On the Maraú peninsula, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and Camamu Bay, this wild and beautiful place is flanked by deserted palm-lined beaches and dotted with diminutive islands, a handful of fishing villages and patches of Atlantic Forest.
Butterfly House is a new pousada built in perfect harmony with its surroundings. The eight bungalows and suites are built from sustainably grown bamboo and salvaged nut wood, topped with thatched grass roofs and set amid towering palms and tangles of tropical blooms. There are five villas on stilts, all with terraces, and three sea-view suites in the main lodge.
In the largest bungalow, Almirante, an enormous bed is encased in a net cocoon, and locally made furniture and vintage finds from a farm in Minas Gerais are artfully mixed with French antiques and Moroccan textiles. In the bathroom, the blue-and-white basin and tiles were imported from Morocco and you can shower inside or al fresco.
Elias, the London-trained chef, conjures up dishes that are both healthy and delicious. Cool off with a swim in the pool, or the reed-fringed, freshwater lake behind Butterfly House, and think about kayaking or learning to surf.
A popular trip from the town of Salvador, some of the country’s best beaches are contained on this wonderful stretch of coast. The resorts are very laid back, and activity, such as it is, is mainly focused on making the most of the beautiful sands and sunshine.