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
We stayed at the Sofitel Guaruja for a long weekend. The hotel overall is ok; the rooms are clearly not usual Sofitel standard but the overall facilities and the beaches are compensating.
Rooms and especially the bathrooms are older and run downed. Watch out he pictures. For such a high price I would expect much higher standards.
The breakfast is ok, nothing breathtaking. Avoid the dinner/lunch packages. It’s not worth it. It’s average buffet style. We cannot recommend.
However, the gym, pool area, beaches are really with the booking; even if the hotel is quite special.
Very friendly and always supportive service staff.
Beautiful beaches and nice accommodations - very quiet as it was off season - not many English or Spanish speakers- used google translator and everyone was super friendly and accommodating- the beaches look like a scene from Pirates of the Caribeen
As always, with Accor brand hotels, you never may rely on the brand to calibrate expectations. Sometimes "positively disappointing", sometimes upsetting.
Two years ago, I had gone to the Jequitimar for a convention and was rather unimpressed. This year, the progress made, mainly in service quality, were reassuring: From reception to restaurants, room service, pool and banqueting, all went well, very well indeed.
For those not knowing, this Sofitel offers a breathtaking view on the beach it looks over. It is in a quiet and secure area. Rooms are very well furbished, and convention rooms excellent.
Minor detail: Breakfast is still weak in terms of food, for a Brazilian standard and croissant are just horrible which is a shame for a French owned hotel.
4/8 as there are still some details (like me having to scare more the poor service from me than from their boss for getting a simple... flipchart) to be fixed, but a huge progression. Well done!
Attended seminar with 200+ participants. Seminar took place over several conference rooms at the hotel. Great experience, everything worked like a clock. Hotel location is amazing: front line beach. You wake up to the breeze. Food was fantastic. Dangerous - I ate too much:). Rooms are spacious with small, but sufficient, balcony. Nice bathroom. I wish I came here for vacation. Recommended.
I am Brazilian, but have been living abroad for 15 years. We booked a 4 night stay and had 2 rooms as it was our family of 3 plus my sister, brother, 2 nieces and my father. The weather didn't help, but the resort is fantastic. My 6 year old daughter and nieces aged 3 and 1 loved the Kids club and the self service kids restaurant. The food is amazing. Cleanness is impeccable and rooms are massive and super comfortable.
Staff extremely friendly and helpful. Pool again impecable.
It was quite quiet the week we stayed and there was a corporate event going on, but that didn't interefere at all. The event had a lovely Hawaii teamed party at the end of their stay at the hotel restaurant by the beach and it was lovely. Even we joined in when the music was on.
having said that, no noise is heard from the rooms.
There is a nice varanda overlooking the beach with comfortable sofas.
The hotel beach is private and beach front, fully serviced by the hotel. That meaning, sun loungers, tables and para-sun all prepared for you by hotel staff. Also there is bar service on the beach as part of the hotel service.
It is not located in Guaruja city centre, but there is a small lovely 'shopping centre' by the hotel.
We booked half board, but few days also had lunch at an extra charge and the food was mouth watering. The selection of dishes was mouth watering. Form traditional Brazilian dishes, to sea food, japanese, italian, and fantastic deserts. Lovely to see also the food constantly being checked and tested to see if they were at the right temperature and ok for comsumption.
I would highly reccommend staying here.