What We Love
- Location in a tiny, unspoiled fishing village — a welcome escape from Sao Paulo or Rio
- The farmhouse kitchen–style dining, featuring homemade bread, zingingly fresh fish and local produce
- Sweet, solicitous service by the 100 percent local, pousada-trained staff
What To Know
- Rooms are on the small side and simpler than you might expect, with no room service and only basic amenities
- Access to the village is via a winding, steep, pedestrian-only path
- Get ready to get off the grid: no Internet, cell phone signal or TV on the property
Seaside simplicity in a Brazilian country house style, with white walls brightened up by royal blue trim, and red tile or wooden floors. Candles bring a gorgeous glow to the main lounge at night, where a fire is kept burning on rainy or cold days. Fine old maps, traditional craft art, and Brazilian photography and painting adorn the walls, but they’re all outshone by the richest color accents of all: the lush green of the garden and the changing blue of the sea beyond.
Bed and Bath
The pousada’s setting within a state park means there’s no room for expansion and space is at a premium in the simple bedrooms. But the owners make a virtue of that simplicity, decorating the rooms in a mix of white walls with tile floors and cool blue accents. Petite bathrooms are stocked with Natura toiletries in tropical scents, with powerful showers that can leave the floor a bit awash. The kingsize beds have canopies with brilliant white mosquito nets, while the generous verandas feature hammocks and are cleverly shielded from one another by lush greenery.
Dinner is served around 8 p.m. every night, and pre-dinner drinks (not included) offer a chance to chat with fellow guests. Or step in and join the bartender as he shows you how to make the perfect caipirinha. The staff is fiercely proud of the fresh fish and local produce here — much of the vegetable and dairy produce comes from sister hotel Fazenda Catuçaba — and the bread and cakes are all made on the premises. The buffet-style dinner might be a rich, savory coconut and seafood stew or roasted fish with a rainbow of colorful vegetables. Massages and beauty treatments can be arranged, or just flop down by the pool, in the well-tended garden.
In the Area
The point of the Picinguaba is its Zen-like simplicity, set in an unspoiled, still-working fishing village. Take a stroll to the beach to watch the catch being brought in, or take a dip in the ocean. Or stop for a beer or a juice at the friendly Picinbar, where they serve a spectacular camarão na moranga: pumpkin filled with shrimp in a creamy sauce. You can catch a WiFi wave here, too, if you’re in need of a connection. The long, deserted two-mile beach visible from the pousada can be reached by kayak or via a 20-minute walk that includes fording a river; there’s no bridge, so the only way is through the water (the hotel provides water-resistant bags). Tag along with the staff on a trip to buy fish, or to collect fresh, sustainable hearts of palm from a nearby settlement. Or book an organized hike to a waterfall or a boat trip to the nearby islands, or head for the historic, cobblestone town of Paraty, 30 minutes away.
How to Get There
This hotel was a little paradise.
They offered many activities so one day we went kayaking with dolphins and they had packed us little sandwiches.
The dinners were home made and were delicious.
The view was astonishing and we absolutely loved this place !
If you need a place to relax and enjoy nature, this Pousada is amazing.The gardens, pool and main house are gorgeous. The surroundings beaches are very pretty and empty of tourists.
We were only disappointed by the food that was supposed to be cooked by / with the French owner. Our Christmas dinner was pretty bad. No seafood at all... for a beach place it was a bit strange. Also, be aware the dinner as well as lunch menu are mainly vegan.
There are no tv in the rooms and the wifi doesn’t reach them so don’t forget to bring a nice book.The rooms are very noisy and we could hear our neighbours having some fun and everyone walking through the corridor. That point needs clearly to be improve...
We had one of the best service in Brazil (hard to find any), you can tell their staff has received training which was quite enjoyable.
Last thing, do not forget your mosquito repellent...
This amazing hotel is nestled in a small fishing village and gives you access to secluded beaches with no-one around.
Location of the hotel is spectacular with views on Fazena beach
Food was excellent as was the service. Hilde was a great host
Strongly recommend asking for Fausto to lead you on a hike to ponta negra.
If you are driving arrive before dark as the hotel is not easy to find and roads are rough. Transfer organized by hotel is recommended and safe