KA BRU River is located on the outskirts of the town of Itacaré, in the south of the State of Bahia. It is situated in the Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlantîca), a protected UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site.
KA BRU River blends seamlessly into its paradisiacal surroundings. This hideaway is built on an elevated platform to create a palpable sense of 360 degrees of openness. From the stunning panoramic views of the Rio de Contas and the Atlantic Ocean to its architectural principles, everything about KA BRU River is based upon harmonious co-existence with the lush tropical forest environment.
A sequence of two floor levels beneath a traditionally folded roof is the heart of the design concept, conveying the feeling of lightness. The large panoramic platform is suitable for a variety of uses and creates a large, open space in which to interact with the natural surroundings. Overdimensional sliding doors between the various areas are creating one big open space living area. The pool, which rises up to 4 meters from the ground, gives the feeling of swimming out into the endless blue. While living in the depths of the tropical forest, residents and guests still feel protected from wild nature.
For the construction of the house, we used re-purposed wood from the existing structure, timber from surrounding Fazenda trees and locally available materials – all of which can be returned to the ecological cycle (cradle to cradle). A rough construction manual based on our architect’s virtual 3D model was drafted and brought to life by local craftsmen, without the aid of classic construction plans. The link between traditional, local building techniques and contemporary design can be seen both in the technical high quality of the wooden structure’s joints, as well as in the natural roof made from interlaced palm leaves (Piaçava), whose shape mirrors the local building style.
The Hideaway is near to the secluded, paradisiacal beaches of fishing village and surf mecca Itacaré (12km by car, 5 min. by bike and 2 min. by taxi-boat, directly from the own house pier). The Hideaway consists of an open-front living space with kitchen, panoramic terrace hangout, an open living platform, a master bedroom and a guest room – both equipped with walk-in closet spaces and generous bathing areas. A swimming pool with an ensuite sunbathing platform is perfectly integrated into the wonderful landscape. The furnishings are a mix of contemporary classics and pieces produced by local carpenters from the Itacaré region. KA BRU River is fully equipped and ready to offer its guests a unique experience. The variety of fruits and berries produced on the estate (pineapple, coconuts, jackfruit, acerola, mangos, banana, not to mention 400 cocoa trees) makes KA BRU River almost self-sufficient.
• Bed Linen & towels changed at regular intervals
• Daily breakfast
• Daily cleaning service
• Fresh flowers
• Welcome fruit basket
• Cellular phone
• Mini bar
• Music speakers
• Itacaré’s surrounding beaches are within 10-20 min by car
• Village proximity – 5-10min drive to Itacaré centre
• Outdoor pool
• River view
• Airport pick up
• Grocery service
• Private chef
• Adventure day trip by boat or car
• Beach hiking
• River Kayak trips
• Yoga, Capoeira, surfing and traditional cooking lessons
• Massage sessions
• River rafting
• Stand-up Paddleboards (SUP)
• Whale watching (according to the season)