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Iberostar Praia do Forte
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Praia do Forte
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Brasilia, DF
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“Wonderful surprise in Bahia!”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

In first place, I would like to say this was quite a surprise my wife and I had during our stay. I can definitely say that this resort is very close to "international standards" five star resorts we have stayed. If there would be a 4.5 stars... this would be the perfect "positioning" for this place.

A few mishappenings took place, but nothing that would take the merit of a delightful week we stayed at the Iberostart Praia do Forte. Lets go into the details:

Front desk/Reception: We were very welcomed when arrived. Doormen came to pickup our bags and had no problems. While checking in, we had our welcome drink twice and received many explanations of the hotel, its services, meals, dinner reservations, activities, etc.

Room: Very nice room. Large, clean and bright. We did not get an ocean view, since most of the time we would spend outside the room, so it was not wirth paying extra. The "standard" room is already quite good. The only downside was a smell in the bathroom (moldy beach smell)... but it was very weak, so it did not bother much.

Cleaning: Room was clean. Bathrooms were clean. Hotel ammenities were also quite clean. No problems there. Only once we found a cockroach under a door, since they were disinfecting some areas.. and I guess this one escaped!

Food: Was awesome. Always penty of it. The main restaurant is the "Pelô"... where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. There are other 4 restaurantes available. 3 of them are "thematic" restaurants where you need to reserve in advance (oriental, gourmet, and Bahia food). They were all delicious. Just remember to wear long pants for the gourmet restaurant. The fourth restaurant (Maresias) is located close to the pools and beach. This is the least "sophisticated" of them.. but it does the trick (its common sense.. you are not going to put a fancy place close to the pools and the beach!).

Service: 100% everywhere we went, smiles, smiles smiles. The most important issue in our stay was the "welcome feeling" that the staff gave us. We felt at home! It was one of the reasons we will be back for sure! A special thanks to Luana (drinks lady) and Emerson and Edson (chefs) for making our stay so great!

Entertainment: we were amazed with all the activities that were available. We didn´t do half of them. Close to the pool, many things take place, like dancing classes, aerobics, beach volley, water polo, etc. Too many to state each of them. During the night, we went to the Theater shows (10pm). We didn´t have many expecatations, but I have to admit.. some of them were small "brazilian off Broadway" productions. They were awesome! On thursday, since staff get their night off, there is a more "interactive" production called "Mr. Iberostar" which was ok.. not so great as the others.
Close to the hotel (around 10km by car, 4km walking in the beach) there is the small town of Praia do Forte, where the Tamar project takes place (turtle project). I definitely recommend everyone to reserve a day there. During the morning, you can stay at the natural pools in the beach (go in the low tide, from 9am to 4pm)... and during the afternoon, you can visit many local stores, restaurants, etc. Very nice day we had. (not included in the hotel).
Other things like the gym (very nice gym.. one of the best gyms I have seen in hotels here in Brazil) and Spa (not included in the hotel price, but has some very good services that we did and recommend) are part of the things you can also do in the hotel.

We did not play tennis, golf nor squash, so we will not comment on these services.

We can say that we really enjoyed our week in Iberostar Praia do Forte.

One last recommendation is: Iberostar has two resorts beside each other.. Iberostar Bahia AND Iberostar Praia do Forte. We were confused in the beginning on where to stay and what was the difference between them.

The Bahia resort was more for the "young generation" that wants to have fun and go wild... where the Praia do Forte was more of a family/couples getaway. More quiet and relaxed. This is the impression we had, since we could go to both places. If you prefer a family/quieter place, stay in Praia do Forte. It has also some "extras" that Iberostar Bahia doesn´t have! Also, Praia do Forte has more pools with various shapes, while Iberostar Bahia had more of the "large pools and everyone crowded there" style. We were happy we chose Iberostart Praia do Forte... but that was our taste... it might not be what everyone is looking for!

In general, this was a VERY pleasant experience that we would recommend to friends!

