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“Secluded with the most stunning views” 5 of 5 stars
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Asalem
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Praia da Crena, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro 23.960-000, Brazil   |  
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Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Ilha Grande
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Secluded with the most stunning views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

This is one of the most beautiful places we have traveled to. Asalem is very secluded with one of the most stunning views you ever seen. Everything from the rustic cabanas, to the perfect breakfast to dinner to the very helpful staff, we loved it all and had a magical time at Asalem and Ilha Grande!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Atibaia, Brazil
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011

We are a group of old friends that go hiking together for a week every year. This time, our destination was Ilha Grande, and we did not regret our choice of Asalem. Especially when, at the end of another long day of hiking over rooty and stony trails, while also walking over gorgeous beaches with magnific sands, and returning aboard a fast boat gliding over pristine waters, you come in for a hot shower and that superb dinner, sitting atop the waterfront... A view which, thanks to the ingenious layout of your room, you can also enjoy right out of your bed, too!
There are a few points, though, where improvements would be very welcome: the boat landing is simply awkward, the Internet connection is just too slow, and an additional nice shady place for comfortable reading or playing would do great!
And thank you, André, Bianka and staff, for your kind smiles on all occasions!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo, SP
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

I got there in a 4 days holiday in Brazil with my 5 years old kid and it was a really great time we had there. The treatment we received for Asalem team was wonderful. People that want to enjoy a magnificent landscape, incredible tracks and beaches that is one very good choice for you. I recommend.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

I was for the first time in Brazil and never seen a hotel like this. Top location with very nice view. Personal care and service. Very nice diner meals for friendly prices and excellent breakfast. Rooms are very clean and beautiful and romantic, not big but you don't need. I want to thank Andre and his crew for the personal care. I wish them all the best and i'll be back in december with my girlfriend. When you visit this hotel you never regret it, for sure, I give a 10.
John van der Pol
Rotterdam
the Netherlands

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Florianopolis, SC
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2011

Normally I am not really given to writing reviews but then Asalem does not fit in the "normal" category. I find that when you go on holidays it's always wise to expect something to go wrong specially when it comes to hotels... the towels might be dirty, the bed a bit too soft, the coffee too cold or too hot, the service a touch too slow. I believe that if you prepare yourself to the occasional disruption of your peace and quiet when it finally comes it doesn't ruin your holiday. So, imagine my surprise when, after five days, I had nothing to fill my "the normal problems with accommodation" category! Asalem is, as André, its owner says, not a hotel but an experience... I won't list everything that impressed me because you will be here for a while. But I will give you a few tips: wake up in time to have a slow breakfast, not just because the food - that goes without saying - but because the view. Have dinner there at least once and before you eat drink a caipirinha by the water, believe me, life will seem just right. Take your goggles and swim across the bay, its magical... and don't expect to have any problems because if you do you will be disappointed. The only problem I had was that I had to leave, strange isn't it? We are not used to being well taken care off in a hotel, without problems... but I was. And that is something out of the ordinary...

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  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2011

Wonderful people and a view I could happily wake up to for the rest of my life. Treasured memories for a multitude of reasons.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Torrance
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2011

This place is a hidden gem. Asalem is the place you look to discover when traveling to a foreign country. They have a knowledgeable staff that speaks English. The food is cooked fresh to order and great tasting. All the rooms have an amazing view of the ocean. The most convenient part is that they have their own shuttle boat to take you anywhere 24/7. Also, you are close enough to main city on island(5 min boat ride), but far enough to be away from it all.

Room Tip: The new eco suite is amazing!
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  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Praia da Crena, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro 23.960-000, 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 ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Ilha Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Asalem 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ASALEM is a seaside hideaway situated in Ilha Grande, a protected reserve of natural land where no cars are allowed. All our 5 enchanting waterfront suites are surrounded by the rain forest that overlooks the spectacular Bay of Abraäo. This proximity to the ocean offers rare, intimate glimpses of sea creatures such as starfish and turtles, as well as abundant schools of fish. The forest brings frequent visitors, including monkeys, squirrels, fireflies, blue butterflies and a wide variety of exotic tropical birds. This unspoiled peace of paradise is the perfect spot for honeymooners looking for privacy: we are 20 minutes apart from the main village walking in an accessible path or 5 minutes by the taxi boat we provide. Apart from the taxi boat service, available 24/7, we can arrange boat trips, transfers, massages, scuba diving, snorkeling and guided hikes. ... more   less 
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Asalem Ilha Grande, Brazil
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