We continue to expand our hotel coverage in Brazil with the addition of the DPNY Beach Hotel (a favorite getaway for wealthy Sao Paulo residents) on the southern coast. It’s situated in a cove on the Ilhabela island, making it the closest thing to a private beach you get in Brazil. On that beach you find “an intricate maze of beach chairs, parasols, four-poster beds, and teepees (for the privacy starved and sun-shy). All of the above come with white leather cushions or mattresses and enormous zebra-skin pillows upon which you can very easily fall asleep.”
DPNY tries hard to be a hipster hotel, with its name made of initials, the party going until sunrise, and a DJ spinning tunes in the public areas all hours day and night. But our correspondent Michael Sommers says it’s done with the right attitude.
“DPNY achieves the rare feat of being mind-blowingly original in a way that pays homage to Brazilians’ talent for combining disparate elements to create works of great singularity. What saves DPNY from being too hip is its emphasis on casualness and playfulness—happily, it doesn’t take itself too seriously.”
He says the views here are heavenly, but upgrade from a standard room if you want any natural light in your room. Overall though, this is a winner. “If you’re in the mood for fun in the sun amidst beautiful surroundings, you won’t be disappointed.” See the full review of DPNY.