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"It’s fun, lively and vibrant, and whisks you back to a colonial era; even the staff wear vintage uniforms so you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The rooms have all been preserved to maintain their original spirit which makes for an eclectic and memorable stay. Our top pick would be those on the very top floor which are privy to small private terraces.”
Tucked in the heart of Pelourinho, the historic UNESCO-listed quarter of Salvador, La Villa Bahia is a charming colonial hotel spread across two renovated mansions. Featuring two garden courtyards, a rooftop terrace and refreshing plunge pool, this boutique hotel offers an atmospheric stay in a captivating city.
The 17 guestrooms and suites are individually designed to reflect a period in Bahia’s history, with influences from Africa, Asia and Europe. Rooms feature lofty ceilings, four-poster beds, antique furniture and artworks, and tropical hues, while those on the top floor have small private terraces.
The restaurant serves organic French-Brazilian fusion cuisine. The lounge, rooftop terrace and peaceful patios provide plenty of space to relax and unwind.
Stroll around the vibrant city, exploring its colonial architecture and myriad churches, watching locals perform capoeira and sampling the food, or head to the coast for lazy beach days.