FULLY STAFFED PRIVATE BEACH HOUSES
The Brazilian Beach House Company is the only travel company dedicated to renting fully staffed private properties on the coast of Brazil. We have an exclusive portfolio of around 80 astonishing properties – villas, beach houses and private islands - which rank among the most luxurious accommodation available in Brazil today.
Private house rental is the ultimate in luxury travel, allowing clients to avoid the hassles of hotel check-ins, mini-bar bills and other guests and enjoy the privacy and freedom of their own property, staff, pool and, in some cases, own beach. What’s more this is affordable luxury. Often renting a house will cost the same or less than taking a handful of rooms in one of the better hotels in the same area. Our properties are priced clearly by the night and the cost of extra services (transfers, boat charter, extra staff...whatever is needed to make a holiday perfect) are all transparent and up-front.
ORIGINAL BEACH HOUSE STYLE
Since we started renting Brazil's best beach houses nearly 10 years ago, others have tried to copy our Original Brazilian Beach House Style but only we know how to get the best out of your time both on holiday and in Brazil. The house is only part of the equation to a great holiday, the rest lies in exceptional service and delivery of what is promised.
BEST BEACH HOTELS
We understand that not everyone coming to Brazil will want to rent a house so we have hand picked the best beach hotels that share the Beach House creed of style and service. These hotels and pousadas can be booked through us at the same rates - or less - than with the hotels themselves.
STEVEN CHEW, FOUNDER
Born and educated in England, Steven subsequently lived in Venezuela and Argentina, before settling in Brazil. A pioneer of the luxury and expeditionary travel in Latin America he is the founder of the Brazilian Beach House Company. “When I started arranging travel for Clients in Brazil we hit on the idea of renting beach houses and private islands and staffing them to the highest levels as chic, owner run hotels were then almost non existent in Brazil (mid-1990’s). Since then we have had great success and fun in developing a portfolio of the best private beach houses in Brazil most of which offer accommodation that far exceeds many of the hotels in the same areas.” Steven is a Contributing editor for Conde nast Traveller in the UK and regularly writes on Brazil for US and UK titles.
"If ever a villa was made for parties, this is it. A collaboration between Swiss and Brazilian architects turned out to be a match made in heaven: the result is a modern house sustainably built from natural local materials - with dramatic verticals and horizontals more reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe than a rustic beach villa."
- Condé Nast Traveller, ‘Where to stay on Brazil´s coolest coast’ - Villa Barra Grande (October 2013)
"There’s not much of South America that the founder of the Brazilian Beach House Company hasn’t got sussed. And what Chew has really honed in on are seaside hideaways - really staggering, unutterably cool havens, from two-bedroom restored fisherman’s cottages to mansions sleeping up to 28."
- Condé Nast Traveller, The Experts - Steven Chew, Brazil (March 2013)
"Arriving at Casa das Brisas after a bumpy hour and a half from the airport, we walk into the perfect beach house. Grand and low-key all at the same time, it has soaring ceilings, but is totally un-zhushy…down the short path and beyond the garden gate is what we have come for: miles and miles of totally uninhabited, palm-fringed beach."
-Tatler, ‘Wild and Free’ - Casa das Brisas (May 2012)
"I turned to Steven Chew…one of the agents on our list of top villa specialists. In the end, Chew didn’t find us one perfect house: he found us two. We wound up splitting our week in half—three nights in the countryside and four nights in town...A full week in either home would have been perfectly pleasant, but by staying at both we got exactly what we were looking for - and then some."
- Condé Nast Traveler, A Tale of Two Houses and One (Almost) Perfect Week in Brazil - Villa Bayside & Casa Colonial 12 (March 2012)
"Casa Azul is a magical place, only further enhanced by the simple beauty of Trancoso. I booked through the Brazilian Beach House Company…They have an exclusive portfolio of around 30 properties—villas, beach houses and private islands—that rank among the most luxurious accommodation available in the country today. The company’s founder, Steven Chew, is a pioneer of the luxury and expeditionary travel in Latin America…He’s nailed it well. He understands his clients."
- Wanderlista.com, Wanderlust, Life in Trancoso Part 2 - Casa Azul (April 2011)
“Brazil's coastal Bahia region is swiftly becoming the jet set's destination du jour…If you are after your own holiday pad, look no further than Brazilian Beach House. The firm has an impressive list of contacts in the region but, more importantly, it has the keys to places to stay - from private islands to restored colonial farmhouses - that are perfect for the A-list.”
- South China Morning Post: ‘Sun’, Nuts about Brazil (May 2007)
"The Brazilian Beach House Company is easily one of the most glamorous specialists on Travelspinner...Founder Steven Chew is extremely picky about the properties he offers, and service is up to the standards of the bricks-and-mortar...The company can look after you from the moment you step off the plane.
Brazil is not a cheap destination, but Brazilian Beach House Company's prices compare favorably with hotels of a similar standard - and are likely to offer a much more memorable stay."
