Reserva do Ibitipoca
Reserva do Ibitipoca is set in the lush southern mountains of Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, about an hour by air from Sao Paulo or Rio by private charter.
Reserva do Ibitipoca is a boutique hotel surrounded by pastures, sierra, and rare Atlantic Rainforest–all part of a 9,800-acre private reserve.
The main building, Fazenda do Engenho, was originally a farmhouse established in 1715. Reconstructed in 2006, the house now includes eight spacious suites, a library, dining room, and al fresco bar.
Neighboring buildings contain the spa, yoga studio, sauna, and hydro-massage pool. Organic gardens, pasture, and a mirror-smooth pond frame the estate.
Engenho Lodge is located in the original farmhouse of Fazenda do Engenho, built in 1715 and rebuilt in 2008, retaining its original features.
The 8 suites include exclusive decoration, king-size beds, bathtubs, heated towels and floors.
The room rate includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Meals are served in Engenho Lodge’s restaurant, however, visitors can book in
advance to make any meal in one of the other restaurant options in the Reserva.
The daily rate also includes yoga lessons in the morning, guided walking tours, access to a dry sauna and a jacuzzi.
This recently renovated farmhouse houses 3 suites. It is only 100 meters from the reserve’s main headquarters and is best for small groups or families. The largest room is 753 square feet and faces the Gavião Peak. The other two suites have 645 square feet.
Each suite has towel and floor heating in bathrooms and decorated with local craftsmanship.
The room rate includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Meals are served in Engenho Lodge’s restaurant, however, visitors can choose to have breakfast in the house for an extra fee or book in advance to make any meal in one of the other restaurant options in the Reserva.
The daily rate also includes a yoga lesson in the morning, guided walking tours, access to a dry sauna and a jacuzzi.
Remote Places – Eagle’s Nest Loft
The Eagle’s Nest Loft is on one of the highest locations of the Reserva and boasts an impressive 360 degree view.
The bedroom is a single room with a king-size bed. The bathroom is outside the house, with water heated by solar panels or the wood stove. The loft includes a kitchen and living room.
The room rate included breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are served at Garnet’s Ranch or in the loft, however, visitors can book in advance to
make any meal at one of the other restaurant options in the Reserva.
Access to the house takes place on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback, luggage transport is done by ATV. Private car access is not allowed,
however, a car from the Reserva can pick-up guests at the Garnet Ranch (900 meters from the Loft) on the check-in and check-out.
The daily rate includes guided walking tours.
The Humboldt Loft is located in the village of Mogol, 9 km from Engenho Lodge. It's a loft built using the traditional wattle and daub technique, yet
very cozy and comfortable.
The bedroom features a double bed and sofa bed. It has a kitchen, living room, balcony and a bathroom with excellent views.
The room rate included breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Meals are served in the restaurant Yuca, however, visitors can book in advance to
make any meal in one of the other restaurant options in the Reserve.
Access to the Mogul may require a 4x4 vehicle during the rainy season. The rate includes guided walking tours or by bicycle (TREK).
Areião House is a cozy house in the middle of the mountains and with the most beautiful dawn of the Reserva do Ibitipoca.
It has two bedrooms, a living room, a guest toilet and a bathroom. One of the bedrooms has a king-size bed and a sofa bed, the other has three
The room rate included breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Meals are served on a ranch a few steps from the house, or can be served in the
house's own kitchen. The food is typically Mineira and there is the option of serving local animal protein.
Access should be on foot, by bicycle or 4x4 vehicles. In very rainy periods there is the possibility that the car does not reach the house, and it may
be necessary to walk the last kilometer. The rate includes guided walking tours.
- Restaurant: Most of the food offered is organic and produced in the Reserva itself. The menu combines sophistication with traditional Mineira cuisine, resulting in a unique culinary experience.
- TV room with DVDs
- Wine house
- Spa: With daily yoga classes and a range of massage options, the spa uses oils made from herbs, plants and essences found often in the Reserva do Ibitipoca.
- Sauna and Whirlpool
- Bay with Mangalarga and Anglo-Arab horses
Guests can explore the reserve’s forests, grasslands, mountains, and waterfalls either on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback (riding carries an additional charge). The stable houses a dozen Mangalarga and Anglo-Arabian horses. Throughout the property, you’ll find colorful wildlife, hidden sculptures, orchards, and river beaches.
- Stand-up paddle
- Bike tours
- Dinners in remote locations
- Beach Volleyball