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Pousada Mara E Claude
Ranked #10 of 17 Hotels in Ilha Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Lovely small posada located right on the beach. The upstairs beachfront rooms look out over the water, and there is a small garden courtyard at the front for breakfast and relaxing. Rooms are small and simple, but very charming - driftwood furniture, lots of white. Breakfast is fantastic - array of cheeses, meats, breads, with fresh juice and eggs cooked to order. The location is great - just a few hundred metres away from the boat jetty and main town which gives a peaceful secluded atmosphere, while still being only minutes from restaurants and services. Strongly recommend getting the beachfront rooms, which have a small balcony and hammock for watching the waves.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Had an oceanview room which was probably the only "saving grace." If you can't get an oceanview room then I think you could do better. When you first walk in to the pousada, it REEKS of cigarette smoke. The room was very small with very basic furnishings. We only stayed 2 nights so it was fine for us but I was expected much better based on the reviews.
Was disappointed that you couldn't really use the beach in front of the room -- the water was filthy and dirty. There are other beaches on the island but I had assumed we could swim in the water right in front of the pousada -- so that was a little disappointing.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank sherrym78218849
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

This pousada has an ideal location (right on the sand!) and the owners Mara and Claude are so lovely. They speak Portuguese and French and are so helpful. The breakfast each morning was great and included freshly made omelettes and freshly squeezed juice delivered to the table. The rooms are fantastic and the location is brilliant. Wouldn't hesitate to reccommend it!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Me Eva (60 yrs) was travelling with my mochilero son Amit (24years) during the month of April through Argentina, Uruguay and Brasil. We were in Ilha from 17.4.13 till 22.4.13 .This place was perfect, I can give them only compliments, it was the best place: starting with the location and far from noise but still close to the centre and facing sea.
The interior design with white and light blue, celeste. Our clean sea view room had a balcony with hammock, which we enjoyed very much. Mara and Claude are so friendly and they do all with great heart, like family.
The breakfast was more than perfect, I already miss it. We loved the special home made baked breads and cakes, and french specialities Mara prepare every day, the coffee is amazing and the service excellent. During our stay we passed several Posadas but this one is the BEST for us! If We can't wait to go again!

Room Tip: Take the second floor facing sea, there are only 3 rooms on this side.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

We were on the island in november 2012 and didnt make any reservation before hand since the communication seemed to be quite difficult as nobody really speaks english. Once we got on the island the pousada was one of the first we went in and booked it right away. Mara and CLaude are just the cutest couple, the house and the rooms are decorated with such charm, taste and heart feeling...we just loved it. An the breakfast...finally European sense for how a proper breakfast should be. Mara baked fresh bread and french specialities every day, the coffee is amazing and the service excellent. During our stay we passed many pousadas but really think that Mary y Claude are the best choice on the island as located directly on the beach and close to everything. Go ahead and book it, dont hesitate you will not find something better!

Room Tip: All rooms are very nice, the once with beachview probably the best ones.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank katjoop
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in the Christmas period. It's such a nice place, on a quiet location but close to Ilha Grande's 'action' (5 min walk) with incredibly friendly owners! Unfortunately we booked quite late so were unable to get a sea view room. Instead, we had a small room in the annex with a view of the garden. The room was clean and suited our needs, the only problem was that we had to much luggage to actually fit comfortably in the room.
The only things I would change are the breakfast time (8 to 9:30 AM) and the checkout time (11 AM).
I would definately stay here again but would book sooner in order to get a bigger sea-view room!

Room Tip: Try to book long in advance to get a sea-view room. If its not available, check the size of the room...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank IMH-Rdam
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights. We had one room with a sea views and a balcony with hammock and one room with a view of the small garden. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The sea view room had beautiful rustic furniture very in keeping with the sea side theme and the garden room was bright and modern. The rooms were amazing value for money at around £50 per night including breakfast.
The location of the pousada was perfect too, being at the far end of the beach where it was quiet. Mara and Claude were very helpful and friendly and each day gave us advice about the best places to go and how to get about. Neither spoke any English but a mixture of French and Potuguese worked very well.
The breakfast each day was delicious with everything home made including yoghurt, cakes and savoury quiches.
All in all our stay on Ihla Grande was perfect and we can't wait to go again!

Room Tip: Choose a sea view room with a balcony and hammock if you can
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Address: Praia Do Abraao, 333 | Praia do Canto - Vila do Abraão, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Ilha Grande
Amenities:
Beach
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Ilha Grande
Number of rooms: 8
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Pousada Mara E Claude Ilha Grande, Brazil

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