The Reserva do Ibitipoca (the Ibitipoca Reserve) is a wonderful 4000 hectare private preservation project in beautiful surroundings and containing one of Brazil’s finest small hotels perfect for a luxury retreat in nature.
Located 3 hours north of Rio de Janeiro by car and easily reached from Juiz de Fora airport, the stunning Reserva do Ibitipoca offers visitors a slice of luxury in the Brazilian countryside.
Set at the junction of the Mantiquira Mountains, in the southeast of Minas Gerais state the Reserva enables you to travel into authentic Brazilian history, cut yourself off from the outside world and relax and indulge in a setting with rare levels of comfort, personal service, and delicious regional food.
At the heart of the Reserva is one of Brazil’s finest small hotels, the Fazenda do Engenho. This is a traditional farmhouse dating from 1715 but rebuilt from 2006 and has 8 sumptuous guest rooms, restaurant, Spa, sauna and hydro-massage pool. The property also has a private airstrip.
In an attempt to escape from the daily routine of our busy lives the suites do not contain televisions so that a stay whilst on holiday in Brazil here feels a world away from the humdrum of home.
Two other houses on the property are also available, 100 metres from the main house: Carlinhos, with 3 suites – perfect for families or small groups of friends – and the very exclusive, 1 double bedroom Paiol.
In all properties the best comfort is sought for guests and every bathroom is equipped with floor heaters and warm towels, the beds are extra large with Egyptian cotton sheets and L’Occitane amenities.
Meals at the Reserva combine simplicity and sophistication with a variety of breads, cakes, jams and dairy products all made on the property and all meals are typically made with local ingredients.
The Reserva do Ibitipoca is perfect for those interested in horse riding and the stable has Mangalarga and Anglo-Arabian horses for guests to set off on horseback to explore the extraordinary natural surroundings of waterfalls and mountains.
It’s an ideal property for anyone looking to escape the crowds and return to nature on a vacation to Brazil in luxury surrounds.