Bahia Brazil front page

Guesthouse Experiences

Guesthouse Sitio Imbassai review.

From Salvador Airport to guesthouse Sitio Imbassai it is approximately 65 km. There are no official bus services to Imbassai available on the airport. Espresso Linha Verde is a bus service that can be used but departs from the Terminal Rodoviaria / main bus station in the city of Salvador, which is 15 km in the opposite direction. However, there are unofficial services to Praia do Forte with the use of private Vans. We used this services several times for transport to and fro Imbassai – Praia do Forte. Renting a car is the easiest way, or, arrange to be picked up by Jan, the guesthouse owner.

Sitio Imbassai offers a number of chalets to rent and also rooms in the main building. We used an upstairs room and enjoyed it. Decently equiped and with daily cleaning service. We slept with windows open at all times and we loved it. To smell tropical perfumes that drifted through the garden was a blessing to us. A building wide veranda with hammock, table and seating was really enjoyable. Downstairs is the breakfast space with full view on a beautiful garden. Simple but good breakfast is served from half past seven till approximately nine o clock. A five hectare terrain surrounds the pousada. The atmosphere is genuine tranquil and relaxed, a real treat for the guests. Nature is beautiful there. The Imbassai beach is at 3 kms away. We enjoyed the little journey from this pousada to the beach and back. Sometimes we walked and occasionally we made use of the motor taxi system. For a modest amount of money does Jan drive you to places in the neigbourhood.

The room price per night was R$ 90, breakfast included, indeed reasonable.

This stay caused us thinking back to the peace and quiet of this genuin and beautiful area many times. It is a place to return to.

Visit the Sitio Imabassai website via this link. A wealth of information to explore is waiting for you.



Pousada Villa Verde

The Mansion Pousada Villa Verde is centrally located in the popular neighborhood of ‘Barra’ in Salvador, less than five minutes from the highly appreciated Barra beaches with its famous light house.  Walking away from the beaches brings one towards central Barra with many towering commercial buildings and the huge state of the art shopping center blended with many typical Bahian small businesses with shops all over the place. A nice mix of city life, offering many modern times facilities like banks, restaurants, various sports and fitness possibilities and public transportation always around the corner.

Yet, Villa Verde is a quiet place, an oasis of peace at a safe location among the buzzing city life and near to other popular places in Salvador, like historical Pelourinho at 4 kilometers and the new Fonte Nova football stadium waiting to host the world cup games in 2014.

Pousada Villa Verde offers 6 fully furnished and equipped, daily serviced self catering apartments, accommodating up to 4 persons. Most apartments are classified with a small kitchen, bathroom, sleeping and sitting room with quality hotel beds, linen, textile and furniture. The rooms are air conditioned and have good quality Wi-Fi and TV. The management is multi lingual, very co-operative, friendly and helpful which made our stay a very pleasant one.

Everything breaths a comfortable, natural, shady  and airy private residence atmosphere. The Villa is on all sides surrounded with a solid wall, has a beautiful guest garden under a huge mango tree and a guest terrace with hammocks. Though prices are very competitive, groups and longer stays can often benefit from a discount. Visit the Pousada Villa Verde website here to extend your insight or ask questions.



Pousada Pedra do Sabia

Hidden in tranquil lush nature along the river Contas, at approximately 15km from Itacaré on the road to Taboquinhas. Pousada Pedra do Sabia is a great place to unwind and contemplate. In order to get there we used a Landrover Defender, which isn’t a bad idea because the majority of the distance is clay road in a rather hilly area. From the main (clay) road to the Pousda is about 4km over hills with some steep parts.

Pedra do Sabià is originally a 550 acre sustainably managed organic farm, nestled between two Brazilian rainforest preserves. The owner is a protector of this powerful area for more than 20 years, with particular attention to preserve both its exceptional beauty and its biodiversity. His mission is to protect the rainforest, provide a sustainable economy for the families that live there and provide a place for you to experience the magic of what his land offers.

We rate Pedra do Sabia as absolutely exeptional, a real hidden pousada where friendly people take care of you. A great and tranquil place to unwined for a few days. Visit their website to read more...



From Itacaré we traveled with the (Rota) bus to Taboquinhas, a large rural village with much small-scale agriculture. Taboquinhas is surrounded by exuberant natural beauty and situated along a beautiful river (Rio das Contas). The village has two Pousadas. We chose the new Taboquinhas Pousada Crecêncio, an apartment building with about 10 tidy rooms and adjoining modern bathroom. On both sides a veranda with nice views. The rooms to approach via a central walkway.

Taboquinhas Pousada Crecêncio and Do Cinho restaurant

Joyce with our Restaurant Docinho hostess, an ever so friendly lady.

This Pousada is owned by a nice and enterprising family. Reception for the Pousada takes place in the agricultural products shop ‘Dois Irmãos’, situated at the bottom of Taboquinhas, near the ferry boat. Moizes and Valeria, a young couple, are managing the Pousada beside their shop.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner takes place in the village. We usually choose for ‘Restaurant Docinho’  because of their quality and the respectful service by the lady of the house. Price tag: approx: R$ 25, – p.p.p.d., drinks included.

For the Pousada we paid it R$ 45,- per night for three persons, excluding breakfast. We absolutely appreciate this Pousada as worthwhile to use and explore more of  Taboquinhas (famous for ‘Rafting’) and its beautiful surrounding.



We traveled to Lençóís, the central city in the National Park Chapada Diamantina, with the express bus service ‘Reaal Expresso’. Without a reservation we found Lençóís Pousada Hélia. An organically built micro mountain village, that is what it resembles. Pretty apartments, almost all with private entrance in front. Cute. Against a mountainside, stunning views, surrounded by nature and yet only about 500 meters from the center of Lençóís, a small and picturesque town.

An open kitchen and dining room where the hostess Hélia (pronounced: Èlia) rules their 100% home made ‘Café de Manha’ (breakfast). Trajano, her husband, is her aid in this service. Trajano speaks English pretty well, is a qualified tour guide and very entertaining. We paid R$ 105, – per night for a three-persons apartment, breakfast included. It was a pleasure to be their quests. An enjoyable stay and highly recommended.