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2. Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort, Brazil
Brazil’s northeastern state of Bahia is increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination for its beautiful beaches rivaling that of the well-trodden sandy shores of Rio de Janeiro. But if you are in search of an off-the-radar eco-friendly resort and spa, Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort may fit the bill.
A six-hour drive from the Bahia capital of Salvador and a far cry from the busy beaches of the north, Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort sits in front of an unspoilt beach on the Marau Peninsula, a narrow strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Camamu Bay.
The Marau Peninsula is a unique microcosm of tropical isolation where you can still find unpopulated beaches, virgin rainforest, and sparkling surf. The landscape is characterised by pristine white sandy beaches, coconut groves, Atlantic forest reserves, mangroves and traditional communities of fishermen and boat builders.
Ideally located between a deserted beach and the tropical Atlantic forest, the Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort blends in perfectly with its environment. Its décor is typically tropical and its 28 suites and bungalows offer guests all the comforts of a five star resort. The refined and individual décor of each room invokes in turn, Bali, Thailand, Africa and Bahia, and they all possess a view of the magnificent Bay of Marau.
When it comes to relaxing, the Armonia Spa offers a dry and wet sauna, heated swimming pool for Watsu therapy, gym, and whirlpool with chromotherapy.
The environmentally friendly Kiaroa Eco Luxury Resort, named after a black pearl found in the region, works harmoniously with the local community focusing on sustainability. Kiaroa is an APA (protected area), and it was entire built according to government standards for sustainability.
The energy applied in water heating is solar, furniture and artefacts around the resort are made by local artisans, the wood used in the construction of the hotel and rooms originates from reforestation areas.
Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort is an ideal location for couples and any city dwellers seeking a secluded sanctuary. Even the neighbouring areas are idyllic. The nearby village of Barra Grande, has only about 500 inhabitants and is a true place of peace and tranquility.
The Maraú Peninsula itself is not short of romance either. According to local legend, every couple that first meets at the Maraú Peninsula or travels there to spend time together will never break up.
As the legend goes, many moons ago the Indian Saquaíra and warrior Maraú lived happily in love until Camamu appeared wooing Saquaíra taking her away in his canoe.
Desperate, Maraú asked the God Tupã to embellish the place so that his love would come back, but though he was heeded, the beautiful Indian never came back. Before he died, Maraú asked Tupã for a special favour: that all couples that met at the place where he had lived with his beloved or travelled there, would never separate. Kiaroa exists exactly where Tupã supposedly granted Maraú’s wishes.
Pictures: Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com