Ponta dos Ganchos

Near Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo & South, Brazil Book from

Luxurious, secluded beach hotel on the side of a forested hill, where huge private decks give magnificent views of Ganchos bay
Located on a private peninsula near Florianópolis on Brazil's south coast, Ponta dos Ganchos is one of the country's most exclusive beach resorts. A ridge of Atlantic rainforest runs down to the water, where 3 tiny islands horseshoe around a sandy bay. A thatched restaurant idles 10 feet from the beach, but paddle across to one of the islands and you find a bar that’s illuminated by torches at night. You're in the middle of nowhere here, and Ponta dos Ganchos delivers the dream: idyllic landscapes of emerald sea and forest, contemporary interiors in 25 beautiful cabanas (some with private plunge pools, saunas and Jacuzzis) and service that’s second to none (breakfast can be served at any hour of the day).

Follow the coast round on either side and you come to tiny fishing villages, but most stay put and bask in luxury. There’s an indoor pool, tennis and volleyball, even a private cinema. Snorkelling, diving (including tuition), canoeing, sailing and boat trips are also on offer.

Highs

  • Fabulous position on the side of a hill with fine views of Ganchos Bay
  • The beach: small, but it's very picturesque, private and you'll be pampered on it
  • Clear, calm water ideal for swimming
  • Deeply luxurious cabanas, all with with private sea view decks and DVD and CD players; some with plunge pools
  • A private cinema: spurn the sun and watch your favourite movie

Lows

  • The price tag is high although the daily rate includes breakfast and use of all nautical equipment. Be prepared for wild premiums by any standard for Christmas, New Year and Carnaval
  • The staff are young and friendly but some are rather inexperienced and speak only limited English
  • This is a quiet spot, with no nightlife to speak of (the hotel bar was deserted in the evenings); the nearest big town (Florianópolis) is 45km away
  • No children under the age of 18

Best time to go

High season is generally December to April when it's warm and humid. The coastal location ensures that temperatures rarely exceed 85F (daytime in January) and generally do not fall below 55F (nighttime in July). Even in winter (June-September), when rates are lower, daytime temperatures usually reach 70F. Rainfall is a possibility throughout the year, but January and February often experience slightly heavier showers.

Our top tips

Stay for at least 3 days, a week if possible. If you want some city action before or after your stay, Ponta dos Ganchos is ideally placed for comining with a stay in São Paulo.

Make sure you bring a good book or 2, and mosquito repellent if staying between December and March.

Great for...

Beach
Foodie
Honeymoon
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 25
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • Over 18s only
  • Open all year
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Tennis Court
  • Pool Table
  • Snooker Table
  • Bicycles Available
Room: Emerald Villa

Rooms

There are 25 wood and stone cabanas scattered over the side of the hill, all with imperious views of Ganchos Bay and the Emerald Coast. The smallest Anhatomirim rooms are enormous and come with an open fire in the sitting room, walk-in wardrobes, excellent bathrooms with showers (but no bathtub) and walls of glass that open onto huge decked balconies, all of which look out to sea. They're rustic in style but feature all mod cons: a flat-screen TV, a CD and DVD player, a fridge, air conditioning and WiFi - if you can’t find it here, it probably doesn’t exist.

You may well wonder what more you get if you slide up the price scale. The simple answer is more space, a sauna and a Jacuzzi out on the balcony in the Arvoredo rooms; Villas and Special Villas also get small private sea-water pools and gardens, as well as 2 showers and a Jacuzzi. In addition the Special Villas have a wine cellar!

The décor in all is simple and uncluttered: big beds, fine Egyptian cotton, neutral colours, comfy sofas and oodles of light; or in 2 words: absolute luxury.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Dvd player
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

You can eat whenever you like; a complimentary buffet breakfast is served all day and they’ll bring it to your cabana, or you can drop down to the lounge. Predictably it’s a feast: fruits from the jungle, yoghurts and juices, cereals, cakes and homemade breads. There are croissants and rolls, waffles and toast, and eggs anyway you want them. If that’s not enough, there are 9 different cheeses and a selection of hams and salami. Don’t expect to go hungry.

The beachside restaurant serves à la carte lunches and dinners, with different menus each day. Lunch is informal, dinner is more of a spectacle. You get lots from the water - prawns, oysters, mussels, fresh fish. To give you an idea, here’s a taster, 3 of each course plucked from various menus; starters: baby squid with marinated tomato salad, oysters in lemon sauce or fois gras with fruit chutney; main courses: fillet steak with mustard and cognac sauce, asparagus risotto or grilled chicken breast with orange, ginger and shitake mushrooms; puddings: hot chocolate pie, strawberry soup or basil ice cream. If you want, you can dine in romantic splendour on one of the islands that's accessed by a pier. There’s only 1 table (with a dedicated waiter, décor and music provided) so you get the island to yourself. There’s an extensive wine list, too.

During the quieter winter months (June/July), the hotel often hosts gastronomic weekends with some of South America's finest chefs.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
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Activity:

Activities

  • If you want to stay put, you can swim from the beach in clear blue water; the tiny islands shelter you from the ocean beyond and turn this drop of sea into a private lagoon. There's an indoor pool for the cooler months (June-September)

  • Flippers, masks and snorkels are all provided, so you can explore the bay, and strike out further with canoes and sailing dinghies

  • A plethora of keep-fit facilities are on offer - a gym, a pool, a tennis court, volleyball and a jogging track

  • Play a game of chess or pot a few balls on the snooker table

  • There’s also a small cinema with a large screen (as in an English pub). The ultra-comfortable armchairs make this a kingly place to watch a movie, so ask at reception and they’ll pop one on (you can choose), or come for the World Cup, Wimbledon, the Masters or a Grand Prix

  • Take boat trips (at extra cost) up the coast to the Arvoredo Marine Reserve for some of the best diving off the Brazilian coast, or to Anhatomirim for dolphin spotting

  • Enjoy a massage and Jacuzzi

  • During the winter season (July to October) excursions to Imbituba/Praia do Rosa to see southern right whales can be arranged on request - it takes 2 hours to drive there

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pool table
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Scuba diving courses
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Tennis coaching
  • Trekking
  • Whalewatching

Kids

Only guests over the age of 18 are accepted.

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