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Pousada Tapera das Palmas
Ranked #9 of 11 Vila do Abraao B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not a good experience at all”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2011

I booked here with my wife (in our late 20's) based on the reviews on tripadvisor. It turned out to be the worst place we stayed at in Brazil and we really can't understand the good reviews it has received after staying there.
We are not fussy travellers, but the 2 things we expect from all hotels/ b&bs is cleanliness and helpful owners. This place did not have either. The room is very small, the sheets on the bed were almost worn through and smelt like sweat, and the old foam mattress had a huge hole in it which meant that only one of us could sleep each night. The corridor outside the room also smelt very dodgy and the patio area seemed dirty. There is no hot water in the shower, so you can't have a nice shower to make yourself feel cleaner.

On the positive side the location is excellent and you couldn't ask for a better view out of the window. The breakfasts are also decent.

It is nice for people who want to be outside of the main town, but this does also restrict you a lot in how much you can do. For example, there are no boats afer dark and you can't walk anywhere because it is pitch black so you have to eat at the pousada, and food is limited. There are no other friendly pousadas along the beach that you can visit after dark.

We would really recommed booking somewhere else, staying at Tapera das Palmas basically ruined our experience of Ilha Grande. The jungle, beaches and walks around the pousada are great, but every afternoon we dreaded going back to our dirty room.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, British Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2011

The pousada offers beautiful views of the ocean and beach. Rooms were clean and very quiet. Meals were very good, with lots of fresh fruit for breakfast. The hosts were very helpful in arranging transportation for us to and from the pousada. Great snorkling off the dock in front of the pousada. The spectacular Lopez Mendez beach is about an hour walk. Highly recommended for outdoorsy people seeking a quiet retreat in a beautiful location.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank ehh1954
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La Paz
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2011

Tapera das Palmas was exactly the right choice for us. We were looking for a relaxing place and found it there. Friendly staff, an almost family-like atmosphere, a perfect location between Abrao and Lopes Mendes beach, and probably the best Caipirinha we had during our trip to Brasil.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank evilakel
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2010

Very nice hotel. Warm welcome from the whole staff team. Very good price !

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank Sylvain-2000
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2010

I stayed with 5 friends, Jean-Louis and his wife were very welcoming. The view is incredible and Palmas is a great location since it is midway between Abraao (principal village) and Lopes Mendes (on of the most beautiful beach inilha grande).
Bruno

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2010

We stayed here for three nights in April 2010 and had a great stay. It was really nice to stay somewhere 'off the beaten track' and away from the tourist area. You can wonder to the local beach, swim or kayak off their jetty or wander to the famous Lopez Mendes beach, which is 45 minutes away on a clear Rainforest track. On the way to Lopez Mendes, about 20 mins from the pousada, is another beautiful beach with a fantastic floating restuarant - try the freshly squeezly passionfruit juice!

The pousada is very relaxing and it is so nice being able to enjoy the peace and quiet. It was fanastic having breakfast and all our meals overlooking the bay. The hosts are a fantastic couple, with Andrea being a splendid cook and Jean-Louis making the best caipirinha's!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank SophieWLondon
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2010

My wife and I stayed here for 5 days during our honeymoon. We loved it! The view from our room was like a screen saver, just incredible. Honestly one of the best most relaxing places we stayed in in our 3 months in South America. BUT. Not for everyone. It is not in the main tourist area, that's what we liked about it. You will need to take a boat from the ferry wharf around the island about 20 minutes. Quite fun and scenic. It will cost you around 75 Brazil Reals. The location is super secluded, humming birds and butterflys everywhere, so quiet and romantic. Once checked in you'll be located in between the main tourist town and the famous Lopez Mendez Beach. about an hour and a half walk to town. Great fun, through the jungle, but do it before dark, or make sure you bring a flash light. at night time there is no human noises at all and only the moon to light the beach. So here is the part that will either make you love it or hate it. There is no electricity. That's right. This made it great for us as we truely felt like we were at the end of the world a million miles away from everyone. But if you are the sort of person who can not be away from you're laptop, then maybe this place is not for you. The generator only comes on for a couple of hours in the morning and the evening for cooking. The food by the way is fantastic. We really loved this place but also know that we wouldn't recommend it to everyone. Decide if you really want tranquil seclusion or tourist buzz.
Other important tips. Bring money! there are NO ATMs on the island. Anywhere. make sure you know the ferry timetable there is only a few departures each day. and most importantly, don't be impatient, it's Brazil and everybody takes there time with everything, just relax and enjoy.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pousada Tapera das Palmas
Address: Praia Grande das Palmas, Vila do Abraao, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro 23968-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Ilha Grande > Vila do Abraao
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Ranked #9 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Vila do Abraao
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our guesthouse Tapera das Palmas is situated on the side of Praia das Palmas beach on the peninsula and offers an astonishing view over the beach and bay as well as total freedom and privacy for our guests. Experience the tranquility and natural beauty of Ilha Grande and the flora and fauna of the Atlantic rainforest at your doorstep. Your hosts, Andrea and Jean-Louis Bondoux , take care of all guests with a personal touch and guarantee unforgettable holidays. ... more   less 
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