Thatched Roofs & Tropical Charm: The Tivoli Ecoresidences Praia do Forte

Praia do Forte is known to be one of the most beautiful and pleasant coastal villages on the Northeast region of Brazil. So pristine, in fact, that the Brazilian government hopes to preserve the untouched qualities of the beach side village by declaring it an Enviromental Protected Area. It is here that Tivoli Hotels & Resorts, a 75 year old hospitality group, erected 42 sophisticated and refined tropical homes for the company's most recent establishment, Tivoli Ecoresidences Praia do Forte.

The Ecoresidences have been skillfully designed by two of Brazil's most celebrated architects, Thiago Bernardes, founder of Bernardes Arquitetura, and Paulo Jacobsen, founding architect of Jacobsen Arquitetura. Each of the 42 houses were designed to stand two floors high and have a large living room and dining area, four spacious suites, bathrooms overlooking the tropical scenery, and a dazzling private swimming pool and deck on the roof of the first floor.

Bernardes and Jacobsen built the homes to reflect a refined version of the typical architectural style of the region. The two-toned boxy structures are outfitted with stone on the exterior of the first floor, vertical planks of wood on the exterior of the second level, and a thatched roof.

Thatching is a very old roofing method that has been used in both tropical and temperate climates. The craft of thatching a roof consists of layering the roof with dry vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof.

Inside each of the villas, Bernardes and Jacobsen created a contemporary yet calming ambiance by using natural materials with an elegant approach. Staying on the lux Praia do Forte property means that guests can enjoy three restaurants, 4 bars, 8 pools, endless water sports, 4 tennis courts, an amphitheater, a spa, beauty saloon, and 3 saunas.

The architects worked closely with famed landscape architect Fernando Chacel, a creative talent who Jacobsen actually interned for in the 70's, to create a plethora of delightful flowers and greenery that decorate the equatorial property.

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Photography courtesy of Tivoli Hotels & Resorts