Imagine a remote finger of land lined with deserted beaches  and dotted with fishing villages.

Brazil's off-the-radar Maraú Peninsula may be hard to reach, but it's worth the effort, especially now it's home to an eco-chic pousada (boho B&Bs are often called this in Brazil) that's in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Sandwiched between the Atlantic waves and a freshwater lagoon, the eight suites and bungalows were built from salvaged wood, topped with thatched grass roofs.

Chloe, the young English owner, has decorated them with stylish global finds and she offsets your hedonism with solar-powered showers, water recycling programmes and community projects. You can be shamelessly idle, flitting from hammock to daybed while you think about maybe trying a spot of kayaking, paddleboarding or surfing.

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WOW FACTOR: Take a boat to a stunning waterfall or island-hop around the bay, stopping at secluded coves for snorkelling.

GO: A villa costs from £105 a night, B&B; www.butterflyhousebahia.com. American Airlines (www.aa.com) return flights start at £699.

FLIGHT TIME: 18 hours via New York

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