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Engenho Lodge

Minas Gerais | Brazil

Exclusivity, art, comfort, privacy, coziness, minimalism, sustainable practices and beautiful nature - Engenho Lodge is one of the best small country hotel in South America, located in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Location: Engenho Lodge is located in comuna de Ibitipoca in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Engenho Lodge is surrounded by beautiful landscapes of rust-colored waterfalls, forests with bromeliads, centuries-old trees, incredible white sand dunes, and an arid plateau overlooking a mountain range. Walk freely to explore the surroundings. The trails are safe, very well signposted and a radio keeps you in touch with the administration. 

How to get here: The closest airport from Engenho Lodge is Juiz do Fora (JDF) which is 2 hours drive away. Alternatively fly to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and take a 3,5 hours road transfer, or fly to Belo Horizonte (CNF) and take a 4,5 hours road transfer. 

Structure: The rooms are spacious and comfortable. New and old, rustic and sophisticated meet in harmony here. Here you will enjoy sauna, jacuzzi, fitness room, and the captivating local spa. The fitness room has pilates and TRX equipment.The large common area has a dining room, TV room, living room with piano, fireplace and inner courtyard. Light in harmony with the natural setting, stone paths and wooden objects. The open fire in the inner courtyard, the flowers on the large balcony, the grand piano in the living room – everything bring a feeling of charm and peace. The spa is located in a spacious area of 250 m2, with a view of the lake and the mountains. In addition to the lounge opening to the green, there are five massage rooms, and in one of them, there is a bathtub, providing the use of oils and other special treatments with baths. At Engenho one can pratice Hatha Yoga class and various massage techniques. The Spa’s oils are 100% vegetable and made from plants often found locally. This is also true for the herbs for tea. The on-site restaurant extends through a large lounge and internal courtyard, in a rustic-chic atmosphere. Lunch, typically from Minas, is served buffet-style, around the woodstove. At dinner, the place has intimate lighting and music, and dishes are served à la carte (some dishes created by chef Claude Troisgros).

Why staying here: This converted historic 19th century farmhouse is one of the best luxury lodges in the country. If you want to spend a quality time with your family or friends, this is the perfect lodging for such an occasion. 

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