Asalem is nestled in its own private cove on beautiful Ilha Grande. Getting there requires a ferry ride from the mainland to the village Abraao, then a private short boat ride to Asalem. If you want to be away from the touristy shops and restaurants, this is the way to go. The staff was very nice and accommodating -- We were greeted at the dock by the manager and shown promptly to the Eco-Honeymoon Suite. We have not viewed the standard suites, but highly recommend the honeymoon suite, which sits off by itself, away from the main part of the pousada, jutting from the forest with breathtaking views of the bay. One could be happy not leaving this eco-chic bungalow, with its private deck and hammock, but the staff is happy to arrange excursions to other parts of the island which boasts more than 100 beaches. The main part of the pousada is comfortable and relaxed. Meals are served at a long table overlooking the water. In the evening, they offer made-to-order happy hour caipirinhas and casually elegant candlelit dinners with Brazilian music. You place your order to the small kitchen about an hour before you'd like to eat, choose your bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset. For a change of pace, Abraao is only minutes away by boat and offers a number of restaurants. Only two things during our stay were mildly displeasing. Boats tend to dock outside the pousada during the day, and one was playing very loud music one day. Secondly, on our day of departure we we're told, only at 9:00 a.m., that they would need our room by 10:00 a.m. to prepare for the next guests. Just a word of advice to clarify your check-out time. Neither of these incidents, however, would deter me from visiting again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Asalem Ilha Grande, Brazil
- Asalem Hotel Ilha Grande