Brazilian Roadtrip Feat. Kenoa Beach Spa & Resort In Sao Miguel, Brazil

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When the prestigious publication Travel + Leisure named Barra de São Miguel, Brazil, one of its “Best Secret Beaches on Earth”, those familiar with this formerly sleepy town in Brazil’s northeastern state of Alagoas weren’t surprised. Known more for sugar production than a place to find a luxury hotel Barra De Sao Miguel remains largely free of big resorts. Its coastline is peppered with fishing villages and deserted beaches, consisting of a coral reef that runs along the coconut palm-lined shore toward Recife, the entire Barra De Sao Miguel region is also known for calm warm waters, making it a great choice for those with children.

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BOOK YOUR STAY WITH GLOBALNOMAD TO RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING PERKS:

  • 10% off Best Available Rate (BAR)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Room upgrade, subject to availability
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability
  • Massage 
 

NUTS & BOLTS

FLY INTO: Maceió/Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport (MCZ). If you are flying from the US, you will have at least 1 flight connection. In all likelihood, you will have a stopover in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and/or Sao Paolo. 

HOW LONG IT TAKES TO GET THERE FROM...

  • New York: 14+ hours
  • Los Angeles: 19+ hours
  • Miami: 12+ hours

ESTIMATED PER PERSON COST FOR ROUND TRIP FLIGHTS:

  • New York: $519+
  • Los Angeles: $462+
  • Miami: $538+

LOCATION: Kenoa Beach & Spa Resort is located in the city of Barra de São Miguel approximately 1 hour away from the airport. 

TAXI FARE FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL: Taxis to/from MCZ are approximately $71, each way.

RECOMMENDED # OF NIGHTS TO STAY: 4 nights

COMBINE KENOA WITH:

  • Recife (3 hour 40 minute drive) - Rent a car and drive north up the coastline 
  • Rio de Janeiro (2 hour 49 minute flight) - Experience the best of Brazil! The Marvelous City is a must-see. 

WHEN TO GO: Try to plan your holiday between September and early December. Although Northeast Brazil is a destination that is hot year-round with temperatures averaging between 70-95 degrees, we recommended traveling outside of peak season (late December-mid March) and when rain is prevalent (May-August).

SAMPLE CUSTOMIZABLE ITINERARY:

Day 1: Check in @ Kenoa, get a spa treatment or message, take a short hike around the beach, visit Praia do Gunga
Day 2: Morning yoga session, go kayaking & snorkeling
Day 3: Get off the beaten path and take a trip to Penedo
Day 4: Pick up rental car. Drive 30 minutes north to the capital of Maceio, explore for a bit and have lunch there. Afterwards continue driving 1 hour 40 minutes north to Sao Miguel to Milagres. Watch the sunset and spend the night at a pousada on the beach. 
Day 5: Take a quick dip before heading to Maragogi's natural pools (1 hour 20 minute drive), have a fresh seafood lunch, hit the road for Recife (another 2 hour 10 minute drive). Check-in @ Recife hotel for 2 nights
Day 6: Spend the morning walking around old city! Recife has an abundance of churches, museums and historic buildings. Head to Boa Viagem for the best restaurants and nightlife.
Day 7: Take a tour of the historic city Olinda (15 minute drive). Check-out of hotel. Make your way to the airport to return home. 

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