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Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort
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New Brunswick Canada
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38 reviews
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“Relaxing the right way..”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

This was an amazing find, a little oasis in the middle of a little fishing village. The food is very good. I would splurge and get the rooms with great sunset views next time. We had room 14 which was surrounded with trees but very private, a little dark for my liking.
Wonderful calm lagoon to swim or paddle in. The fishing boat trip was nice but keep it short. The rumble of the engine is annoying. The breakfast tasting menu was very good. This is a great resort to go with a good book to get away from it all.

Room Tip: Choose the bungalows with the pools and sunset view.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Lives up to its billing. Yes, it's pricey, but the quality and attention to detail deliver. Great food, especially the tasting menu every morning for breakfast (which is included in the room rate). Drinks were surprisingly reasonably priced, as were most bottles of wine on the extensive list.

Cleaning staff was the best I've encountered in some time: quick, great attention to detail, and responded to any request immediately. Private beach is quiet but well exposed to sun and the free beach toys to use are a nice touch (stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, etc.).

Only suggestion is that for the trip on the local fisherman's boat (an extra we opted for), you don't get to actually SEE the oyster beds (you do get to taste them). Only a mild disappointment on an otherwise relaxing & well-fed trip

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hertfordshire
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Reviewed 13 February 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed an extremely relaxing 6 day break at Ponta dos Ganchos, our final destination in a wonderful round the world trip. It's a perfect place to unwind and relax. The location is beautiful with stunning views of the bay. The service was excellent throughout, with particular praise for the wonderful Nina, the guest relations manager, who helped us deal with the trauma of having had our luggage broken into en route to the hotel (including translating for us at the local police station). Our villa was superbly appointed. And we finished our stay with a wonderfully romantic dinner on the little island across from the hotel. We can't recommend this hotel highly enough.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brazil
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

This is THE place to go if you wanna get a taste of nature, a beautiful small beach, superb oysters, great service, amazing mattress, stunning views and peace (yes, a lot of peace cause this is not the place to party or meet new people). I live in Sao Paulo and all it took was an hour flight to Florianopolis and then another 1 hour drive to the hotel.

I took a taxi at the airport (look for the registered one, just in front of the arrival gate, it is way cheaper than hiring the hotel car). Ok, I needed to have a feeling that I was saving something cause the hotel is a total splurge, more expensive than 5 star hotels in Paris or NY, but I went there cause I was desperate to rest and press my head's ctrl + alt + del (and it was worth it).

Bring comfortable shoes if you enjoy exploring. Also, they have repellent inside the room, but it is good to have yours when you wanna take a walk. And if you get tired of sun bathing, they have kayaks, stand up boards and the staff at the beach never let you out of water or just a cold beer to enjoy the view or the little fishes on the beach

I liked my bungalow, it had an amazing view of the bay. You can choose to have dinner at the restaurant or in the privacy of your room. I loved watching the sunset while taking a bubble bath on the deck, drinking champagne and tasting those amazing oysters that they have. It was a total bliss. But the amenities weren't suitable to the cost of the room, unfortunately. Anyway, the room is super comfy.

This is a couple's paradise but it doesnt mean that you wouldnt have a good time going there solo. The guests are discreet, they dont't interact much with each other (at least when I was there).

The food is great, which is something very important considering how secluded the hotel is. The breakfast is also very good, an 8 course menu that is different every day. And having breakfast while watching the sea is truly relaxing.

Cnsidering that the hotel is secluded, you wont learn about the culture of the place nor talk to a lot of people. This is somewhere to be safe from any harassment and relax.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

What can be said of this amazing place. Relaxing, beautiful, serene, tranquil. The staff is attentive, polite and humble. They do things here that rarely happen...they anticipate your needs before you realize what it is you'll need OR want. A truly magical place in one of the most beautiful settings and safest areas in all of Brazil. I will recommend it to everyone I know and will most definitely be back myself!!
Amazing.

Room Tip: The newer private bungalows were our favorite, the architecture on these was more our taste.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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United States
2 reviews
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Together with my Husband stayed at this wonderful resort. Everything was really great! our room was beautiful, elegant and comfortable! the view was stunning! and a great service. the breakfast really good, with a 10-course menu that changes every day, all very fresh and good! during our stay were in the program of special dinners made ​​by an Italian chef Bernardo Constantine, truly amazing and delicious! a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

We stayed at Ponta Dos Ganchos for four days - the first leg of our honeymoon, and we loved every bit of it. Here's why:
-The Resort itself is beautiful. Grounds are impeccable, has amazing views, and there are several little areas to just lounge.
-The villas were fantastic. We utilized the hot tub on our deck every day; the beds were perfect; bathrooms/shower/steam room were great.
-Service is excellent. As soon as soon as you leave your room, someone comes in and cleans it up (w/o you noticing of course). They greet you by name when you check in. The beds have different comforters for the day v. night.
-Small touches: Chocolates are left on your nightstand with your initials, my first coffee had my husband and my name in a heart (corny, but cute), and the list goes on.
-Food: The food, which is included, is really great. The breakfast is 10 small courses with breads baked daily, lunch and dinner offer a variety of options that could compete with a very nice restaurant, and pretty much everything I tasted was phenomenal.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort
Address: Rua Elpidio Alves do Nasimento, 104 | Ganchos de Fora, Governador Celso Ramos, State of Santa Catarina 8819000, Brazil
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Region: Brazil > State of Santa Catarina > Governador Celso Ramos
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Governador Celso Ramos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a private peninsula, surrounded by a fisherman village on Brazil's south coast, it is the country's most exclusive beach resort. Within a short distance from Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo or Buenos Aires, this romantic getaway delivers the dream: a ridge of Green Mountains runs down to the clear water of the Emerald Coast, where three little islands meet a stunning white sandy bay. Contemporary interiors in 25 beautiful bungalows mix comfort and refinement on a rustic style and the service that is second to none. The Restaurant lies within meters from the beach, provides a great wine list (with over 220 options); for lunch and dinner a diversified and sophisticated menu is on offer at any hour - the doors only shuts when the last guest leaves. If you are looking for something more romantic, cross a small bridge and get to one of the islands where you will find a gazebo that's specially decorated at night with flowers and candles for only one couple per night have dinner. There's an indoor pool, tennis, games room, snooker room, fitness centre, restaurant, bars, business centre, and even a private cinema. Massages, ecological trails, snorkeling, scuba diving, and boat trips are also on offer. Due to local landscape and in order to maintain calm and tranquility, we do not accept children under 18 years old. ... more   less 
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