“A serene and contemporary guesthouse with light, colourful rooms and a central location in one of Brazil's most charming towns”
No expense or attention to detail has been spared making the gorgeous guestrooms and their four-poster beds as conducive to a good night’s sleep as possible.
Each of the 9 suites is named after a different colour: pink, white, turquoise and so on. The paintwork on the walls, doors and shutters is impeccable. Finely varnished hardwood flooring runs throughout and the décor is a blend of snowy white and the suite's namesake shade.
There are 2 categories, but all are gorgeous and by Parati standards things are positively luxurious. The Luxury Suites are more than adequate, with top-quality queen beds; discreetly-placed plasma TVs and sheets of Egyptian cotton. However, if budget allows and romance dictates the Master Suites are fantastic. Expect spacious rooms with kingsize beds, white sofas, Jacuzzi tubs and Juliet balconies overlooking the bay.
Homely touches prevent it from being clichéd - rattan chairs, striped rugs, small oil paintings (some of them ‘Art Naïf’ works of Francisco, the manager), simple brass lamps - and it's this level of detail that really impresses. Each suite is different but quality is a staple. Teresa even sourced her mosquito nets from Bahia; cushions and runners are handstitched.
Ensuite bathrooms have walk-in shower cubicles, little wicker baskets full of the Amazonian brand Granado toiletries, and thick towelling dressing gowns. The intensive power showers are an invigorating highlight.
Breakfast is either served in your room (you can fill out a form selecting what you want the night before) or in the guest lounge, a vibrant room with zesty leather sofas offsetting the exposed stone walls. A large round table is set with blue and white china; guests can eat communally or take their plate to a sofa or outside. The food is pretty simple - fruit salad, fresh bread and jams - but the coffee is excellent, the juice is freshly squeezed and you get little Portuguese custard tarts to finish.
Snacky tapas can be ordered throughout the day - perfect if you're lazing by the plunge pool or reading in the library. Tea, coffee and freshly baked cakes and pastries are served free of charge in the lounge at 5pm.
For a proper lunch or dinner head into town. Paraty has some excellent eateries but there are also lots of overpriced tourist traps so choose carefully to avoid these. We'd recommend Thai Brasil, right next to Casa Turquesa (serving a most unusual but tasty Pad Thai), Pipo’s (Punta Di vino) on the corner of Praca Matriz for Italian food - delicious pizzas and pastas - plus live music on the weekends and a buzzy atmosphere year-round, and Sabor do Mar, which is the place to go for excellent seafood. Banana da Terra is very cool, with delicious fusion food, but it's quite expensive so note this before you go. Bartolemei is Argentine in flavour - wonderful picanha filled with roquefort and great empanadas. Ask to eat in the garden.