Itacaré, a short flight south of Salvador (Southern Bahia, Brazil)
An immaculate resort set in 110 hectares of what was originally an old cocoa farm, overlooking a private 3km stretch of golden palm-fringed beach. There is a spa/natural health centre set on a hill behind the complex with fabulous views over the coast.
2 tennis courts, 3 pools, a tour agency, free transport to Itacaré, riding, sailing, surfing, and guided hikes into the Atlantic rainforest.
The communal buildings, incorporating the original colonial mansion, have been designed according to the 'Txai concept', with carefully chosen colours and materials to complement the natural setting and allow a natural flow of air. There are a mixture of bungalows, bungalows with jacuzzis and apartment-style rooms.