BBH HOUSE CATEGORIES
We have divided the properties in the Brazilian Beach House Collection into five categories, all of which are fully-staffed and are the very best of their kind. The houses and private islands in Prestige are all very private and tend to be the biggest and most luxurious, suiting high-rollers and James Bond villains alike. Family lies at the heart of what we are about – stylish homes in great locations with exceptional, low-key service. Beach Cottages houses are a selection of blissfully simple, more remote beach houses for those who want to get away from the world. Urban Pads will delight those looking for the action of the city without cutting down on their beach-time and Haciendas is a collection of a few one-off, world-beating private ranches either in the interior or near the coast.
From basking on secluded decks overlooking virgin beaches to skimming across the emerald surf on speed-boats, the villas in our Prestige Collection have been hand-picked for their ability to provide the ‘I cant believe this’ wow-factor and guests have often commented they feel like they are living on an exotic film set. The favoured hideaways for off-duty celebrities, these properties combine a high-level of privacy with serious style, with many conceived by some of the country’s most renowned architects using locally sourced materials that blend with the natural surroundings. Along-side a full household of staff that run each property like the best private boutique hotel, many of the houses come complete with their own helipad and pier. Locations vary from prime position, beach-front in jet-set hideaway Trancoso to far, far off-the-grid beach front estates, secluded mansions set on the sand in a tropical fjord of a protected nature reserve on the Costa Verde or perfectly equipped private compounds on pristine north-eastern beaches. Representing some of Brazil’s most iconic beach-houses, the homes in the Film Stars and Villains Collection set the scene for an other-worldly escape of total luxury. Impressive swimming pools, sunset views from palm-fringed beaches and endless entertaining areas make these properties the ideal fit for a large group of friends, or families who have something serious to celebrate. This is as close as BBH gets to doing bling.
Imagine a long day soaking up the sultry sun on the beach before heading up to the penthouse for sunset cocktails, followed by summer nights in one of Latin America’s most happening cities. This is what our Urban Pads Collection is all about. Rooftop terraces and wide verandas take advantage of Rio’s abundant natural beauty and iconic views and offer a ready excuse to entertain friends under the stars. State-of-the-art technology and luxury linens are combined with pieces from some of Brazil’s hottest emerging artists and designers to create a quintessential Carioca vibe that compliments the views and leaves the city’s best hotel rooms in the shade. With destination specific concierges in each of our locations, guests have the inside track on the private events to look out for and local favourites not to miss.
The Urban Pads Collection has recently been extended to include some of the most incredible, state of the art apartments in Punta del Este (Uruguay) where guests enjoy the added benefit of being looked after at home by our local team of talented young chefs who create meals and menus to reflect your surroundings.
Brazil would always be on the podium to collect the Gold when it comes to beach-life - a long practiced, and perfected, skill of knowing just how to settle into a hammock after a long lunch and catch the sea-breezes during an afternoon snooze. Our Family Collection encapsulate this languid lifestyle and offers a charming collection of properties that are full of individual character and stretch from the coconut palms of Bahia to the bays of Búzios, the cobbled streets of colonial Paraty to private islands on the Emerald Coast and now extended south to José Ignacio and along the Uruguayan Coast. Shying away from the hype, these houses revel in the fact that they remain blissfully under the radar, perfect for families or friends looking for a supremely spoiling holiday which has everything to do with the destination. Villas come complete with a team of passionate locals, creative chefs who know just what beach food is all about, with your BBH host on hand to organize capoeira masters, surf instructors, English-speaking yoga teaches and masseuses so that it can all come to you. Many are located right on the beach, most have swimming pools and are located with easy reach of a small town or pretty village nearby for shopping trips, evening excursions and laid-back dinners.
In Uruguay we have set up Family homes in and around the fashion summer hang out of José Ignacio, Manantiales and La Barra as well as slight further in land in Pueblo Garzon, a great year-round destination.
Enlivened with a sense of adventure befitting the most discerning of Robinson Crusoes, our Beach Cottages Collection are hidden in remoter and less well-known parts of the Brazilian Coast and are ideal for a more independent traveller who enjoys trail-blazing. Lovingly restored former fisherman’s cottages and deluxe beach-shacks, island houses and surf shacks in the far North-east of Brazil offer a new wave of private accommodation to enthuse guests with a feeling of pioneering and discovery. While the service in these houses has been deliberated paired down (there is no English speaking host at hand to help out, for example) all have been selected by using the same rigorous criteria we apply to the bigger, grander villas in the BBH Collection. All have been selected for their location, for being impeccably maintained and run and that they all represent the very best of their kind. All benefit from having daily maid service (the maid is also responsible making wonderful tropical breakfasts) and pre-arrival grocery shopping can be arranged so that guests arrive to a fully stocked fridge and with the BBQ lit. This is beach-life at its simple best and requires little packing…real bare foot luxury. Booking a Beach Cottages House will perhaps offer the most authentic in-country experience of all the houses in our Collection and call for a certain amount of self-reliance. We simply love them.
We have cherry-picked just a handful of private haciendas, estancias and fazendas (farms) and country estates dotted around the Brazil from Bahia, via the heartlands of Minas Gerais to the depths of the Pantanal to offer several truly unique ways of experiences Brazil. Away from the coast in Uruguay near the picturesque village of Garzon we offer several great country homes that make a great base to experience rural Uruguay year round, while being close enough to the beaches to make summer holidays a perfect mix of beach and countryside.
Whether saddling up to track wildlife in the Pantanal wetlands, trekking through a semi-private sierra deep in the interior of Brazil, or coasting down the river to some of the country’s most un-spoilt beaches, staying on a private estate offers one of the most rewarding and extraordinary ways of exploring Brazil and Uruguay. Everything you need is on tap, with a full time staff and concierge to arrange all activities and meals. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to match a cowboy hat with your bathing suit and ideal for families with children of all ages.