Bianca Gayoso

Reserva do Ibitipoca

with Bianca Gayoso
  • Where:Lima Duarte

  • Why:Couples retreat.

  • When:December 2013

  • Who:Eight couples (all best friends).

Highs & Lows

  • This secret hideaway in a Brazilian nature reserve, almost four hours away from Rio de Janeiro, is worth every minute spent driving. The hotel is a 3,000 hectares reserve surrounded by rain forests where you choose whether you’d like to chill on a veranda, go for a hike, horseback riding or if you’re lazy, drive to breathtaking settings and waterfalls. Definitely walk to the natural swimming pool and relax with a caipirinha.

  • The service is spectacular! Highly personalized (you can have breakfast at whatever time you want) and charming. Plus, the owner, Renato Machado, was on property and told us about the hotel and how he developed the idea of the hotel.

  • The food! I could write pages about it – it’s fantastic!!! Delicious regional cuisine with local, organic, and super fresh ingredients. I bought some of the cheese to bring home. Probably gained 10 pounds on this trip with all of the amazing food.

  • The rooms are super spacious and comfortable with a rustic, chic design. The bed is one of the best I’ve slept in my life (really!). And the bathroom with a Victorian style bath and shower… amazing! No TV or mini bar – but I loved that.

  • We were a group of eight couples so we had the hotel all to ourselves. If you are traveling with a smaller group you can rent one of the mountain houses, which is part of the hotel as well.

  • Fantastic place to get away from the city. Had an amazing massage with the sound of the waterfall in the background.

    The Barometer

    • Design

    • Website

    • Life Changing

    • Environmental Consciousness

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Stealable Stuff

    • Refer a Friend

    Total: 50/50

    Important Bits

    • Type

      Farmhouse boutique hotel

    • Vibe

      A combination of luxury, simplicity and adventure.

    • Location

      Four hours north of the middle of nowhere.

    • Rooms

      8 (alternative accommodation is available in Viradouro's House or in two uphill mountain houses).

    • Music


    • Year Opened

      Opened in 2009 for visitors.

    • Designed By

      Helio Pellegrino & Marcia Muller

    • Pool/Gym

      Natural pool with a small waterfall, outdoor hot tub, spa, sauna, and yoga classes in the morning.

    • Restaurant

      Not really a restaurant…more of a dining room furnished with a wood burning stove. Guests can either eat at the communal main table or sit at individual tables. At night they have a special dinner setup outdoors.

    • Bar


    • Minibar


    • Wifi

      Yes, free on property.

    • Children

      Leave them at home and enjoy a getaway…the hotel only welcomes children over the age of 14.

    • Price

      Pricey but worth every penny (btw – it’s also all-inclusive)

    Reserva do Ibitipoca

    Fazenda do Engenho, S/N - Conceição do Ibitipoca, Lima Duarte - MG, 36140-000, Brazil

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