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Asalem
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Ilha Grande
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“Perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

In a beautiful place like Ilha Grande, ideally you need to book a pousada which complements the location. Asalem does just that, with a beautiful view and set so you can jump straight into the water, swim to or take a 5 minute walk to one of the island's beaches.

Breakfast is the usual you find in Brazil, including cakes, fresh strawberry juice and the best scrambled eggs we had all trip. Guests can use their canoes and there is a boat which takes you to the centre of town (otherwise it's an easy 20-25 minute trek/trail). We saw turtles here too!! The staff are very friendly and helpful.

This is not a boutique hotel but it's certainly a boutique pousada. Highly recommended and do contact me if you want to ask any questions about it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

Whereas Vila do Abraao, the nearest village, can look like a hell (not a beach but a harbor, a crowd of tourists and nothing except pousadas and restaurants), Asalem is very close to paradise... A peaceful environment with the most beautiful landscape I've ever seen from a window, a nice wooden house nearly lost in a great garden, wonderful meals and, above all, the impression of being at home with such nice hosts! They're really helpful and friendly, have free dvd and books to read, kayaks, etc. This place is more expensive than most of the pousadas in Vila do Abraao, but nevertheless, after spending one night in the village, I'm very glad we moved to Asalem for the rest of our stay - and I wish we could stay longer!
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Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

The stuff is professional and kind, thank you Paula, Paulo and Jack.
It is recommended to eat a dinner in the hotel, they have a great chef!
In general, everything is great except the price that a couple need to pay for the taxi boat of the hotel. If a couple want to take a taxi boat to the center and back to the hotel, it will cost R$ 30 (US$15). Another way is to walk 20 minutes to the center during the daylight (only).

  • Stayed October 2012
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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

We enjoyed our time in Asalem and this is a place we would definitely go back to. The place is secluded and it gives you an enjoyable and private experience in Ilha Grande, far from the 'touristy' hotels and groups(yet just a few minutes trip with Asalem`s boat if you need to get there), this gives you a peaceful and relaxing time. A few tips:
- remember to bring bugs repellent for you to wear
- tennis shoes are recommended for the hiking trails between the pousada and the beaches
- wifi signal is not the strongest so dont plan on using your laptop from your room (which is great as you should relax here!) - but they do have a computer for you to use at the reception for you to use if you have to
- property does have a few staircases to go to different levels, so it is not highly recommended for the elderly or disabled
The food was very good, the views are amazing and the staff is very helpful. They can provide information about things to do during your stay, recommendations on restaurants, etc.
We found that the price here was a little bit more than other pousadas, but the experience was more than worth the difference.
It is indeed a peaceful paradise!

Room Tip: All the standard rooms are on the same level and have great view. The eco suites are really nice and...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

Asalem is the perfect place to stay on Ilha Grande. The rooms are simple but with beautiful views and we enjoyed breakfast every morning on the stunning terrace which overlooks the water. We ate dinner at the hotel one night, the food was delicious and the candlelight made it very romantic. The staff were very helpful and we loved their old dog which who was very chilled out! Asalem’s only downfall is their private taxi boat system – it is always available to transport you when you need to go across to the town, but on 3 different occasions during our 4 night stay when we called to be collected nobody answered the phone which meant we were practically stranded until we could eventually get through. This felt like a frustrating waste of time especially as you are charged per journey. But by the time you get back to your room you’ve forgotten why you were annoyed and are too busy enjoying the stunning setting. Definitely worth a stay.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newmarket, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

Asalem gave us an amazing welcome and never disappointed from there on out. Our bus from Rio was delayed and we caught the last boat to Ilha Grande. It was night and we were tired, hungry, and not sure what to expect next. From the boat, a newly-made acquaintance phoned ahead to Asalem for us. By the time we reached the dock, and before our schooner was even secured, Asalem's little taxi boat pulled up beside us. We threw our luggage onboard and while everybody else started trudging around in the dark looking for their Pousadas, we knew we had already arrived in paradise. After a short ride, we arrive to our room, with the gentle sound of the ocean and a piping hot meal of calamari already waiting for us. It wasn't untll the next morning that we saw the amazing view. This really is an incredible place.

Beds are very comfortable. Staff are super friendly and speak perfectly fluent English, French and German. Rooms are very large with loft sleeping areas. At night, everything is lit with candles.

The only real drawback is accessibility. By foot, the trail is inaccessible at night or high tide and a bit tricky even at the best of times. A taxi boat costs 15 Real each way for two people. So budget for this. Even if you don't stay here, come for a dinner (need to call ahead). The food/view combination is unbeatable.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

What an amazing stay!!! We spent 5 days during our Honeymoon in the Eco-Honeymoon Suite and were absolutely delighted with our stay. The private and tranquil setting was perfect and waking to waterviews every morning through the scrub reminded us it was just another day in paradise. The owner Andre is an interesting and likeable person as is the rest of the Asalem family. The staff are always willing to assist in any way or just to provide great company and a friendly chat. The view from the breakfast table is inspiring and a very enjoyable way to start the day. For dinner you can't go past the fish in coconut sauce...devine. I recommend going out on the speed boat for the day. Asalem provide the driver and you make your own itinerary. Even though it was mid May we had 5 glorious days of sunshine. The 24hr boat service makes it worth staying out of the main town Abrao. Definitely a place to return to.

Room Tip: Eco-Honeymoon suite is a must for Honeymooners.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Asalem
Address: Praia da Crena, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro 23968-000, 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:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Ilha Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Asalem 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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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