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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 3477 Reviews
Perfect place for couples.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything is perfect for a couple's visit. Do not bring children, not a place for kids. Helena, from Tróia Restaurant, will recommend you very good dishes. The staff is truly outstanding, the entire hotel is prepared to couples. Food and drinks are amazing. Really enjoyed. Special thanks to Diego, who made our stay a lifetime experience.

A great escape from the week stress
Reviewed 1 month ago

Enjoyed the weekend at DPNY with my girlfriend, and had a great experience. Since the moment we booked, until our check-out, the staff was really helpful.
In the weeks previous to our arrival, the Staff Relations established contact via sms to give some advices regarding the ways to get there, tourism tips, advance check-in informations and provide even bookings for the restaurant and others. I found it really great the fact that even when the check-in is at 3PM, they welcome you earlier so you can start enjoying the beach, pool, and the other facilities. The same happens in the check-out, if you want to stay longer (just leaving the bedroom), it’s ok! They provide towels and the locker room so you can get yourself ready when you are good to leave.
The bars and restaurants are good, with a highlight to the breakfast and the Japanese restaurant.
The spa and massage menu is great, and the prices are reasonable.
Service at the pool is sometimes a little messy, although there are not many guests, but it didn’t bother us at all.
I strongly recommend the experience of staying at DPNY, definitely worth it!!

Amazing place, wonderful food and the best massage ever!
Reviewed 4 months ago

An amazing experience!
I would say it is a couple hotel, where you can enjoy your lover with an wonderful environment. The attendances are so helpful. They care about your stay.
Also the Tróia Restaurant has a special menu for the one's that doesn't eat red meat. The pistachio risotto is unique, it has an amazing taste! I truly recommend!
Also I have to mention the quality of Roni and Guilherme they helped us with our doubts and they gave us good tips.
The beach view is gorgeous, seems a peace of heaven!
The massage was speechless, Isa and Leo had an unique hands, they made the best massage ever. I truly recommend you to try it!
DPNY is definitely a special place! If you have any doubt, be sure you have to go!

Fine Couples Hotel, plus Borrachudos
Reviewed 8 months ago

For many, Ilha Bela offers a small bit of charm to an otherwise charmless region, and on Ilha Bela your best hotel bet (for couples) is DPNY. While it does not fill with the jet setter types it was originally targeted for, it still has a pleasant, upbeat vibe, with a terrific restaurant. The rooms are in good shape, the beds comfortable, and the bathroom/shower generously proportioned. Convenient valet parking. Great semi-private, peaceful beach. We felt very safe, though we generally feel very safe on Ilha Bela. Amazing what a ferry will do. (Not quite Nantucket, though ....)

Only complaint? The incessant faux-upbeat house-style music at the beach. I was there to relax, not dance.

worth of it
Reviewed 8 months ago

perfect spot to be in a couple trip, we enjoyed the food and and structure. Truly recommend the venue and the service. Tróia restaurant is a thing to look after. And the beach club not easy to find around.