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About Bahia

When the Portuguese landed on this gorgeous stretch of coastline, with its sunshine, white sandy beaches, coconut palms and bright blue water, they were pretty impressed. They chose a spectacular peninsula between a bay, which they called 'All Saints Bay', and the Atlantic to be their main port, and built Salvador de Bahia on it. So Salvador de Bahia was Brazil's first capital, and the ancient mix of cultures - coming from Europe, Africa and the Americas - which gathered here still shows. Indeed many of the best places to stay in Bahia can be found here and often reflect this cultural melée.

As well as this vibrant city, Bahia provence has plenty to offer.

  • Firstly there's the near perfect weather and near perfect beaches along the 'Coconut Coast'. There are plenty of remote resorts you can stay in if these are your main reason for visiting.
  • Then there's the Chapada Diamantina National Park, 375,000 acres of tropical forest, covering mountains and concealing waterfalls, natural swimming pools and caves. There's even a waterfall so high (380m) that the water never actually hits the ground - it's vaporised by the wind. You can camp in the park but there are also plenty of more luxurious accommodation options.
  • In the right seasons there's important whale watching and sea turtle preservation going on, and these can be truly astonishing natural events.

Salvador da Bahia is Brazil's most African influenced city - you taste it in the food, see it in the traditions and hear it in the music. The city is often in festive spirit, with music and parties celebrating one thing or another spreading out onto the colonial streets with their wonderful 17th and 18th Century architecture.

Capoeira circles spring up in the main plazas, and you may catch glimpses of mystical Candomble ceremonies - all reminders that this was the site of the New World's first slave market. And it remains one of the strongest cultural centres of African heritage outside of Africa. Try the food, visit the markets, and go out on the water to see the real beauty of All Saints Bay.

Porto Seguro is where the Portuguese first landed. And it is the colourful history of this town, along with its reputation for fun, that draws many visitors here. The small historic centre is where you'll find all the old colonial houses.

If you're looking for a quieter stretch along this bit of coast, Arraial d'Ajuda is probably more your style. This beautiful little village was once a holiday spot for the wealthy, and its tropical greenery, large, colourful plazas with their open air restaurants and the lovely views of the even lovelier coastline are why.

Trancoso is just below Arraial d'Ajuda, and is a smaller, slightly hipper version, yet contains many of the best places to stay in Bahia. The views are just as gorgeous, the open air restaurants and bars are just as appealing, the churches and guesthouses just as picturesque - but it all feels a bit more rustic.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Bahia are an eclectic mix of rustic chic guesthouses, city living, beachside glamour and all out luxury. As with all our recommendations, if you're planning to visit during peak season, book well ahead to ensure you get the property of your dreams!

    Salvador

    • Hotel Cocoon & Lounge is one of the best places to stay in Bahia if you want to be close to one of Salvador's top beaches. A funky, spaceship-like hotel building - it's very 60s, in a futuristic, cool way. Spare design and very reasonable prices also make this a good option if you're travelling with your family or in a group.
    • Casa do Amarelindo is great for a city break in Bahia. In the bustling heart of the pretty Pelourinho district, it offers a quiet spot, a roof terrace, fantastic views. Just ten rooms, and, with no guests under 14 accepted, this is a grown up, intimate hotel.
    • Convento do Carmo offers old world elegance. A convent conversion, now a sumptuous, colonial-style hotel. The gourmet restaurant means this is probably one of the best places to stay in Bahia for foodies.

      Porto Seguro, Arraial d'Ajuda & Trancoso

      • Uxua Casa Hotel in Trancoso, best if you're planning a luxurious beach break. Ten 'cases', or wooded villa huts, surrounded by a luscious, shady garden, plenty of privacy. Lovely pool, short stroll from the beach.
      • Etnia Pousada and Boutique in Trancoso has eight rustic bungalows just a few minutes walk from the beach. Individually styled, a bit more boutique than the Uxua's casas.
      • Fazenda São Francisco do Corumbau is one of the best places to stay in Bahia for whale watching. A private stretch of quiet beach and excellent amenities for scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and other water sports. Just ten private bungalows, scattered amongst the palm trees, very family friendly.

