A warm welcome is guaranteed at this gem of a guesthouse in the heart of pretty, colonial Paraty in Brazil. Parents will love the beautiful interiors and the home-from-home ambience, kids will enjoy splashing in the plunge pool, and the whole family will look forward to the delicious breakfast spread.
Set on a quiet street, the Pousada is very tranquil but within easy striking distance of the town’s main historical sites, as well as the pier for exciting boating adventures to the nearby islands and beaches.
Rooms: The 3 suites are beautifully styled, with all-white walls and wide floorboards complemented by pops of colour in armchairs and artwork. We loved the copper sinks and the beautiful antique side tables. Fans and air-con keep things cool in the heat of summer. Families usually stay in the spacious 2-storey Guest House Suite, which sits slightly apart from the other rooms. Sleeping up to 4 people in a kingsize bed and 2 singles, it has a private entrance, a small kitchen and living area, and a bathroom with a sunken tub and a spoiling rain shower. Upstairs, you can enjoy views across the rooftops to the sea. The Main Suite has a kingsize bed and a single, as well as space for another single bed. Comforts include cobalt and scarlet armchairs, and the ensuite bathroom has a rain shower and a tub. It also has a small balcony that looks out towards the sea. The smallest of the 3 is the couples-only Garden Suite which has a queensize bed and a charming shower bathroom.
Food: The only meal available is breakfast but it is a feast fit for a king – or a hungry family! The offering includes fresh tropical fruit, ham, cream cheese and jams with freshly baked breads, yoghurt, fresh juice, granola and eggs cooked to order. It’s all served in your suite or out on the patio at a time that suits you. If you’re staying in the Guest House Suite the small kitchen has all the equipment you need to rustle up simple meals: a fridge, a hob, a copper sink and a microwave, as well as cutlery and pots and pans. You can pick up groceries a block away. If you’re staying in one of the other suites and want to put together a small snack or make a hot drink, you can ask to use the kitchen in the main house. If you want to eat out, the Pousada will give you a map showing you all the local options: everything from the pricey Banana de Terra (serving contemporary twists on traditional dishes) to Thai and pizza takeaways.
Kids’ activities: The guesthouse has a plunge pool for splashing around in. Paraty’s coastal location allows for boat trips, days at the beach and waterfall visits (further inland). There are various festivals through the year and Carnaval is held in February.
Baby equipment: A complimentary basket of toiletries is provided for babies and toddlers on arrival. If you’re staying more than 2 nights, you are also given a complimentary bowl of tropical fruit.
Babysitting is available on request, but note that the ‘sitter is unlikely to speak much (if any) English.
i-escape guest review: “As soon as we got to our room (the Main Suite) we knew we were in for a treat. I told Uira: It looks even better than in the pictures! – he smiled and with his sweet accent said that’s what he likes to hear and he meant it. Uira loves the Casa (house) and to make his guests feel at home. The room was wonderful, all white with some perfect little details. The bed was enormous and it couldn’t be more comfortable. We loved exploring Paraty and the restaurants were all amazing but it’s quite expensive. For this reason we found the room cost to be really really reasonable – we wanted to stay longer but unfortunately the rooms were all full.”
Sofia, United Kingdom (22.06.13)
i-escape gift: a pair of Havaianas (flip-flops) for every guest