Welltodo Jetsetter: A Healthy Guide To Barra Grande, Brazil

Barra Grande, a Brazilian seaside village situated on the tip of the Marau Peninsula in the state of Bahia, is reachable by a 50 km dirt road off the main highway or by a 40 minute boat ride from Camamu.

Once there, the roads are made up of sand, unlimited coconuts scatter the shoreline and the beaches are some of the best in Brazil, but the fresh green juices and beachfront yoga are what really stole the heart of travel and wellness guru, Phoebe Greenacre from Wood & Luxe.

From high-energy Brazilian dance to locally-caught seafood, Phoebe shares the healthiest places to relax and recharge the mind and body, in one of Brazil’s most laid-back and picturesque hangouts.

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Nirvana Beach Club | Beachfront bungalows

Tucked away in the peninsula of Maraú, Barra Grande, Nirvana Beach Club is a secluded piece of heaven set on the beach. Located across 60 acres of lush tropical gardens, the scent of the exotic trees and the warm ocean breeze hit you as soon as you arrive at the hotel.

Featuring five king sized bungalows each with their own open air bathroom, hammock and deck, you won’t want to miss the made to order Brazilian style breakfast.

Served each morning in the open air dining hut, guests can fuel themselves with tapioca, fresh fruit salad and omelettes.

Ponta do Mutá, Barra Grande, CEP 45520-000, Brasil


A Healthy Guide To Barra Grande, Brazil
Image: Nirvana Beach Club


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Beachfront Yoga | Breathtaking yoga practice

Physical yoga studios are hard to come by in this remote part of the world, but after you see the beaches you’ll know why.

Take your bikini and head to the white sandy shore to join all the other yogis. From the downward facing dog to sun salutations, the natural environment will be all the inspiration you need.

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Image: Barra Grande Beach


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Butterfly House | Fresh food and juices

Green juice is quite hard to come by in Brazil, but Butterfly House is an exception.

This eco resort set in the jungle has a direct beachfront location and green juices, fresh seasonal salads and seafood are all served in abundance.

Come for Breakfast, stay for lunch and finish of with dinner. The view is so tranquil you won’t want to leave.

Rodovia BR 030, KM 30, s/n – Praia de Saquaíra, Maraú – BA, 45520-000, Brasil


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Image: Green Juice from Butterfly House


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Donanna | Vegetarian fare

Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to delicious dining options along the coast of Barra Grande. Of course seafood is a-plenty, but there are lots of gorgeous vegetarian curries and salads to enjoy.

One standout is Donanna Restaurant located in the heart of Barra Grande town. Surrounded by lush green vegetation, the charming venue is hard to beat, as are the fish stew and vegetarian platter.

Rua Do Anjo, Barra Grande, Bahia, Brasil
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Image: Donanna Restaurant

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Tent Beach Surf Shop | Stand Up Paddle-boarding

With acres of sandy white beaches and calm waves, Barra Grande is a SUP’s dream come true.

Take your own board or rent one from one of the many local surf enthusiasts. Nearly all the beachfront locations have paddle boards to rent for a day of active paddling or sun filled sightseeing.  

Galeria Beco da Barra, Rua Desembargadora Olny Silva, Barra Grande, Brasil


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Image: Tent Beach Surf Shop


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Angoleiros do Mar Barra Grande | Capoeira

Capoeira is Brazil’s dance-like martial art combining self-defence, acrobatics, dance, music and song. And if there’s one fitness class you need to try when visiting Brazil, it’s this.  

Your abs, legs, arms and back muscles will all be challenged during this non-stop moving workout, but it’s best to learn from the masters, so go along to a local class and find out what all the fuss is about.

Staying active never felt so fun.

Rua Vila Santana Numero 19, Barra Grande, Ilha de Itaparica, Bahia, Brasil


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Image: Angoleiros do Mar Barra Grande