Pousada Picinguaba, Paraty


Rustic charm and natural beauty where the forest meets the ocean.

Above a sleepy fishing village overlooking a turquoise bay on the edge of an unspoilt rainforest, Pousada Picinguaba is the Brazilian beach hideaway you didn’t think existed anymore. Expect sophisticated simplicity and laid-back living amidst pristine nature.

Set in a sheltered cove, you’ll find plenty of peaceful places to swim and cool off after basking on the golden beach. Take to the ocean on a kayak to explore the coastline, or even charter the hotel’s yacht and set a course for nearby islands, keeping your eyes peeled for sea turtles and stingrays while you paddle.

There are plenty more ways to immerse yourself in the landscape, which the warm and friendly team will help you arrange. Hike through the dense forest and discover the wealth of birdlife that populates the canopy. Head along the coast and take on the waves with a surfing lesson or paddleboard your way through the calmer waters.

The ten rooms are traditional and rustic in style, with private verandas and well-positioned hammocks from which to soak up the sweeping ocean views. Time here is all about switching off from the modern world. With no TVs, intermittent wi-fi and limited mobile coverage, there’s nothing to distract you from the natural beauty.

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Pousada Picinguaba sits between Rio and Sao Paulo on the south coast of Brazil. Fly into either and travel a few hours along the coast to this idyllic setting. The cobbled, colonial town of Paraty is just 30 minutes away.

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