Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
At a Glance
Beautiful guest rooms all individually styled with vibrant splashes of colour and historic touches- themed around the Portuguese colonies
Home to one of the city's best restaurants serving first class Bahian dishes with French-fusion influences
Wonderful location right in the heart of the action in Pelourinho next to the Igreja de Sao Francisco, Salvador's most impressive church
Great attention to detail and incredibly friendly staff who will make you feel right at home
Lovely roof terrace to soak up the atmosphere and buzz with views across the rooftops of colonial Salvador
Best time to Visit
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Temperatures in Bahia vary little from month to month and it's warm all year round, with average highs hovering around 30°C. April to July is the wettest season (though it can rain at any time) and June to September bring slightly cooler evenings. Salvador goes mad during Carnival (February or March depending on the year) - more than 2 million party-goers hit the streets for a colourful riot of dancing and drinking - expect prices to hike and availability to fall dramatically.
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Villa Bahia is a beautiful boutique hotel with individual guest rooms and very attentive service in the heart of Salvador's historic Pelourinho district, with picturesque views of the city's rooftops, bell towers and colourful colonial facades.
Step back in time at Villa Bahia, a beautiful boutique hotel lovingly converted from two beautiful colonial mansions dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. The hotel has been designed to evoke important landmarks in Bahia’s colourful history, dating back to the Portuguese explorers, their trade exchanges with Africa and Asia and their maritime routes, which were all closely tied to the spice trade.
The 17 charming rooms at Villa Bahia take guests back in time to the very origins of Bahia and have been named after important trade routes including Cape Verde, Guinea, Mozambique, Goa, Ceylon, Malaga and Nagasaki. The rooms are spacious and colourful and each has been individually designed, with no two alike. Native wood furnishings and regional crafts and works of art have been carefully used to enhance the local character of the rooms.
The hotel also has a gourmet restaurant specialising in French-Brazilian fusion cuisine, a shady roof terrace, patio, a small plunge pool and relaxing living areas with deep couches and antique armchairs, to create a warm colonial atmosphere.
The hotel has a superb location right an the heart of Salvador’s historical Pelourinho centre, next door to beautiful Sao Francisco church and just steps away from the Jorge Amado Museum and the Praca da Se square overlooking All Saints Bay.
The 20 rooms at Villa Bahia are beautifully decorated with native woods, crafts and furnishings and each has its a unique design and character. Four of the rooms have their own private terrace and all are equipped with modern facilities including television, air conditioning, WiFi and DVD player.
Children are welcome at Villa Bahia although there are no formal children's activities or facilities available. Cots, extra beds and babysitting can be arranged on request.
Villa Bahia has an excellent restaurant run by an acclaimed chef, serving fine cuisine with both French and Brazilian influences. There is also a rooftop terrace overlooking the city, two patios and a small pool, in addition to charming lounge areas.
Salvador is known for its wealth of beautiful architecture, colourful churches and vibrant atmosphere. Guests can arrange a private guided tour of the city to learn more about the culture and history or simply wander the cobbled streets at leisure, soaking up the ambience. It is also possible to arrange a visit to a Capoeira performance or a percussion class.
Mark Beken (Staff)
From the moment you walk in, you are transported to another world, away from the energetic hustle and bustle of Salvador, and into a world of the Portuguese spice trade. I loved the rooms, all unique and decorated according to the countries on the old spice routes, and the restaurant is absolutely divine. As for location, there is no better place in all of Salvador.
Arte Consciente Social Project in Salvador
Set up in one of Salvador's poorest communities, Arte Consciente is a grassroots social project which was founded by three young men, each with a vision to improve the area & a talent for various arts, from playing percussion to circus skills and boxing.
Authentic Bahian Cuisine
Be captivated by Salvador's extraordinary culinary scene on a half day gastronomic tour of the city's markets, followed by a delicious local lunch. Be sure to try a mouthwatering seafood moqueca.
Candomblé: Religion in Salvador
Candomblé is an amalgamation of African religions and beliefs which were brought to Brazil with the slaves and has now become a prevalent part of the Bahian culture. Candomblé means 'dance in honour of the Gods' and remains a huge part of daily life here.
Contemporary Art in Salvador
The melting pot of cultures and ethnicities in Bahia is evident everywhere, from its festivities right through to its art. Discover some of Salvador's main centres for artistic expression on this full-day tour.
Drumming in Salvador
Bahia is the percussive heart of Brazil. Feel the soul of Brazilian music with a percussion lesson in Salvador, and fall under the spell of the mesmerising African rhythms. Workshops are pitched at levels to suit all talents and ages - great for families!
Half Day Historical Tour of Salvador
Explore Salvador, one of Brazil’s most striking cities steeped in history. Salvador is famous for its colonial architecture, its rich and unique local culture (which is particularly evident in the music, cuisine and religion) and wonderful coastline.
Introduction to Capoeira
Visit a traditional capoeira school and meet with the group leaders to learn the history and philosophy of capoeira, try your hand on instruments such as the berimbau, and learn some of the basic movements.
Salvador Full-day Bay Cruise
Set sail for a full-day schooner cruise, departing from Salvador and exploring a selection of the 36 islands which line the bay. Enjoy stunning ocean views, a breathtaking sunset and some of the islands' best beaches.
Family Fun in Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Trancoso
from £4600 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- A perfect itinerary for families with family-friendly accommodation throughout and plenty of varied activities available
- Master the art of Capoeira in Salvador or on the beaches of Itacare
- Visit the iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro, including Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue, as well as the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema
Location & directions
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Villa Bahia is nestled in the heart of Pelourinho, on Largo do Cruzeiro, in the historic quarter of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Salvador.
How to get there
14-hour 15-minute international flight to Rio de Janeiro, followed by a 2-hour domestic flight to Salvador
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