The area is very much a romantic, luxurious destination aimed at couples but also suited to families; not really for young singles or anyone expecting British food or even English to be widely spoken. Anyone seeking a traditionally Brazilian experience would be better advised to look at Praia do Forte nearby. Brazilians make up the bulk of visitors, but there are also British, French, Italian, German and American guests. All hotels have conference facilities.
The accommodation consists of around five large international all inclusive chain hotels, all with extensive pool areas, and around 6 small "pousadas" (guesthouses) built with different themes inspired by Brazilian architecture.
The beach here stretches for several miles in both directions, rocky in places and fringed by a wide band of palm trees. The large tidal range means the sloping, fine, golden sand can be anything from 5 yds to 25 yds in width. Three lifeguards with jet-skis patrol a ¾-ml section of beach that lines the resort; rocks and currents make swimming dangerous in places. The Atlantic can be rough, but reefs provide natural swimming pools at low tide. Many visitors tend to stay by their hotel pools, but all hotels have beach services with parasols, sun loungers and drinks; a water-sports centre (nonmotorised activities only) has a spot on the beach. The almost constant breeze offers welcome relief from the heat of the sun, but it is wise to use sunscreen and limit your exposure time.
Shoppers will find Vila Nova village has a range of small expensive shops and boutiques largely selling upmarket artisan products; the large hotels have their own similar outlets. Otherwise facilities are limited. There are only a couple of shops in the whole resort selling cigarettes, drinks and snacks at inflated prices. Post office also available. The city of Salvador has a full range of shops.
Entertainment and activity in the area consists mainly of beach activities and water sports, including surfing, canoeing, kayaking, water-bikes and pedalloes; tennis; 18-hole championship golf; horse riding; football; squash; cycling or walking along the beachfront promenade; eco trails for walking. The large hotels have extensive entertainment programmes. Nightlife is limited to low-key bars and 1 nightclub; flood-lit tennis.
Eating out offers little outside the large hotels. However, all the large hotels have restaurants offering a choice of buffet meals and, in places, Italian or sushi. Vila Nova Village has a few small eateries with tables and chairs spilling onto the cobblestones outside.
Local excursions consist of a canoe trip through the mangroves and along the river; jeep tour to a fishing hamlet; bird-watching; Salvador's carnival atmosphere and African dancing (evening). Full day: colonial city of Salvador for shopping and sightseeing.
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