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Asalem
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Ilha Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Tel Aviv, Israel
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29 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not worth the money”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

We had high expectations but it was a disappintment. Although the room we got was large and nice, very modern, with a view of the sea it didn't match the very high price we payed. the terraces are so crowded there is no privacy. You sit near and on top of your neighbors so at any moment they see and hear you in a very uncomfortable manner. There was no hairdryer and other minimal facilities in the room. But the main downside was the public areas. No comfortable place to sit or eat. If you come when the eating area is full (there is enough room for 3 couples) you get your dinner on a wooden hard bence on the side. The toillets in the "loby" are terrible. The food - well, my husband thought it is okay, average. I thought it was very low standard. So is the breakfast - mediocre. The attitude of the staff matches the quality of the hotel. They do everything "by the book", so you can't really complain but no real warmth or care. We didn't like it. Next day we changed to a much less expensive and pretentious place and were much happier!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013

We stayed on Ilha Grande 2 years ago and had spotted this place whilst on a boat trip. Returning to the island it seemed the obvious place to go - the team are incredibly helpful and friendly- they arranged a transfer from our previous stay and we were met at the pier by the taxi boat and a really warm welcome. The rooms are nestled in the forest by a great little beach (Crena) which is a few minutes walk away and perfect for turtle spotting (and monkeys too!). The rooms are really clean and bright and sit just above the bar and dining area which is incredibly atmospheric. An afternoon of reading on the terrace followed by cocktails and great food is sometimes just enough but the team here are great at suggesting places to go and organising trips when more adventure is required. The best caiparinha on the island was made here, and the food is really great! Away from the bustle of the village I would say this is the ideal spot to stay whilst on the island, and Asalem make travelling to other areas incredibly easy - with a 24 hour taxi boat service between the village and Asalem. Would definitely stay here again when visiting the island.

Room Tip: The eco suites look and sound amazing - definitely one for the next trip.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013

We booked here as part of a Brazilan tour organised by Imagine Latin America (who I would thoroughly recommend, with no motive other than as an impressed customer). We had a standard room, which was fairly basic but quite adequate and with a very comfortable bed. The minor drawback with Asalem is that there are no cushions on any of the seats, including those provided in the standard rooms, and another time I would definitely book the newer lodges for a bit more comfort.

A small grouse though, as everything else about Asalem is perfect. The location is stunning and, with only eight rooms, really personal service from an incredibly friendly team. We loved the "breakfast room" (a covered balcony with gorgeous views) and had several very nice meals at the same spot in the evening.

The taxi service to the town was very flexible but the town itself didn't impress (just a resort with multiple tour companies and souvenir shops) and we were so glad we were located in a far nicer and more peaceful location. However, if you walk to the far end of the town, there's a national park with a stiff climb up to some refreshing waterfalls and then you can walk back to a nearby beach with water taxis to deliver you to the town. We enjoyed a snorkelling trip with Gi-gi (the pousada promotes her eco-tours) and a boat trip (pick-up at the pousada) to the gorgeous beach at Lopes Mendes. We had a very nice meal too at the Italian restaurant attached to the next door pousada called Sagu, I think.

This is a truly wonderful location and with staff who really make you feel a special guest. I don't hesitate to recommend it

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Salvador, BA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

We loved our short but perfect stay here in December. The pousada is nicely located at a short distance with beautiful views of Abrahão Village. We stayed at the Eco suite which had the biggest and best bed ever and the panoramic glass shower has an incredible view. Couldn't be more romantic and definitely worth the extra money for a unique stay.
Staff were incredibly helpful with great English and went out of their way to find us last minute tours of the Island. After some kayaking, swimming and a few Caipirinhas we enjoyed our candle-lit dinner at the restaurant with its amazing views. Since the pousada is not very big, guests do get undivided attention and we spent a great evening with interesting people from all over the world. We loved the Hi-Low combination of Asalem which combines simplicity and nature with the luxurious and comfortable rooms (and BED). For such an isolated destination, we were amazed to see the quality in their service and food. Ilha Grande receives too many cruises on a weekly basis, so we were lucky to be far away from the mass tourism and be treated like friends. We hope to return soon one day to explore more of the fascinating Island!

Room Tip: Splurge a little and book the Eco-Suite, UNregrettable!
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SSAGIGI
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London, United Kingdom
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33 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

We stayed at Asalem in Dec 2012 and had a lovely time. It was the last stop of a year-long trip in Latin America, so we splurged and treated ourselves to this little bit of paradise.

The standard rooms aren't the newest... I personally think for the price they could be updated. However the bed was insanely comfortable! And we had a great terrace overlooking the sea. The view cannot be beaten.

We spent our four days there mainly walking 15mins through the forest to a beautiful beach... begins with A... can't remember the actual name! But this was the easiest and most relaxing way to get on the beach. Otherwise you have to take a water taxi everywhere which can add up.

We did take a boat out to one beach - Lopes Mendes. Highly recommend doing this. Probably the best beach I've ever seen!! And I've seen quite a few! Clear, turquoise water, great waves to jump in, white sand. Just beautiful!