      Remote Spots on the Coconut Coast

      • Txai Resort is best for the Green conscious. Slightly undeveloped, colourful and just the right blend of rustic and comfort. 40 rooms and bungalows perfect for a tropical escape. Right on the beach, but plenty of resort style facilities.
      • Fazenda da Lagoa, an eco-retreat, more secluded, just fourteen cabanas of accommodation. Peace and quiet amongst the coconut groves, personalised spa treatments and a total pampering service. An ideal spot for relaxation.

      Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Bahia, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice.

      Best Hotels in Bahia

      • Pousada Capitù 15 rooms from $53

        Imbassaí, Bahia

        Pousada Capitù features 14 individual beachfront cottages in Afro-Brazilian style on the coast of Imbassai. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the tropical garden each morning before heading to the beach, relaxing by the pool or taking in the surrounding nature. A charming and low-key stay.

        Fishing  -  Relax and enjoy some fishing in the afternoon sun, take a picnic
        Hideaway  -  Forget about all your worries at this tranquil and idyllic spot
        Kayaking  -  Canoeing is available.
        Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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      • Hotel Canto Das Aguas 44 rooms from $68

        Bahia

        A rustic hotel in the town of Lincois. Charming colourful rooms and suites have stone floors, wooden beams, and splashes of art. Lovely gardens, large pool, and lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Ideal for families and those on a budget.

        Value chic
        Kids Club  -  Fully staffed.
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
        Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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      • Hosperia Do Quadrado from $69

        Porto Seguro, Bahia

        A small boutique property with stunning sea views. Pretty rooms feature light wooden furniture set against white washed walls. The best have hammocks tied up by the large windows. Reasonably priced and spitting distance from the beach, this is a winning choice.

        Value chic  -  A small stylish property just a short walk from the beach and all at a very reasonable price.
        Sailing  -  The hotel can help arrange sailing expeditions.
        Surfing  -  Rise early and head out to catch some waves.
        Restrictions on children  -  Children over 10yrs old available.
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      • Santa Clara 12 rooms from $91

        Bahia

        A tropical guesthouse with rustic rooms, direct beach access, and rock bottom prices. A completely unspoilt paradise for barefoot luxury and an eco experience. Excellent restaurant and massage therapies.

        Beach Life
        Value chic
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
        Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
        Recommended by  -  I Escape, CN Traveller
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      • Hotel Cocoon & Lounge 27 rooms from $86

        Salvador

        A futuristic hotel slightly off-centre, but close to one of Salvador's best beaches. This homage to space-age design is a welcome spot for families and a base for the best beach activities.

        Contemporary  -  Highly modern 'space-ship' structure.
        Spa  -  In-room treatments can be arranged.
        Surfing  -  And kite-surfing.
        Swimming Pool  -  Rooftop Pool
        Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet
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      • Pousada Quarto Crescente 24 rooms from $104

        Trancoso

        This family-run guest house is located 6 minutes away from the beach in Trancoso. It offers extremely spacious, well-lit rooms and boasts an outdoor pool. Enjoy a large buffet breakfast each morning with fresh fruits from the garden before heading to the beach. A charming, friendly and stylish spot!

        Diving  -  If snorkelling's not enough for you then there's ample opportunity in Trancoso to go scuba diving
        Surfing  -  Great weather and excellent waves make this a superb surfing spot
        Great walks  -  There are plenty of great hiking trails all around all the area
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      • Vila Barracuda 9 rooms from $104

        Bahia

        Vila Baracuda is located on Itacaré's beachfront and features charming, colourful décor with plenty of wooden features. Relax by the pool or on the beach during the day, eating at the restaurant (an open kitchen concept serving delicious food) is a must! A chic and friendly haven.

        Great walks  -  There are wonderful hiking trails dotted around Itacré for you to explore
        Surfing  -  The hotel offers surf classes and also provides surf trips
        Sights nearby  -  Boat trip up the river, mangrove and waterfall.
        Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
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      • Anima Hotel from $116

        Bahia

        A hidden paradise under the palm groves. A collection of beach huts on stilts with charming boutique interiors and balconies. Excellent seafood restaurant, lagoon-style pool, and just set back from the beach. Excellent value, family friendly, perfect for a laid back beach break.

