4.5
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What We Love

  • DPNY’s beachfront location on the island of Ilhabela, just off Sao Paulo’s north shore
  • A self-contained resort experience done on a compact, intimate scale
  • Relaxed vibe: Breakfast is served until 1 p.m., there's free 6 p.m. late checkout on Sundays
  • A well-curated soundtrack infuses the beach club with an Ibiza-on-Sunday atmosphere
  • DPNY’s beachside bar/bistro is simple and casual, or you can dine directly on the beach; try the cashew-encrusted shrimp with passion fruit dipping sauce
  • Jewel-like mosaic tiles and hand-painted motifs set off an otherwise understated, tropical style; the hotel also has a small shop in the local town, Vila, that sells the handmade tiles

What To Know

  • Children seven and under are not permitted
  • On Sundays, check-in is at 9 p.m., and check-out is at 6 p.m.
  • The Brazilian summer, from November to March, is hot and sunny but also rainy, with heavy tropical downpours; the best time to come to Ilhabela is from March to May, and also June to August, when there are fewer people
  • The island is 83 percent pristine coastal rain forest, so expect tiny biting flies, whose size belies their impact — bring insect repellent or ask for some at reception
  • Cinco Estrelas Suites are a compact 258 square feet; the Master Beach Suites are much larger, at 559 square feet
  • DPNY is seriously romantic, with a spa to share and enjoy and all you need for a relaxing break à deux; not the best choice for solo travelers
  • Pair with a stay at the Emiliano Hotel in Sao Paulo

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Sao Paulo sits on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Brazil, and its hardworking inhabitants have seaside escapes down to a fine art. Arriving at DPNY Beach Hotel, about 125 miles from Sao Paulo on the island of Ilhabela, I had my toes in the sand and an icy caipirinha in hand within minutes. White lounge chairs and sofas, plus neat teepees that offer a little more privacy, are arranged across the beach, and a deep house soundtrack, audible over the churning waves, sets the tone for DPNY’s cool, relaxed brand of island time.

In the suites, white accents complement warm wood and spicy-colored walls, and the high canopy beds are hung with gauzy material that doubles as mosquito netting. There are soft bathrobes, {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2902/prop-94069-1338405871-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”A short hop, and a world away, from Sao Paulo, Ilhabela offers a hip city/beach break.”}Nespresso machines and minibars in all the rooms, plus flat-screen TVs and free WiFi throughout. In the bathrooms, colorful handmade mosaics stud the walls, the product of local crafts workshops and part of a commitment to sustainability that includes solar panels, wastewater treatment and low-impact construction.

It makes the hotel’s simple elegance all the more enjoyable — as do its excellent restaurants, including the breezy alfresco sushi bar and the outstanding Tróia, where such Mediterranean classics as mushroom risotto and fresh salads are served alongside dishes of salted tropical fruit. At the drop-in spa, there’s something to do even on cloudy days, from massages, baths and salon treatments to just circulating through its spaces, from sauna to Jacuzzi, and from warm indoor pool to the aromatherapy steam room.

Free magazines and laptops in the bar are another reason to stay indoors and bask in your after-sun tan before heading back to the beach for a DJ set as the sun dips below the sea. It’s the signal for torches and candles to be lit all over the hotel, lighting the place up with a beautiful glow all its own.

How to Get There

DPNY Beach Hotel & SPA
Av. Jose Pacheco Do Nascimento, 7668
Ilhabela, 11630-000 Brazil

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 3640 Reviews
Five star only if you look at the sky!
Reviewed 1 week ago

They tried very hard to be a great hotel but there is a lot to improve.
How dare they call this a five star hotel if there is a sewage in the middle of the beach!!
The facilities are clean but a little rundown and the staff (not all of them of course) need a vacation!
The beach is nice and warm but you can smell the sewage when you go by.
You can do much better for the money but this is Brazil!

5 stars? Really?
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After some people say to me this was the best hotel in Ilhabela, I thought I should have a look and have my own opinion. Except the pool which is big and nice and the beach, the wonderful breakfast with sparkling wine. There are things that are missing in a FIVE STARS hotel like that. There are no flip flops with the robe, insects everywhere, sofas etc dirty. Moreover, the wristband for no purpose when the kayak and all the things are in maintenance. The reception is a chaos, I knew that my room was ready because I decided after two tries to ask again, and after I was in the room I received nonsense massage saying — please come to the reception to make the check in. The relationship whatsapp of the hotel doesn’t work, last seen in March of 2019. Overall is a nice hotel but with a lot of fails, taking into account is a 5 stars hotel, it doesn’t look like, I’ve already stayed in another hotel in ilhabela the last time, 4 stars with more services than this.

