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Kenoa - Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“The best boutique beach resort in the world? It just could be....”
Reviewed 17 July 2010

My wife and I stayed at the Kenoa Beach Spa & Resort in July, which is off-season for Brazil, but still very pleasant weather. Our expectations for the resort were as high as the prices, but we were not disappointed. From the arrival welcome, (which was warm and genuine, and the arrival cocktail which was cool, tasty and refreshing), to the quality of the bedrooms and the excellent service from all the team here, we were impressed throughout our stay.

The owner, Pedro and his team were all very hands-on, without being intrusive, and Iran in the Wine Bar deserves a special mention - we did not meet one member of staff who was not charming and friendly, and yet all very service orientated too.

We stayed in one of the eight Marajó Villas, which are spacious, well designed and well thought-out rooms, each with a sea view and its own private plunge pool. The facilities in the room were great, and I would struggle to find anything missing. If I had to search for a fault, it would only be that the picture mounted above our bed was mounted slightly too low, so that if sitting up in bed reading, your head would be resting against it - that's how far you have to go to find a fault with this hotel.

The restaurant serves a varied menu with a mix of local cuisine, and a speciality being dishes cooked in a Portuguese Cataplana dish. The food was always tasty, well presented, well served and interesting - certainly on a three night stay, we did not tire of the menu. The wine list is comprehensive, although perhaps on the pricey side for our tastes - having said that, if you are staying here, you are unlikely to be that price sensitive, so I think this is more our European upbringing where we simply do not expect to pay large amounts for good wine - not the case in Brazil for a variety of reasons, not least import duties! Iran knew his wines well, and can make a good recommendation.

Breakfast deserves a particular mention - no tired looking buffets here! The plated breakfast comprises of fruit, cereals, cold cuts, breads & pastries and the kitchen will happily cook you something not on the menu on request - the omelette cooked in the cataplana was light and fluffy, and cooked to perfection. Even the organic coffee from a nearby coffee plantation was above par - could this be the hotel utopia I have been searching for?

The location is fairly remote - don't stay here expecting to find lots of things to do - the hotel is the attraction. You visit this hotel to be spoiled, to relax and to enjoy the service and product. This said, aside from the pool, spa, restaurant, wireless internet (free, but good) there is also a range of DVD's available, and probably music CD's too. But to put it bluntly, if you can't entertain yourself in a luxury setting like this, then perhaps it is not for you.

Overall, this place has achieved so much in the little time it has been open, and I hope it maintains the standards it has set itself. Fantastic.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 26 March 2010

If you are looking for a place to relax 4 or 5 days, this is probaly at the top of what I've seend or heard off.
Only 23 great rooms, some of them with private pool, right at the beach, amazing arquitecture and decoration, total privacy if you want, great common areas if you want to socialize.
The beach, right at the hotel, it's great, very quite, and ideal for running or walks.
Water temperature 28C...
The rooms are big, charming and the bathrooms are the best I've seen.
Private pool in the room, with a little square of grass and a deck.

In resume, the ideal spot for relaxing, get some sun, enjoy the beach

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 March 2010

My wife and I spent the Brazilian carnival holiday at Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort looking for the complete opposite of crowded places and loud axe music. And that was exactly what we got.
Since they had opened on Dec'09, I was a little afraid of going to a brand new hotel but everything exceeded my expectations. The hotel was amazing, the staff was great, the food was delicious and somewhat healthy, the hotel design looked like the cover of a magazine (and the interior decoration had so many rich details) and the two borderless swimming pools in front of the ocean were a dream. We didn't get the "villas", huge suites with private swimming pools, but we got a suite with a fantastic view (lying on the bed we could see the city of Maceió from the distance, the beach and the sunrise).
I don't know how but the general manager, James Peebles, managed the only thing that was disturbing our peace, a rented house near the hotel with incredible loud music. We complained about the noise and on the next day it seemed there was nobody in the house.
One other thing that we were lucky was the fact that I had booked the hotel 2 months in advance because the price almost doubled two weeks before the holiday.
If you get sun overexposure I recommend the sunset spa treatment. It will recover your skin for the next day.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kenoa - Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort
Address: Rua Escritor Jorge de Lima 68 Barramar, Barra de Sao Miguel, State of Alagoas 57180000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Alagoas > Barra de Sao Miguel
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Barra de Sao Miguel
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Kenoa - Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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