        Beach Life
        Private Hot Tub
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
        On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
        Recommended by  -  I Escape
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      • Hotel Vila dos Orixas 14 rooms from $150

        Morro de São Paulo, Bahia

        A superb hotel that is comprised of picturesque cabanas nestled amidst palm trees. With stylish rooms, an excellent restaurant and a superb spa, it's the perfect place for a relaxing retreat. Its unbeatable seaside location is simply the cherry on top.

        Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
        Sights nearby  -  See the sights of Morro de Sao such as the lighthouse and the fort.
        Fishing  -  Sea fishing trips can be organised by the hotel.
        Kayaking  -  Canoeing
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      • Solar do Carmo 3 rooms from $154

        Salvador (Centro Historico,)

        A beautiful old colonial house in a picturesque town. Boutique chic rooms have lots of space and private balconies. The perfect B&B to explore the area from and good value too.

        Sights nearby  -  Ouro Preto is a perfect example of colonial Brazilian architecture, Baroque churches.
        Restrictions on children  -  Over 14s welcome.
        Views  -  Great views from hotel
        Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
        Recommended by  -  I Escape
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      • Pousada Capim Santo 17 rooms from $125

        Trancoso (Quadrado)

        This eco friendly pousada is situated in central Trancoso, less than a mile from the beach. It features contemporary rooms with a simple decor, a beautiful outdoor pool in the midst of a tropical garden and a hot tub. Be sure to enjoy their wonderful buffet breakfast each morning! A tranquil spot.

        Beach Life  -  With the beautiful sandy beach less than a mile away you can easily wander over and spend your days by the seaside
        Active Holiday  -  There are plenty of activities both on land and on water to keep you busy and making the most out of the weather
        Diving  -  Go scuba diving for an unforgettable experience and discover the diverse local marine life
        Great walks  -  Head out for long walks along the beach at sunset to truly appreciate the area's beauty
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      • Butterfly House Bahia 11 rooms from $169

        Maraú - BA, Bahia

        Brilliant, off-the-beaten track resort. Chic shacks with modern decor a stone’s throw away from the beach. Great for a weekend nature retreat.

        Diving  -  Take a diving expedition around the nearby coastline.
        Birdwatching  -  The surrounding area is great for exotic birds.
        Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
        Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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      • Hotel Fazenda Cala e Divino 8 rooms from $172

        Porto Seguro, Bahia

        An idyllic and remote paradise in South Bahia. This simple and chic family run hotel is situated on one of Brazil's most beautiful beaches, Espelh. Beach bungalows are dotted amongst the palm trees and overlook the exquisite beach and turquoise sea. Charming rooms, fabulous food, massage - sublime

        Suites  -  Eight private and individually decorated bungalows with sweeping views of the beach and sea
        Massage  -  Massage is a specaility to help you unwind and totally relax
        Back to Nature  -  Bare foot luxury and magical place for nature lovers
        Great walks  -  Guided walks and hikes can be arranged
        Recommended by  -  Tablet
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      • Villa dos Corais 40 rooms from $182

        Tinharé, Bahia

        Located just a minute away from the beach in Morro de São Paulo this laid back hotel features simply designed yet spacious rooms in individual buildings. Spend your days sunbathing on the beach, lazing poolside, playing tennis or relaxing with a massage! A fun and family-friendly choice for a break.

        Fishing  -  Spend the afternoon relaxing in the summer sun fishing with a picnic and a few drinks-what could be better?
        Diving  -  Take advantage of the many local diving clubs to explore the marine life off Morro de São Paolo's coast
        Surfing  -  The combination of sun, wind and waves make Morro de São Paulo a great destination for surfers
        Great walks  -  Go hiking through the palm trees and across the beaches to truly get to know Tinharé Island
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      • Casa do Amarelindo 10 rooms from $141

        Salvador (Pelourinho)

        A city refuge in central Salvador. This beautiful townhouse hotel with its stunning roof top terrace promises peace and tranquility amidst the bustling cobbled streets of the Pelourinho district.

