Pousada Patacho, Porto de Pedras | Praia do Patacho, Alagoas
"tropical french style boutique hotel on palm fringed deserted beach"
|Nearest Airport:||Maceió - 110 kms|
|Trip Style:||Honeymoon + Romance, Eco-tourism, Boutique Luxury, Beach|
|Room Facilities:||220v; minibar, air conditioning|
|Language(s):||Portuguese, French, English|
|Recommended attractions:||swimming, local handicrafts, horseriding, boat trips|
|Ideal for:||solo travellers, couples|
|Price Category:||$$$ half board|
|Telephone:||+55 82 32981253|
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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
This morning I woke up in yet another paradise- to a blood red sunrise with palmtrees silhouetted against the sky, in Christian's wonderful Pousada Patacho. I had already visited some 6 months before so I had some idea of what was in store, but I had never stayed here before and it is only staying that you notice the special little touches, the unique atmosphere of the place and the amazing setting.
There are now 2 new super comfortable suites to add to the 3 already built when I was here last, plus a gazebo, deck area overlooking the sea and beautiful conservatory style restaurant. Everywhere you can see Christian's talent as a designer and the result is a wonderful combination of pastel Provence and tropical colour with pink and white deckchairs everywhere which you never want to get out of!
For those who like walking, it is only 20 minutes into the historic village of Porto de Pedras; for those who like swimming it is just a short jangada trip out to the natural swimming pools. And for those who just appreciate natural peaceful beauty, there is the wonderful atmosphere of the pousada itself and the sea right in front of you. Come at full moon as we did and you will be in seventh heaven.
If you have ever heard of Alagoas you are most definitely in the minority. Even in Brazil those that know anything about it equate the state with corrupt politicians and huge resorts rather than anything remotely beautiful. But then most people don't know that between Barra de Santo Antonio and Maragogi the main north-south road veers off inland, leaving behind the orginal track and 40 kms of unspoilt beaches dotted with coconut plantations and small villages, where time has effectively stood still for generations.
Alagoans call their whole coastline the Costa dos Corais or coral coast after the enormous coral reef just offshore, but many people have started using the term "Rota Ecológica" or ecological route to describe the 20km stretch from Barra de Camarugibe in the south to Porto de Pedras in the north where pousadas like the ones on Hidden Pousadas have grouped together in their own association, AREAL. All of these pousadas have their own individual identity but they share a common preoccupation with sustainable tourism coupled with an ecological conscience and respect for the local communities. Everyone needs to attract guests here, but nobody wants the predatory tourism typical of resorts and large hotels, and the result is some of the most wonderful places to stay you could ever come across anywhere in the world.
The first time we came here we started from Maceió; the second time from Recife and it doesn't really matter which way you do it as the Rota Ecológica is pretty well equidistant from the 2 capitals- about 150kms. All the pousadas here run a half board system, usually of breakfast and dinner, so you don't actually ever need to leave the pousada, but a car is useful if you want to explore as public transport, or indeed any transport other than bicycles, is pretty scarce here. Put that with the quality of the pousadas themselves, the swaying palm trees, the deserted beaches, and the warm warm sea and this area is nothing short of pure paradise.
- jangada trip out to the natural swimming pools
- visit to the manatee centre to see the "peixe bois"
- checking out local handicrafts/wood carving
- long walks along deserted beaches
- swimming in the warm sea
- horseriding on the beach
- design, colour, style and cuisine
- special touches like welcome card and drink
- beachfront location
- total tranquility
|Try a different place if...
you have kids or you come without a car and want to explore the region.