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Resort Croce del Sud
Ranked #7 of 28 Hotels in Paraty
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 2, 2012

We finished our seven week trip to South America with a stay at Resort Croce del
Sud. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We were treated exceptionally well by our hosts. Nothing was too much trouble. The views from the balcony were amazing and the breakfasts kept us going thoughout the day. We didn't have a car nor did we rent one, but Luca arranged for a taxi to take us into Paraty on two occasions. We also made the 500 metre walk down to the highway and onto Praia Grande and back up again. Quite a feat for two flatlanders. Our stay was a wonderful way to end our vacation.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

My friend and I stayed three nights in Resort Croce del Sud and we loved it! It is a very small scale resort, with only a few appartments with full equipped kitches. The view from the hill over the bay is amazing! The breakfast we had was the best I ever experienced. If you go here, we would recommend to go with your own car or rental car, as it is 10 kms out of Paraty. This however makes that the location is peacefull and the only sounds you hear are the sounds of the jungle and the singing birds.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

I stayed here with my husband and our two children for 7 days and nights. The service was excellent and the apartment was charming. The location is only a short drive from Paraty. After a day spent touring the town of Paraty, or the many beaches or waterfalls in the area, the Resort Croce del Sud is the perfect place to relax with a drink overlooking the peaceful bay. The breakfasts were delicious and if you don't feel like leaving the resort to get supper at any of the fabulous restaurants in the area, you can order room service.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

If you are looking for a calm paradise, you are right here. We travelled for 3 weeks in brazil, paraty was the second place on our journey and afterwards i am a little bit angry, that we just stayed for 3 nights. Because of: Luca and his familiy are very lovely to their guests, the breakfast is incredible, if you need help - you got it on time, the environment is beautiful and the sunrise great. You get up and enjoy .......

We say: we would come again :-)

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank KaDa7
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

I stayed here for a week with two friends and my 4 month old son. It was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The view is stunning and the rooms are well thought out. They had everything you could need - while purposefully foregoing such modern "conveniences" as internet, phone and cable - allowing you to really relax and enjoy the peace and sounds of nature while you were there. Most importantly though - the service was perfect. Luca went out of his way to make sure we had everything we could need (including setting up a crib with mosquito netting and change table in advance of our arrival). The breakfast was delicious and home made from fresh local (on the property) ingredients, and kept us full for much of the day. Every morning we were excited to see what would be dropped off for us in the breakfast basket! The resort is a few minutes (by car) out of town - which allowed for the beautiful surroundings and view you would not get in town - but we rented a car while we were there for about the amount that it would have cost for a return taxi trip into town and had no problems getting around. The added bonus of having a car is that you get to explore some of the further away beaches and sights outside of town. I highly recommend staying here if you have the opportunity!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Thank JordanSW
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

This is the perfect place to “recharge your batteries”.
The location is great: peacefully quite, surrounded by nature, with a breathtaking view; all this can be enjoyed from blessed balconies; don’t be surprised if you end up spending long times there staring at the bay, the little port of Ilha do Araujo, the fishermen throwing their nets, which I did! Plan on having a car available as the place is up on a hill; in any case, you will need a transport to explore the surroundings. Do not forget some insect repellent, as you are in the middle of tropical vegetation.
The accommodation is equally great: three only spacious apartments designed, built and decorated by the owners Lili and Luca, where you can appreciate the care and dedication of those who made a choice of life, rather than a financial investment. Just don’t miss their website www.resortcrocedelsud.com, even if for the joy of one of your senses only, the others will have to wait!
The breakfast – No need to repeat the praises of other posts, but I have to mention this: if you don’t tell Lili what you preferred most, she will “study” what you left to interpret your taste and customize the next breakfast. Again, this says the hosting spirit of the owners. In four days there, since we never provided any comment, we never had the same and had the luck to enjoy all!
Who should not go there: those who can’t live without A/C (and cannot enjoy a natural, ever-present breeze), those looking for luxury (the style is rustic, no TV, phone but good cell phone coverage), those who can’t stand insects indoors (got very few bites thou, without using any repellent), those with uncontrollable toddlers due to the exposed stairs to the bedroom.
Otherwise do not waste time; this will soon become one of those over-requested destinations.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

As other reviewers point out, the hotel has an absolutely stunning view of the bay below so the terrace out front makes for a very nice spot. You definitely need your own vehicle to get here as it's out of town and up a very steep, long road off the highway.

The rooms themselves, however, could use a bit more cleaning and some updating. There was certainly nothing terrible, but a fresh coat of paint and some more aggressive use of the broom would make the rooms a bit more welcoming.

The service from Luca and his staff was excellent. They brought breakfast at whatever time we wanted and we asked Luca numerous questions about restaurants, etc., via the walkie-talkie system they have set up. They also provided a crib with mosquito net for our 4-month old son and he slept very well.

If you're looking for basic accommodation with excellent views at a reasonable price, this is a good option but if you want luxury or to be in town then look elsewhere.

Room Tip: All 3 rooms have identical views so there's no difference
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Luca_rcds, Proprietario at Resort Croce del Sud, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2012

Thank you for the information provided. We are very sorry for the problem with cleaning, this is a must for us and the person responsible has been identified and immediately removed. About the type of accommodations, our Resort is located in a beautiful place, in front of the ocean and surrounded by the tropical jungle. To maintain the harmony with the nature, our accommodations are made in a rustic-chic style, with plentiful use of natural materials like wood and stones. So, really, if you want luxury, marble and glass (like in a town), look elsewhere. But if you're searching for a little natural paradise, I´m sure that here you will find what you seek.
Sincerely.
Resort Croce del Sud

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Address: Rodovia BR-101, Km 565 | Morro da Praia Grande, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Paraty
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Paraty
#2 Romantic Hotel in Paraty
Price Range: $87 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the peace of a large estate, resting between the ocean and the rainforest, three stylish garden flats with enchanting view over the bay of Paraty are waiting for you. Designed and built to offer to its guests an ideal holiday in a charming place, is located just a few minutes from the historic town of Paraty, near to the fishing village of Praia Grande and to one of the most beautiful beaches of the region. Open only to a few exclusive guests, the Resort Croce del Sud is the ideal place for an unforgettable holiday. * Enjoy the space, the confort and the privacy of a private home, with all the finest facilities of an hotel. * Relax in a natural surroundings, enjoying a privileged view of the beautiful bay of Paraty. * Enjoy our delicious natural breakfast in the quietness of your flat. * Prepare a romantic dinner in the equipped kitchen of our flats. ... more   less 
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