My husband and I just returned from Ilhabela and chose Refugio das Pedras based on TripAdvisor reviews. It was absolutely the right choice. The pousada is intimate, quiet, clean, and peaceful, with beautiful gardens, extremely tasteful decor, and a lovely pool built into the rocks. It is as beautiful as it looks on the website. What really makes the place shine, though, are the owners, Fernando and Maria. They went out of their way to make our stay a wonderful experience. They helped us rent a car, suggested good restaurants, and were always available to assist us...the perfect hosts. The breakfasts were to die for, and so generous that we never needed to each lunch. Definitely the best caipirinhas we had on the island. Another plus was the private deck that looks due west -- turned out to be the ideal place to watch the sunsets. We were lucky, too, in that 4 of the 5 nights we were there, there were no other guests. Felt like our own private retreat!
The pousada is quite far south on the island and renting a car made life much easier for getting to restaurants, hiking trails, etc. Public buses are available, but don't always run on time and can be sparse (especially on Sunday night); taxis are expensive (where you can find them).
Refugio das Pedras ranks as one of the best bed & breakfast-type accomodations we've stayed at anywhere in the world. If we return to Ilhabela, it's where we will stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For Nature Lovers a charming Resort in Ilhabela! Tranquility, comfort and privacy. Seven cozy suites, designed in rustic style offering the perfect scenery for your holiday! Here the natural geography has been preserved. Breathtaking sunset in our lounge with sea view, swimming pool built on rocks. Details that make the difference. A breakfast which is pure indulgence served in a glass room while you watch the most beautiful birds! 3km away from the nearest beach and waterfalls. Ilhabela is an island located on the north coast of Sao Paulo. 3 hours from Guarulhos Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Refugio Das Pedras Ilhabela, Brazil