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Iberostar Praia do Forte
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Praia do Forte
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Reviewed 10 August 2009

About Iberostar Praia do Forte in one word Fantastic!

I Write this review based in my experience in five star resorts like:

Club Med Ibiza ( Spain ); El Mouradi Hammammet ( Tunisie ); Bavaro Palace ( Dominic Republic ); Riu Palace Mexico ( Mexico);

Riu Funana ( Cape Vert ); Lowes Hotel Miami ( USA ); Brezzes Sauipe ( Brazil ); Riu Ocho Rios ( Jamaica ) and finally the Iberostar Praia do Forte ( the new one).

This unit have very good facilities, large and well equipped rooms, good and diversity of food and all the staff are very friendly.

Restaurants - The buffet restaurant called Pelô, was sincerely good, you have there certainly what you like to eat.

We tried another restaurants and to booked them it was very easy, we spend 10 minutes to do it. We travelled for 15 days and for that reason we could booked 6 restaurants, if you spend one week you can only book 3 restaurants.

Remember that in this hotel you have 4 restaurants, but in Iberostar Bahia you have 3 more that you could book also them.

We went to May Thai ( Asiatic restaurant) ; Maresia ( sea food ) ; Odoiá ( typical local food ) , they are all great , if I have to recommend one try Odoiá it's different, my family went also to Japanese restaurant in Iberostar Bahia , their opinion weren't unanimous, some of them like others dislike ( they like Japanese food). We couldn't went to Gourmet restaurants because they didn't allow children under 12 and we travelled with two with 10 and one with 12, to be honest I understand this rule but I don't agree with it. The parents should teach their kids how to behaviour in this kind of environment, mine are used to go a fine restaurants in Europe and theirs behaviour is correct. Under 6 I think it was enough. If the rule exists to create a good atmosphere for couples than they could schedule family until 8h 30 m and than schedule couples.

Pools - There are one more quiet and calm to relax and and another one if you want to dance and enter in the activities of animation team. In the last one it could be difficult to find a chair in the first one is easiest.

Beach - Clean, with a lot of chairs , sea with waves

Excursions - We made 3 with our travel agency:

Mangue Seco - "A piece of paradise in earth". I Truly recommend this excursion, it's the Brazil that we expect based in postcards that everyone already saw.

Pojuca trip - Frustrated experience! The supposed "river rapids" weren't rapids and were about 100 meters..... ??? The trip trough the forest.....it's around the "garden" of a village..??

Salvador - City interesting with a good atmosphere, but crowed with people trying to sell us everything it was very annoying.

Most of this hotels with the concept of "all inclusive" are very similar around the world, but one thing that makes this one different it was the offer that we had at the beach:

- We went to the nearest village " Praia do Forte" by the beach riding horses and came in sunset, they had little horses for the children, it was a amazing ride.

- We went by foot to a natural polls that were about 2 Km from the hotel in the direction to the village ( after a beach called Papa Gente) and we could had the experience of making snorkelling in a place with a a lot of different and friendly fish, it always nice.The kids loves it and didn't complain about walking that distance trough the sand.

- The children had lessons of "Capoeira" with master "Marreta" every day. Master Marreta is a really nice guy, the kids made a good relationship with him, in the last day he offers his precious "berimbau"-( native musical instrument) to them. Thank you "Marreta" for making our holidays so different and the children would never forget you.

- The children had their first experience in Surf, on the Beach in front of Iberostar Bahia. There was a Surf School with an incredible staff ( Alexandre; Lidio; Madison; Alex; Moura) "You are the greatest, You really know how to make the kids happy". It was amazing the way they teach the kids, all of them after 3 lessons catch little waves from their self's, always supervise by his own teacher. Of course the kids made surf all the days that we went to the beach. If you travel with kids don't hesitate to do it. I had himself the opportunity to try again surf after 15 years after stopping, it's like Lidio said " It's like riding a bicycle if you learned you can never forget". Guys, I hope that life shines for you all, and I expect in the future meet you again. In my opinion this activities is an added value for this kind of resorts and make the difference about them.

All this activities were cheap for the Europeans standard, I recommend it, to make your holidays reach in adventure!

I recommend also to visit the village Praia do Forte (its wonderful) and Project Tamar , if you enjoy sea food go to restaurant Zéquinha, good and cheap lobster.

Like - almost everything

Dislike - Beer - it's unacceptable that you can't find a good beer in the Hotel, only two brands ( kaiser and sol ) at the bars and another brand in the freezer in the room (Bavaria). All of them were bad.( and there are good beers in Brazil , even national brands like Antarctica; Skol; Brama, Original ) .

Room - They clean only the basic and the basic sometimes is not enough, they refill the freezer every two days, on the afternoon of the second day , you never had what you want to drink. This kind of resort in Mexico and Dominic republic had a Bar inside the room with Tequila , Rum, Vodka , here we didn't have and sometimes at the sunset it was good if you can arrange your own drink and relax at the balcony in front of the sea, here you could only imagine that.

Salvador – Keep away from there if you don’t like hundreds of people trying to sell you everything , that touch you and don't give you any space and try and try again. It's borrowing and if you don't like this situation, please buy a good book about Salvador and read it near the pool. The authorities must do something about it because in my opinion it's bad for the tourism.

