My boyfriend and I had been advised to visit Ilhe Grande whilst travelling in Brazil and after reading some reviews we went for this pousada. We were after a quiet retreat to meet like minded people and this was the perfect place for just that.
It was a little tricky to get to at first as not many locals had heard of it and when you are carrying your rucksack on your back in the blistering heat, the steep climb does not do you any favours! However, we were not disappointed when we arrived. We had the very first room at the front on the left which has a little porch and hammock and the room was very quirky with a double bed fitted high up and stairs leading up to it. It's not to everyones taste and I did fear that I would literally fall out of bed but it was fine. Even though it was a 5 min walk away from the main area (up hill!!! even the staff said it kills them and they do it everyday!), it was perfect for us as our last hostel was very loud and noisey so it was nice to get away from it.
Round the back there is a fabulous garden that has a stream and mini waterfalls running through it, although beware- I am prone to getting bitten by mosquitos and this is one of those places! It is also home to about 8-10 cats which casually lie basking in the sun and greet you at breakfast- so if you do not like cats or suffer from allergies I would not recommend this place. One cat even slept outside our pousada every night and meowed to come in, probably didn't help that I kept going out to stroke it because I love cats.
The wifi isn't great and even when I used their computers the internet went down several times so I would recommend going to an internet cafe if you urgently need it. The breakfast is fantastic, couldn't fault it! It is set up in the garden so it really is a lovely place to eat and start the day. There was also lots to choose from (I am gluten intolerant) so there was always fresh fruit available aswell as cereal, freshly bakes cakes, cold meats, bread etc.
The biggest down side to this place was that I got my clothes stolen from here. After 16 months of travelling, I had been fortunate enough not to have lost anything or had anything stolen...until now. We had recently been to America and I bought a couple of tops and decided to get them washed as I had been wearing them that week. We requested a laundry service and the next day our clothes were laid neatly on our beds, freshly washed and ironed. Brilliant! However, it was only when I was putting them away that I noticed 3 tops were missing and surprise surprise, it was the new ones.
After asking the main lady (sorry forgot her name) about this, she said she would ask staff and they all denied it. I showed them recent photos and they all began to shout loudly at eachother in their language and in broken english explained to us that they had never seen them before and perhaps I had "imagined" putting them in the wash.
As I had been really enjoying myself here I was really upset because the staff all seemed very friendly and approachable up until then. After that, one staff member who did not speak english would give me very cold looks every time I saw her and that made me very suspicious. The manager was no use saying that he trusts his staff and will not search their rooms and that I was making a big fuss over nothing and at least I hadn't lost a life. Still, when you are travelling your rucksack has all your worldly possessions, otherwise you wouldn't be carrying it!
So unfortunately, we left there really disappointed and angry. Aside from that I would have left a glowing review as I really enjoyed my stay but it spoiled our time there. Ilhe Grande is beautiful and we didn't want to leave....such a shame really. I would say, if you do stay here, lock everything away and don't leave anything on show in your room because at the end of the day the staff stole from me and made me feel very uncomfortable afterwards. I would suggest to the management to put lockers in rooms or something because for me that is a big issue.
Pros: clean, perfect paradise getwaway for couples, great breakfast
Cons: theiving staff, not to well lit at night when walking up the hill, no lockers
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