-Travelspinner, Review of Brazilian Beach House Company
"I had a call from Louise who says it is all absolutely amazing. They are loving it, and are blown away by it. Well done!! Thank god!! She says the pics don’t do it justice…that’s what I like to hear.” - Cream Travel UK, Roz Webster, on Casa Azul (Trancoso)
“I have done holidays for the XXX Family for 9 years and I have never had such great positive feedback as I have had for the house in Uruguay! In particular he thought the concierge service was absolutely invaluable and a really brilliant idea. They loved the country, the house was fabulous…a huge success.” - Cream Travel UK, Roz Webster, on Casa Las Piedras (La Barra, Uruguay)
"The house exceeded all expectations. I could’ve easily spent a week there. We loved the house, the furnishings, the views, and the linens.” - Condé Nast Traveller, Deborah Dunn, on Villa Bayside and Casa Colonial 12 (Paraty)
"Patacho is excellent. I love the simplicity. We are very happy here.” - Journeys By Design, Will Jones, on Villa Praia do Patacho (Alagoas)
"Steven - this property is insane! You did not talk it up enough!!” - Solset Escapes, Jacqueline Teunissen, on Villa Ilha Grande (Ilha Grande)
"In a word - brilliant. We've thoroughly enjoyed our Brazil holiday. We love the diversity, the blend of culture and the stages of cultural development…In summary, thank you for an amazing holiday.” - Will Jones, after a month long trip around Brazil with his young family of five
"We've been back from our trip for a few days now and I just wanted to say thank you for everything. We had an amazing time and all our accommodations were beyond our expectations. In the past I had planned our trips myself, but none were up to this level.” - MG, USA, after returning from his honeymoon in Brazil
"First of all, it disturbs me that many people in North America have a negative image of Rio. We found the people to be friendly, gentle and polite in the extreme. We never felt threatened or unsafe and we walked everywhere, night and day. We hailed cabs on the street and even though we don't speak Portuguese and they rarely understood our rudimentary Spanish, we always made it to our intended destination. Two observations: Brazil has the least “pushy” beach and street vendors in the world and Brazilians never honk their horns!” - CF, USA
"We're back now safe and sound and I just wanted to say we had an absolutely brilliant holiday. Thank you for all your help and advice - we won’t forget our time in Brazil for a very long time.” - Frank Hanley, Director, ‘Brazil with Michael Palin’
"I can see that our major problem is abundance. Fitting in so much in a comparatively short time. Still, better there be too much that too little. Once again thanks for all your help, which has been absolutely invaluable.” - Michael Palin, UK
"We can't thank you enough for organising the trip of a lifetime for us. Everything ran like clockwork and there is not one aspect of the trip we would have changed. We loved ALL the places we stayed in. My favourite was probably Cordoba, Cecilia's I think was Rio and kid's was Mexico. Though thinking back Galapagos and Paraty were awesome too! I am writing this from a deckchair overlooking Santa Monika beach, still pinching myself about what all our family have experienced and you were a big part of that, so thank you.” - Johnny Milne, London
"We'll think of you as we enjoy Garzon and the rest of our trip. You’ve been an amazing, and amazingly generous, resource.” - TC, NYC
“We had a wonderful time in Uruguay - loved the house - also a memorable afternoon in Garzon." - BW, NYC
“We couldn’t have wished for a better break from NYC. Gorgeous house, gorgeous spot, totally paradisic. Thanks so much!” - Condé Nast Traveller US, Deborah Dunn, on Villa Bayside (Paraty)
“The house was great, in the perfect spot. Close enough to walk into town, but far enough away for privacy. Found plenty to do with the kids on the rainy days…the house is without fault.” - Johnny Milne, London, on Casarão Amarelo (Paraty)
“Casarão Amarelo has been a fantastic experience. (The) place (is) wonderful, the house really good, but the service absolutely the best!” - CP, Chile, on Casarão Amarelo (Paraty)
“The house is a 10; it’s a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design on a cliff overlooking Insolito Bay on one side and the Atlantic on the other…and the staff is wonderful.” - RR, USA, on Villa Luz (Búzios)
"We are back from Garzon, but still there in spirit. We had - and no surprises here - a magical time in a place that was all and more that you promised it would be.” - JH, London, on The Redhouse (Garzon, Uruguay)
"Ipanema One was perfect for two couples and the location was "top ten" among our travels. Nete was lovely to us and you were so helpful in welcoming us to the apartment and booking restaurants. Our guides, Marcello and Patricia, were top quality.” - CF, USA, on Ipanema One (Rio de Janeiro)
"The staff were truly delightful - very hard working, kind and always good natured - keen to make sure we had a lovely holiday. Rozinha is a great cook. We loved the house, very comfortable and having the pool was a luxury. We swam and body surfed in the sea all day long, river fished with Bigode and most days we went riding too.” - JS, UK, on Casa Beija Flor (Canavieras)
We absolutely loved the whole thing. Just fabulous. Great holiday. House was perfect; staff were the best ever (my children fell in love with them all); food was delicious. Trancoso was charming. Fabio was extremely helpful. Really; we couldn’t have been happier.” - AB, Ibiza / UK, on Villa Itapororoca (Trancoso)
"Casa Ferradura - they said this was the perfect place for them to spend a week…beachfront location meant the kids were able to run from the house, to the pool, to the sea whenever they wanted. The rooms were simple but very comfortable and the cook was fantastic (they did say that you should definitely recommend that people have the cook as it would have been tricky without him). “ - The Black Family, UK, on Casa Ferradura (Búzios)
"Paradise found! Love the place and great house - the ultimate beach house.” - DF, UK, on Casa Azul (Trancoso)
In Uruguay we offer homes in José Ignacio, La Barra, Punta del Este and Pueblo Garzon.
As a general rule of thumb we choose fresh local produce, regional wines (in Uruguay) and favor premium local brands. In more remote areas of Brazil, products and brands are limited. For families with young children it is also a good idea to throw in some beach toys: bucket and spades, boogie-boards, footballs, etc.