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“Absolute paradise”
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Asalem
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Ilha Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Absolute paradise”
Reviewed 23 August 2013

We stayed here as part of our honeymoon for some much needed R&R. Arriving by boat to the hotel was the perfect start to the stay and set the scene for the rest of the trip. We booked the honeymoon suite which I would highly recommend. The view over the ocean was breath taking and I will never forget sitting in the hotel bar drinking a passionfruit Caipirinha overlooking the sea. We had a massage which we had in the room overlooking the water which for me was the highlight of the whole trip. I defy anyone not to relax if they stay here. The evening food is really good and I would recommend eating in at least one night. The breakfast is basic and the only thing I think they could improve on. Asalem is now my happy place and I truly hope to come back one day

Room Tip: I'd go for the honeymoon/eco lodge.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

My husband and I just wrapped up our 6th annual visit to Asalem. It was wonderful, as usual. Our visit to Asslem is always the high point of each passing year, Andre, Bianka, Carla, Ivan, Zaccheus, Selena, Lorena, the cook, and the maid staff (as well as the pousada's sweet dog and cute cat) work as a team to make sure every guest has a great experience. The white walls of the Eco suites reflect back the sun to keep the interiors nice and cool. The solar hot water heaters provide ample hot water. If you enjoy discovering little gems that are off the beaten path, Asalem is your kind of place. You have to work a little harder to get here, but it is always worth the trip. Quiet, starlit nights away from the noise of Abraao are a plus. Andre and Bianka have worked hard to create this little slice of paradise. They are also involved in projects on the island that support good environmental practices. They help both locals and visitors understand how fragile and exquisite Ilha Grande is, and how to keep it as pristine and perfect as possible.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Kiev, Ukraine
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

If you look for a romantic place and paradise, you have to go to Asalem! Kind and friendly staff.The beautiful beach Lopes Mendes is nearby. You have to take the boat and look at the island. Amazing view! I recommend Eco-Honeymoon Suite!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

- Setting is idyllic, unique, a complete treat to wake up to. Owner's photography is striking.
- Chef is the best on the island. Get fresh fish in daily. Try fish+ coconut and fish moqueca.
- Happy hour: 2for1 caiprinhas. Often made with fruits from their garden!
- Andre and his team are so welcoming and accommodating.
- Ezequias always happy to take us to Abraao & back to meet our friends.
- Carla is a pro when it comes to hikes & excursions. Get her advice on anything. FYI she also is a wedding planner so contact her for Ilha Grande weddings.
- Kayaks you can use for free to explore the island's beaches.

Room Tip: We stayed in the eco honeymoon suite for 3 nights which is well worth the money. Also stayed in a st...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Ihla Grande is a stunning island, and all we felt we needed was a simple, understated place to stay from which we could explore the surroundings.

We stayed in an eco suite, essentially a room slotted straight into the landscape with a view of the bay from its balcony. Stunning. There was no other room below or beneath us, so it was very private. Amenities are simple, but all you'll need for your stay. A taxi met us as we landed at the island to take us to Asalem, and the service is available to you throughout your stay to whizz you around the island.

We ate at Asalem for two nights, there is no obligation to eat there, and it will not be the cheapest on the island but we enjoyed it. Grilled fish and meats with rice and black beans. We thought it was great and fulfilled our expectations. Breakfast was a South American staple of a variety of eggs cooked to your request, bread, fruit, cakes etc.

The room was very clean, the staff were helpful and allowed you to relax. Helped us with our lack of Brazilian, and made it very straightforward.

We would say it is perhaps a little expensive in the context of the accomodation, but the location really is unique and for us made it worth the extra.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

We stayed here for three nights and it was fantastic!
Entire team (especially Andre) was super helpful and nice
Great beaches, good food, and awesome views. Take a boat ride! Bring good shoes and prepared to be active!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

Wow! There are few words that do Asalem justice. My husband and I booked Asalem for a stay at Ilha Grande during our honeymoon. Asalem outdid our expectations; we will never forget our stay. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. Their boat met us at the dock on a rainy day. When we arrived at the hotel we found someone waiting for us with two umbrellas. Our bags were carried up to our room (which had a breathtaking view and cozy balcony), and we enjoyed happy hour. You HAVE to have at least one dinner at Asalem-you won’t regret it. My husband still talks about the shrimp stroganoff. I know that we will be back for another stay in the future. This is a place that you visit if you need/want to relax. Even if you don’t want to relax you can’t help it in this hotel’s setting. I really can’t say enough about our experience.

Room Tip: You only want to use the path into town during the DAY. It’s rough in some areas.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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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:
#4 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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