"Our expectations were already big but once we arrived we couldn't believe how wonderful the energy and the beauty of that place was! It was the perfect set for a dream family holiday (3 couples). The sea is calm and beautiful not to mention the hot water temperature__ you can just swim all day! There are giant turtles swimming around (they are absolutely harmless) and if you are lucky, you can see dolphins swimming right in front of the house! The sounds of the birds, bugs, sea etc is the best soundtrack you could have.. it only reinforces the feeling of being in a complete paradise.. ! Besides all the surrounding being super relaxing at nigh for some reason we all had super restful sleep! The house is super comfortable, practical and beautifully decorated. In the main house you have a open kitchen, living room and a beautiful dining table outside with breathtaking views. Upstairs is the main bedroom with a great toilet and shower overlooking the sea_ you will feel like being in a boat. In the other building (few steps from the main house) you have 2 suites, both beautiful and comfortable.
Despite the location and house being perfect i believe the special touch comes from the amazing staff! Roberta, Jessica and Mr. Adauto. There made us all feel ultra special, spoiling us with the best food and desserts and making sure we had nothing to worry about! Mr. Adauto also took us fishing and anywhere you need to go, he will happily take you. We already miss them all!
In the end of the day, if you are up for exploring, I would recommend the "jungle paths" right behind the house.. we can either go right and follow the path till a nice beach bar called "Tapera" or go left towards a more populated area with a bakery and a local bar with great "pasteis" and caipirinhas called "Tubarao".
Make sure you visit the craftsman/ artist Amir house (near the church), he sells beautiful hand made wood boats and paintings. He also sells a very interesting book (which himself is the author) about "Ilha do Araujo" with beautiful illustrations.
I would leave the rest for you to find.. i can only add__ WE ARE DEFINITELY ALL COMING BACK!! and hopefully very SOON!
Thank you so much Maria Helena for all your help and for putting your amazing energy in every corner of that house!
Also, SAULO is the best driver/ transfer you can find if you need a taxi, if you are coming from Rio, Sao Paulo etc.. Maria Helena kindly organised it for us."
Guest: Maria A.
Date of Stay: December 2015
Review Submitted: January 7, 2016