A bit pretentious
Reviewed 2 months ago

Overall a pleasant experience.

We arrived on a Sunday. We couldn’t check in until 6pm because they operate a late checkout on a Sunday. Went back to reception at 6 and it was a bit chaotic to say the least. Never been to a place that operates this policy. Not sure it works especially if you’ve had a long journey to get there.

They love their wristbands here. We had to wear a purple one when we arrived at 4pm. This was exchanged for a white one when we checked in at 6pm which was exchanged for a blue one between check out and actually leaving. It felt a bit 1980 Butlins Holiday Camp but they do it so they know what package you’re on.

If you’re looking for a quiet getaway this isn’t this the place for you. They have chilled out deep house playing all day and most of the night. We enjoyed it but if that’s not your thing it’s hard to get away from.

The pool area is clean and tidy. Everything is white and a lot of it is Taittinger branded. I’m not sure this adds much to the aesthetic of the complex. To me it felt a little pretentious. They have branded DPNY products to the hilt, everything from soap to cider to your 3 different wristbands. All expensive. Which is, I guess, partly what you’re paying for here.

Most of the staff don’t speak English however you’re never a stones throw from one who can and they were all extremely pleasant and very helpful. I assume most of their clientele are local. The Brazilians are a lively bunch. They seem to arrive early to breakfast to take full advantage of the free sparkling wine., breakfast being a leisurely affair. By noon the beer, wine and caipirinha’s are on full flow. It can get a little rowdy around the pool area later into the afternoon we found out.

About the breakfast. A lovely selection and plentiful. One gripe was the flies in the room that were attracted to certain fruits and cakes in particular. One morning there was a dead blue bottle in one of the juices. Kind of puts you off. Not sure how they could tackle the problem but there are clearly solutions.

This place feels like it’s for the nouveau riche of the nation. Some of the prices at the hotel are crazy high, I’m talking London city style. £17 for a “Texturas de Chocolate” dessert which we thought was for one. Even by global standards it was expensive to stay here. I’m not entirely sure it was worth the money.

I quizzed about the water situation with reception using google translate over WhatsApp which they use to send daily ‘when would you like your room cleaned’ reminders. The mini bar in the room is stocked with only 310ml bottles of water and at R$7 a piece I worked out it would be roughly £80 to keep the two of us hydrated for the 5 night stay.

Supermarket is 15 mins walk down the road. However in the room info guide it does say you’re not allowed to bring in your own food and drink. We were never challenged over bringing in our own soft drinks, water and a couple of beers, we’re not that big into alcohol anyway. However the lady in the spa did tell me off for filling a 500ml water bottle from the jugs they supply there. All I wanted was to not have to spend 80 quid on water as I like to keep hydrated, especially in this heat. If they sold 1.5 litre bottles I may not have needed to venture out to the supermarket.

Food was generally amazing. We were on a package which included evening meal. Not all dishes on the menu are included however.

Room was great. Spacious and well appointed, right by the pool. It had a Mosquito net, you do need that. There are 9 species here. They provide repellent and bug spray in the room, a nice touch.

Top Chef and Mixologist what a team!
Reviewed 2 months ago

“Top Chef”
What a pleasant surprise we found in Ilhabella. Chef Ronaldo Xavier at Tróia Restaurant is extremely talented. His dishes are creative with a beautiful balance of flavors. Each dish is meticulously prepared and absolutely delicious. We found him by a recommendation of another Great Chef on the Island from at Ben’s Bar and Comidaria.
We also had the opportunity to meet him personally during one of our visits there and we were just as impressed with his humble and caring personality. Note we had dinner there two nights in a row. Do not miss the opportunity to experience his creations. And Elton, what an incredible mixologist at DPNY! We enjoyed the time we spent with him and Giovanni. DPNY is beautiful and is perfect for couples! Skip & Sue

a dream comes true
Reviewed 3 months ago

We stayed at the imperial suite, which was nothing but wonderful. very big privat terrace with a wonderful seaview. i suggest to order the breakfast in the room (terrace) ....you will be thrilled. of course the breakfast in the restaurant ist absolutly perfect with everything you can imagine. the staff ist amazing and reads every wish you have, the best place to relax and enjoy