Room Tip: If you like silence and peace, stay in Block 5 with garden view. Blocks 6 and 7 are close to where...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dear Guest,

Thank you for recommending our hotel on TripAdvisor! We are glad to hear that you and your wife had a great experience with us in Bahia! We can´t wait to see you again, It will be a pleasure to host you in the near future! Thank you one more time for sharing your detailed comment with us, please do not hesitate to contact me for anything you might need.
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

We stayed at Iberostar Praia do Forte for 10 days last August.
Went with SATA to Salvador and all transfers with Grou Viagens e Turismo.

About the hotel:
Room – nice, clean and adequate size for two adults and a child.
Restaurants –The buffet was quite good ok but the restaurants “á la carte” were not so good and didn’t offer a large variety of food. The desserts were all the same for 10 days at all restaurants. Real fruit juice all the time (at breakfast and in the swimming pool bars). All inclusive works just fine. Iberostar style!
Swimming pool and beach – Excellent swimming pool area. A wonderful swimming pool for kids. There was only one problem, the swimming pool and the areas nearby were cleaned during the day, with guest using these facilities… This should be solved and these areas should be cleaned after closing… Excellent swimming pool bars. Nice beach but the sea is too ruff… The beaches nearby the village of Praia do Forte are excellent and the sea is calm and warm.
Mini club – The main building is old or at least it seemed to be…
Employees – Friendly
Animation – Verygood. Every hour of the day and night. Children just love the guys from miniclub. “E o miniclub é muito bom!!!”
If you want peace and quiet you will have to stay away from children swimming pool area because there is where animation stays.
Nice evening shows, Caribbean style.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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IberostarHotelBrasil, Quality Manager at Iberostar Praia do Forte, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Dear Guest,
We would like to thank you for sharing your experience with us at TripAdvisor. Our staff does its utmost each day to ensure that all our guests fell at home while enjoying beautiful sunny days in Bahia! We are delighted you have enjoyed our hotel while your kids experienced a great time with our mini club staff! I will make sure to let our entertainment manager as well as his team know about your comments and satisfaction with their great performances! Thank you once again for recommending our hotel, we can´t wait to have you back! Please do not hesitate to contact me for anything you might need.
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

Iberostar Resort at Salvador (Brazil) is All-Inclusive Resort consisting of two adjacency Resorts in one location: Iberostar Bahia (4*) and Iberostar Praia De Forte (5*). Although they are in two different categories, but guests cannot feel any difference in terms of services, products and accommodation. Furthermore, I feel Iberostar Bahia (4*) is more comfortable than the other.

The total resorts of Iberostar Salvador consists of 1100 rooms in seven blocks, two floors each (no lifts). Blocks 1,2,3,4 (650 rooms) at Iberostar Bahia and blocks 5,6,7 in Iberostar Praia De Forte (450 rooms). The both Resorts (4*&5*) rooms are identical in layout, furniture and amenities. All rooms got large balconies with two chairs and dining table. It is recommended to request the “Pool View” rooms .

The Resort is very large with huge and many swimming pools in different locations, different food outlets serving buffet style meals almost 24 hours and six specialty restaurants open for dinner with prior reservations, six bars and cafes almost open 24 hours serving varieties of food and drinks. Also there is kids club, children play ground, library, computer room, travel desk and spa with complimentary wi-fi in certain area of the Resorts.

Room Tip: It is recommended to request the “Pool View” rooms .
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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IberostarHotelBrasil, Quality Manager at Iberostar Praia do Forte, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Dear client,

Thank you for recommending our hotel at TripAdvisor. We believe that all our guests deserve to be treated like a star and we are glad you and your family had a great experience with us in Bahia! We can´t wait to see you again, It will be a pleasure to host you in the near future! Thank you one more time for sharing your experience with us, please do not hesitate to contact me for anything you might need.
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Avaliação em português e em inglês.
English review at the bottom.

