At a Glance
Total peace and quiet in unspoiled natural surroundings. Rustic but stylish accommodations
On a tiny island off the coast of Salvador, Boipeba is a wonderful destination to escape it all
Wonderful hosts Leandro and Manu speak very good English, which is difficult to find off the beaten track in Brazil
20km of deserted beaches to explore. No cars allowed on the island
Set up overlooking the beach with fantastic views and incredible sunrises and sunsets
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Pousada Mangabeiras or take a look at our itineraries to Bahia
Completely off the beaten track on the scarcely discovered tropical island idyll of Boipeba, Pousada Mangabeiras is an utterly charming small pousada that makes for the most authentic of Brazilian beach escapes. Perched on a small headland among cashew and mangaba trees, with incredible 360-degree views of the beaches, ocean and neighboring Tinhare Island, there are just nine bungalows that offer complete privacy and comfort.
Pousada Mangabeiras also has strong environmental commitment. There are solar-powered showers, and not a single tree was cut down in its construction. For guests looking for peace and tranquility Pousada Mangabeiras is a wonderful place to de-stress and soak up a unique island atmosphere that is all but lost elsewhere in Brazil. The pool area is delightful and hummingbirds can often be seen feeding on the riotous tropical flowers.
The hotel can arrange a boatman to pick you up and take you round the island, stopping off to snorkel among the coral reefs, try oysters from the mangroves or hop off at magnificent unspoiled beaches such as Morere for a lobster lunch and cold beer. Alternatively go with one of the local guides to explore the orchids and forest of the interior. Dolphins and turtles can often be spotted in the warm waters offshore.
A twenty-minute beach stroll from the property is the village of Velha Boipeba, a timeless gem that displays the real Brazil. Here are sandy streets, peaceful and modest locals, a centuries-old blue church, a few restaurants and bars, and the odd evening football game in the main square or capoeira demonstration. Nothing very much ever happens here, which is precisely its charm.
Pousada Mangabeiras offers guests nine bungalows and master bungalows with flat-screen TV, DVD (master bungalows also have a Jacuzzi), solar heated water and private veranda with hammock to relax and unwind and enjoy the breathtaking views of the ocean.
Children are welcome at the hotel, and babysitting can be arranged upon request, but there are no specific facilities or interconnecting rooms.
Pousada Mangabeira features a swimming pool, restaurant, games room and offers massages and acupuncture.
The restaurant serves regional and international dishes using a mix of local ingredients to create the freshest of flavors.
Activities at Pousada Mangabeiras include hiking, horseback riding, capoeira workshops, snorkeling, and boat trips to distant beaches such as Ponta dos Castelhanos, Cova da Onca or Garapua
Location & Directions
Situated on Boipeba Island, to the southwest of Salvador- and south of Morro de Sao Paulo, on Brazil's Bahia Coast.
When to go
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 colorful riot of dancing and drinking - expect prices to hike and availability to fall dramatically.