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Boutique Hotel in Praia do Forte

A unique location directly on the palm beach. A jewel of a small beautiful Hotel. Click on our image and visit the place. If you like what you see on the pictures you will adore our paradise.


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Are you looking for something especial? Then you got to the right spot. You will find a unique architecture of tropical style, built by the renowned Brazilian architect Wilson Reis Neto. Constantly cooled and caressed by the free flow of the ocean breeze. An ambiance of 26 carefully decorated apartments, a friendly service and an excellent cuisine will make your stay unforgettable. Porto da Lua is the only hotel right on the beach.

Our Beach Hotel Praia do Forte is right on top of one of the most superb beaches in Brasil- at the periphery of the world but in the centre of one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil.


Hotel Porto da Lua is located directly on the beach.

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And a few steps behind the hotel lies the small town of Praia do Forte itself. Close by for shopping and/or enjoying some relaxed night life with the restaurants, bars and live music. And still far away not to be bothered by the sometimes quite blustering night life over the weekends and during festivals and Carneval.

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Hotel Praia do Forte constant sea breeze, a unique comfort issue

There are a few items witch distinguishes our Porto da Lua Beach Hotel-Praia do Forte from almost any other option which you may consider. One is certainly the almost constant sea breeze which is a unique comfort issue of this Hotel Praia do Forte, and which distinguishes our Hotel from all other options you may consider in Praia do Forte. During summer 2005 and 2006, air temperatures were regularly checked and air temperature never exceeded 30.5 °C, at around one o’clock in the afternoon, and cooled down to 27°C at night. This is the result of being so close to the ocean. A few meter more inland, and a remarkable rise in air temperature will make life hard without air conditioners.

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About our moon of the “Moon Harbour”- Hotel Praia do Forte

But there is also the spectacular few from your hammock over the ocean and the beach. Breathe taking. As the tide changes, so does the spectacular view. The scenario is constantly changing. With low tide, you see the reef and the quit pool formed by the reef and the beach, with calm crystal clear waters. During full moon, this lagoon, sandwiched in between the reef and the beach, looks almost mystique in the full moon light. A few hours later, with rising tide, the scenario changes completely, without you having to move your position in your hammock or in one of our comfortable Hotel Praia do Forte beach chairs. Now, the place is suddenly filled with energy, and the sound of the rolling waves crashing on the beach, and the few has changed to become also full of energy. Gone is the peaceful and almost esoteric astral, and you feel the air full of energy and dynamics. Which, as the times goes on, a few hours will become calm again. And, as the hour of tide levels changes every day by about 50 minutes, this change is different from the day to day, also because the sun or the moon will shine, reflect and glitter different in the ocean. The tidal change between low and high tide is up to 2,5 meters. How does it work? Why is the high and low tide almost one hour later from one day to another?How moon effects tides of our Hotel-Praia do Forte.

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The answer lies in the gravitational force of the moon, the sun and the earth, and the rotation of the earth around its own axis within 24 hours and the rotation of the moon around the earth within approx 29,5 days.

The simplified picture below shows the forming of a little mountain in direction towards and opposite of the moon. This little mountain is our high tide. By its gravitational force the moon pulls the water of the ocean to form a kind of “Water Mountain”, which forms the high tide, and by the rotating of the earth; this mountain seams to walk across, being fixed in front of the moon.

The moon, however, by itself rotates every 28 days around the planet earth, so this “mountain of water” is never at the same place at the same time of day, because within the one day waiting for the next tide, the moon has gone a little bit further on his journey around the planet earth.

In fact, the moon had travelled about 50 minutes further, resulting from the following calculation: 24 (the hours needed for the earth to rotate once around her own axis) divided by 28 (the number of days, the moon needs to travel once around the earth). So every day, the high tide (and of course the low tide) is about one hour later than the day before in front of the Porto da Lua Beach Hotel Praia do Forte. We have a time table, already given hours in Brasilian time. But the Brasil time here in Praia do Forte is not the same one as in Sao Paulo, so some time tables are one hour ahead.

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Porto da Lua is the only Hotel in Praia do Forte right on the beach. And is a model of splendid tropical architecture. We have 27 very comfortable rooms, 24 of them with a spectacular view over the ocean and the reef. The constant, lovely and fresh breeze from the ocean make the tropics here at our beach Hotel Praia do Forte even more relaxing. There are also some lovely suites.

The village of Praia do Forte, where one can enjoy shopping and night life, is located only a few minutes by foot behind the Hotel, but it is still distant enough not to be bothered by the noise of night life. Come, and relax in one of the most privileged locations in Bahia.

Our charming staff will do everything to make your stay pleasant. We will spoil you with our delicious kitchen, and we promise quality up to your dinner in your suite or your Caiperinha on the beach.

Some history of our beach Hotel in Praia do Forte

The Hotel was built by the renowned Brazilian architect Wilson Reis Netto, co-worker of Oscar Niemeyer and successor of the famous architect “Le Corbusier” at the Institute of architecture in Paris, who also built the well-known “Ecoresort” in Praia do Forte and the former “Pousada Praia do Forte”. With such an important footprint, it is no wonder that our Porto da Lua Beach Hotel Praia do Forte is a model of nice architecture. Many renowned architects from all over the world, who happened to become our faithful clients, assured us that it was not only a famous architect who built this Beach Hotel in Praia do Forte, but he also succeeded in a real Masterpiece of tropical architecture. The Hotel was completely renovated and now offers modern comfort in spacious apartments with large king size beds and all other modern comfort. And still, the tropical architecture of our Beach Hotel in Praia do Forte with its natural air ventilation was strictly maintained.

Our Hotel is located a few steps beside the charming light house, where Turtle - Project Tamar is located. Between this charming light house, marking the reef entrance for the little harbour sheltered by the reef and the Porto da Lua Beach Hotel was formerly the old “Pousada Praia da Forte”. The rooms in this beautiful “Pousada Praia da Forte” were small chalets, straw huts facing the ocean, also planed and build by Wilson, as many other beautiful villas along the beach. Since this former “Pousada Praia do Forte” had been closed, the Hotel Porto da Lua remains your only Hotel in Praia do Forte option right on the beach.

Pousada or Hotel Praia do Forte?

In Brasil, the terms “Hotel” and “Pousada” are somehow used as synonyms. There is an understanding that under the word Pousada you will find a place which is more charming, and that a Hotel is somehow more un-personal, colder, more a building type of lodging. But there are no real classifications - on your Brazil travel you will find all kinds of names and lodgings: there are also tiny little Hotels and large luxurious Pousadas. And above all, there is no way you can deduce from the term a qualification of the place or of their services. Some answers: Pousada-Hotel Praia do Forte

Here some call themselves neither Pousada or Hotel but “Pousada-Hotel” Praia do Forte to recall this fact and eliminate doubts. We use for our Beach Hotel in Praia do Forte the following slogan: charming like a Pousada and with the modern comfort of a Hotel. In this site we will refer to our Beach place Porto da Lua as Pousada or Hotel Praia do Forte, indicating a Hotel in Praia do Forte Bahia. We apologize for the mixture in terms – the text had been edited by different collaborators. We are in a process to fix it and concentrate on one term. In the meantime, you will find both terms Hotel and Pousada. But maybe, it precisely reflects our case: charming like a Pousada, with modern comfort of a hotel.