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
Ponta dos Ganchos is a very known paradise in Brazil, 1 hour from Florianopolis, Santa Catarina. It is a luxury resort with private bungalows varying on their size, distant to each other, each type with its unique particularity. Their service and their flexibility regarding breakfast (no time to end), late check outs, early check ins, were the most impressive to me. They take care of everything, and I mean it. Even though I’m brazilian, they speak english fluently, they are extremely polite and welcoming. The food is awesome, and the hot private pools inside the bungalows completes. The second you get out the bungalow, housekeeping make your room as in magic, fast and extremely clean. Congratulations for everything!!!
We chose to finish our month in South America with 4 nights here - definitely the right decision. We were fortunate to be upgraded and our room had a glorious view. The room was just as it looks online as in fact was the whole resort. It was pretty quiet when we were there so we often had the whole cove to ourselves for relaxing on the beach, stand up paddle boarding etc. The breakfast was unusual but actually very good, served on a lovely terrace overlooking the fishing bay. The waiters were really friendly and interested. Afternoon tea was also served there and was a lovely touch. We lunched and dined each day in the restaurant ( there really is no other option) and the food was all very good. At lunchtime it was possible to eat from the bar menu or the all day menu in the restaurant. The cocktails and mocktails were very good served on the beach. We enjoyed the trails around the peninsula. The staff were really very attentive but not at all intrusive.
Perfect place go with your grilfriend, spouse or the one you love. Privacy, comfort, first class accomadtions, excellent food & services. All the staff working to provide the best in class service and tailor made for you. Don’t miss it
While we absolutely love Brasil, service and quality of food in most resorts and hotels is never memorable -- in fact, most of the time it's a disappointment. But not the case at Ponta dos Ganchos. Of course the resort is beautiful and sits in a spectacular location -- that's all undisputable. But what really stood out for us was the service........ and yes, the food. The entire staff was kind and respectful and friendly (formal service here would make no sense) -- truly welcoming. And all of our dining experiences were memorable. One afternoon a chill set in, so we left the beach and returned to our bungalow -- a hot bubble bath was waiting for us. I was never one for romantic, rose petal baths, but this made perfect sense and was lovely. Sun came out an hour later, and we were warmed and ready to return to the beach. This is just a small example of how 'at home' you are made to feel....... and yes, the resort is gorgeous. A must-visit in Brasil.
The food was absolutely delicious, the staff were excellent (German, Deivid, Monica, Joao, Junior, Gabriela, and everyone else at the restaurant, beach, reception, and spa), and the bungalows were extraordinarily fabulous. Topped off with dreamy weather - a PERFECT stay.