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Hotel Vila Galé Mares Hotel 5 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Vila Gale is not a villa like its name might suggest but a massive "all-inclusive" resort on a large and beautiful beach between Praia do Forte and Salvador de Bahia. Entertainment, sport, water sports, spa, miniclub, the equipment and facilities are not lacking: the establishment has the second biggest swimming pool in Brazil. It's a hotel for the entire family.

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

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    Location 3.0 /10

    On the Coconut Coast by the Atlantic, on Guarajuba beach, 7.5 mi south of Praïa do Forte and 44 mi north of Salvador de Bahia. Luis Eduardo Magalhaes international airport is 26 mi away. Allow a journey time of 40 by taxi.

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    Endowed with tile flooring, the Vila Galé's bedrooms have pastel orange coloured walls and naive, pretty paintings. They have comfortable king size beds, a desk for those that have work to do, a minibar fridge (water, beer and soft drinks restocked every day), a round wooden table, two armchairs, satellite television, a free safe with electronic code, discreet individual air conditioning, and a telephone with wifi internet access (for a fee). The must-have? The balcony furnished with a hammock: an inspired addition for a good siesta! The bathroom consists of a large fixed shower set apart from the rest of the room, a toilet, a magnifying mirror, a hair-dryer, hospitality products and a telephone.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    Part of the Vila Galé Hotels and Resorts Group, the Vila Galé is a large, "all-inclusive" resort built on a 50 acre site in the heart of a tropical garden. Opened in 2006, it is made up of colonial style bungalows and has 447 rooms. You can refresh yourself in Brazil's second largest swimming pool with a surface area of 32,291 sq ft, which has a bar as well as a pool for children. You enter the pool as you would enter the sea, on a gentle slope. A vast solarium offers cushioned deckchairs, palm tree leaf parasols and showers. The entertainment is primarily in and around the swimming pool.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The two restaurants are ideally situated near the swimming pool and the beach. The choices are an à la carte seafood restaurant in the evening, or a Brazilian and Portuguese influenced international buffet. Breakfast is served from 5:00 until 11:00am, lunch from 11:30am to 3:00pm and dinner from 7:30 to 10:30pm. The spa also offers an impressive à la carte restaurant called the Inevitavel, and serves gastronomical food for those visiting the spa: Mediterranean and Asian fusion cuisine. You can quench your thirst at one of the hotel's many bars in the lobby, swimming pool, the disco, on the beach, and even at the spa!

    Beach 8.20 /10

    Space is not lacking on this immense and clean 1,509 ft long beach! The walk from the lobby to the tropical garden is rather long. It can be accessed via a small wooden footbridge. Out of the way, so as not to disturb the turtles that come to lay their eggs here, you can find deckchairs and palm tree leaf parasols. Showers are at your disposal near the swimming and massages are given inside nearby tents. The water is choppy with rolling waves, well it is the Atlantic Ocean! A surfer's paradise! Be careful of the waves and the current. Of course, the beach under supervision and a flag indicates the level of danger depending on where you are in the sea. You can do numerous water sports such as surfing, bodysurfing, kite-surfing, sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling.

    To know

    For fitness enthusiasts, the Satsanga spa welcomes you, with a sauna, a hammam, a whirlpool bath, a relaxation area, sensation showers, a Vichy shower and a large heated pool equipped by hydro-massaging jets, as well as a range of treatments and massages which will help you to unwind, in one of the 14 treatment rooms. The spa even has a restaurant, the Inevitavel, serving Mediterranean and Asian cuisine. For the 'intellectuals', a giant chess board can be found near the swimming pool. The Vila Galé Mares' 3, 000m² swimming pool is the second biggest in Brazil. The children can benefit from a big miniclub complete with its own swimming pool, a kitchen and an adventure playground.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      hammam, sauna, spa, stretching, massage, keep fit, beauty salon

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

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

    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • The beach.
    • The quality of the facilities and equipment.
    • The second largest swimming pool in Brazil.
    • The hammock on the bedroom balconies.

    disadvantages

    • Difficult access.
    • The vastness of the resort.

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