What We Love
- All-encompassing dedication to sustainability
- Gorgeous infinity pool overlooking a rustic stretch of uncrowded sand (a tall order in Brazil)
- Seclusion and discretion: Staff knows when to say when
- The restaurant’s specialty: Portuguese cataplanas, rich seafood stews served in traditional copper pots
What To Know
- The property is small and intimate (read: best for couples)
- The beach is the main attraction; there’s not much else in Barra do São Miguel
- Breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Eco friendly
- Golf Course
Modern design and rustic character blend seamlessly at Pedro Marques’s architectural marvel, tucked away in the beachside town of Barra do São Miguel, 19 miles south of Maceió in northeastern Brazil. Constructed in 2009 and a member of the Design Hotel group, Maceió architect/interior designer Osvaldo Tenório incorporated indigenous and reclaimed details at every turn: Brazil-nut-shell doorknobs throughout the property, inverted antique iron bells as planters, faucets fashioned from recycled iron pipes. The common living room features a repurposed sugarcane cauldron flanked by thousands of Pernumbucan sandstone bricks, recycled railway ties revived as a massive coffee table, and rescued sugarcane mills reconceived as suspended end pieces.
Bed and Bath
Kenoa has 23 guest rooms with with dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass doors that offer views of the Atlantic Coast. The 12 villas include particularly luxe amenities: Marajo Villas have separate living rooms, private infinity pools and beachside terraces, while Jaobi Villas also offer private beach access. Splurge on the signature Kenoa Villa and you’ll also get a Japanese soaking tub and a deck with a private garden.
Wellness is a main focus at Kenoa. Hit the fitness center, which has views of the beach, then unwind with a massage at the large, Shiseido-equipped spa. The resort’s Kaamo restaurant features a wine bar overlooking the ocean and locally sourced three-starred fare prepared by chef César Santos. Don’t skip dessert: The guava petit gâteau is extraordinary.
How to Get There
We arrived wet, cold and miserable at Debarra Lodge on one of the most awful days of the summer. We were given a warm greeting by the owners of this lovely B&B and were shown to our spacious family room, decorated in golden colours, which comfortably fitted 1 double and two single beds. We also had use of a guest sitting room, where you could watch TV, make tea and coffee (nespresso) and eat the homemade scones, etc. The next morning we woke up and found we were surrounded by amazing views of the countryside. A great breakfast and a lovely ‘Bean an Ti’. We stayed 2 nights and enjoyed the luxury very much. We will definitely stay here again when we go back to Rosscarbery to enjoy the amazing restaurant scene there.
Our two night stay included a warm welcome, a nice modern room, and easy conversation with Sinead, the B&B owner, breakfast chef, and manager. Her home-made brown bread is memorable. I want some now! We enjoyed our conversations with Sinead about Ireland today, too. The lodge was easy to find using our phone. The location is a short drive to Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Leap, the Lough Hyne, Drombeg, and more.
Sinéad and Dan are very hospitable hosts in this delightful home from home, in the beautiful village of Rosscarberry in West Cork.
Food is VG with home baking a delight, especially Sinéads Soda Bread. All is clean and well cared for, but most important of all is the Irish Hospitality. Because only in Ireland does one enjoy such genuine warmth, fun and sociability.
As such, de Barra Lodge is warmly commended by the Ponsonby Family after a 7 night stay in August 2018.
Best Wishes to all in Rosscarberry, West Cork, RoI.
Mike and Martina Ponsonby
We stayed here for two nights towards the end of June as myself and the girlfriend were down for the whale watching trip the leaves from Reen pier.
The B&B is modern and bright with big clean rooms.
The host was Sinead and she was just great, so friendly and helpful.
It has to be one of the best breakfasts you can get and mine was only the gluten free one.. For the normal folk she had homemade wheaten bread and scones and loads of cereals and homemade musli.
It truly was a very pleasant stay and thanks again for having us. Keep up the great job Sinead and husband... (sorry, can’t remember you name!)
Spent the May bank holiday weekend at deBarra lodge with our son. Very family friendly with a comfortable clean room. Sinead and Dan were they most wonderful hosts, made us all feel very welcome. With tea and cake on arrival to the wonderful breakfast, it was simply delightful. I did not want to leave!