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Reserva do Ibitipoca
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Sao Paulo, SP
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32 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very Very good place to be”
Reviewed 7 February 2014

Ibitipoca State Park is a deligthful. Very well preserved this park has rivers, waterfalls, wild animals , beautiful scenario in a rural enviromental. Feels like an old farm surrounded by silence and nature. The best way to stay is at this place. It is expensive, prices of a 5 star hotel but it deserves it. It feels like traveling back in time. It has conviniences and yet keeps the touch of an old farm. Confortable bed and bath, everything was though to provoke...To arise our senses..there is beauty everywhere. Exellent food. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.. amazingly good.
The place is not easily accesed. Next biggest town is the city of Lima Duarte which is a small town of 20K people. Need to be reached by car or contact the hotel to see if they offer transportation. From Rio is around 4-5 hrs drive. Lima Duarte city will be around 3-4 hrs drive.
Drive towards State of Minas Gerais, city of Juiz de Fora and then towards the city of LIma Duarte, get off the highway in Lima Duarte e follow the signs to IBitipoca. The hotel is in mid way from Lima Duarte city to Ibitipoca small village.
At night visit the town of Ibitipoca for music, rustic bar and beers..It is a safe place. Crimes are close to zero.

Room Tip: any room is fine. all rooms are excellent and well located. I visit the city of Lima Duarte monthly...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Everything about this beautiful reserva is perfect. There is nothing to say apart from if you are visiting brazil then find a way to go there, and book. There is no way anyone could be disappointed.

One tip - it's an easy 3.5 hour drive from Rio but you would need a sat nav, as is usual all over the world car hire companies charge sky high prices to include them in car hire, so I would load up maps and take your sat nav with you :)

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

This place is magical, you feel at home even though you're on the other side of the world. the staff is amazingly friendly, food is perfect.. It's quite hard to get there but definitely worth it! We stayed only one night but could easily spend a week there.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brazil
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47 reviews
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

My husband chooses this place for our honeymoon. It was a total surprise and an enormous delight for me. I wish we can be there back soon!!! We totally loved this place.

The trip

We took a plane from Brasilia to Rio, and then we came by car to Lima Duarte. From there we got some dirt roads so I think off roads could do better. Anyway, it's real a short way. You enter the complex crossing a low water. We were welcomed with juices and by a formidably nice hostests.

The Acomodations

The main building is a house in the style of the classical farmhouses of Brazil. There were a chill in the air, so the fireplace was on. Everyone wearing horse boots (yuppi!). Our room, the last one of the house, was huge, with an extremely beautifull bathtub in the center of the room and very large accommodations, the best pillows, linens, shampoos and etc. I can say for sure that in this place everything is thought twice to make you feel good and welcome. They offer robes, warm up your bed while you're gone with small sacks of seeds, put whine in your room in the night. Everything. Just to be perfect.

Food

The food is marvelous too. A lot of seasonal fruit, all from the regional farmers and a lot of the food is from even the farm itself. The breakfast is amazing as the lunch, but, the supper is to eat on your knees! In one of the days, the even took us to a full dinner near a waterfall!

Fun

There's a lot to do. Horse riding, Walks, visiting, observe the wildlife, visit waterfalls, swim, massage, alternative therapy and a very nice ofuro and sauna, from where you can see the stars. And also the park, that you can't miss...

I can say I highly recommend this romantic place to couples and people that want to know more about brazilian nature. It's a unique experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Newgale, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

A little bit difficult to get here from Rio but well worth the effort. We initally booked in order to experience the pony trekking which exceeded our expectations. As with all the other reviews the service and setting is unforgettable

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Not easy to get to (it's in the middle of nowhere, deep inside the state of Minas Gerais and at the end of 20 kms of unmetalled road) but it's resoundingly worth the effort. This 19th C fazenda is in a league of its own amongst Brazilian hotels. Wonderful accomodation, charming and attentive service, (complete with a natural Brazilian charm) and really outstanding food. This is the only hotel in Brazil in my experience that can match the quality of the luxury hotels of Asia. The all-in model works delightfully well. Excellent walking and horseback tours in beautiful, unspoilt countryside, charming surprise picnics, and, best of all, beautiful pop-up dinners al fresco next to candle-lit waterfalls or by moonlight. And by Brazilian standards, surprisingly good value - even underpriced! Everthing about the Reserva do Ibitipoca is a cut above the national standard. Luxury bed linen in tastefully and individually decorated bedrooms, beautifully decorated meal tables, the best quality - yet locally sourced - food. All done with a respect for place, so that you will experience familiar Brazilian dishes (pão de queijo, bolo de fubá, feijão, etc) at an unfamiliar high standard of flavour and presentation. If lunch is an indulgent orgy of 'comida mineira', dinner is lighter and more sophisticated, thereby brilliantly addressing both Brazilian and European tastes. The whole experience was, on both visits, near perfect. Other Brazilian hotels aiming at the highest standards of hospitality; watch and learn!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Steeles Tavern, Virginia
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

My wife and i recently spent Christmas at the Reserva with our sons. It is hard to imagine having a better experience at a hotel than we had here. To start with the staff and service are special. Everyone makes a special effort to make you feel welcome. On Christmas Eve the staff set up a wonderful feast under some beautiful old Jabuticaba trees with lanterns shining throughout the trees and a path of lanterns leading up to the trees from the hotel...so much care and effort to make the evening special for all of us....very touching and so beautiful. The hotel is intimate with only 8 rooms. Meals may be taken alone, but we always opted for the communal dinner where we shared our excellent meals with other guests making friends and enjoying the regional cuisine. The food alone is worth a trip.
The hotel, built in original colonial style has comfortable large rooms with very comfortable beds and a great attention to detail, expensive linens, good wifi despite the remote location, Occitane soaps, great shower. The sprawling property sits next to the State Park of Ibitipoca and is a setting of stunning natural beauty. The hotel provides professional guides for hikes and horse-rides into the park and its surroundings. We went on one every day. We highly recommend the horse rides for those who enjoy this and if you go on a hike into the park do not miss the "Janela do Ceu" one of the most beautiful natural spots we have seen. The park is full of caves and waterfalls and beautiful views of the surrounding Minas mountains. At night we enjoyed the outdoor jacuzzi looking at the brilliant sky and shooting stars with a caipirinha from the local cahaca. The hotel is a 4 hour drive from Rio and the last 20 or so km are on a dirt road.
The staff were fantastic and friendly and welcoming. Renato the owner joined the guests for a few meals and made us feel welcome and told us the history of the Reserva and the surrounding lands. We spent a very special four nights here and cannot recommend it more highly. This place is truly a GEM in Minas!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Reserva do Ibitipoca
Address: Fazenda do Engenho Ponte Nova Entrada Lima Duarte III | Ibitipoca, Lima Duarte, State of Minas Gerais 36140-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Minas Gerais > Lima Duarte
Amenities:
Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Lima Duarte
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Reserva do Ibitipoca 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8

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