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Hotel Iberostar Bahia Hotel 5 star
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The Ibérostar Bahia is an all-round resort with an all-inclusive (24 hours a day) reservation system, and it borders a superb barren beach, 3 mi north of the fishing village Praia do Forte. 5 swimming pools, 6 restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, a superb mini-club, this hotel will satisfy both sports lovers and families. Its only weak spot is the absence of a real spa.

This hotel review is a translation from the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 6.75 /10

    Along the length of an immense barren beach bordering the Atlantic ocean, 3 mi north of Praia do Forte, a fishing village located 60 mi north of Salvador de Bahia. Salvador de Bahia airport is located 45 mi away, allow 50 minutes by taxi.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    Fitted with floor tiles, the rooms of the Ibérostar Bahïa are nice and colourful with their pastel orange walls. They have a desk, for those willing to do their holiday homework, a mini-bar refrigerator (water, beer and soda stocked daily), a wooden round table, an armchair, a sofa, a satellite TV (30 channels), a free safe with an electronic code, discreet individual air-conditioning as well as a ceiling fan, and a telephone with Internet access (Wifi for a fee), as well as a large fitted out balcony with a view of the sea. The bathroom includes a bath tub fitted with a flexible shower, a toilet, a magnifying mirror, a hair-dryer and some hospitality products.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    The Ibérostar Bahïa is part of a vast tropical garden, adorned with ponds. Three sandy-coloured 2-storey buildings house the 632 bedrooms of the hotel. Other than the ocean, you will be able to cool down in one of the five pools of the complex. The main swimming pool has an aquatic bar and a paddling pool. You access it the same way as you do the beach, on a gradual slope. This is where you will find the activities. It is surrounded by a solarium with deck chairs fitted with mattresses, palm leaf parasols and showers. Towels are supplied at the pool. The other swimming pools are quieter. The mini-club also has its own little pool for children.

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    One thing's for sure: you will not starve at the Ibérostar Bahïa, as it is possible to eat 24 hours a day! Six restaurants are available to you! The main buffet Meu Rei with show cooking, the snack buffet, near to the beach and the swimming pool, under a large pergola half open to the sea and just next to the steak house which is also under a pergola, without forgetting the chef's surprise - paella or grilled meat depending on which day it is. Breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 10:00 am, lunch from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and dinner from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. You also have the choice, for dinner, to book a table at one of the three à la carte restaurants: El Colonial, a gourmet restaurant which serves French cuisine, Mare Nostrum, which serves Mediterranean cuisine, and Sakura, a Japanese restaurant with a sushi bar and teppaniaki. You can drink many different sorts of cocktails in the various bars of the resort. A particularly good one is the lobby bar with its piano-bar musical atmosphere and its giant screen, useful on match nights, together with the lounge café, where you can smoke a cigar from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    The beach is accessible via a small flight of stairs. Open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, a water sports base offers various activities such as scuba-diving, wind-surfing, hobby cat sailing or kayaking. Boat tours are organized from September to December to watch the whales. Wooden deckchairs fitted with mattresses and palm leaf parasols are set back on the lawn so as to not disturb the sea turtles that come to lay their eggs on the beach from September to March. Likewise, the bars and restaurants are set back, leaving the beach completely barren. The hotel beach is sheltered in a small bay but once you have gone past the village of Praia Do Forte after a 15 minute walk to the left (about 800 metres), the sea becomes rougher, with large rollers: a surfer's paradise! International competitions regularly take place on this part of the beach. There is no lack of space on this immense 8 mi long beach, as barren as the day it was created! Beware of waves and currents, the beach is unsupervised. When the tide goes in, it leaves behind little natural pools in which you can safely swim.

    To know

    A member of the Spanish hotel chain Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, the Ibérostar Bahia is not located in Salvador de Bahïa as its name suggests, but 55 mi further north, near the village of Praia do Forte. It lines an immense unspoilt beach, hit by large rollers, ideal for surfing, which is the reason why several international competitions are organized here. A well-preserved beach, devoid of deck chairs, parasols, bars and restaurants, leaving enough space and peace and quiet for sea turtles to come and lay their eggs from September to March. Praia do Forte actually hosts the Tamar project on the preservation of turtles as well as the fort, which gave its name to the village. Boat tours are organized from September to December to watch the whales. Fitness lovers will be disappointed as there is no real spa, just three massage parlours open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. However, the fitness centre is ultra modern, in a beautiful, air-conditioned room with a glass roof, offering a stunning view of the ocean. Open 24 hours a day, you can even have a personal coach to train you. For lovers of the "green", the hotel has an 18-hole golf course. The all-inclusive option gives you the right to use the restaurant any time of the day or night.

    Equipment

    • Car park

      (free)

    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, (paying), beauty salon, sauna, stretching, keep fit, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, beach volley, basketball, horse riding, golf, dance, step, bums and tums, water-polo, surfing, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The beautiful beach.
    • The equipment and facilities.
    • The all-inclusive 24 hours a day option.

    disadvantages

    • Located at a distance from the village of Praia do Forte.
    • The imposing size of the resort.
    • The lack of a real spa.

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