We have been to Asalem, March 2010 and stayed there for 4 nights. We are a family with young children and when we got there we realized that it wasn't really the best place to stay due to the fact that the whole place is on a very steep and cliffy terrain, so if you travel with kids you either book the honeymoon suite or you chose another place.
The whole place, setting, lodging IS AMAZING. Its a fact. The food is the best you are going to get on island. Not too many choices on the menu, but compared to places in Abrao we tried, this was a higher class indeed.
The only thing that i missed is that places lacks a real brazilian spirit and family atmosphere. All the guests are mostly coming from abroad ((95%), cooking together the fresh fish from the sea, family atmosphere all the things written on their website - forget all this. Service is "efficient", more likely the big hotel chains than the laidback brazilian pousada style. Thats what i missed.
If you come here its a good choice, but dont expect too much. Honeymoon suite, its fabulous. The beach near the place its nothing special compared to other ones on the Ilha.
Coming to Ilha means spending your time doing boat trips to Lopez Mendes, Lagoa Azul, highly recommended!!! So the most of the time you ll be actually away, so its not really necessary to book such an expensive lodging for brazilian standards, but coming here is a quality experience for sure, great yet not perfect!
- 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