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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Vivenda Paraty

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Vivenda Paraty
Ranked #3 of 294 Paraty B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Stirling, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Surpassed expectations...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

When a party was being organised in Paraty, everyone recommended Vivenda. I travel a lot both for business and pleasure so I have high expectations...Vivenda is a gem.
John the owner makes everyone feel like an old pal and he most definitely warrants the positive reviews. Nothing is too much trouble. Advice on restaurants, trips and hanging out in Paraty....that is if you want to leave Vivenda.... You may be tempted to just soak up the sun and chill by the pool.
The bungalows have every comfort and all in spotless white!
Breakfasts are copious and delicious served by your bungalow overlooking a pristine pool and the immaculate tropical garden.
Quite, quite perfect!

Room Tip: All rooms are in a peaceful tropical garden by the pool.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

Vivenda was by far the best B&B experience I've ever had. John welcomed us with open arms (literally, with hugs) when we first got there and the whole stay was one pleasant surprise after the next. First and foremost, we arrived two days before our scheduled reservation and John accommodated us anyway. It was all uphill from there, with a wholesome breakfast served at our bungalow doorstep each morning, excellent guidance on to dos in the area, amazing scenery in our backyard, and a super comfortable room. DEFINITELY STAY AT VIVENDA, OR YOU WILL REGRET IT!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

First off: a disclaimer. I am an old friend of John, the owner, so my impression of Vivenda Paraty is positively biased by the joy of meeting him again.

But as the tripadvisor community will be able to gather from other reviews, you needen't be an old friend of John's to fell like a very special guest at Vivenda. The bungalows- self contained homes, with a dining area, fully equipped kitchen & porch is tastefully decorated and very, very comfortable. The porches overlook a garden packed with orchids , bromelias and other beautiful native plants.Were Paraty not such a beautiful place with so much to do, you could easily make it a vacation just ot hang out at Vivenda....and so I think it's worth the trip even if the days aren't packed with sun.

If and when you manage to crawl out of your delicious bungalow, you will have a super yummy breakfast on the porch and John will give you tips on the best places to go, eat, hike, sunbathe , swim and appreciate artwork. John was sweet enough to go out of his way to get us a hearty and and fabulous vegan breakfast, ( VEGANS out there, are you listening?), which is a wonderful change from having to carry our own food around and sighing for breakfast other than plain coffee and bread.

As other people have noted,it takes about 15 minutes to get to the historic center: you walk down a pleasant pathway along the riverside and then across a bridge.

With John's magic touch and hospitality, Vivenda Paraty is one of these rare places that make a lovely destination even lovelier. Thanks, John!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Almere, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

After arriving on the busstation from Ilha Grande (see previous review), we took a taxi to Vivenda. They only do fixed rates and at BRL 20 that is a little steep for the distance. However, because of the cobblestones in the center of Paraty this is definitely worth it if you have suitcases.

John gave us a very warm welcome at Vivenda. Our room was large and decorated in a very stylish manner. It was clean and well maintained.

Breakfast was served on the terrace of the room: a big tray with all kinds of excellent breads, fruits, ham, cheese and jams and was of a very high quality. We could even order our own choice of eggs.

The garden is done wonderfully with beautiful tropical plants. The swimming pool looked very inviting but because it was winter in Brazil its temperature was a little too cold for us to swim in .

John is a very nice host and excellent in advising about what trips to take. He booked us a terrific schooner tour for BRL 30 per person which is a great deal for almost an entire day on the water making 4 stops in the bay. John also gave us great tips about restaurants.

We liked Paraty a lot: the coast by schooner or hiking by day and its lively beautiful colonial center by night. Vivenda is about a 10 - 15 minute easy walk to the center. We usually like to stay in the center but in this case we didn't mind at all because the walk was relaxing and Vivenda is a little oasis of rest.

