I looooove hotels, and have had the good fortune to experience a wealth of inspiring spaces around the world, from La Mamounia in Marrakech to The Upper House in Hong Kong ~ but I believe my so-far favorite must be Hotel Villa Bahia, which we stumbled upon in the heart of Salvador’s historic center. A cozy 17-room jewel of an inn built from two adjoined Portugese colonial homes, it’s an adventure in and of itself.
Each room is named after and decorated in ode to a particular period in Bahia’s history ~ Africa, Asia, Europe ~ and the ways they all blend together make the hotel an intensely romantic reflection of the distinctive local soul. One day, I’d love to escape to Salvador da Bahia for months at a time, hole up in the Hotel Villa Bahia, and write a book. It’s the sort of place one should do such a thing. The hotel’s restaurant alone is worth the trip to Brazil. They served the greatest ceviche I’ve ever tasted (above right). // Our travel companion Gaby claims to have finally mastered the recipe for moqueca (below left), the steaming fish stew that is Salvador’s local specialty. I can’t wait to recreate it out in Amagansett. We’ve been redecorating our little cottage out east in anticipation of another dreamy summer, and are channeling the villa’s juxtaposition of ancient, rough-hewn woods and white-washed textures. |PHOTOGRAPHY| by Zachary Lynd and Kelly Framel
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