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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


  •  Bar
  •  Eco-Friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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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


Still lovely and special

Our first stay was in 2012 and 4 more stays followed - each as agreeable as the others. It’s rare that an establishment manages to preserve its original vibe - and we’re very grateful that it does. We will be back!

Home away from home

This was our 3rd time at Vila Selvagem, the hotel is a charming villa on a almost desert beach. But the most incredible thing here is the service: the crew is the same since first time, they are smiling funny smart local young people, that find joy in all they do. If you really want to relax and enjoy amazing caipirinhas all day, this is the place for you.

A paradise on earth
Camila M

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.