        Roof terrace  -  Panoramic views and swimming pool.
        Gourmet
        City Style
        Restrictions on children  -  No guests under the age of 14 years accepted.
        Recommended by  -  I Escape
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      • Canto Das Aguas 43 rooms from $147

        Chapada Diamantina, Bahia

        A rustic chic property set within the stunning Chapada Diamantina's mountains. Atmospheric rooms are traditional in style with plenty of wood, white washed walls and exposed stone. Bathrooms are very much contemporary. Dine on gourmet regional delights and sample fine wines. Fabulous.

        Country Escape  -  Set in lush gardens by the Lençóis River. The perfect spot to indulge in some rest and rejuvination.
        Great walks  -  Take long walks through the Lençóis River Valley.
        Full of character
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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      • Villa Bahia 17 rooms from $205

        Salvador (Pelourinho)

        Awash with history and charm, Villa Bahia is a delightful hotel in the historic centre of Salvador. Rooms are elegant and stylish with beautiful antique furnishings and playful colour schemes. With Salvador's city centre on the doorstep, it's perfectly located for exploring Brazil's first capital.

        Local markets  -  Browse the vast craft market of Mercado Modelo.
        Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby San Francisco church.
        Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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      • Maitei Hotel 17 rooms from $218

        Arraial d'Ajuda, Bahia

        A sublime hotel hugging the stunning coast of Bahia. Elegantly designed and beautifully thought-out, the hotel offers charming rooms, an excellent restaurant and imperious views over the Atlantic. Made for a romantic getaway.

        Sights nearby  -  Visit Trancoso's historic Quadrado, less than four miles from the hotel.
        Surfing  -  Try your hand at surfing on some of Brazil's finest waves.
        Sailing  -  Sailing trips can be organised by the hotel.
        Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
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      • Casa de Pera'Inda 5 rooms from $261

        Trancoso

        Loaded with charm and character, Casa de Pera'Inda combines excellent service with a welcoming, convivial atmosphere. It offers smart, stylishly designed rooms with elegant furnishings and tasteful decor. Recline poolside or go on a horse trek through the surrounding jungle.

        Local exploring  -  Perfect for exploring Trancoso and the surrounding coastline.
        Sights nearby  -  Explore local sights of interest such as the Culture House of Trancoso and Quadrado Square.
        Diving  -  Diving trips can be organised by the hotel.
        Full of character
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      • Tivoli Praia do Forte Ecoresort 287 rooms from $289

        Salvador

        A large luxury eco resort on the Salvador peninsula. Private beach, luscious gardens, eight swimming pools, extensive spa, kids club, and a choice of Mediterranean or a tapas restaurant. Perfect for beach life, families, and complete relaxation.

        Beach Life
        Families
        Sights nearby  -  Alameda do Sol, Humpback Whale Institute and Sao Francisco Church.
        Swimming Pool  -  8 pools.
        Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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      • Bahia Bonita from $229

        Bahia

        Luxury beach cabanas just set back from the sand amongst the groves. Romantic suites have four poster beds, wooden floors and private balconies. Private beach with lots of deck chairs. Walking distance to restaurants. A perfect beach holiday for honeymooners or couples.

        Beach Life
        Sights nearby  -  Church of St. John the Baptist.
        Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
        Recommended by  -  Fodors
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      • Aram Yami 6 rooms from $237

        Salvador (Santo Antônio Além do Carmo)

        Delightful baroque hotel overlooking Todos Os Santos Bay. Awash with charm, the hotel's rooms are characterful and comfortable with colourful wallpaper and impressive views. If you're not exploring the surrounding Salvador, then take the chance to relax by one of the pools overlooking the bay.

        Sights nearby  -  Walk to nearby sights such as Sé Square and São Marcelo Fort.
        Local markets  -  Browse the bustling markets streets of Salvador.
        Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
        Views  -  Great views from hotel
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      • Villas de Trancoso from $330

        Bahia

        A fantastic beach property ideal for fun in the sun. Cabana style suites underneath the palms, white sand on your doorstep, infinity pool, fabulous seas food restaurant, and a golf course. Perfect for beach life, families, and golfers.

        Beach Life
        Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
        Romantic  -  Good for couples.
        Views  -  Great views from hotel
        Recommended by  -  I Escape, CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection
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      • Campo Bahia from $338

        Bahia

        Hugging the quiet coastline near Santo Andre, Campo Bahia is a sublime beach resort. Offering up fourteen luxurious private villas, it's a place that makes good on its five-star billing. Recline by the pool or take a boat trip out to explore the coast. A seaside wonder.

