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“Best beach hotel in South America - but $$$”

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DPNY Beach Hotel & Spa
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Ilhabela
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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79 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Best beach hotel in South America - but $$$”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

The Curral Beach is just wonderful to swim or just get sun-tanned. It is one of my favorite beaches in the world, particularly during the summer. The DPNY Hotel takes advantage of its location in that wonderful place. Its gothic-medieval-new rich-modern style may deceive you at first; do not allow yourself to feel like a cow with the ridiculous wrist band that they tag you at the front desk - it is just an identification tool to help workers know that you are a guest and what is your status inside the hotel. Little by little, you will understand why Conde Nast elected it the best beach hotel in South America: wonderful drinks, wonderful food, nice rooms, good everything… unique scenery of a beach that looks like a natural swimming pool. Breakfast amazing, wonderful spa services. Beach staff was a bit lazy or not well coordinated - drinks took long time to arrive and had to request drink menu three times to get it… But on a scenery like that, lazily resting either on the beach or at the swimming pool, who cares? who could ask for anything more?

Room Tip: rooms on the side of the beach are better but more costly.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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São Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

if you looking for a place that you don't have nothing to wore about beside have good time, thats the place, good room, nice beach, good food, incredible view, and fantastic sound track. I really recommend

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

Beachclub and Beachhotel in the south of Ilhabela. I have been here a couple of years ago, and I was disappointed. First of all the hotel (seating, decks and wood at the pool/beach) has a bit come down. The white seats are dirty, the wooden furniture is not very well maintained. Secondly the meals (incl. Sushi) are OK, but not good enough for the price that they charge. Sea Club offers a better price/quality at a much better location. They just try to cash-in…also the public is more popular than a couple of years ago, maybe it is logical if you can even finance your hotel stay in 10 times….

Room Tip: Do NOT choose the rooms at the other side of the road!!
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

The hotel looks like it came out of a magazine right there. It's amazingly beautiful... The rooms are very nicely decorated, the hotel is built in very fine wood, the pool is awesome and instead of pool chairs around it there are beds circling the pool...all white, with huge pillows...perfect! There are coffe machines (espresso machines) in the rooms. The bathroom tiles/mosaic are beautiful! The beach is also nice and you can do some standing paddle, kayak or even just chill on some of the beds that are on the and as well... The most amazing is that if you look one way, you see the ocean, and if you turn to the other side, you see the mountain and lots of trees! Wonderful... The breakfast is very good and the dinner, fantastic! The drinks are also something else. The caipirinhas are very good! Specially when you enjoy them on that wonderful place. Oh I was almost forgetting. They also have a great spa and beauty salon. I had my nails done there and it was worthy. But, is Ilhabela, so watch out with the Mosquitos, they bite you even under water... That's a fact.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ribeirao Preto, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2013

Great place to rest! Very nice beach and beach service! There is almost no entertainment activities, no sports, nothing! Rooms are great and IlhaBela is amazing.
Place to rest at the beach with great house music, cold beer and great drinks

  • Stayed April 2013
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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

DPNY is a very pleasant hotel with a great restaurant and beach. The pool is large and inviting, although it blocks the ocean viewThe rooms are not particularly large, but are appointed in a fun and colorful way. The detail work in the tiles on the walls is impressive - looks a bit like kindergarten art, but the extent of the inlay work keeps you interested much longer than any wall coverings I have seen before. The restaurant served some delicious courses: the fish was fantastic and the pear in wine dessert divine. The hotel is very romantic and its guests were principally Brazilian couples. Staff Knowledge of English was fairly limited, but there was usually someone available who could communicate. Not inexpensive, but a delightful spot.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Ilhabela, São Paulo, Brazil
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2013

One of the most romantic hotels in the world
right place if you are in love.

I would describe this hotel as quiet, intimate and perfect for couples looking for a romantic get a way.
If you are travelling with children stay at one of the hotels next door.
The rooms are lovely decorated.

Unforgettable, we will be back !!!!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about DPNY Beach Hotel & Spa

Property: DPNY Beach Hotel & Spa
Address: Av. Jose Pacheco do Nascimento, 7668 | Praia do Curral, Ilhabela, State of Sao Paulo 11630-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Sao Paulo > Ilhabela
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Ilhabela
#1 Spa Hotel in Ilhabela
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Ilhabela
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ilhabela
#2 Romantic Hotel in Ilhabela
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — DPNY Beach Hotel & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 83
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