4.5
Very Good 535 Reviews
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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 535 Reviews
Great experience. A few improvements needed
Reviewed 6 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 1 year 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.

Interesting but fun stay
Reviewed 2 years ago

This hotel is postcard perfect. Stunning beach, beautiful facilities, the rooms are very spacious. Literally didn't see a single other guest until the last day of our stay. Felt super secluded. Only complaint would be the food, especially since you are limited to eating only at the hotel restaurant since there's not much nearby. Everything was extremely salty! So salty it was inedible. Literally everything. Oddly enough the only thing not salty was the fries! Lol. Overall it was a great stay, but the food needs big improvement.

Dinner with friends
Reviewed 2 years ago

Location is a 'one off'. On the unspoilt endless beaches of Fortim one can watch the jangada's coming in or departing for their daily fishing trips whilst savoring a well prepared and served dinner of seafood. Located on the beach shore the view is magnificent and due to its location never boring. A must for every traveler who enjoys and loves nature as it comes. The restaurant is indeed beautifully situated and from every table an unrestricted view of the beaches and ocean with its constant rolling waves is guaranteed. Be it shrimps or lobster or any of the daily caught fishes, they all are a temptation for more and a return in the not to distant future.
For those who only a dinner is not sufficient to encompass it all the hotel has a wide range of very beautiful extensively equipped rooms and chalets catering for the most experienced and spoilt traveler.
A recommendation for all and worthwhile the detour.

Perfect place to rest and enjoy life
Reviewed 2 years ago

First class hotel with good prices, Vila Selvagem was beyond our expectations. Excelent room, spa, food and staff. Very romantic at night and super charming in the morning, it's a perfect choice for couples or family.

If you want more privacy avoid weekends, when it gets really overbooked. If you get the chance to go on full moon, DO IT!

The hotel is located in a desert beach so if you want lots of things to do you should choose other location. Its a good choice for walking by the beach, relaxing by the pool, resting and playing cards at night listening the sound of the sea.