Everything everyone says is true, but we still had a SUPER time. Despite an injury in in a place where we don't speak the language!
The Good- well though not nearly as many activities as CM Cancun, still we all had so much fun. I did the fitness, my hubby did tennis/archery and the boys did soccer and archery and wakeboarding. You are in the middle of the rainforest, surrounded by mountains, with the beach right there. Just Gorgeous. Plus everyone took care of our needs very quickly so I am confused about the complaints. Ooh - plus tiny monkeys!
Bad: well not THAT bad, but yes, many GO's speak no English. Not a big deal. They will grab another GO or guest to make sure you understand everything. Plus not enough white chocolate bread. (only2x in 4 days ;()
Ugly: My teens were in the the regular club rooms which were old and moldy. Since they spent about 5 hours a day there just to sleep and shower - we could live with it. The deluxe beach facing rooms were fine.
This resort seems less international- more a place for rich Brazil natives to come and play. Heavy on the kids - say under 8, but it still had enough teens and tweens to keep my older kids happy. And the kids spoke English well enough. Very few Americans.
But most importantly - on the first day, my 12 year old fell on the tennis court and broke her arm. I couldn't ask for more help from them. The "Second -in Charge"(Paolo) stayed with us , organizing a taxi and more help while the nurse called every office/hospital in a 50 m radius to find an orthopedic surgeon with a functioning X-ray. The lovely and sweet Joana was dispatched to translate and she stayed with us for the entire 4 hour trip back and forth. the Orthopedist told us it was broken but we could wait till we returned to do the surgery (which we did). After that, they treated her like a Queen. She got awards and medals and generally made much of. Chris, the tennis coach and of course Antonio (chef-de -village) made sure she felt special. And I felt so safe and taken care of.
We miss Nadia and Caju and Bea and Arthur & Julia all the other great GO's . We are still so grateful to the Nurse & Joana & Paulo. I would recommend this to any family esp. with younger kids.
PS about affordability - Brazil is a lot more expensive than say Mexico. So this really wasn't luxury prices compared to others. (Based on the 5 days prior we spent in Rio -:>)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- South of Rio de Janeiro, the Village of Rio das Pedras nestles amid lush greenery set at the edge of a long beach in Brazil. The Village's colonial style bungalows mingle in harmony with the surrounding wildlife. The large seafront swimming pool lies next to the restaurant where after a day of water-skiing or excursions, a variety of buffets await you. Here in this unique location, the live music and warmth of the Brazilian welcome will sweep you away into another world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Rio Das Pedras Hotel Mangaratiba
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