 15 acres of private tropical forest crossed by a river. Its nine eco-friendly constructed bungalows are decorated with arts and crafts items from the various regions and cultures of Brazil. ... more   less 
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