Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort
What We Love
- 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
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.
How to Get There
We stayed at the Ponta dos Ganchos for two nights. I will not describe the resort only because I would have to write for several hours.
Just one word: OUTSTANDING.
I think that officially is classified as 5*, however I fall short if I say it needs to be 6* or even 7*.
As a sample, just three (very) minor details:
a) We were given a room upgrade without requesting it (This was probably due to the fact that we are members of the LHW).
b) We were offered a late check out without requesting it. (*)
c) During the evening room service, they left chocolates with our initials engraved. (*)
(*) Both were “first time in our lives”.
We have been in many places in the five continents. It is very difficult to choose an absolute “first” because each place has special characteristics, but I dare to say that the P dos G is among the “top five”.
After a 3 weeks trip through South America, we choose to finish our holiday and stay four nights in this beautiful resort. It was the best decision we could have taken. We already stayed in different very high standard resorts or hotels, however, Ponta dos Ganchos is a "special league".
Wonderful place surrounded by traditional vegetation, the resort is an island - far away from daily hectic and noise pollution. Rooms (bungalows) are greatly furnished and all aminties focused to make the stay most enjoyable. Staff is great, always helpful and seeking to fulfill al wishes. Great breakfast menu, changing day by day. Remarkable flexibility to adapt dishes to own desire or to any food allergy. We also liked very much that Brasilien and regional providers are taken into consideration, including very good wines.
If you seek a peaceful oasis to relax and calm down - this is definitively a place to go/be.
If you live in Brazil don’t miss this sophisticated and charming resort!
If you’re visiting the country just fly to Florianópolis - state of Santa Catarina (southeast part) and I guarantee you’ll have a wonderful stay.
The staff is very kind and is trained to exceed our expectations.
Breakfast served at any time and the cuisine closes at 01:00 am.
Private beach, and dinner on a small island (one couple per night). Isn’t this a dream?
You can do trails, exclusive picnics, Stand up pedals, etc.
You’ll feel a strong peace coming from contact with the Nature.
They have 25 bangalots and the best onde is called “Esmeralda”, numbered 25.
My wife and I just got back from our honeymoon in Brazil. We were looking for a special stop to spend Christmas and we are so glad we chose Ponta dos Ganchos. Our time there was the most relaxing and special. We could not believe that a place like this actually exists. First of all, every single food item served in the resort (including the chocolates they leave on your nightstand at night) is incredible. There is no such thing as mediocre food in the resort. Second, the bay where it is located is absolutely amazing with local fishing boats passing by and no tourists at sight. I can’t remember when was the last time when I woke up and could hear absolutely nothing other than birds and crickets. This place will provide you with these and other very special environments.
Finally, the most impressive thing that the resort has is service. You can tell that people are very good at what they do when you feel like you are being taken care of without being invaded in any way.
Will definitely try to go back at some point!
This oasis perched on a hillside overlooking the ocean features a private island where couples can dine, hiking paths, a screening room, villas with infinity pools, massage cabana with breathtaking views, superb food and service, and pretty much anything else you could possibly want. Rustic yet luxurious, a visit there is like being a very pampered castaway.