The restaurant at Asalem was also brilliant. We tried a couple of other restaurants in town, and also the restaurant at the Sagu resort (rubbish) and Asalem was by far the best. You have to pre-order your food as they only have one chef, and it's all cooked freshly that evening. But it's certainly worth waiting for. The fish in coconut milk is just devine. And you're eating, relatively on your own (the restaurant only sits about 8 people) and it's just you, the sea, candlelit tables... and your amazing food!

We had a great time here. A brilliant place to finish our trip.

One thing I would like to say though if anyone from Asalem reads this.... please stop feeding the dog!! He is exceptionally overweight and I really fear for his health if he doesn't stop eating. He can barely walk 5 steps without collapsing. Not good!!

Room Tip: All rooms have great view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Asalem_Ilha_Grande, Owner at Asalem, responded to this review, 23 January 2013
Our adorable labrador suffers from a disease of the thyroid gland that controls the body’s metabolism, which is a common issue among labradors. His diet is carefully under supervision – a special light food given in small portions divided in separate times of the day. Also, labradors are predisposed to certain joint problems, and he want's spared. In addition, he is a very old guy, heading towards the end of his life. We highly appreciate your concern though.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2013

We spent 4 days across Christmas with my family booking a triple regular room and a double eco suite. My parents arrived from Europe one day later than expected due to airline problems, and we asked for a partial refund. We were told they could not make any exception to the reservation policy due to the high season. Fine, but very little flexibility and quite a pretentious tone in the answer
Soon after, we found out the pousada was without electricity and we had to rely on candles until the evening. No air conditioned, no fans, no possibility to recharge batteries and, best of all, cold shower (in the standard rooms they have only electric showers)
What is worse, since the water is pumped from a reservoir, lack of electricity made it impossible to resupply and my father had to take a cold shower in the employees bathroom at the entrance
Blackouts occurred two more times in e following 3 days and lasted always long enough to become annoying. A place that charges 100€/night per customer must have backup power supplies!
As a reimbursement we were offered a free dinner which did not include wine (nor service, for some ridiculous reason). The day after the dinner, 3 of us were sick, since the fish was probably old. Also, service during the dinner was abysmal, taking 3hrs almost to serve 2 simple dishes
In general, service in the morning was quite professional, i. The evening ok, but in the afternoon was borderline embarrassing, with a young lady that gave the impression of being constantly 'high' and certainly not prepared to face emergencies or take any meaningful initiative
Te Eco suite is frankly very nice and comfortable, however from outside it does not honor it's name (it is a white cement block in the middle of the rainforest). It is worth it's price, more or less. The standard rooms instead have a nice part above but a poor entrance and a terribly dark and ugly toilet, though rooms were always clean. They are another category anyways and certainly can only justify their price because of the location, but won't make you want to go back
The view from the rooms is amazing, but in our standard room there was a huge (yet beautiful) tree that made it completely impossible to observe the ocean and the landscape.
Overall a place with huge potential, some nice elements, but due to lack of organization, terrible service and excessive price I would never recommend anyone to go there

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Asalem_Ilha_Grande, Owner at Asalem, responded to this review, 23 January 2013
Unexpected strong winds caused lack of electricity not only in the island but around the whole coast including the city of Angra dos Reis, it was a major event beyond our power. We are now acquiring a generator in order to be backed up if such circumstances happens again in the future.
Our restaurant is very well known, not only for tastiness without pretentiousness but most of all for freshness – we have a few local fisherman suppliers who come to our water deck directly from the sea on a regular basis, so we don't need to stock up, therefore our fish/seafood is always fresh. In order to meet such standard, orders must be given hours in advance as it does take time to get ready, it is all cooked from scratch. It is not uncommon to see cosmopolitan guests having their anxiousness melted right before our unforgettably delicious dishes! Also, our cook who has been with us for over 6 years, is very meticulous and takes all the necessary steps as she understands our guest are mostly foreigners who are not used to our strong oils, water and seasonings.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2013 via mobile

All people on ilha grande agree that it's the best place to stay. We booked the honeymoon suite for 5 nights, it was amazing. The food is great value and delicious. The staff have a few language s between them, so communication is easy.
If I return to ilha grande, asalem is where I will be staying again.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Property: Asalem
Address: Praia da Crena, 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 ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Ilha Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Asalem 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ASALEM is a seaside hideaway situated in Ilha Grande, a protected reserve of natural land where no cars are allowed. All our 5 enchanting waterfront suites are surrounded by the rain forest that overlooks the spectacular Bay of Abraäo. This proximity to the ocean offers rare, intimate glimpses of sea creatures such as starfish and turtles, as well as abundant schools of fish. The forest brings frequent visitors, including monkeys, squirrels, fireflies, blue butterflies and a wide variety of exotic tropical birds. This unspoiled peace of paradise is the perfect spot for honeymooners looking for privacy: we are 20 minutes apart from the main village walking in an accessible path or 5 minutes by the taxi boat we provide. Apart from the taxi boat service, available 24/7, we can arrange boat trips, transfers, massages, scuba diving, snorkeling and guided hikes. ... more   less 
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