From June to November, whales can be spotted from the balconies
Personal touches, from suggested daily itineraries to chocolates decorated with guest names
Free paddleboard, snorkel gear, and canoe rentals
Havaianas – the iconic Brazilian brand of flip-flops – are supplied for all guests
What To Know
For those seeking nightlife, shopping, or non-hotel restaurants, the nearest city (Florianópolis) is a 30-minute drive away
Breakfast is served any time of day and comes as a multi-course tasting menu
Staff transport guests to their villas by buggy
Under 18s are not permitted
An idyllic peninsula enclave with private cabanas and commanding views of Brazil's Emerald Coast
Wooden decking, enormous windows, and an abundance of hammocks typify this rural resort, but it’s the view – mountains in the background, ocean in the foreground – that draws the eye. Stone pathways link private cabanas, while oversize white umbrellas, sun loungers, and decadent four-poster day beds dot the beach. The effect is that of an enormous Scandinavian spa, with some Amazonian-style woodwork thrown in that pays homage to the resort’s lush, tropical setting.
The hillside is home to 25 cabanas made from stone and wood. Even the smallest is impressively large, at 1,035 square feet, while the balconies, also huge, all face seaward. While the bed and living room décor is simple and muted (mostly a palette of beiges and whites), each space comes fully equipped for days of relaxation, with open fires in the living areas, strong WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and, in the upper-tier rooms, saunas and balcony Jacuzzis. Going all out? Spring for one of the “Special Villas,” which have private pools, gardens, and wine cellars.
Lunch and dinner are served at the beachside restaurant, just feet from the sea, where freshly caught seafood can be barbecued or added to a traditional Brazilian stew. Flickering candles ooze romance, but couples can take it a step further by booking a table for two on the property’s private island, connected by foot bridge. Breakfast, alternatively, is served in the game room and is available all day. (So if you want ten courses of fruit, eggs, and pastries at six in the evening, all you have to do is ask.) There’s also a gym, spa, cinema, game room, and indoor pool on site, all of which get much more use during the cooler season.
Within walking distance, there’s little else to do but go for a stroll or swim, so guests craving a bit more action will have to make the half-hour drive to Florianópolis. (JS Tip: Ask the hotel staff to book dinner at a recommended restaurant before heading out.) Otherwise, there’s hiking and biking around the area trails, mountains, and forests, while a lucky few might find a local fisherman to demonstrate how to catch (and eat) the local seafood.