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“A gem in Buzios”
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Villa Balthazar
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

If you are looking for a very special place with a warm welcome and incredible attention to details: Villa Balthazar is the place to stay. We are just back from Brazil and Villa Balthazar sticks out in our mind. Our hosts Felix, Petra and their delightful daughter Chloe couldn't have been nicer : they are very helpful and discreet at the same time.The atmosphere is wonderfully relax, the taste indoors and outdoors impeccable. The breakfast is delicious : wonderful homemade bread, delicious fruit and different little cakes every day. It is definitely the place for the discerning traveller. We were there with our 20 year old daughter and we all absolutely loved it.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
Thank Anne Sophie C
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

We loved our stay at Villa Balthazar. The place is really tastefully decorated in a cool/quirky way - so different so many other places we've stayed in Brazil. The European touch is really evident here (Swedish run) and it really shows - great little touches throughout the stay - amazing breakfast with homemade bread and jams. Amazing little chocolate dessert on our last night was a really nice surprise. The owners have a done a great job - the place is so relaxed and friendly and guests seem more like visitors rather than customers (but not in a hostel type way!) We'd stay there again for sure! Thank you!

Location good - off the main Buzios strip, but only 5 mins walk along a safe road.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank stuayoung
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

We have just returned from a wonderful five days at Villa Balthazar in Buzios, where we stayed as part of the area. The pousada is excellently located, a minute from a beautiful and peaceful beach and less than five minutes from the main town (with its many upmarket bars and restaurants). The villa itself is gorgeous and feels like a small and tranquil garden oasis and Petra and Felix have clearly put a lot of thought into its design. This is also evident in the rooms - there were so many little details that came together to make ours such a nice room to stay in, while the breakfast was also lovely. Petra and Felix are also wonderful hosts and did so much to make our stay special (thanks guys :-)).

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank AndySmith38
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

The pictures are nice, but reality is even better! Outstanding taste, attention to detail and warm hospitality. Petra and Felix are the nicest hosts. They did everything here with love, but also with intelligence! We hope we will soon be back and meet them and little Chloé again!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Vivian M
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

In a nutshell, the difference between Villa Balthazar and many other hotels you could choose in Búzios is that everything here is done with love. There's just a really sweet, genuine, generous vibe in this house. You're made to feel welcome, without it being obtrusive. Petra and Felix (originally from Sweden) are living their dream of running a gorgeous guesthouse in Brazil, and it's nice to step into someone else's joy for a few days and feel a part of that.

In my opinion, what makes a good hotel is the people and the attention to detail. Petra and Felix have left no stone unturned in creating a gorgeous little sanctuary where nothing is too much trouble and guests can feel whisked away from the everyday for a little while.

Every room is individually decorated and has its own personality. The garden is lush and tropical, the pool sunny and serene. Petra and Felix have thought about everything from the guest's perspective - true professionals! I stayed in a number of hotels in Búzios and this guesthouse is one of the best for sure.

My favourite things
- chatting to Petra one night before bed, flipping through her photo albums and hearing her talk about their travels through Brazil and the experience setting up the guesthouse;
- upon leaving, we were not only driven to the rodoviária, but we were given a goodie bag of snacks for the journey;
- breakfast was a masterpiece - served on fine china and silver, beautiful garden setting, homemade preserves, strong coffee - it was just lovely.

Our room was spacious, tranquil, had a gorgeous view. Downtown Búzios is a 5 minute walk down the street, the beach is literally across the road. This is a lot more than just accommodation - it's a beautiful experience in itself. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Felix, Petra and their wonderful daughter Chloe, are simply amazing hosts. Our stay in Villa Balthazar has been absolutely amazing. From all the hotels and B&Bs I have stayed around the word I can say without any doubt that I have never experienced such a warm, elegant and personal hospitality. With a very good taste and attention to the slightest detail, Felix and Petra have created a beautiful guest house with a very relaxing and calming atmosphere. Everything is clean, the rooms are lovely, the bed is so comfortable, everything smells nice.
The breakfast is amazing, again, giving attention to the slightest detail. Home made jams by Felix (with the assistance of Petra of course), delicious bread in special bag to be kept warm, fresh orange juice, delicious coffee & various selections of tea served in elegant teacups, a beautiful plate of a juicy fruit salad.... it is simply amazing. A beautiful breakfast table which I never wanted to leave.
Petra, Felix and Chloe, thank you very much for making us feel like we were your unique guests at your own home. I look forward to visit your place again!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank sirkouts
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

Petra and Feliz understand hospitality like nobody else! Serious attention to detail to make you feel welcome and comfortable, little surprises along the way, and although they are always open for a nice chat, they never impose themselves.
The room was big and comfy, the decoration was stunning, and it was all very clean. Te aircon was unfortunately too old and didn't quite manage to cool us down, but apart from that it was all perfect. Breakfast is a real treat, and they accomodate it around each guest. Somehow we managed to feel like we were the only people there despite the place being fully booked - the upside of a small place with not too many rooms!
Felix even gave us a hand to change a tire before our departure, which was a real bonus that just shows how friendly and helpful they always try to be.
Location is the best you can get because you walk to the restaurants at night, and some of the best beaches during the day. Best to drive to the far away beaches than to have to drive at night, especially when you want to have a couple of caipirinhas.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Jopicq
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Additional Information about Villa Balthazar

Address: Rua Maria Joaquina 375, Armacao dos Buzios, State of Rio de Janeiro 28950-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Armacao dos Buzios
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 381 B&Bs / Inns in Armacao dos Buzios
Price Range: £80 - £186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The dream of a colorful Brazil brought us here as curious tourists and we fell in love. A love that after a couple of visits became an addiction. We found our heart in wonderful Búzios. The house of our dreams just waited for us, a calm oasis surrounded by nature just a few steps from the ocean and 400 meters from the street life with all the best restaurants and bars that Búzios has to offer. ... more   less 
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