Special Conditions Rate
2 pers. - Half board
|From £ 294.18|
Offering a unique philosophy of simple luxury, Pousada Picinguaba boasts an unpretentious and authentic attitude as well as beautiful natural touches to generate true happiness. The freedom from TVs, telephones, Internet and air-conditioning allows guests to experience a different world surrounded only by the magic of nature and the sounds of swaying palm trees and the sea lapping the shore. Each of the charming rooms at Pousada Picinguaba offers a simple yet comfortable interior with a beautiful garden view and stunning sea backdrop. All rooms feature their own private balcony complete with hammock and original pieces by various Brazilian artists.
The delicious local dishes at Pousada Picinguaba are prepared exclusively for guests using the freshest ingredients which have been carefully cultivated in the fertile hotel grounds and locally sourced seafood. Dinner is served among the stunning poolside scenery on moon nights.
Guests can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking in the tropical rainforest with the in-house guide, cruising on a schooner to explore local islands, trips to Paraty, hiking through the lost villages of the coastal stretch, scuba diving and more, making a stay at Pousada Picinguaba the perfect getaway for all travellers.
Pousada Picinguaba was selected by HIP HOTELS as one of the 80 most extraordinary hotels in the world.
Located half-way between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and close to Paraty, Pousada Picinguaba overlooks a peaceful bay in the heart of the Natural Park of Serra do Mar. The region around Picinguaba is one of the most beautiful, well-preserved and less well-known parts of the whole Brazilian coast, and guests will find everything they need in this extraordinarily rich natural environment combining beaches, forests and mountains.
"Amazing location and view point, very nice staff, impression of "eden". But massive disconnect with the price point"
Let's start by saying that I am an EXTENSIVE traveler (even if I don't often post reviews!). From business to leisure travels, from thrift accommodations to very luxurious, on all continents, for 25 years. The hotel has been abundantly marketed in Deco magazines and through photographs enthusiasts posts. And frankly the viewpoint from the swimming pool is stunning. There are not that many other view points though. In reality, once you saw the (again, amazing)view point, it is important to note that the actual premises of the hotel are...non existent: there is the pool area...and that's it, no garden, no access to a beach or other view points. It can feel a little constraining but you can walk to the fisher hamlet down the hill, there is beach there. For the rest, the main thing to say is this: it is outrageously expensive...for what you get. From international standards perspective, for Brazil, for what you get. From any points. We were not even high season. The place is really nice. But for THAT price it really is difficult to understand how you can get SUCH a cramped bathroom (and again, I did not come here to have a Ritz type of bathroom, but that was hostel like, you basically don't even have a space to put your bathroom stuffs!), there is barely any places to put your clothes on, the total square footage is really limited - again, compared to the price point. We had come there, partly on the premise that we were happy to experience the simple and organic life, that is not the issue. The fact that you don't have bottle water in the room is part of this, this is not what this review is about...It is the ratio value for money. Also, we did a boat trip that was...quite underwhelming to say the least - and again, everything has a price and I am saying, compared to the price. It was supposed to be a whole day boat trip to go through some of the more secluded places of the coast. (stunning coastal natural park in the area, we drove the whole coast). We were taken to an island in front of the village. The beach was literally FULL of people, was dirty (not the hotel fault though! It is just that you would imagine that they know better than the average tourist where to take you) and quite far from what we were sold. But ok, we just asked the skipper if we could move somewhere else. We moved to another beach on another island, where we could walk for just about 300 yards/meters (the rest was off limit). We stayed there until it was lunchtime. Very very simple lunch that frankly must have cost them peanuts (again, I can eat super ultra basic food - very happy with that. It's all a matter of what you get for what you paid). Not even a sweet thing to finish or a tea or a coffee for the whole day. Then the boat did not move for about 2,5 hours. And then....we sailed back!! THAT was the boat day trip. Seriously....I have been doing these kind of things in Asia, Arabic countries, remote places of Africa, the Americas etc...I could really see what other things could have been done. I don't know if they were saving on fuel or something but we were quite underwhelmingly stunned... anyways...again, general impression is that it's a rustic experience (fine) with a beautiful viewpoint, but with offerings and accommodations that really can NOT justify the pricing, even if you consider that you have to subsidize a little bit the "alternative" sustainable and organic lifestyle (I should mention I am an economist by profession, ha!)
"Simple rustic pleasures!"
We stayed for two nights in the Honeymoon suite which is a beautiful room with a great view and jetted tub. As it was off season, there were not many other guests there but the service was still excellent. The room was clean and well appointed. The bar was always open and Michell was very friendly and served us excellent beer and caipirinhas! Breakfast was typical food for Brazil and very fresh. Dinner was absolutely delicious! All the staff were friendly and willing to spend time with us discussing the area and the resort. Yes, the town of Picinguaba is small and a bit isolated via some rough roads but it is only 10 mins off the main road between Ubatuba and Paraty. We loved the small village feel and had a light lunch at one of the local bars. We took a boat ride to Ilha des Couves, a small island about 10 min boat ride. Had the best lunch ever of fresh fish, rice, beans and salad. The island is small but so beautiful! Well worth the trip. We also went to Paraty for a few hours and had lunch at Cafe de Canal. The resort called ahead for us and special ordered Escondidinhlo for us...it was perfect. We will definitely return to Pousada Picinguaba and spent more time then. Muito Obrigada to all the staff!!
"Great way to end honeymoon "
We were on our last week of our honeymoon in Argentina and Brazil, and this place was unforgettable. We had the honeymoon suite which had wonderful views over the bay. All the staff are really friendly and helpful, and get to know you during your stay. We could choose any activities we wanted to do each day from kayaking, surfing, boat trips, etc. We were given a bespoke trip when a local guide called Betu took us on a hike through jungle and swimming in fresh water pools. The food at the hotel was all fresh from their farm and we loved to eat the catch of the day. To love this place, you need to appreciate all its quirks and natural beauty. It is "rough around the edges" and not a fancy plush city hotel. But it still feels welcoming, special and high standard. You almost feel like you've discovered a hidden secret, as it's not a tourist spot familiar to many British tourists. We can't wait to go back again some time in the future.
"Peace of heaven"
Great place, welcome is perfect, view astonishing. Do not expect 5 stars luxury but real contact with nature, people and feeling at home. We stayed three nights: boat trip is great (do ask for standing paddle with it), kayak rides (use moustic repealant), layed on the beach and near the pool. Rooms ars small but very cosy.
"Amazing hidden place"
We just spent a weekend at Pousada Picinguaba... and we were positively surprised! The place is a colonial house in the hill, hidden in the middle of tropical forest... facing Pincinguba's bay, north of Ubatuba. The view is pretty amazing! We arrived Friday late night... dinner time was finished but they manage to serve us when we arrived. Breakfast is delicious and everything very fresh... as well as dinner, included. They served dinner outside on Saturday, at the deck by the pool... with candles! Besides the delicious fresh scallops, a whole fish braised on charcoal was served! Service is premium. The whole staff is amazing! If you can, try room #10. Best view with a balcony!
Private parking: Free
Outdoor swimming pool: Free
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM
Please note that a non-refundable tax of 15% will be charged of your credit card in the moment of the booking.