Ponta dos Ganchos
– A seriously romantic and good-feeling retreat
Located on a private rainforest-covered peninsula near Florianopolis on Brazil's south coast — also known as the Emerald Coast — Ponta dos Ganchos is one of the country’s most exclusive beach resorts. Though easily accessible from Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, guests find themselves seemingly remote.
Surrounded on three sides by jewel-bright waters and a dazzling white sand beach, 25 charming bungalows are scattered over the hillside. Each is decorated in a simple, uncluttered style with big beds, fine Egyptian cotton, neutral colours, comfy sofas, plenty of light and enormous views of Ganchos Bay. Fabulously rustic in ambiance, each bungalow also features an array of conveniences. Rooms are spacious with open fireplaces and the super luxo rooms have a sauna and a Jacuzzi on the balcony. The villas each have a private pool, sauna and Jacuzzi.
At Ponta dos Ganchos, guests spend long days under a dazzling sun enjoying a variety of activities, such as fishing, snorkelling, kayaking, hiking and some of the best diving on the Brazilian coast. Indulge in the ultimate relaxation at the oceanfront spa and feast on haute cuisine interpretations of the regional dishes, made from freshly-caught seafood and local ingredients. Dishes are paired with vintages from the 200-label wine cellar. Breakfast (with ten courses to choose from) is served all day. Other features include a heated indoor pool, fitness room, oceanfront tennis court, a billiards and game room, kayaks, canoes, ecological trails and an on-site cinema with a library of 300 films.
Giving back to the community is an intricate part of the hotel's philosophy of "Teach a man how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime". In addition to being one of the largest employers in the city, the hotel also encourages its employees to further their education and to learn a second language by paying 70 per cent of their tuition.