Minas Gerais, Brazil
Parrots fly free in the rainforests, cool rivers run through green valleys and caves, and when the sun goes down, the sky is bright with stars. Few foreigners have discovered this 5,000ha (larger than the state park that borders it) private reserve and sustainability initiative 4 hours north of Rio, where nature rules. Come here now, before the in-the-know crowd discovers its amazing array of unique experiences.
The centerpiece of the reserve is the 18th-century farmhouse of Fazenda do Engenho, one of Brazil’s finest examples of colonial architecture that has been sensitively restored to its elegant beauty. The main manor house has just 8 suites and 3 rooms in one separate guest house, a unique bespoke design mixing local, rustic heritage and 21st-century amenities, and stables of Mangalarga horses.
Guided Walking Tours
Reserva do Ibitipoca’s luxury is found in the simplicity of every detail. The facilities operate in the former headquarters of the Engenho Farm, a renovated mansion that is surrounded by green area at an altitude of 900m.
The eight suites feature unique décor composed of handicrafts that highlight the local culture, king-size beds, Egyptian cotton bedding, Victorian baths, amenities of the Brazilian company Trousseau, and heated towels and floor.
Rates start at $690 per night
Rates include all meals and non-alcoholic drinks, daily yoga lessons, use of the dry sauna and outdoor jacuzzi and daily guided tours on foot with a private, local guide.
Complimentary Wifi and sitting areas, as well as private bathrooms with heated floors. Free breakfast is served in a quaint restaurant.
Ibitipoca prioritizes economic, social and environmental sustainability, as well as the happiness of employees in all decisions.
Leads by example and shows the community the value of preserving local culture and habitat.
Provides visitors with a significant cultural experience, holistic natural experience, and opportunities to improve the mind and body; each visitor leaves the reserve in a better physical and mental state than when they arrived.
Raises awareness of global environmental issues such as global climate change, and prioritizes the reduction of our carbon footprint.
Prioritizes the purchase of local and environmentally sustainable products and, when possible, self-sustains with the production of goods within the Reserve.
Nature Trekking & Adventure
Yoga & Wellness
Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
Complimentary welcome drink
50% off one spa treatment