Foi excelente a nossa experiência nesse hotel. Fomos no meio de setembro, ou seja, baixa estação, e ficamos bem impressionados. O hotel é todo adaptado para crianças. Fomos com o nosso pequeno de um ano e não tivemos problema. A copa baby tem papinha feita pelo staff do hotel (e papinha Nestlé, se preferir), frutas frescas na geladeira, leite e até esterilizador de mamadeira. Os restaurantes possuem cadeirão. Colocam um berço bem legal para os pequenos. Ou seja, para eles, não há o menor problema.
A experiência também é bastante agradável para os adultos. O restaurante principal serve comida bem variada e feita com qualidade. Café da manha delicioso, com direito a tapioca e omelete feito na hora. Os restaurantes temáticos também são bastante interessantes.
No geral, na baixa estação, o hotel agrada bastante. Filas pequenas, ou inexistentes, staff atencioso, serviços bem prestados e comida bem preparada.

Os pontos negativos: a) horário de abertura dos bares que atendem as piscinas - dez da manha. Para os que têm pequenos que madrugam e chegam cedo à piscina terão que se contentar com água. Isso é um absurdo, se você imaginar o preço que esta pagando; b) apesar da praia ser divina para os que gostam de caminhar, longa faixa de areia bem compactada, o mar é muito bravo. Então se você gosta de ficar horas boiando no mar e pulando onda, essa praia não é para você.

We had an excellent experience in this hotel. We went there in the middle of September, low season, and we were impressed. The hotel is extremely adapted for kids. We went with our little baby (one year old) and had no problem. The baby kitchen has baby porridge made by hotel staff (and Nestle baby food, if you prefer), fresh fruit in the fridge, formula and even a bottle sterilizer. The restaurants have highchairs. There is also a nice cot in the hotel room. So, there is not the slightest problem for babies.
The experience is also quite enjoyable for adults. The main restaurant serves good quality food and very varied. Delicious breakfast, complete with tapioca and omelet made to order. The theme restaurants are also quite interesting.
Overall, in the low season, the hotel is very pleasing. Queues small or nonexistent, attentive staff, good services rendered and well prepared food.

The negative points: a) opening hours of bars that cater pools - ten in the morning. For those who have little ones that wake up early and, therefore, arrive early at the pool will have to be contented with only water to drink. This is absurd, if you think of the high cost of the hotels fares, b) although the beach is divine for those who enjoy walking, long strip of compacted sand, the sea is very turbulent and dangerous. So if you like to spend hours floating at sea and wave jumping, this beach is not for you.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Querida hóspede,

Muito obrigada por escolher o Hotel Iberostar Praia do Forte como seu destino de férias uma vez mais e por compartilhar suas impressões no Trip Advisor. Buscamos oferecer opções para nosso público heterogêneo e ficamos felizes em saber nossas instalações infantis trouxeram maior comodidade ao seus dias conosco! Gostaria de agradecer-lhe uma vez mais por recomendar nosso hotel, bem como colocar-me à sua disposição para o que for necessário.

Cordialmente,

Quality Manager Iberostar Brasil
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Alicante, Spain
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

