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“Great Island Retreat”
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Pousada Naturalia
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Ilha Grande
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“Great Island Retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

A great place to stay and chill out in a natural environment nestled into a quiet hill with a great view in Ilha Grande ... Our room had a balcony with table, chairs and a hammock to take in the sunrise and sunset over the bay area. The breakfast was simple with plenty of fresh fruit, cold cuts and fresh bread, attended to by friendly accommodating staff. The owner Yann, was always around to chat and give advice on activities for the day and to make your stay comfortable. The breakfast area was rather unique, built into the flaura, fauna and rockwork, with native orchids drooping from the ceiling with humming birds hovering to collect nectar. The Pousada is next to the beach with great beach F&B outlets with moveable tables on the sand and shore line under shady trees to take in a day of relaxation. Look forward to returning in the future !

Room Tip: Rooms above the restaurant which is at a higher elevation afford a better view of the bay
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Wow! What an amazing place. Our room (and I think all the rooms) had a wonderful ocean view from our deck. Hotel had great rain forest garden and beautiful breakfast area. Owner Laurant was very friendly and helpful (helped us change another hotel reservation), and was fluent in multiple languages.
Hotel was in a great location. Did have to walk a short way from ferry but mostly a street was possible-very short distance was across beach- could have hired a porter with a cart at dock if we hadn't wanted a workout carrying our roller bags.
Pousada Naturalia was right by hike to most incredible Lopes Mendes Beach.
Loved the restaurants on beach near hotel- esp. Cafe do Mar sitting under a huge tree strung with lights just feet away from the water. The whole place was magical.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

We chose this pousada based on the TripAdvisor recommendations and our high expectations were met and even exceeded!

Pousada Naturalia is set in a beautiful serene location a few minutes away from the beach with the lush rainforest right behind it. The wooden floors and ceiling in the breakfast area and the rooms blend in with the surroundings and provide a soothing and relaxing ambience. The rooms are very comfortable. Our favourite spot was on the hammock in the balcony listening to the birds at sunrise and watching the boats.

Breakfast was spectacular - a choice of three freshly pressed juices, a variety of tropical fruits, pancakes with guava syrup in addition to the usual breads and cheeses. Having delicious breakfast in the beautiful open room built into the rocks while watching exotic birds eating pieces of mango and hummingbirds drinking water was certainly the highlight of our stay here!

What makes Pousada Naturalia special is the attention to little details. On arrival we were greeted by Isabell with a tray of cold water and freshly pressed juice. Coffee & tea are provided every afternoon for guests to help themselves. Yann & Isabell were always around at breakfast and sometimes in the afternoons to provide tips on where to eat, what to see etc. We really enjoyed our chats with them not just about Ilha Grande but also Brazil in general. The convivial atmosphere at breakfast makes it feel like you are staying with friends rather than a hotel.

Thank you Yann & Isabell for your hospitality! We had a wonderful stay here and hope to return sometime soon!

Room Tip: Since the sea- view room was not available for the first day of our stay, we spent one night in a ro...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

Staying at the Pousada Naturalia was a real experience. I will not go into detail because the many positive reviews and pictures give a great impression of what to expect. The managers of the Pousada Naturalia have a passion for providing unique accommodation that sums up the spirit of Ilha Grande and they have succeeded most certainly.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

The pousada is very nice, amazing views, very clean, great breakfast and the staff , but specialy the managers, Yann and Isabelle, are really nice, helpfull and make everything to make you feel very comfortable. Thank you ! Love it !!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights arriving in a tropical downpour. We had an upper floor room (room 1) in the second building which is slightly higher up the hillside, so we had a superb sea view especially when the sun shone. The room was adequate though not large but the balcony with small table and 2 chairs and hammock was lovely. The shower was good with plenty of hot water which was great as we had one very wet day and needed to warm up after coming back extremely soggy after a full days walking. The breakfast room is semi open, surrounded by tropical garden and set in to huge boulders and is very characterful.

Thermos flasks of coffee and hot water for tea as well as biscuits were left out in the afternoon and evening which was a nice touch.

The simple breakfasts were very good especially the selection of fresh fruit and home made cake. There was a lovely personal feel with the hosts Yanni and Isobel coming round the tables to discuss plans for the day and offering suggestions of treks and places to visit. We also had some good meals on their recommendation especially the fish BBQ at Cafe do Mar.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Breakfast simple and delicious. Very unusual style, built in tot he rocks. Loved it. Great view from the rooms and away from the town a little, which was a plus because itown was a little busy. 5mins if you go on the beach, just over ten going over the path. Lovely walk either way. Fantastic to be able to walk along the sand. Couple great restaurants nearby. Host very helpful and informative. Best food so far. Delicious fish stews. Only marked room down a little because bathroom was cramped. Had great night sleep.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pousada Naturalia
Address: Praia Do Abrao, S/No, Lote B 09, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro 23968-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Ilha Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ilha Grande
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ilha Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Pousada Naturalia 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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