For our luxury hotel of the month for October we have chosen the exclusive Ponta dos Ganchos resort in southern Brazil. With stylish suites boasting stunning ocean views, this romantic hotel is one of the best in the country.
Situated on a private peninsula on the beaches of Governador Celso Ramos in Santa Catarina, southern Brazil, this boutique beach resort, with all the facilities of a much larger hotel, offers a tranquil getaway amongst lush forests and secluded Atlantic bays of crystal clear water. One of our favourite hotels in Brazil for couples and honeymooners, Ponta dos Ganchos’ attention to detail and personalised service is perfect for crafting unique experiences for memorable couples’ trips – such as bespoke helicopter tours, private candlelit dinners on romantic private island and private diving lessons.
How to Get There
To arrive at Ponta dos Ganchos, you must fly to Florianópolis, a city accessible easily from all other major Brazilian transport hubs (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasília for example). From the local airport, the resort is a one-and-a-half-hour drive away, situated on an exclusive private peninsula.
The sophisticated suites and bungalows at Ponta dos Ganchos are perhaps some of the most generously sized in all of Brazil. With the larger bungalows boasting private plunge pools with ocean-views, spa bathrooms and built-in saunas, the suites really do invite guests to relax and indulge during their stay at the hotel. The understated neutral tones of the décor exist in perfect harmony with the rich gold, green and blue of the surrounding beaches, forests and sea – creating a wonderfully peaceful ambience. Offering a fresh, tropical luxury, we love the unfussy approach of these supremely comfortable beachside hideaways.
Food & Drink
Exquisite seafood is the name of the game at Ponta dos Ganchos. Offering a varied menu of vibrant tropical flavours, hotel guests will be able to sample a range of traditional Brazilian dishes made with the finest local and organic ingredients. Our favourite dish is the signature seafood grill – combine this sumptuous plate of seafood with a fruity caipirinha for an indulgent evening meal.
There are not many hotels in the world where you can celebrate a special occasion with a private, candlelit, gourmet dinner on a private island in a sparkling tropical bay. Ponta dos Ganchos’ private island is available for guests seeking something special during their trip. Staff will prepare a delicious meal, set up an elegant table amongst the palm trees and allow the guests to enjoy blissful seclusion in the privacy of their little slice of paradise. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience perfect for any special celebration.
Honeymooners seeking a memorable beach break as part of their special trip. With a service ethos entirely focused on tailoring unique experiences for each guest, Ponta dos Ganchos is the perfect hotel for a honeymoon, where staff go the extra mile to prepare charming surprises and activities for the celebrating couple.
Must Do Activity
Most travellers visit Ponta dos Ganchos for a spot of relaxation at the end of a more comprehensive tour of Brazil, however there is plenty to keep you busy for the more adventurous. Diving and snorkelling sessions are available to book from the hotel, alongside horseback riding, ocean kayaking and even helicopter tours of the region. In the resort, you can make use of tennis courts, the pool, or even the large movie-theatre in the evenings to unwind.
For those who wish to take it easy, we recommend visiting the luxurious spa facilities where signature treatments based on ancient indigenous healing techniques are combined with the fine organic products of luxury French skincare brand, Sisley.