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 went back there with another couple. They are keeping their standards over the years. The property is gorgeous and extremelly well kept. Great and comfortable room, great service, good food. Highly reccomended.
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.