Fazenda Santa Marina, Santana dos Montes, Minas Gerais
"beautiful guesthouse in refurbished 19th century fazenda with fabulous spa"
|Nearest Airport:||Belo Horizonte - 140 kms|
|Trip Style:||Yoga + Spa, Nature + Wildlife, Honeymoon + Romance, History + Culture, Eco-tourism|
11 bedrooms: suites in main farm lodge and adjoining colonial mansion
wi-fi, TV/ DVD Room, supports sustainable tourism, supports community projects, spectacular views, spa, sauna, restaurant, private parking, pool, meditation, massage, laundry, kitchen for guest use, jacuzzi, honeymoon package, hammocks, games room, events room, bar
|Recommended attractions:||yoga, weddings, waterfalls, walking, spa, museums, massage, local handicrafts, kayaking, horseriding, hiking, flora & fauna, fishing, farm visits, churches, birding|
|Ideal for:||travellers with wheelchair, travellers with baby, travellers with a dog, solo travellers, small groups, friends sharing, families, couples|
|10 reasons to visit:||10 reasons to visit|
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Alison's pousada review
Fazenda Santa Marina came very highly recommended by good friends, so we were expecting something special. We just didn't realise how special. A 19th century rural estate, lovingly restored to its former glory by the Bernardi and Capistrano families, this is gracious living at its best. Surrounded by rolling green hills, Fazenda Santa Marina offers guests the total luxuries of space, beauty, gentleness and hospitality, combined with kingsized beds, solar heated showers, and designer toiletries. Add this to the fabulous home cooked food, the pool, the sauna, and the wonderful Indian spa treatments, and you will soon consider the lack of internet and mobile phone access an advantage rather than a disadvantage. I, for one, could quite easily forget the world for a while in a place as magical as this.
The Fazenda Santa Marina is situated at the foot of the Serra do Espinhaco (Espinhaco hills), 180 kilometres south of Belo Horizonte near Cristiano Otoni. The route past it is part of the Camino Real or "Royal Way" which leads up to the beautifully unspoilt sleepy colonial town of Solar dos Montes. There are a number of fazendas like the Santa Marina all built around the same time in the early 1800s, originally to produce food for the local gold mining community, and although the gold is long gone, much of the food consumed in the fazenda is still locally produced and cooked on orignal woodburning stoves. This is a truly hidden part of Brazil where you won't find banks, supermarkets, restaurants or bars. Just hills, lakes, waterfalls, birds, butterflies and a very rich historical heritage.
- walks around the lake and over to the waterfalls
- visit to Santana dos Montes down the "Caminho Real"
- vists to other local fazendas
- massages and treatments in the spa
- luxury and tranquility
- free horseriding
- spa, massage and treatments
- organic food cooked on wood stoves
- family hospitality