If you look at the photos of this amazing retreat and your first instinct is disbelief, "It can't be as beautiful, luxurious or perfect"...you are mistaken. Villa Pedra Mar is one of those rare places that exceeds expectations.
We spend a week in Rio during Carnival and were looking for a respite from the craziness of the celebrations and crowds. A three hour drive and a ferry ride across the bay delivered us to the private dock, where Jo, Sari, Riann and Karien greeted us with genuine warmth and welcome.
Our room was lovely, decorated with a soft relaxing scheme, interesting artwork and local Brazilian "Granado" amenities. Enormous windows framed a glamorous view of the bay, and emphasized the natural beauty of Ilha Grande. The bed was comfortable and prepared with soft bamboo sheets.
As guests we felt incredibly looked after. Jo and Sari were able to assist us with suggestions for activities and places to stop that suited our energy level and mood. We took a long walk to Praia Grande through the Atlantic Rainforest listening to the sounds of the forest. Another day Jo arranged for us to take a boat for the afternoon where we enjoyed sightseeing, swimming and snorkeling in some of the more secluded coves.
We spent our days hiking, swimming, snorkeling, or just lounging on the dock. Afterwards we would relax before dinner enjoying one of Jo's famous caipirinha cocktails.
Breakfast and dinner were included during our stay and the cuisine was thoughtfully created with our preferences considered. My husband especially enjoyed a lasagna prepared by Sari, while another evening Riann’s preparation of the locally caught calamari was so delicious that I may never be able to order calamari again. None will ever compare to that meal! Dining on the rooftop or the terrace, where you can see every star in the Southern Hemisphere while listening to the ocean are what we dream when we dream of Brazil.
In the midst of pristine beauty there is a haven of luxury waiting for you at Villa Pedra Mar.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vila Pedra Mar Ilha Grande, Brazil