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  • Barefoot luxury at Ecohabs, Colombia

    Barefoot luxury at Ecohabs, Colombia

  • Kinondo Kwetu, Kenyan Coast

    Kinondo Kwetu, Kenyan Coast

  • The Caves, Jamaica

    The Caves, Jamaica

  • Fundu Lagoon, Zanzibar

    Fundu Lagoon, Zanzibar

  • Soneva Fushi, Maldives

    Soneva Fushi, Maldives

To find the perfect rustic escape, speak to an Expert

The Exsus team has spent the last 14 years searching the globe for the best luxury hotels for our clients, for whom many, barefoot luxury, is pre-requisite.

For personalised recommendations to suit your interests and budget, call us today on +44 207 337 9010.

Barefoot Luxury Hotels

Rustic Retreats

Gold and marble this is not... From the coast of Africa to Colombia's unspoilt Tayrona National Park, we've rounded up our favourite hotels that exude rustic charm, character and sylisth simplicity: here barefoot luxury is the overriding priority. These delightful properties are all the more alluring for people who want to completely kick back and relax on holiday: no formalities, no dress codes, no stress.

Africa is particularly good for laid-back luxury, with a good number of fantastic boutique, eco-chic escapes such as Azura in Mozambique or luxurious &beyond Mnemba Island on a private island off Zanzibar's north coast; alternatively head to the rustic thatched bungalows of Matemwe, also on Zanzibar.

Brazil's Bahia beaches are another good option if you like your luxury shabby-chic; Villas de Trancoso is a boho-style haven coupled with attentive, friendly service and is one of our favourites.  Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, where the phrase 'no shoes, no news' describes the hotel's relaxed approach is ever-popular with clients, along with  hideaways in the South Pacific, such as Tokoriki in Fiji: think swinging hammocks, a warm welcome and - as it's located on a neighbouring island to Monuriki where the film 'Castaway' was filmed - unrivalled escapism.

We've rounded up the best hotels for barefoot luxury around the globe - take a look below for inspiration or call and speak to an Expert on +44 207 337 9010 for a tailor-made quote.

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Our pick of the best barefoot luxury escapes



Tayrona National Park

The only high quality accommodation in beautiful Tayrona National Park, Ecohabs combines a stunning setting with rustic but very comfortable rooms. With simply spectacular views down to the turquoise sea and across the rainforest, Ecohabs is an idyllic and intimate escape in a magical location.


Guludo Beach Lodge

Quirimbas, Pemba and the North Coast

‘Do good, feel good’ is very much the philosophy at Guludo Beach Lodge: a gorgeous shabby-chic hideaway on Mozambique’s North Coast which has won awards not only for its eco-IQ, but its ongoing rapport with the community. Spirit yourself away here to escape the modern world; get to know the locals, and relax on the unfeasibly beautiful beaches.


Villas de Trancoso

Bahia Beaches and Salvador

Trancoso is an enchanting Boho chic haven set on an idyllic stretch of the Bahian coastline. Villas de Trancoso is a charming owner run property that offers five 1 or 2 bed villas in lovely grounds just steps from the beach.



Bazaruto and the South Coast

Azura is a luxury boutique eco-retreat built entirely by hand by the local community on unspoilt Benguerra Island. A wonderful combination of pampering, conservation and barefoot escapism.


Fazenda da Lagoa

Bahia Beaches and Salvador

Nestled between a coconut plantation, a fresh-water lagoon and a stunning stretch of wild and unspoiled coastline, Fazenda da Lagoa is a gorgeous eco-retreat along Bahia’s southern coast.


Fundu Lagoon

Zanzibar and Islands

A rustic fusion of luxury, style, romance and fantasy at this desert island hideaway. Enchanting and unique, Fundu Lagoon is shabby chic down to the ground.


Pousada do Toque

North East Brazil

Looking for unspoiled, undiscovered Brazil? Pousada do Toque is a member of Charming Hotels of Brazil and is situated on a virtually deserted stretch of beach, overlooking the most turquoise of seas and surrounded by beautiful gardens and untouched mangroves. Run by a welcoming husband and wife team, this rustic yet contemporary boutique hotel offers an intimate, relaxing and authentic Brazilian escape.


The Funzi Keys

The Coast

Relax and unwind at this remote and exclusive island hideaway. With just a handful of rustic, private cottages and no clocks or TVs, The Funzi Keys is the epitome of barefoot luxury; the perfect place to escape from the outside world.


Uxua Casa

Bahia Beaches and Salvador

When Wilbert Das, creative director of Italian fashion label Diesel, opened Casa Uxua, it’s safe to say we were pretty excited.


Matemwe Bungalows

Zanzibar and Islands

Set on a rocky outcrop and with views of a dramatic beach and lagoon, Matemwe Bungalows has evolved over the years into an elegant and discreet hotel.


Soneva Fushi


An understated and luxurious Maldivian resort set in the most sublime location – blue sea, white sandy beach and pristine jungle. Soneva Fushi is a real Robinson Crusoe experience, where the expression ‘no news, no shoes’ best describes the island’s relaxed ethos.


Six Senses Yao Noi

Phuket and the surrounding Islands

Looking for a room with a view? We’ve found it. This spectacular hotel seamlessly combines an eco-friendly ethos with luxurious living in 56 private pool villas overlooking the stunning Phang Nga limestone peaks. Sundowners don’t get much better than this.

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