But in generally we loved and recommend this place to your next holidays.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 August 2009

Does anybody know how to get back to Brazil from England, such a shame you carnt fly direct anymore,we where one of the last flights out , the hotel and country is a wonderful place and we would love to go back. hello to Sylvia and Steve love Debbie and Simon

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2009

I enjoyed a lot those holidays. It was very funny, because star friends they know how do the best animation and the best entertainment I have ever tried.. It wil be alot of inspired in future in my job, because I'm a Tourism student..
Thank you star friends for the best holidays ever =)
In this hotel you will have the best holidays with star friends and all the staff of the hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2009
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Thank loiritazinha
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Reviewed 15 July 2009

We spent 10 days at Iberostar Preminum Praia do Forte (the new 5 star one, not the 4 star Bahia one), my wife and 4 children on 9, 12, 15, 15 years.
The place is fabulous, beautiful white sand beach.
Star friends are really "friends", and very happy and feeling. Much better than "normal" animators. special thanks to Leila.
The food is excellent and varius, and the tema restaurants is very good, special the oriental.
The beer and drinks is good. Special thanks to Genilson in the poolbar. Give him some drinksmoney, and he makes the best of the best drink to you.
The poolarea is very big and beautiful, with a quiet pool area.
Infrastructure is very complete,kids spend a great time at the Lucy's Mini Club where they have lots of fun.
Atmosphere is very relaxing...Value is great..we felt we received much in terms of what we paid for. Resuming, I highly recommend this place to any family willing to spend a great time together.
If you want some informations about this hotel you er velcome to write to me.
(Sorry for my bad english)

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 May 2009

This is an all inclusive, five-star resort situated about an hour outside of Salvador. It has absolutely everything. The rooms are huge, with a king-size bed, 32" flat screen TV, bathtub, shower, a balcony with a view of the ocean and the swimming pools, and air conditioning and a ceiling fan. Absolutely zero complaints about the room.

There are so many restaurants, ranging from 3-5 stars, as well as chefs cooking outside all day in case you get hungry. When you register, you are entitled to make reservations in four of the restaurants (you need to do this quickly because they get booked up), and you can eat at the adjacent hotel as well (Iberostar, Bahia). The food is fabulous as well as the service.

There are so many activities going on all day by the pool, that you can either participate or just sit back and laugh at everybody. Or, if you want some quiet time, just walk over to the beach and watch the waves come in. The water was so warm when we went.

There is a show every night at the theater. These are amazing productions of music and dance, and apparently, this hotel has the only full time band on location. Talking to some of the other guests, those who have been to other all inclusive resorts, this hotel has the best theater production in all of Brazil. And it was easy to see why. After the show, everyone stays and dances with the band and the dance crew while the singers seranade us (it wouldn't be Brazil without dancing). After this, everyone heads to the night club where the DJ spins popular Brazilian dance music as well as Club and Hip Hop. If you didn't want to get your groove on, you can head upstairs to the bar and relax on the big couches and have a drink or two.

The golf course is absolutely beautiful, with the signature holes being number 17 and 18, which overlooks the ocean. It is not included in the prize, but very worth the value. You get clubs, a cart, a map of the course, 55 range balls, and all the free drinks and food you want. Just be careful of the snakes if you hit the ball out of bounds. I ran into one unexpectedly.

I only have two minor issues with the hotel. First, the beer is of mediocre quality (Sol and a generic Brazilian brand - Kaiser) and the wines are probably 2-3/5, unless you want to purchase your own. The second issue is that the hotel is not suited for rain, so when it does, there are leaks (not in the rooms) and the pathways are flooded. But, they are not used to having rain there, so it's understandable.

Overall, this is probably the best vacation my wife and I have ever taken, and we can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2009

This resort is the perfect choice for those traveling with the family, especially with kids. For romance/honey moon is probably not the #1 option but it is a fantastic alternative. The Iberostar Praia do Forte hotel is located next to the Iberostar Bahia, within the same complex, but it is the newer between the two. The facilities are great, the staff is terrific, the food & drinks are diverse and tasty (I wouldn't say fantastic as they are limited in choice for my taste), and the location is top of the line. The village of Praia do Forte is located 10 kms away, R$20 for a cab in each direction. Strongly recommend visiting the village and the Projeto Tamar.

Overall I think this resort has the best cost/benefit ratio in the region.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank GipsySuarez
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Reviewed 21 March 2009

I spent 10 days at Iberostar Praia do Forte (the new one, not the Bahia one), along with my wife, and kids (5 and 1 year old) The place is fabulous, star friends are really "friends", food is excellent, infrastructure is very complete, you have all you need for the care of a baby, kids spend a great time at the Lucy's Mini Club where they have lots of fun. Atmosphere is very relaxing...Value is great..we felt we received much in terms of what we paid for. Resuming, I highly recommend this place to any family willing to spend a great time together.
Regards, Conrado Gutman - Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about 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 On the Beach Hotel in Praia do Forte
#2 Romantic Hotel in Praia do Forte
#3 Family Hotel in Praia do Forte
Price Range: £228 - £395 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Iberostar Praia do Forte 4*
Number of rooms: 536
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The IBEROSTAR Praia Do Forte Hotel is a 5-star All Inclusive resort nestled on the Atlantic coastline on the beach of Praia do Forte in Brazil. Constructed in 2008, this luxurious 536 room hotel was designed with both couples and families with children in mind, offering unmatched dining and leisure options. Luxurious Guestrooms. Those staying at the IBEROSTAR Praia Do Forte Hotel can choose Double Rooms, Junior Suites, or spectacular Presidential Suites. All guestrooms feature king-size beds, two twin beds and luxury baths. Spectacular Spa. The Spa Sensations at IBEROSTAR Praia Do Forte Hotel offers amazing health and beauty treatments that incorporate the beneficial properties of water and seaweed. The Spa Sensations is a perfect place for guests wishing to relax during their time in Brazil. ... more   less 
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