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Pousada Villabella Villaggio
Ranked #32 of 257 Florianopolis B&B and Inns
London
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42 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Nice hotel, location not good”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Stayed here in March, lovely property, rooms are basic but clean, bathrooms really need updating! Breakfast was good, pool area is nice, owners are very sweet.

Main issue with this hotel is location, near by beaches are not that great, and without transport you really are isolated here, there are no restaurants you can walk too, I wouldn't recommend anyone stay here that does not have a car. Otherwise a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stuttgart, Germany
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Right after carnival, meaning high season, we stayed at this beautiful and welcoming place. The breakfast is really good and manifold, the room is always clean and I really recommend one with a sea view. The beach is not too far off and overall, it is just perfect to relax and lay back. We will be back!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed three nights early January. The location is next to Praia Brava. We were backpacking so we needed to take the bus. It's about an hour from Floripa with one transfer and the bus stop is in front of the pousada. Wonderful place to stay a couple of days, very idyllic garden with a nice pool. Walk to praya brava is only few 5 minutes. The rooms are clean and spacious - very nice beds. There is a big divers breakfast with nice coffee.

Both owners helped us out extensively with organising various things in Portuguese (which we don't speak at all).

Would love to come back here.

Most people staying here have a car. The place is a bit remote if you don't have your own transport.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cham, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

I spent 5 nights in Jan 2013, first 2 days with a friend from Sao Paulo then alone.
The owners, an intersting couple Italo-Brazialian, were extremely kind and personable at all times. Though I did not reserve, they managed to find an accomodation at the last minute.
The pousada is on a hill, few hundred meters from a nice praya that can be reached by car or walk (less than 5 min). It is quiet and the environment very warm. From the pousada you can easily reach any other location on the island with 15 to 30 min drive.
The owners strive to keep high standards for their guests. Room was perfectly clean. Breakfast buffet very good. The personnel was very friendly and polite.
The only pitfall, a couple of antennas outside the pousada that break that view.
Definitely a good place to return and reccomend.

Room Tip: I was offered a chalet (number 3) with a great view of Praya Lagoinha. Not all rooms (ca 25) enjoy a...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Bolivia
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110 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

We stayed 11 nights at this hotel. Owners Ivonne and Italo treat each guest like a member of their family: gracious, warm, caring, helpful. Rooms are lovely and very clean. Ask for a room with an ocean view: it costs a bit more but the view of the ocean is spectacular and worth the extra money. Nice balcony with a hammock. Grounds, gardens and pool are lovely and well maintained by Ademar and Alexandre. Wonderful breakfast buffet each morning (staff knew I liked pao de queijo -- cheese puffs -- and made them special for me!).

Echoing comments from a previous reviewer: you definitely need to rent a car in Florianopolis if you want to explore the island and its numerous beaches, get to restaurants, etc. We rented from Inova at the airport -- very pleasant agent, Juliana. The Pousada is located at the top of a steep hill, so you will be glad to have a car.

Next door to the Pousada is a very nice restaurant, Marinheiro's, where we ate 3 times. Simple, delicious seafood, good service, great view of Praia Brava. On Praia Brava, we had the best-ever caipirinha drink at the Quiosque do Pirata, and enjoyed drinking coconut water from a kiosk on the beach. Drove about 20 minutes to the quaint, lovely neighboring villages of Sambaqui and Santo Antonio de Lisboa. In Sambaqui, we ate lunch at Santo Mar, overlooking the water, and enjoyed a fabulous Camarao na Moranga (shrimp baked in a pumpkin) -- waiter Antonio was gracious and spoke several languages fluently; he made us feel very welcome. In Santo Antonio, we sat on a deck on the beach at Marisqueira Sintra and enjoyed a great, simple shrimp dish sauteed in white wine, garlic and touch of mustard.

Some advice/suggestions: if you go to Florianopolis (called Floripa by the locals), it would be good to have a basic knowledge of Portuguese (you can also get by with basic Spanish). Go to the nearby town of Canasvieras and take one of the fun pirate ships for a nice, scenic afternoon boat ride. Drive to Lagoa da Conceicao and take one of the little boats for a 45-minute scenic boat ride to a little village where you can climb up to a pretty little waterfall (cachoeira) and eat lunch at any of the numerous lakeside restaurants -- fresh-caught seafood.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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13 reviews
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

If you don't mind looking at the beach but still having to drive down there, this is the perfect location. Owners are there all the time, very nice couple. One of the best breakfasts you can find in hotels. We have already been there 5 times, and will return.

  • Stayed June 2011
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California
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Reviewed November 21, 2007

My husband and I stayed three nights at the Villabella Villagio Pousada in mid-November. We booked via email with the owner and she was very helpful with this process. Finding the pousada was really easy. Directional signs are posted all over the island. We just had to head towards the North of the Island and then Praia Brava and the pousada was right at the top of the hill. By the way, Florianopolis is a place where having a car is a necessity. This was our first stay in a Pousada and we were pleasantly surprised. Driving around, from the outside, poussadas look to be pretty hit or miss. This one had beautifully manicured grounds, and very clean and comfortable rooms.

