Sofitel Guaruja Jequitimar
What We Love
- The lovely beach, away from the crowds that are common in this area
- Family friendly: There’s a kids club and babysitting available
- The 6,458-square-foot, 30-treatment So Spa is one of the best on the São Paulo coast
- French chef Patrick Ferry serves some of the coast’s finest cuisine at Les Epices
What To Know
- Les Epices and Mar Casado have limited hours March through October
- Caters heavily to nouveau riche Brazilian families with kids in tow
- Pernambuco Beach can be crowded with vendors
- The hotel opened in 2007
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Coastal contemporary. This 301-room leisure/business hotel, built in 2006, is steeped in both clean-lined modernism and local art, which brightens the big, natural-tone lobby. The public spaces in all three wings are designed to capitalize on sea views, and the beige, lime, sky-blue and gray color scheme evokes the tropics.
Bed and Bath
The clean and crisp whitewashed rooms are large (Sea View Superior Rooms start at 409 square feet) and feature violet love seats and wicker furniture. The bathrooms feature marble sinks and rainfall showers (you’ll need to book a suite if you want a bathtub) and refreshing, citrusy Notes de Lanvin bath products from France. The signature Sofitel MyBeds are wrapped in Trussardi linens (Brazil’s most lavish) and are extra-comfy.
Though most of the restaurants are average (and pricey), the beachside Mar Casado, which specializes in fresh seafood, is wildly popular for its isthmus views and grilled lobster. Les Epices serves classic French fare and has earned one star from Brazil’s culinary bible, Guia Quatro Rodas. The excellent So Spa offers an extremely inviting couples treatment room, a 72-foot heated pool and an expansive relaxation deck with sea views. Elsewhere, there are tennis courts, a cinema, a vast main pool, a cocktail-centric lobby bar, a well-equipped fitness center by Companhia Athletica, a gigantic kids club, sand volleyball courts and an open-air shopping mall. You can also take a surfing lesson.
In the Area
Guarujá is all about fun in the sun. For less crowded strands than Pernumbuco, head to São Pedro Beach. There’s good surf at the nearby beaches of Praia do Tombo and Praia do Eden. South America’s biggest aquarium, Acqua Mundo, is a great choice for families. If you want to venture out for dinner in Guarujá, Dalmo Bárbaro is especially great for fish and seafood. For even more choices, head into nearby Santos, 12 miles to the west.
How to Get There
If your looking for a quick getaway close to Sao Paulo then this hotel is a good option. Lobby iand pool area are very nice, and restaurants are also good. Service is a plus. The rooms, however, are outdated. Overall a good experience but thought it was overpriced for what it was.
For me, definitely the best luxury resort in all the coastal area of Sao Paulo. Perfect for families' weekends. The staff from kids club is very well prepared and will keep your kids entertained during all the weekend. The room was very cleaned and comfortable. In the pool and in the beach area, the staff was always attentive and working very hard to give us a great experience and they got it. The restaurantes are all marvelous, especially the Les Épices. Certainly we gonna back soon.
It was a delicious stay. Excellent room with the perfect view. It’s deplorable that music incompetible with the beauty of the surro dings is played continuosly from morning untill night. It would be lovely to hear the sound of the sea...
Staff is good and the breakfast superb.
The location of the hotel is great, with a beautiful beach and amazing views. The hotel itself is well maintained and rooms are very comfortable. The food was tasty and plentiful. Unfortunately, it is the service that lowers the grade of my rating. In the mornings, it felt like the staff was making us a favor for getting us coffee or preparing something at the buffet's cooking stations.
For our event, we had a special dinner planned outside, but it rained. I have organized many events in my professional career, and always, the hotels have made amazing efforts to ensure succesful events and meals. In this case, the staff said that we had taken the risk of making it outside in spite of their warnings for rain, and since it had rained, they were setting up things in a terrible place, with no space. Never have I had such a bad attitude from staff in a hotel. FInally, after arguing and discussing they agreed to change the place and things went out well. However, my point is that it should not have been treated like that.
Stayed there for Carnival last February. They have a good and helpful team with various options of restaurantes and a great atmosphere. The downside was an extremely slow process of checking-in and checking out.