The perfect place for family retreats on Brazil’s stunning southern Costa Verde, Casa Cairuçu is a private villa that offers a secluded getaway near the charming colonial town of Paraty. Bespoke Brazil Director Kirsty recently visited with her family. Here are her thoughts on her trip:
Just a fifteen-minute boat ride from the colonial town of Paraty, Casa Cairuçu is a delightful beach house situated on a stretch of land called Ponte Grosso. Built overlooking the water, the house peeps out from beautiful tropical foliage and is quite simply a little patch of paradise on Brazil’s Emerald Coast. This stretch of coastline, between Rio and Sao Paulo is a particularly beautiful part of Brazil. Known as the Emerald Coast for its lush green foliage, it combines the best of both worlds, offering visitors the chance to enjoy the beauty of both the Atlantic Rainforest and the Atlantic Ocean.
Casa Cairuçu perfectly embodies this combination. It is a beach house, accessible only by boat from the town and close to some spectacular beaches but with the rainforest on its doorstep, meaning guests can walk out into the forest or go further afield and explore more deeply.
The house was built by an Anglo-Brazilian family and is a real labour of love. Every care has been taken in the building of the house, including a passionate concern for sustainability. Casa Cairuçu proudly wears the badge of a low-energy house, using ceiling fans and passive air flow instead of air conditioning to keep guests cool. The veranda that runs across the entre front of the house is sheltered in case of rain but open to allow air to flow. It makes a perfect spot for breakfast or an early evening drink, relaxing in your hammock.
Casa Cairuçu comprises three double bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms and a delightful open plan kitchen, living and dining room. Floor to ceiling glass windows make it a bright and warm living space. Your stay at the house comes complete with a private boatman and a housekeeper who arrives each day to prepare breakfast and pre-prepare dinner ready for your evening meal. Luis and Adriana are married to each other and make your stay relaxed and comfortable. They speak little to no English and yet somehow, as is so often the case, this just doesn’t matter. Adriana is an excellent cook and prepares delicious meals each day. Luis is an expert boatman and his cheerful smile greets you for each transfer to and from nearby Paraty.
They also provide a shopping service which works very well. In advance of your stay you submit a shopping list which will be purchased and waiting for you on your arrival at the house. The hosts have produced a great guide including some suggested menus for typical Brazilian dishes which are delicious. Favourites during our stay were Bobo do Camarão (shrimp stew) and passionfruit mousse which disappeared in minutes!
It is also possible to arrange boat trips with Luis. He will drive you to nearby beaches and islands in an idyllic setting. Stopping at ideal spots with the fish gathering round the boat, and continuing on to secluded beaches and perfect lunch restaurants, Luis knows the places to go and this is a delightful experience.
The town of Paraty itself, recently named Brazil’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site, is certainly a place to visit. Suffice it to say that Paraty is a charming mix of cobbled streets, colonial buildings, boutiques and restaurants. It is the place to go for lunch, to do some shopping and enjoy a relaxing afternoon wandering round one of Brazil’s favourite colonial towns.
For fun closer to the house, guests can make use of the stand-up paddle board and the kayaks. Perhaps you might like to paddle to a nearby island or beach or nip to a restaurant for lunch – some can only be reached by kayak from the house. There is great snorkelling just off the pier of the house and at night guests can experience spectacular phosphorescence in the water.
Further afield there are beaches and islands to explore, or to just relax with no-one around you. The rare Golden Lion Tamarin can be spotted on one of the neighbouring islands. The area of Mamangua can be reached by boat and is a perfect mix of crystal-clear water and pristine beach. Enjoy a spot of lunch in a delightful restaurant – basic but authentic and delicious – what could possibly beat fresh fish washed down with a caipirinha, all accompanied by blissful views?
Make time for relaxation, a warm welcome, and stunning surroundings in this beautiful part of Brazil.
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