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

I loved this place..
Ford S

DPNY is a special place however you do always have keep in mind that you are in a third world country and you have to let the small things go.. Better yet enjoy the fun sometimes quirky things that can happen.

I reserved the Presidential Suite and it's huge with two bedrooms and two full baths. Living, Dining, Entertainment room and an inside jacuzzi, with wrap around balcony's.. The suite is very colorful and the staff could not be more accommodating.

The manager Nathalia Yumi made our stay even more delightful.. She would recognize us coming and made sure that we had everything that we needed during our stay. Many of the staff don't speak english and she was a huge help.

The beach is incredible. The restaurants are both really great and again the staff made all the difference in the world.

It was great to go the beach and have the beach attendant remember everyday and what you were drinking and eating.. making our stay here really wonderful.

They don't allow children and even though I love kids.. sometimes it's great to be in a beautiful setting and hanging at a beautiful pool without the screaming and playing of yound children.

I love this place and can't wait to go back

Five star only if you look at the sky!
albert f

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?
Luiz J

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.