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Pousada Picinguaba  Hot
Hotels 4 Green Stars
Eco Stars: 4 star
Stars: unrated
Location: South America
Country: Brasil

Pousada Picinguaba

This charming pousada is in an exceptional natural setting, where you can interact with nature and local life. The limited number of rooms makes Picinguaba a very special luxury hideaway with personal service, and gives you the opportunity to book the whole hotel for special occasion with family or friends

Picinguaba overlooks a peaceful bay at the heart of the Natural Park of Serra do Mar, the tropical coastal forest running between Rio and São Paulo, about half an hour's drive south of Paraty. It is the only charming hotel in a 30km radius. It faces the sea and a 3 km-long protected sandy beach. The hotel offers 10 comfortable rooms all opening onto the natural surroundings and the sea, including a dream honeymoon suite with en-suite jacuzzi and a breathtaking view of the ocean. The local road stops at the beach and one has to walk the last 250m to the hotel, nestled in the forest.

Everything here is attuned to the spirit of the place, with nothing to disturb nature's magic: no TV or telephone in the rooms, no Internet. This place is for you to be in a different world, the only sounds are the wind in the palm trees and the sea gently lapping the shore.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★ (4)

Energy Rating: ★★★ (3)
Staff Comment - Our pousada is developing some plans to curb electric usage. We have, for the moment, automatic light extinguishing and moving detectors. Our staff is particularly aware of this and every client are informed of our energy saving policy. Within few years, we hope our pousada to be solar powered.

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - We have a strict policy concerning water consumption and water contamination. First of all, all the staff is aware of our global effort to reduce consumption. Guest are informed when they arrive and directly in their room of our water saving program. Throwing hygienic paper in the toilet is, for example, strictly forbidden. Room showers are water saving. As for as water contamination is concerned, we have built an sceptical tank, entirely ecological, we only use biodegradable cleaning products and we are treating our used water before releasing it. We have been building also, for one month, a recycling program of water based on the use of specific plants.

Disposal Rating: ★★★★ (4)
Staff Comment - Every one here is part of this process. We are collecting and separating our wastes. Recyclable rubbish is sent directly to be recycled and organic wastes are thrown to our own compost heap. We have three different places corresponding to the different step of a compost heap. Every kitchen oils are used to make soap, we give to guests some linen bags for them not to use plastic bag. The majority of furniture we buy uses recycled packages (glass bottle of waters…)

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - We have created an NGO, APIS (Acting for a sustainable Picinguaba), aiming at protecting our place, developing environmental education and promoting local culture. We are developing program for water treatment and waste management in the village. Our principal goal is to work with local community. For example, we just have financed and distributed some didactic notebook for everyone to know how to make a compost heap, how to build an efficient sceptical tank or how collecting efficiently wastes. We work in partnership with all the other hotels to make more and more little their impact on the environment.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - One of the goals of our NGO is to protect and promote the local culture. For that matter, we are going to build a free-access bamboo house where everyone can go to read, exchange and where cultural event will be organised. All the staffs here come from the village. 100% of our fish is bought through local fishermen. When a guest wants to sail until closed islands, for example, we always call a fisherman from here.

Contact Details

Pousada Picinguaba
Rua G, 130, Vila Picinguaba
11680-000 UBATUBA-SP
+55 12 3836 9105
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