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Hotel Pousada Refugio da Villa Hotel 3 star
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Al Pescadores, 6 - Praia do Forte, BA, 48280-000 Praia Do Forte, Brazil -
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Far removed from the big resorts that are starting to spring up in the region, the Pousada Refugio da Vila is a charming little refuge located at the heart of the village of Praia do Forte, to the north of Salvador de Bahia. The ideal place to stay if you want to get a feel for the Brazilian way of life, it is also the perfect place to relax, with its pretty little swimming pool, cute tropical garden, and a bar restaurant. It is well equipped to welcome children too.

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

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      Pousada Refugio da Villa   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 9.41 /10

    This establishment is at the heart of Praia do Forte, a fishing village 53 mi north of Salvador de Bahia, and very close to the big and lively main shopping street with bars, restaurants, and shops. Salvador de Bahia airport is 40 mi away, so allow 45 minutes for the taxi journey.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The guest rooms in the Pousada Refugio da Vila have white walls and are decorated in a charming tropical style, with a wooden desk and a wicker chair for furnishings. With tiled floors and white walls, they measure 25m˛ and are equipped with a television and a free list of DVD's, a free electronic code safe, individual air conditioning, a mini bar fridge (charged), a telephone, and Wifi Internet access (free). In addition, they have a large balcony with a hammock overlooking the garden. The soundproofing could be better, as noises from the street can be heard through the walls. The bathroom is tiny! Inside you will find a fixed shower head, a toilet, hospitality products, and a hair dryer. The 23 superior rooms have a flat screen television, bathrobes, and a separate toilet. There are only 7 standard rooms.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Pousada Refugio da Vila was opened in 2005 and consists of a 2 storey building housing 30 rooms, 23 of which are in the superior category. There is no lift. Wood features prominently, giving the building a nice natural touch. Far from the big security-obsessed resorts with their fences and guards, the pousada exudes tranquillity, and its garden leads quietly onto one of the village streets. The unheated outdoor pool has a tree at its centre! Next to it there is a bubble pool for children to play in and a solarium surrounds the whole area, with wooden deckchairs, white fabric parasols for shade, and a shower. Towels are supplied at reception. The tropical garden to either side of the building has a superb traveller's tree, as well as a lawn and a playground for children. The bar and the restaurant are next to the swimming pool. A large flat screen television ensures you will not miss any televised sports events, and the pousada has a small gym and a straw hut in the garden for massages.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The entrance to the Pousada Refugio da Vila takes you directly through its restaurant! Serving meals from 10:00am to 10:00pm, it can seat up to 40 diners at a time. Here you can enjoy delicious Bahian cuisine prepared ŕ la carte, with specialities including seafood, fish, and seasonal tropical fruits. The setting is tropical, with wooden tables, chairs, and colourful paintings. Alternatively, you can choose to eat next to the swimming pool. The bar serves various cocktails from 8:00am to 10:00pm. The small wine cellar has a rather good range of French, Portuguese, Brazilian, Argentinean, and Chilean wines.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    To get to Praia do Forte beach, you have to go back up the main street and walk for another 15 minutes. You will not be short of space on this massive (7.5 mi) unspoilt beach where sea turtles come to lay their eggs. There are no deckchairs, parasols, or showers to detract from the nature of this impressive setting, with its palm trees stretching away into the distance! The water is quite choppy with big waves rolling in; it is, after all, the Atlantic Ocean! Surfers should certainly be in their element! International competitions are regularly held here. Beware of waves and currents, as the beach is unsupervised. At low tide, the sea leaves small natural swimming pools behind where you can swim safely.

    To know

    If you have children, a free babysitting service is offered. Praia do Forte houses the Tamar turtle protection project as well as the fort after which the village is named. The Projeto TAMAR is an eco-museum allowing visitors to observe sea turtles and sharks developing in large outdoor tanks. Dating back to 1980, this was one of the first centres created to protect a number of endangered species of sea turtle, including the Leatherback turtle, which can grow up to 2m in length and comes here to lay its eggs on the beach from September to March. The centre collects the eggs, looks after them until they hatch, and then releases the baby turtles into the sea. For families with a baby, a special space has been created with a cradle (protected by a mosquito net), bottles, a cot, a microwave, a kitchenette, and even cuddly toys! What's more (and quite rare): the pousada offers free babysitting! One room has been designed for guests with reduced mobility. The rooms on the first floor can easily be entered from the outside, so remember to lock the balcony door as you are leaving. There is free parking for guests, as well as a computer with free Internet access.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      massage

    • Swimming pool

    advantage

    • The services for families with children (free babysitting, the baby space, etc.)
    • The hammock on the balcony of each room
    • The location at the heart of Praia do Forte village
    • A friendly-sized, charming pousada

    disadvantages

    • The beach is far away

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