We wanted to get away from it all for a few days, to somewhere with an attractive setting, deserted beaches and a couple of moderately strenuous walks. Four days at the Pousada Penareia was perfect. We didn't hire a car so we did a bit of walking to get around - it's 10-15 minutes along the beach to Armacao's main square - but that wasn't a problem for us.
Klaus was the perfect host. He speaks very good English, and was friendly, obliging and helpful. We had the "luxury" room, which is very good value. The bed was comfortable, the room was clean, the shower was warm (although you have to run it for a while), and the breakfast buffet was great. On our last night we were the only guests there but they still gave us the full breakfast spread, far more than we could eat. This was our first stop on our first visit to Brazil, but Klaus did a lot to make it easy.
An unexpected bonus was that we arrived the day after the first whales of the season, a mother and calf pair of humpbacks who were loitering around a headland about 1 km away from the Pousada. They regularly came in to about 30 m from shore, making them easy to see, while also sometimes going further out to play. By the time we left they had been joined by two other pairs.
One thing to mention is that August is out-of-season in Armacao and the surrounding villages, which meant the beaches were almost deserted (good!) but the beachfront bars and many of the restaurants in Armacao were closed (not so good). There were still a couple of eating options in Armacao, but (as Klaus will tell you) if you take the bus for 10 minutes to the next village there's a beachfront strip of restaurants that does stay open all year. Take the bus in daylight the first time you do it, as the bus stops aren't well marked and you don't get much warning of when to get off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A dream turn into reality, the Pénareia Lodge represents the passion of a surfer and architect, for the natural beauties found on the south side of Florianópolis Island. Built in a quiet, secluded oceanfront stretch of Armação Beach (Praia da Armação), our Lodge is the ideal location for those who wish to enjoy the peaceful, tranquil, nearly untouched surrounding nature, or for anyone who wishes to experience adventure sports in one of the most idyllic places of Florianópolis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pousada Penareia Florianopolis, Brazil