        Beach Life  -  With access to a private beach, it's perfect for beach lovers.
        Romantic Break  -  A quiet idyll on the beach, perfect for a romantic break.
        Families  -  The villas are perfect for families to rent.
        Great walks  -  Beautiful walking through the surrounding jungle and the nearby beach.
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      • Casa do Dean from $487

        Arraial d'Ajuda

        A Robinson Crusoe villa set back from the beach surrounded by palm trees and turquoise waters. Designer chic interiors with hints of Brazilian tradition, kitchen plus chef on request, pool, and immediate access to the beach and the surrounding tropical paradise. For families, groups of friends.

        Beach Life
        Value chic
        Luxury
        Groups
        Recommended by  -  I Escape
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      • Uxua Casa Hotel 10 rooms from $435

        Trancoso, Bahia

        Beautiful wooden casas decorated with Brazilian art and antiques sprawl through a luscious shady garden. Barefoot luxury for couples, families, or any beach break.

        Private villas  -  10 individual casas.
        Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
        Beach Life
        Chic
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Johansens, Kiwi Collection
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      • Txai Resort 40 rooms from $479

        Itacare, Bahia

        A little piece of paradise on Cocoa's undeveloped coast line. Rustic-chic maintains the tropical beauty of this eco-friendly resort. The turquoise ocean is the perfect backdrop to the thatched cabanas decorated with ethereal romance. Tranquil exoticism and beach life.

        Eco  -  Eco-friendly break.
        Spa breaks
        Honeymoons
        Beach Life
        Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Johansens, Kiwi Collection
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      • Fazenda da Lagoa 14 rooms from $483

        Una, Bahia

        A secluded eco retreat surrounded by coconut trees, rainforest, and a never ending white beach. Fourteen stunning cabanas, luxurious spa treatments, and impeccable service make this a place of total relaxation.

        Library  -  The library is packed with over a thousand English and Portugese books
        Private villas  -  The hotel comprises 14 colourful cabanas.
        Wellbeing
        Eco break
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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      • Etnia Pousada and Boutique 8 rooms from $494

        Trancoso, Bahia

        Eight rustic-chic bungalows individually decorated in ethnic style. It sits in the midst of a tranquil shady grove just minutes from the beach. A stylish beach retreat.

        Chic  -  Boho chic in one of Brazil's hippest villages.
        Private villas  -  The hotel comprises 8 themed bungalows.
        Beach Life
        Restrictions on children  -  No children under the age of 14 are permitted.
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Johansens, Kiwi Collection
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      • Convento do Carmo 79 rooms from $573

        Salvador

        One of the most fabulous hotels in Bahia. This elegant convent restoration provides luxury in style. Sumptuous rooms, gourmet cuisine, fantastic spa. For foodies, families, or those who want to indulge.

        Elegant  -  The most elegant old-world place to stay in Salvador.
        Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
        Spa
        Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
        Recommended by  -  I Escape, Kiwi Collection
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      • Kiaroa Eco-Luxury Resort 23 rooms from $613

        Município de Maraú, Bahia

        5* eco-resort with bags of space and privacy. Suites and bungalows have dark wood furniture, romantic four poster beds and hammocks on the balconies. Outdoor pools, spa, gardens, helipad and direct beach access. Superb seafood-based cuisine, relaxed bar lounge. Secluded, barefoot opulence.

        Eco break  -  Eco meets chic in this luxurious beach resort, with abundance of outdoor pursuits and full spa
        Sailing  -  Explore local islands of Coroa Vermelha & Pedra Furuda
        Views  -  Great views from hotel
        Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
        Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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      • Fazenda São Francisco do Corumbau 10 rooms from $677

        Ponta do Corumbau, Bahia

        The ultimate paradise. White sandy beaches and turquoise sea provide an oasis of wellbeing for this cluster of private luxury bungalows. Beautiful rooms match their beautiful surroundings at this secluded beach retreat.

        Remote  -  Gloriously remote with white sandy beaches.
        Total relaxation
        Wellbeing
        Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
        Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
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