4.5
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What We Love

  • Large, elegantly appointed suites, all with ocean-facing verandas
  • The empty beach in front of the hotel
  • Wild contemporary art on display throughout the hotel
  • Watching local men fishing in jangadas on the Atlantic
  • The authentic fishing village within walking distance welcomes visitors
  • The excellent nordeste cuisine, including fresh fish, lobster and crab, served in the on-site restaurant
  • Free WiFi

What To Know

  • The hotel is on an isolated stretch of beach in Northeast Brazil
  • The ocean on this coast can be rough and isn't great for swimming
  • The staff is attentive and professional, but only managers speak English
  • Leave the formal wear at home, there’s no nightlife here beyond the hotel’s lovely bar
  • Bring toiletries, as tiny Maceió has few shops
  • Frogs and little lizards are common — and harmless — visitors

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Concealed behind seaside sand dunes and facing a solitary beach in Brazil’s nordeste, Vila Selvagem is an art-focused 15-suite exercise in escapism. Selvagem means wild in Portuguese, and while the surroundings are indeed unspoiled, the name more accurately describes the art hanging on the walls, much of which was donated by artists who have stayed at the hotel as part of its artists in residence program.

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The suites are discreetly decked out with flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars and air conditioning, but the most luxurious amenity here is the locally sewn hammocks strung over the verandas. They’re best lounged in at dusk — after a sweat in the on-site spa’s hammam, perhaps — when the fishermen sail their lobster-laden jangadas home to Maceió. One of those lobsters will very likely end up on your plate later in the evening at the hotel’s oceanfront restaurant, where just enough continental flair is fused with traditional nordeste dishes.

If you’d like to sail the deep blue Atlantic in one of those jangadas, your gracious hosts can arrange it, along with dune buggy rides to isolated beaches or kitesurfing on a tidal lagoon. Or just order a caipirinha and sip to the sound of the surf from a daybed, rising only to stroke an occasional lap in the pool. Just because the hotel’s surroundings — and art — are wild doesn’t mean you have to be too.

How to Get There

Hotel Vila Selvagem
Rua do hotel Vila Selvagem, 401
Pontal de Maceió, 11111 Brazil

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 569 Reviews
A paradise on earth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is probably the best, most charming 5 star hotel I’ve ever stayed in. Beautiful, great room, amazing bathroom, great food, spa and the friendliest staff. Perfect to forget about the world and relax.

The best restaurant in Pontal
Reviewed 3 months ago

I went there several times with my friends and this is where we had the best food during our trip in Pontal de maceio
I had the octopus which were amazing and I also tried the raviolis, a classic choice but it was well made and good.
I recommend you to stop at the bar before and order caipirinhas, the bartender is a master in the art of preparing them. You can also eat a few pasteis as a starter.

Best place to hide and relax in Brazil
Reviewed 4 months ago

I checked in with my family (wife, 2 kids - 2 and 7 years old) on July 9 - 20 2018 and it was the best thing I ever did.

If you’re looking to relax close to the beach, this is the place to be.

I got a superior room with ocean view, which is good since it’s not an apartment and there’s no noise from next door neighbour.

Rooms are great !! Some features I liked it:

* Hard wood floor
* Really good bed and sheets
* Expresso Machine OK
* Good choice of drinks in the minibar
* I highlight the water with Ph of 8.0 (I’m a water junkie)
* Well ventilated and good amount of light from the Sun and the lamps.

Since this is a “Wild Villa” as it’s names suggest, be prepared to encounter some animals like frogs jumping around. Bugs in the room is rare, but it happened to me once.

TV channels options are excellent !! I watched the entire Tour the France and the World Cup Finals in the room with HD quality.. Really good.

Internet is Ok. Not super Fast, but Ok. Only 3G network coverage in the region.

Food Is amazing. Really good quality and awesome presentation.

Staff is super friendly and well prepared.

The beach is really good for the kids. When it’s low tide, there’s mini pools everywhere and my kids kept jumping on them. It helpd us to get a calm night, since some much energy were spent on the beach.

Hotel offers beach chairs, but they were not enough for everybody to chill out. They need more chair on the beach.

I had to take one of my kids to a doctor for a flu and staff were great to find me a close by and good doctor in the region. Which were in the next city Aracati.

Overall it was an amazing experience ! I will definitely come back next year !!

My only request for the owner is to lower a little bit the price for food in the restaurant. It’s a bit salty !!

Great experience. A few improvements needed
Reviewed 11 months ago

I stayed at Vila Selvagem for 5 days with my 2 kids (6 and 7-year old). The place is lovely, the facilities really charming. I got us a garden suite which was roomy, super well designed and very clean!
The pools were simple but great! Always clean and with a right temperature. The beach is indescribable! Really gorgeous!
The food at main restaurant and bar is OK. A little overpriced for such a small village.
Quality of food was average and the service was inconsistent. While some waiters were well trained, others didn’t know what they were serving (I asked a waitress what was she serving as a courtesy appetizer and she had to ask the kitchen).

A few suggested improvements:
- finish the area behind gazebos at the large pool. We were staying with a group of small kids over there and realized the floor was unfinished.
- Fresh water shower closer to access to the beach.
- more chairs at the beach.
- protect power lines next to the “caju tree” close to the small pool. I went there to show some Italian friend what a caju fruit was and got tangled in some electric plug and cords.
- Remove rug from room! Totally unnecessary and dusty! Rooms are beautiful as is.
- Train restaurant employees evenly.
- Ad a clothes line to the bathroom to dry bathing suits. I saw many guests placing those itens to dry at their balconies and I did the same.

Those are just some improvements suggestions. I would totally recommend this place and would stay there again.

Birthday
Reviewed 2 years ago

Although we were the only guest for lunch on the 23d of May we were utterly surprised about the readiness of the kitchen staff and the service. The service would be no problem being no guest but the kitchen operated as if it was just a normal busy day. efficient, rapid and up to standards in taste as one may expect from a reputable restaurant,
The highest marks are applicable in this case.