Pousada Naturália | Abraão, Ilha Grande, Rio de Janeiro
"peace and comfort in harmony with nature and views to die for in Abraão"
|Nearest Airport:||Rio de Janeiro - 140 kms|
|Trip Style:||Watersports, Beach|
|Language(s):||Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, English|
|Recommended attractions:||walking, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, diving|
|Ideal for:||solo travellers, friends sharing, families, couples|
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Note: Where pousadas are off the beaten track, Google maps only show the nearest town, and are not an accurate guide to location.
Alison's pousada review
Pousada Naturalia is only one of around 140 pousadas on Ilha Grande so there are an awful lot to choose from, and most of the websites look great. However the island is a relatively new tourist destination due to the existence on the island of a maximum security prison, until 1992, and many of the pousadas are still run on a fairly amateur basis. This has its good side, reflected in the lack of commercialism and the reasonable prices on the island, but it does mean that in many cases it is difficult to get an answer to your emails and few people speak good English. Pousada Naturalia in this respect is head and shoulders above those in the same price range and has beautiful accommodation, the majority with sea view.
We were lucky with the weather when we visited but I, for one, would have been quite happy just relaxing in the hammock on the terrace, listening to the waves or hanging out in the breakfast area downstairs even if we had not been able to chill out on the beach right at the bottom of the steps.
Ilha Grande is a tropical paradise. The largest oceanic island in Brazil, it was first discovered in 1502, and has been, in turn, a magnet for pirates, a major staging point for the slave trade, and home to the infamous maximum security prison of Dois Rios. Despite its incredible natural beauty and proximity to Rio, the island only really became a tourist destination after the explosion of the prison in 1992, and there is still only a small local population of 6000.
The main town, Abraão, has a medical centre, police, firebrigade and tourist office and some 140 pousadas, but there are no motor vehicles, no roads (unless you count dirt tracks), no hotels, banks or shopping centres. Leave your stress at home and enjoy the countless deserted beaches, the excellent diving or the fabulous hikes around the island. It really is a magical place.
- Dom Mario`s for good value Brazilian food;
- Bossa Nova for vegetarian options and good pasta
- hikes over to Lopes Mendes beach and Dois Rios
- boat trips to Lagoa Azul and round the island
- fabulous views from well appointed rooms with great showers
- wonderfully attentive service
- excellent value for money
|Try a different place if...
you don`t feel comfortable walking home from dinner along a beach or you want a pool.