From Brazilian actresses to professors, an assortment of guests have enjoyed this charming, Italian-style pensione, where they linger among tropical plants in the sun-drenched veranda, home to the best breakfast in town. The property opened 22 years ago, and while some areas could do with a lick of paint, the pousada's heart and soul shines through, with local art lining the walls. Simple rooms, divided between two colonial houses, are eclectic in character. The veranda
in No. 11 proved romantic enough even for Ricky Martin, who filmed a music video here. For fabulous sea views, request No. 1. All rooms except one come with a private bathroom.
R. Direita de Santo Antonio 48, Salvador, 40301–280, Brazil