We stayed here for 5 nights in February, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Charles was very helpful by email before arriving, with advice on the best way to arrive.
We had the huge room above the restaurant with a large balcony. I was a little concerned when we arrived that the room wouldn't feel private and we would be bothered by noise from the restaurant, but service is wrapped up by 2100 so it really isn't a problem. Even with all the shutters open and people in the restaurant there was never an issue with noise, or feeling overlooked.
The room itself was spotlessly clean and nicely decorated and airy. I liked the fact there were no windows, just shutters which we left open to enjoy the breeze. Only gripe in the room was that the mattress was foam so not particularly comfortable, but I've lived in the tropics so I'm more than aware of the problems keeping an expensive mattress in a decent state in that sort of humidity.
All of the staff were friendly and helpful, including the very lovely lady who served breakfast each morning. Many of the guests didn't speak Portuguese but she was so friendly the language barrier didn't seem to matter. Breakfast varied from day to day but always included a different local addition which was a nice touch.
It's impossible to talk about this place without mentioning dinner, which was really excellent. Many of the meals we ate would not have been out of place in a restaurant in London or New York, and that's quite an achievement on an island such as Boipeba. A stand out dish was a delicious lobster pasta which I have tried to recreate at home to no avail, as well as a gorgonzola and pine nut salad. We always had the 3 course set menu which was expensive for the island but really excellent value compared to the fare available elsewhere. I also recommend the gin and cucumber cocktail if you fancy a change from mojitos for your apero.
The rooms are set in a well established tropical garden which provides respite from the sun. We picked a fairly cloudy and damp few days unfortunately, and the thick foliage made it feel a bit dark, but when the sun came out the shade was very welcome indeed. The beach is only a 2 minute walk away for a sunset beer so the location is excellent.
Thanks very much Charles and co. Hope to see you again on Boipeba soon.
Tom and Tim
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