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“Just like home...if home were a secluded paradise!”
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Vila Pedra Mar
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Ilha Grande
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“Just like home...if home were a secluded paradise!”
Reviewed 10 December 2011

Not much more we can say to add to the impression you will have from other reviews...this place is just perfect!

Set on a secluded beach on the beautiful Isla Grande, far away from the hustle and bustle, this is the place to go to if you want first class service from two wonderful hosts and total relaxation in a beautiful setting.

Owned by the most lovely South African couple, Sarie and Jo (and their fantastic assistant Juninho) do everything possible to make your stay as memorable as they can. After five months of travelling the world, I spent my 33rd birthday here with my wife. Not only was it the best birthday ever (the private boat tour and beautiful dinner Jo and Sarie organised helped) but it was also the most fabulous place we have stayed on the whole trip!

Anyway...I could write for ever aout how good this place is, but here are the pros and cons:

Pros
- First class service from incredible hosts
- Beautiful modern house in a truly unique location
- Only 2 rooms so personal service and privacy are second to none
- Superb home cooking from Sarie
- piña coladas from Jo!
- Snorkelling equipment for free
- day trips organised at a very good price
- beautiful private jetty to sunbathe
- the best sleep you'll ever have with great beds (and bedding) and the sea lapping under your window
- feeling like you are at home, but with all the luxury of a top hotel

Cons
- there really aren't any, unless you are looking for bars and restaurants and a busy town. You don't need any of these, but if you are not looking for a secluded paradise, this isn't the place for you!

Just go! We will be going back for sure if we make it back to Brazil.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Reviewed 3 December 2011

We had a wonderfull stay. The honeymoon suite was very large, beautifully decorated and bright. Unbelivably beautiful view. The owners are lovely and hospitable. The meals were delicious and healthy conscious.

This pousada was the best of the 3 top we've stayed in Ilha Grande. If you are looking for quiet, virgin like paradise, this is your place!
Can't wait to return!!

  • Stayed November 2011
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

We spent 3 nights of our honeymoon at Vila Pedra Mar and were overwhelmed with the hospitality we received. Sari and Jo are fantastic hosts and have a beautiful, modern home that they designed and built themselves. Sari´s cooking was exceptional and Jo was always on hand to offer any advice we needed i.e. some of the beautiful walks and beaches to visit. They also arranged private transfers for us to and from Angra Dos Reis and they use a great taxi service (Andre) to take you on to your next destination.

If you are looking for complete escapism from the stresses of modern day living, this is it! This is the best accommodation on the island by far and although it may appear slightly more expensive than other pousadas, the price does include breakfast and a three-course dinner - it is not cheap to eat in Brazil!!!

Room Tip: For the small amount extra the honeymoon suite is beautiful.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

Ilha Grande is incredible. Accessible only by boat (no cars allowed on the whole island), with paths through the rainforest (originally cut by native indians with machettes) that lead from the interior of the island to tiny beaches along the way. Ahhhhhhhh, the mere thought is pure joy. The pure air was enough to make me want to live there; the sights of so many birds, monkeys, a giant sloth, a lazy snake, etc. The foliage of the rainforest was a lesson in life itself. The clear water--unbelievable.
Go there!
And stay at Vila Pedra Mar. The #1 lodging on the island for very good reasons. The gracious owners and hosts (Sarie and Jo--delightful from the moment you meet them on the dock in front of their beautiful home) make sure that you arrive safely (they make the arrangements for your transport from Angra on the ferry boat.) and spoil you completely from there. I can only say that I wish I could have stayed much longer..maybe forever.
Thank you Sarie, Jo (and Juninho!) for such an unforgettable experience and a treasure of memories.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

Nested on the rocks above the pristine turquoise waters of Praia Vermelha and its small fishing village, Vila Pedra Mar is a deceptively simple concrete building surrounded by Ilha Grande's overflowing rainforest.

But what sets this little gem apart isn't so much the house itself, despite its superb bedrooms, furniture, walk-in showers, luxurious bed linens and state of the art tech throughout (free WIFI and in-room LCD screen for the odd rainy day); no, you'll remember Vila Pedra Mar for its owners, Sarie and Jo, and their unique way of making you feel at home within minutes of stepping off from the boat and onto the private deck.

For the entire duration of our stay, we were treated to Sarie's gorgeous and delicious meals and Jo's formidable cocktails, and their ever careful, yet discreet, attention to detail and ambiance.

We stayed in the gorgeous 80m2 Honeymoon Suite, which is one of the most beautiful rooms you're likely to find in any hotel - full stop. The two private balconies overlooking the sea and the rainforest are gorgeous, and the private splash pool was a huge hit with our 3 year old.

Can't recommend Vila Pedra del Mar enough - you just need to go!

Room Tip: The Honeymoon suite is gorgeous!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

This really is a beautiful place and a paradise. The pousada is breathtaking, the views amazing as is the hospitality. So much to do here from snorkelling to hiking to just lying the the jetty taking in the views. The suites are beautiful, the food fantastic and Sari and Jo are delightful hosts.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

Not much more to add to the other perfect reviews of this perfect paradise. Sarie & Jo are wonderful hosts, attentive when needed and understand when you need space to enjoy the beautiful house and surroundings. You can truly relax and tune out in Vila Pedra Mar.

The boat takes a few hours to get to/from but even this is worthwhile, in traditional laid back Brazilian style.

The honeymoon sweet we stayed in was wonderful, the owners have great style and the food throughout, including wonderful breakfasts and great dinners was always a delight.

We hope to go back again for our 10th anniversary, keep up the good work.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Vila Pedra Mar
Address: Rua da Praia S/N | Praia Vermelha, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro 23968-000, Brazil
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Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Ilha Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ilha Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Vila Pedra Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vila Pedra Mar is an exclusive island villa that combines the beauty of Ilha Grande with luxurious accommodation. The Vila has three luxuriously appointed suites complete with exquisite linens and towels. All the suites are private with seperate entrances and just 3 meters from the sea. The Vila is situated in a secluded and pristine part of Ilha Grande, surrounded by virgin Atlantic rainforest and fronting on 80 meters of private seafront with beautiful views of the bay and the village. It has a private jetty for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing and docking. Vila Pedra Mar prides itself in providing personal attention and service and provides guests with 3 course gourmet dinners that are included in the price.The Vila has a private motor launch for guests to enjoy sightseeing and visiting some of the beautiful lagoons and beaches of Ilha Grande. ... more   less 
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