We stayed in the Praia Brava building which I would highly recommend. We requested a second floor room and I would recommend this as well. The view of Praia Brava was beautiful. I’m not sure that the views in other parts of the pousada were as nice as ours. Many other areas were blocked by vegetation. The grounds were beautiful and were covered by trees and flowering plants. It was incredibly quiet in the area and led to a really relaxing stay.

The room was a sufficient size with a comfortable bed, a small tv and a small refrigerator. The bathrooms were very small with a stall-type shower, but they were clean and there was enough counter space to set out toiletries. The only seating on the porch was the hammock. Be sure to check how secure they are before you try them out. Ours broke on my husband. It would have been nice if there had been a couple lounging chairs on the balcony so we could have enjoyed our view.

The main house was very welcoming. It immediately had a peaceful and calm atmosphere. The welcome desk is on the first floor with the computer room and breakfast area on the second. The pool was small, but there were several chairs for lounging and there was also a small hot tub. Unfortunately the weather was cool and rainy while we were there so we didn’t get to take advantage of the area.

The breakfast at the pousada was very good. Each morning there was a large selection of fruit, breads and meats. There was also a rotating variety of pastries and desserts. The pousada had an Italian/European theme. We had tiramisu and apple strudel along with typical Brazilian sweets like lime torta. There is a lunch spot next to the hotel, but we did not try it. We had great beach snacks and drinks at the Kioske do Pirata on Praia Brava. Plenty of dinner options are a short 5-10min drive back into town. We had Camarao na Moranga (shrimp and cheese baked in a pumpkin) at Antonio’s at Cachoeira do Bom Jesus and Camarao Sequencia (sequence of shrimp) at Ocean House on Ponta dos Canas. Also, if you are out exploring the island stop at Praia Mole and enjoy some stuffed crab (siri) at the Tropical Bar.

One thing that I do want to mention is the location of the pousada in relation to the area beaches. We were slightly disappointed. It wasn’t exactly what we were expecting. We knew we would not be right on the beach, but the website makes it seem like the beach is a short walk. We had the impression that we might just have to walk on a trail down the hill. This isn’t the case at all. The only way down to Praia Brava is on the road which has no sidewalks. In addition, it is an incredibly steep hill. We made the hike down and up it once and didn’t want to do it again. We drove the rest of the time and did find plenty of parking at the beach. I don’t think there would be any way to comfortably walk to the other beaches (Lagoinha and Ponta dos Canas). You would have to walk on winding roads to get here as well. This became a minor thing for us, so it really didn’t affect our stay or how we felt about the location. It was so quiet and peaceful with such a great view that we didn’t mind driving to the beach.

Overall, we would rate this poussada as one of the best places to stay in this area of the island. You can’t judge a book by its cover, but we didn’t see any lodging that could compare at least by outward appearances. We felt the Villabella Villaggio was a beautiful, peaceful and friendly place to stay. If we head back to Florianopolis and decide on Praia Brava we would choose it again.

  • Liked — Views of Praia Brava and the grounds
  • Disliked — Very small bathrooms and no lounge chairs on the balcony
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pousada Villabella Villaggio
Address: Avenida Epitacio Bittencourt 470 | Praia Brava, Florianopolis, State of Santa Catarina 88056-780, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Santa Catarina > Florianopolis
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 257 B&Bs / Inns in Florianopolis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Pousada Villabella Villaggio 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Eco friendly -boutique hotel - Pousada Villabella Villaggio - is situated in a large park among green lawns, flowers and trees, surrounded by hills, forest and the sea ;Proposed lodgings1 - 08 Cottages with 02 rooms, 01 bathroom, living, full kitchen and terrace ;2 - 02 Cottages with 02 suites with 02 bathrooms, full kitchen and terrace ; 3 - 17 Suites with hall, bedroom, bathroom, and terrace ;4 - 01 Main house with the common areas: Terrace ; Meeting Rooms; Reception area; Internet area ;Reading room; Breakfast area; Bar; Living room; Toilets;The Hotel is located on the northern part of Santa Catharina’s island,( 36 km) thirty-six kilometers from the center of Florianopolis over the hill that leads to Praia Brava beach, to 200 meters ( two hundred meters) from the sea. All our buildings have a sea or garden -view, balcony with hammocks, air-conditioner, ceiling-fans and Frigidaire ;Fully equipped kitchens in the chalets; Children and adults swimming pool with cascades; Kiosks with barbecue ; Free high-speed Internet access Room and WIRELESS; Pay TV in all installments; Private parking ;Equipped with king size beds in all suites and some chalets; white sheets and covers of pure cotton; Cozy hand-painted furniture with Provençal-style; Shops and restaurants within walking distance; ... more   less 
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