The Marau Peninsula is characterised by long sandy beaches, tall coconut palms, fresh water lakes and lush forests. Staying at the Butterfly House you'll have all this on your doorstep, making this a perfect coastal retreat after the excitement of Rio and other Brazilian cities.
The eleven villas are set in several acres of well-tended tropical gardens. They have the feel of country cottages with their pastel-painted walls, wooden window frames and beamed ceilings. The furniture is pleasantly rustic and woven bedspreads add a homely touch. You'll have outside space, too, in the form of a terrace or balcony, where you can sit and admire the views. Add to this subtle modern amenities such as plasma screen TVs, air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms and you have the essence of Butterfly House.
Relaxation is the main 'activity', so you'll find hammocks and sun loungers throughout the gardens, a lovely swimming pool surrounded by palm trees, and a pavilion where you can shelter from the heat of the sun. Pathways lead through the gardens to the beach, where loungers and parasols are provided. If you crave activity there are opportunities for surfing, paddle boarding, snorkelling and cycling and walking. Nearby in Camamu Bay you can take a boat cruise to outlying islands and visit Tremembe Waterfall
Meals are served in the Anna Banana Restaurant. The laid back style belies the high quality of the food you'll taste here, an imaginative fusion of Brazilian, French and Asian cuisines. There's a separate bar where you can slake your thirst with an ice-cold beer as you socialise with other guests.
Open: Butterfly House is open all year.
Location: Butterfly House is on the Marau Peninsula near Camamu Bay in Bahia. It is 250km south of Salvador. The nearest airport is Ilheus, about a 90-minute drive from the lodge. Lodge staff can arrange return airport transfers.
Rooms: There are 11guest accommodations, all self-contained, en-suite and air conditioned. They vary in size and design. Almirante is the largest bungalow with 2 balconies, an outdoor shower and 56 square metres of indoor space. Coruja and Lua suites are both on the second floor of the main house and their balconies overlook the pool. Aurora suite has a private balcony with ocean views. Sara bungalow has 2 single beds and a balcony shared with the adjoining Agra bungalow, which together make great family accommodation. Atlas and Esmerelda bungalows are in the garden and have private terraces. There are also 3 colourfully painted fisherman's bungalows, Kokopu, Opah and Quimera, with cosy interiors and secluded terraces ideal for couples. Many are decorated with French and Moroccan furnishings.
Activities: Staff are available to assist with all activities and excursions. These include snorkelling and diving, taking boat rides to Tremembe Waterfall, cruising to nearby islands, whale watching (seasonal – October and November are the best months), surfing and paddle boarding. On dry land you can hire a bike, follow hiking trails with or without a guide, and go bird watching. The lodge also offers yoga sessions.
Facilities: The lodge has a restaurant, Anna Banana, named after the English owner’s daughter, serving delicious Brazilian, French and Asian cuisine. The Butterfly Bar offers a variety of drinks. There’s a pavilion with cushioned couches for sheltering from the heat. There are books and board games free for guests to use. The lodge has several acres of gardens with hammocks and recliners, a swimming pool and sunny lawn. The beach is a short stroll away and loungers are sunshades are provided. The lodge also has a family playroom.
Dining: Breakfast is a generous buffet spread with fresh fruit, local cheese, bread and jam plus fruit juices and freshly-brewed coffee. Lunch and dinner menus reflect the seasonal produce and seafood plays a large part. Meals are served at separate tables in the restaurant and on the terrace.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Bahia is not a high risk malaria area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in public areas.