John created his own piece of heaven with Vivenda. His personal touch really makes this an exceptional place and therefor Vivenda is highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

Everything about this B&B was perfect! The house with its pool and garden is simply beautiful! The room/bungalow is excellent, quite big, beautifully furnished and decorated, clean, quiet... And, the breakfast, on the porch, beyond! There are no words enough to award this facility! A friend of mine recommended it and I've checked reviews; but it is even better then on the pictures. Location is not central, it takes about 10 min of a nice walk along the river to the central part of this beautiful small city; but it is very quiet due to this. John, the owner very helpful and friendly. Warmly recommend it!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

I found this pousada here on TripAdvisor. Read the reviews, saw the photos, but wasn't sure if it would be as nice as everyone said. And yes, it was that nice! The place is impeccably kept -- everything is white or off-white and it looks brand new. We stayed 2 nights and my biggest regret of our 3 week trip to Brazil is that we didn't spend more time in Paraty, and specifically at this beautiful pousada. It was a slice of heaven. John is friendly and outgoing and makes you feel like a special guest in his home. Although he sees hundreds of guests a year, you would never know it -- he acts like you are the first and only one. It rained while we were in Paraty but that didn't stop us from enjoying the area. John gave great recommendations on places to go and restaurants to eat at. We really could have spent 4 or 5 days there and been THRILLED. Thank you John for your hospitality!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Tartu
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

John is running a very nice, beautifully designed and homy enterprise in Paraty. It is small enough for him to manage it without major visible effort and offer all the guests with as much personal attention as they ask for.
A pool, great breakfast (home made yoghurt, mmm), the collection of DVDs for rainy days, caipirinhas upon request, hammock just outside your room and a nice, healthy 15 minute walk from the centre to Vivenda are all exactly what we were looking for. Plus clean, white, but not sterile rooms made us really enjoy our 8 days stay at Vivenda.
In addition John really does take time to give you his advice and recommendations about topics of your interest, be it dining or beaches around Paraty. Plus he is a really interesting guy to talk about Brazil and Brasilians in general, if you haven't learnt all about the country at home already, as he has been living there for about 30 years.
Strongly recommended, if you are interested in spending your money on accommodation without drawbacks.

Room Tip: Book well in advance and ask for bungalow.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Vivenda Paraty

Property: Vivenda Paraty
Address: Rua Beija Flor 9 | Cabore, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro 23970-000, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Paraty
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 294 B&Bs / Inns in Paraty
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
THE GUEST HOUSE Vivenda is situated in a quiet redidential neighbourhood and only a 10-15 munute walk along the riverside to the old town, or 5 minutes by car. Although not in the historical centre of Paraty, this has its advantages if you're looking for somewhere peaceful to relax. Our guest house is small and exclusive with only 2 double bungalows and a double suite, each facing the swimmimng pool and surrounded by a lush tropical garden,allowing the maximum in comfort and privacy. As a result we do not accept children as we feel they need more space to run around and enjoy themselves. Each room is light,comfortable and decorated with examples of local Brazilian crafts and folk art. the result is a rustic-chic style with exuberant tropical touches. To help you feel even more at home we have provided you with a collection of over 350 DVD'S to choose from as well as paperbacks, art books on Paraty and magazines to read while lounging on your veranda or by the pool. there is also free WiFi access. Our bungalows for a maximum of 2 guests, are spacious and very comfortable. Each covers an area of 42 sq meters including the veranda, facing the swimming pool and surrounded by the garden. They are equipped with a spring box King size bed or two singles if necessary, AC, ceiling fan, TV LCD, DVD player, hairdryer, Eco amenities by Natura, bath robes, a small living room area with armchairs and table. There is also a small kitchen area fully equipped with cutlery,crockery, a coffee maker, toaster and fridge for preparing snacks and salads that don't require cooking facilities. Breakfast is served on your own veranada every morning where you'll also find a hammock and wicker armachairs for relaxing. The suite also facing the pool, is attached to the main house with its own private entrance,full use of the veranda with hammock, wicker armchairs and where your breakfast is served every morning. Equipped with a spring box Queen size bed, en-suite bathroom, AC, ceiling fan,TV LCD, DVD player, hairdryer, Eco amenities by Natura and bath robes. ... more   less 
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