We were at the Iberostar Bahia hotel some time ago and now in Iberostar Praia do Forte. Both hotels have all what one may expect from an Iberostar: designed for comfort vacation and not necessarily for luxury. Both hotels are driving distance from any outside restaurant or shop. Both are located in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean (red flag / no swimming during our entire stay in September) and both have nice sandy beaches. The service is incomparably better in Praia do Forte. Especially the main restaurant and the lobby bar have great service. The bar in the small blue building serves delicious drinks, probably best of my all-inclusive drinks ever. Food is comparable quality in both main hotel restaurants. A major problem in the Praia do Forte is a chemical smell and taste of water (for example in tea). Orange juice was occasionally spoiled in various parts of the hotel. There are no elevators to the rooms in either hotel. The Praia do Forte hotel has elevators which operate between lobby and ground floor level only.
The Bahia has a more elegant reception area, while this area is kept simple in the Praia do Forte. Front desk staff is ok in both hotels. At the front desk of Praia do Forte we usually asked for Amanda, who speaks very good English, but we had no major problems with other staff there either.
In the Bahia, the front desk has a list of fixed prizes for taxi rides. Praia do Forte front desk does not have the list but you end up with the same prizes after discussions.
Most of the staff in both hotels do not speak English. You have to communicate in Portuguese. If you are not an Portuguese speaker learn few most important expressions. Otherwise you will be lost. The Bahia has a nurse and medical doctor (for both hotels), who also do not speak English. Guests from Praia do Forte can visit the facilities of Bahia, but not contrariwise. The Bahia has a huge pool with various depths, while the Praia do Forte has few pools, including pools with 140 cm depth only.
Both hotels have very simple, but comfortable furnishing. In both hotels one is likely to be woken up at 2-3 o clock in the night (either by happy, loud children in the or by conference attendants who return to their rooms). The balcony door seems soundproof but the corridor door is not. There is no time of the day/night and nor place without children, especially in the Praia do Forte. Gourmet restaurants by definition are for persons over 12 yo, but this rule is not respected.
In Praia do Forte, in our room (junior suite), we had a coffee maker, minibar which was partly refilled every day, all toilet amenities were supplemented daily. The room was very small for a junior suite, but comfortable. The bed and pillows (especially those in the closet) were very comfortable. Before departure we received a letter in Portuguese with instructions for luggage. We also received five calls offering to organize a taxi ride to the airport. The fixed price for transfer is 190 R (about $100). One can purchase a discounted coupon for return transfer at the airport. The exchange rate for US $ at the hotel was comparable to the bank.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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IberostarHotelBrasil, Quality Manager at Iberostar Praia do Forte, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comment about Iberostar Praia do Forte with us on TripAdvisor! Your feedback is very important to assure the improvement of our services. I would like to share with you the fact that, even though we are located in an area where only a very few people speak a second language and the majority of our guests are Brazilians, the hotel management is always concerned about our international clients.
Our front desk and guest relations staff speak English, Spanish and Portuguese and Iberostar provides Spanish and German classes to our staff from all areas, understanding the importance of communication in order to provide a great service and believing that we can help our personnel’s growth and development. Of course learning a new language takes time, but we do believe we are on the right path and expect to have you back in the near future certain that you will notice our progress.
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

The Hotel has the all inclusive system, but it's food isn'g very tasty and doens't have a good looking too.

Dispite that the Hotel offers many leisure areas and its room is very confortable. I would recommend this Hotel, but don't expect much about the food.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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IberostarHotelBrasil, Quality Manager at Iberostar Praia do Forte, responded to this review, 1 October 2013
Dear guest,
Thank you very much for sharing your comments on trip advisor! At Iberostar Praia do Forte we value your feedback and believe it is the key factor for improvement and quality assurance. We are pleased to know you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to have you back in the near future, please do not hesitate to contact me for anything you might need.
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Good variety on food, the staff will go out of their way to make sure you have a good visit. There are only 2 things that we did not like, the juices were a bit watered down and the beds could use a mattress pad to make them more comfy! I would definitely recommend this place for families, less so for couples.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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IberostarHotelBrasil, Quality Manager at Iberostar Praia do Forte, responded to this review, 16 September 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your comment about Iberostar Praia do Forte with us on TripAdvisor! Your feedback is very important to assure the improvement of our products and services . We are glad you enjoyed the time spent at our hotel and we sincerely hope to have you back in the near future! Please do not hesitate to contact me for anything you might need.

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Property: Iberostar Praia do Forte
Address: Rodovia BA 99 Km 56, Praia do Forte, State of Bahia 48280-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Bahia > Praia do Forte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Praia do Forte
#2 Romantic Hotel in Praia do Forte
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Praia do Forte
#3 Family Hotel in Praia do Forte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Iberostar Praia do Forte 4*
Number of rooms: 536
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A 5 star hotel located in Praia do Forte, only 60km away from Salvador (Brazil). Sea–turtles reserve. 5 restaurants. Tennis courts. SPA and Golf course. ... more   less 
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