There are some hotels that stay with you for years, maybe forever. Enter Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort, a destination unto itself. It doesn’t hurt that it’s located in beautiful Brazil, outside of Florianópolis. Ponta is a triple threat – luxurious rooms, service, and terrific food. Here, breakfast starts with a seven-course tasting menu. This luxury hotel in Brazil will be your excuse to return to the country.
A Destination Luxury Hotel in Brazil
You can describe the Ponta as a haven in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarinal, outside of party central Florianópolis. The epitome of chic, it’s is a retreat set in a simple fishing village. If you never left the property for your stay, you would still receive a huge dose of culture, gourmet cuisine, and good old-fashioned detox from everyday life. This is the vacation away from your standard vacation.
Good For: Couples. This is the place that cranks up the romance factor.
Recommended Stay: 3 nights
Why to go:
1. It’s for the World Traveler
This is a destination for the well-heeled and well-traveled. You’ve been to all the big names around the world. The Ponta is an outstanding luxury hotel in Brazil that attracts guests with high expectations about service and accommodation. It will impress even the most jaded traveler.
2. Recharge your batteries.
Let’s face it; most of us run right above the empty line in our tank of gas. At the Ponta, sleeping in is guilt-free, and you get to do it in your sedately elegant and lavish suite. If you feel like it, light a fire on your private deck overlooking the bay while you bask in the sunset with a glass of wine.
3. The Food.
Did we mention that the morning starts out with a tasting menu? And breakfast runs all day, because the Ponta puts you in such a relaxation mode that sleeping till one (like in your college days) is perfectly acceptable. The meal presentation is off the charts. You may start with a mini croque monsieur and an artful terrine of fruit salad. What follows are 6-7 additional courses that you have to experience to comprehend.
All the meals, apart from breakfast, are culinary nirvana. A favorite is the seafood grill at lunch. You get a taste of huge prawns, lobster, fish and other seasonal creations right off the grill, along with healthy side dishes. No one is going hungry at the Ponta.
4. Natural beauty.
Even the drive from Florianópolis airport is picturesque, as you wind through hilly landscapes with stunning views. The boat excursion from the Ponta is also breathtaking. On that water trip, sitting on a traditional fishing boat, you’ll imbibe seafood and champagne and explore the coastline of Santa Catarina. The area is stunning whether you’re sunning yourself on the beach or touring one of the oyster farms, eating fresh oysters right out of the ocean.
Rest + Relaxation
You’ve stayed in some pretty impressive accommodations, but few have prepared you for the deeply luxurious and comfortable suites of the Ponta dos Ganchos. While every accommodation is a home run, this is the place to splurge on the room. The Esmeralda room has an outdoor jacuzzi and fire pit, both overlooking the bay. To upgrade, the exclusive Especial Esmeralda has all of the above plus a private plunge pool.
The experience at Ponta dos Ganchos is just what the doctor ordered. Especially when the prescription includes your own personal spa in the room. In the Esmeralda suites, you can expect a full-size sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and double shower heads in a bathroom bigger than most apartments. So settle in and get ready to be a better person when you finally emerge from your stay.
Things to do:
- Paddle boarding
- Scuba diving
- Exploring the deserted beach of the Praia de Fora Trail
- Tour of the area with a private guide, including the oyster farms
- Excursion into Florianópolis to explore the city;
- Private boat excursion along the bay, with oysters and champagne;
- Spa – the staff know how to do a killer massage;
- Helicopter tour;
- Dining experience on the private island next to the resort, where you can have the place to yourself;
- Cooking class where you pick your own ingredients from the garden with the chef, and learn a few of his secrets;
- Take in all the food experiences, from the never-ending breakfast, to the seafood and steak grill at lunch, to traditional Brazilian gourmet dinners.
In other words, if you want a multitude of experiences, simply create a longer vacation with the Ponta as your base. There are now also direct flights from Florianópolis to the Iguazu Falls. There, you can spend a night or two at the Belmond, another notable luxury hotel in Brazil that we highly recommend.
Overall: 9/10. This is a must destination when you go to Brazil, and one where you’d always be happy to return.
Q: When are the check-in and check-out times at Ponta dos Ganchos?
A: Check-in is at 2p.m., and check-out is at noon.
Q: Is there free Wi-Fi?
A: Yes, there is free Wi-Fi for guests.
Q: Where can one make reservations for a stay at Ponta dos Ganchos?
A: The reservations section of the hotel website is available for reservations.
Ponta dos Ganchos Information
Address: R. Elpidio Alves do Nascimento, 104 – Ganchos de Fora, Gov. Celso Ramos – SC, 88190-000, Brazil
Phone number: +55 48 3953-7000