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“Trip of a lifetime” 5 of 5 stars
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Rua da Praia S/N | Praia Vermelha, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro 23900 000, Brazil   |  
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Ranked #2 of 78 Ilha Grande B&B and Inns
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“Trip of a lifetime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We visited four excellent places in Brazil for our honeymoon, and Vila Pedra Mar was the best. If you are in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, you should try to make it out to Ilha Grande. The inn is on Praia Vermelha, a quiet village on the northwest side of the island. If you're researching Ilha Grande, your experience here will probably be quite different than what the guidebooks say, because the villa is a few hours from Abraão, the largest town on Ilha Grande that most people visit; you will not visit Abraão, and you will not visit Lopes Mendes beach.

Ilha Grande is great for hiking and lounging on beaches. The villa is right around the corner from the beach, and there are a couple more secluded beaches a five-minute walk down the road. If you're willing to hike for a couple hours, there are many more beaches you can visit, and have almost all to yourself. And the hiking from the villa is nice — not too strenuous, through the jungle where you're shaded and likely to see many colourful butterflies and a few monkeys. The highlight of our honeymoon was a daytrip organized by the villa to Praia Aventureiro, on the south side of the island, where we spent the day on the most amazing white-sand beach we've ever seen and visited with two Magellanic penguins who had washed up on shore.

The honeymoon suite is as great as the other reviews say it is (it's spacious, has a beautiful bed, beautiful view, great TV for watching movies in bed and a huge open-concept shower), with two caveats. First, don't count on the plunge pool; it was barren during our visit because of a drought. Second, because of the island's location and the fact that there are many windows in the suite, you'll have lots of bugs in your room. There's a mosquito net around the four-post bed to keep them out, but if you get creeped out by moths, butterflies and dragonfly-type bugs, Ilha Grande may not be your ideal destination.

The breakfasts are OK — nothing fancy. Fresh fruit, cereal, toast, some eggs if you want. But the dinners are amazing. Owner Riann used to run a steakhouse in South Africa, so he knows how to whip up a fancy meal. His dinners under the stars on the roof of the villa are something special.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Vila Pedra Mar is FANTASTIC! Top location, top service, top food! We swam with turtles and saw dolphins and monkeys.. The room was amazing with a stunning view, Sarie and her family is so welcomming and attentive to your needs.. Perfect in every way...

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

It was an amazing place to stay. My recommendation is don’t make the mistake that we made, make sure you book for at least 4 nights. Two to three nights simply isn’t enough to enjoy this amazing place.

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Villa Pedra Mar was the setting for a 3 night stay towards the start of our holiday in Brazil, and also for my engagement to my now fiancée. I can only echo the other reviews on Tripadvisor - Sarie, Rhiann and Joe are so warm and welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. I let them in on my plans to pop the question and they were so kind with recommending locations and cooking a wonderful celebratory dinner. The honeymoon suite is stunning, the views incredible and the food delicious. Look out for the sea turtles if you go snorkelling off the jetty! Thanks so much Sarie, Joe, Rhiann.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

we arrive, we are in shock, we really are, we think, we know these people they are part of our family, where have they been all this time......
Great people Sarie is the best "the perfect mommy", her son, Riann... cooks like a god.....honestly everything he makes is pure perfection. comfort food, elegant food, eating on the terrace under the stars, speechless.
The rooms amazing, honeymoon sweet...private balcony, the view..
the decoration, the details, the sheets... bamboo fiber..
It was soo good that when we left we had tears in our eyes.....
Can't wait to go back :)
Thank you

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Thank you so very much to Sarie, Joe, Riann, Karien and Daniel for your amazing hospitality and kindness to our family! Honestly, you went out of your way to show us kindness and to help us out when we were stuck after having missed our ferry! Thank you too for that totally delicious meal .... I had my share of delicious meat and your icecream was totally out of this world ... I tried to make it but it tasts nothing like yours!
What a truly breathtaking place you have - totally stunning!!! We would recommend anyone to stay at Vila Pedra Mar!!!!
Honestly, if you are looking for an amazing place to stay this is the one!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

The hosts at the Vila Pedra Mar do an amazing job. They give you this exclusive feeling of beeing a very special guest, I actually have never had before, even though I have travelled far.
Eveything is so very thoughtfully done - from the homemade food (Sadis homemade ice creme is such a special treat!) to the architecture of the vila and the design of the three grand rooms.
The views are amazing and all common areas incl. the jetty are so very inviting.
It is a super romantic place as well - sitting (alone!!!) on the rooftop terrace and enjoying a very good three course dinner under the stars, listing to the waves...
But, you have to leave this amazing place behind once in a while, because the next beach is just "around" the corner and one of the nices little beaches we have seen during our stay in Brazil.

To our great dismay, even at such a secluded place, the common Brazilian dogs-barking-like-hell-at-nights is a problem - bring earplug to fully enjoy paradies!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Rua da Praia S/N | Praia Vermelha, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro 23900 000, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Ilha Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 78 B&Bs / Inns in Ilha Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vila Pedra Mar is an exclusive island villa that combines the beauty of Ilha Grande with luxurious accommodation. The Vila has three luxuriously appointed suites complete with exquisite linens and towels. All the suites are private with seperate entrances and just 3 meters from the sea. The Vila is situated in a secluded and pristine part of Ilha Grande, surrounded by virgin Atlantic rainforest and fronting on 80 meters of private seafront with beautiful views of the bay and the village. It has a private jetty for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing and docking. Vila Pedra Mar prides itself in providing personal attention and service and provides guests with 3 course gourmet dinners that are included in the price.The Vila has a private motor launch for guests to enjoy sightseeing and visiting some of the beautiful lagoons and beaches of Ilha Grande. ... more   less 
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