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Pousada Refugio das Pedras
Ranked #57 of 111 Ilhabela B&B and Inns
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1 review
“Wonderful, Warm, and Welcoming”
Reviewed March 13, 2012

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.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

I would go back here anytime. The place was much more than expected. Staff and service was very friendly. The rooms are simple but very comfortable. A plus for shower area that has a rock feature that gives it a very nice touch. It is not a place to go by yourself so make sure you have your significant one with you as this is an experience to share. I will go back for sure. Ricardo

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

Delicious breakfast. Very romantic. All the staff is very kind.

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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São Paulo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2012

Refúgio das Pedras it's a great B&B option in this wonderful island nearby São Paulo. The ways its architecture integrates with the original nature that surround it it's something unbelievable. Everything is personally managed by the couple who owns the inn, which grants a above average level of cleanness, organization and service.

Pros
> Fair prices
> Good accommodations
> Great location (if you have a car)
> Beautiful spot
> Above average service, food quality and common areas
> Wonderful swimming pool daily cleaned
> Privacy (only 7 suites available)

Cons
> Room service shuts down too early (8pm), the sort of options are reduced and some item are overpriced
> Some item of the room (IMHO) could be renewed to fit the contemporaneity of the suites, such a LCD screen (the current one is an old-style 20'' CRT TV) and better wardrobe (the current one is an open one without drawers which were not able to accommodate our apparel for a one week-long stay)
> No-cable TV, just a few public local channels from a satellite antenna. Believe me, this is important as the island doesn't offer too many attractions by night or in a raining day. For foreign this should be an even worst problem, as they will not have any English programming.
> A good basic gym, but with outdated and noisily equipaments.

And a final heads up: the inn is located a little bit far away from downtown (around 20m car ride). For me, this is a pro, as you can stay away from the mess and closer to the best beaches, natural attractions, in most conserved area of the island (the South) and the island downtown worth just an afternoon/night visit only. But I'd like to give this heads up, as I know some people love to go shopping or having night dinners everyday and those kind of attraction you gonna find only there.

Room Tip: Look for the cheapest suites. As I could notice, they don't differ too much from the others and...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2012

This is an excellent place to stay! Highly recommend it. The rooms are beautiful and very clean. The garden is stunning! For breakfast they prepare their own bread and it is served by the owner of the pousada. The personal touch and attention to detail is what I appreciated the most. Also, nearby is a great restaurant called All Mirante from where one can have a wonderful view of the sea with sunset.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2010

One of the best places we have every stayed in. The minute we saw this place we were tingled all over with joy. It is as beautiful as their website describes it, or should i say even more.A small pool with a beautiful lounge next to it, where you can just relax and forget the world. A well kept garden with little insects running around. A paradise in short!
The family who runs this place showered us with love and took care of us as their own. They picked and dropped us off at Sao Paulo and took us on tours around Ilhabela too. The breakfast was just delicious and fresh
Ilhabela is so full of surprises. A must visit!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed December 10, 2010

This pousada was in a beautiful spot and I loved how it was built into the landscape. It was out of the village and as we had no car we had to catch the local buses. This wasn't too much of an issue for us but if you are only staying for a couple of days without a car this will limit what you can see on the island.

It was a great place to stay and the breakfast was amazing.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pousada Refugio das Pedras
Address: Avenida Governador Mario Covas Junior, No 11495, Ilhabela, State of Sao Paulo 11630-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Sao Paulo > Ilhabela
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #57 of 111 B&Bs / Inns in Ilhabela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
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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