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“Rennie makes Pousada Aratinga Exceptional” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aratinga Inn
Ranked #1 of 92 Ilha Grande B&B and Inns
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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews
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“Rennie makes Pousada Aratinga Exceptional”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

Pousada Aratinga would be a very nice place to stay on its own, but it is the hospitality and attention to detail that Rennie shows her guests that makes this a very exceptional place to stay. We weren’t able to make a reservation for our entire stay in Abrao, so we stayed at another pousada during the first few days on Ilha Grande. Our first pousada had a view of the water and sound of the sea which was very nice, but once we arrived at Pousada Aratinga we realized what we had been missing. Rennie is an amazing host who goes out of her way to make her guests feel warm, welcome, and well informed. She has put together a very helpful book of many of her favorite things to do, eat, and see on the island, and it became our favorite and most important guidebook for our stay. We had some very lovely meals at local restaurants that she suggested….BBQ night at Café do Mar, mocequa at Mar e Lua. Even the pizza was delicious. We had some wonderful hikes to various beaches that we probably wouldn’t have known about without her guidance. Pretty much anything we were curious about the island….the local politics and issues, transportation options, great places to see or go, Rennie was well informed and more than eager to share her knowledge.

We stayed in the Hibiscus chalet. It was quite small for two people with not a lot of extra room around the bed, but the rooms and grounds are very well kept and we found the bed comfortable. As everyone else has mentioned the breakfasts were very nice and the afternoon tea was a delight. The tables in the open air pavilion were always set with table cloths, a full place setting and cloth napkins….details that are a very civilized and welcome counterpoint to the Ilha Grande jungle/beach environment.

Often as you travel, it is the people you meet that make some of the strongest lasting impressions, and in our time on Ilha Grande it is Rennie’s wonderful hospitality at the tidy Pousada Aratinga that will frame our memory of a very lovely stay on the island.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Veesmee
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ulster county, ny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

Aratinga is not inexpensive but it is a slice of heaven on an island that makes you understand why the Portuguese thought they found paradise. I stayed in the Orchid room and it was clean and comfortable though I did wonder how it would work for two adults as it is a bit small. The breakfasts were amazing including fruits, juices, cheeses, meats, breads - some whole grains - home made cakes and even tomato and cucumbers which I saw nowhere else. I also never saw another afternoon tea in my travels in South America and having that fresh juice and choice between a sweet and a savory snack was a delight after a busy day. Yes, the location is a bit toward the edge of town and up a hill but to me that added to the place as it got me away from the noise of the Village of Abraao. Rennie had lots of good ideas about how to spend your days while there and lots of tips about where to eat. Since Rennie speaks English that was another plus for me. Fabulous soaps and shampoos were another plus; in my experience in Brasil, they are not always offered. I hope to go back to Ilha Grande and if I do, I will definitely stay at Aratinga again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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lynxie, Owner at Aratinga Inn, responded to this review, 19 March 2012
Thank you for your comments and for your kind words. Yes, it is the little things that make the difference! I am so pleased that you enjoyed our healthy breakfast. We do try to offer a variety to suit all tastes and breakfast preferences. Afternoon tea is a treat in anyone's language and is a very special time at Aratinga and the afternoon spread seems to be getting bigger by the day! Thank you for thinking to mention our guest toiletries. They really are of excellent quality and are from a new range called Terra Brasilis by Realgems. Most importantly, all products are biodegradable, which helps look after our natural environment. I really enjoyed having you stay and do hope that you will be back on Ilha Grande in the not too distant future.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed in this Pousada for two nights. We had a great stay and we were very lucky to have Rennie who was a great help and told us what to see and do on the wonderful island of Ilha Grande.

Rennie really looked after us and when we went to the beach she gave us lots of useful things to take with us! We really did feel at home!!

Afternoon tea is also available at the Pousada, it is a real treat coming back from a long day to choose from a selection of delicious homemade cakes!!

We did a lot of travelling around Brazil and Ilha Grande was by far the best place we visited. We will always have great memories and would highly recommend Aratinga Inn to anyone who is looking for a comfortable, clean and hospitable place to stay.

Karolina

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Karolina_12
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Howrah, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

Rennie is a wonderful host and it was a pleasure staying here. Rennie really went the extra mile to make our stay at the island excellent. Can't wait to return.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank rishabh s
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

Rennie is a very very nice person and does everything to please her guests. The rooms are very comfortable and Rennie cares about every detail of the inn. The breakfast is excellent and afternoon tea is an attraction in itself. Rennie helps a lot guests with information about Ilha Grande. I'm sure my stay in Ilha Grande was better thanks to Rennie. Aratinga Inn has exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it to everyone wishing to visit Ilha Grande.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

Our family had a wonderful stay on Ilha Grande, made all the more enjoyable by staying at Rennie's place - Aratinga. We had a warm welcome and appreciated the loving detail she has put into running her own Pousada. She goes the extra mile both in terms of friendly information, lovingly decorated rooms and sumptuous breakfasts plus afternoon tea/coffee when you get back from the beach! Our stay was over New Year's Eve 2011/12 and Rennie invited all her guests to a party with her local friends, and supplied all the booze and music. Now you can't beat that - can you! I would highly recommend this Pousada to anyone who wants to get the most out of Ilha Grande!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2011

We had an excellent four nights at Aratinga, which was the ideal base from which to explore Ilha Grande. Every morning started with a delicious, full breakfast, including plenty of fresh fruit and juice, and more cakes and breads than we knew what to do with. Each day we tried a new excursion, guided by fantastic tips from Rennie, the owner. Between our helpful conversations with Rennie and the big book she left in each room, filled with information and advice about the entire island, we were able independently to take advantage of everything within a day's walk of Abraao village, which was quite a lot - secluded and stunning beaches, waterfalls, amazing vistas, wildlife trails, rivers, and small, quiet villages where we sampled the Acai and tested our rudimentary Portuguese. At the end of each day's adventure, we were greeted by Rennie insisting we were not too late for tea, which offered all the pleasures of breakfast but with the added sense of reward for our exertions and the excitement of the tropical transition from day to evening.

Rennie also filled us in on the best options for drinks and dinner, and even where to buy a good, inexpensive bottle of red wine (one of the comforts of home we had begun to miss), to bring to the delicious brick-oven pizza place in town. She was always enthusiastic, available to help us with our plans, and warm and congratulatory when we showed up sandy, sweaty and disheveled from our latest excursion.

Aside from the ways in which the owner makes Aratinga perfect through her presence and all-out approach to service, the lodgings and grounds are lovely, secure and nicely situated between town/beach and the more forested, hilly center of the island. Our chalet felt private and secure, and was new and well-appointed with everything we could want. The shower was powerful, plenty hot when we wanted it, and clean and pleasant to use. The gardens were lush and beautifully kept, and our views from the chalet included both the shaded richness of the gardens and the bright blue expanse of the ocean below. The sounds and sights of colorful birds and small frogs reminded us that we were nestled alongside the Atlantic rainforest. Everything in town was a short walk away - no problem once we had dropped off our luggage.

At the end of our four nights, Rennie could not have been more supportive about where we were going for our final few nights in Ilha Grande. We were very glad to have gotten to know the island through Rennie, and would strongly recommend Aratinga for anyone visiting Ilha Grande for the first time, or even anyone looking to get the most out of the community around Abraao, while enjoying the wilder, more secluded spots that can be reached on day trips. We can't imagine having had a better introduction to this memorable and special part of Brazil.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Aratinga Inn
Address: Rua das Flores 232 | Vila do Abraão, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro 23968-000, Brazil (Formerly Pousada Aratinga)
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Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Ilha Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 92 B&Bs / Inns in Ilha Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Aratinga, your haven of peace and tranquility on Ilha Grande. Our guest rooms and chalets are built in harmony with the verdant Atlantic rain forest. All of our guest rooms and chalets are simple and cozy, but we are sure you will agree that they are comfortable and very cozy. They are furnished with solid timber beds, with a top quality inner spring mattresses, latex pillows and quality, imported bed linen. Rooms are appointed with A/C, ceiling fan, LCD TV and DVD player, a bar fridge for your personal use, and all rooms have a sparkling clean, modern bathroom. For those seeking peace and privacy, Aratinga offers double chalets and double rooms, the perfect personal retreat for nature lovers. We do not receive large groups, small children or smokers. ... more   less 
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