Mar 16, 2010

Papagaio, a refuge under the southern sun

by Antonella Kann

In the southern state of Santa Catarina, only 40 kms from the airport of capital Florianopolis, there is an island called Papagaio - which means parrot. It´s not exactly Fantasy Island, but almost. Framed by abundant tropical vegetation, it´s home to one and only property, the exclusive Pousada Papagaio, member of the Conde Nast Johansens chain as well as Brazil´s Roteiros de Charme, which selects the best establishments in the country.
An ideal spot for those seeking coziness and complete privacy, allied with comfort and pampering. Only 20 bungalows are spread out within a huge setting, some have seaviews and others garden views. I suggest either number 1 or 2, as they almost drop into the water and from your private veranda you can watch the sunset - it´s really awesome. Fireplace, internet, plasma TV, dvd, you name it – they´ve got everything on the list to make your stay memorable.

Although you may expect an early winter, with cooler temperatures around 20º C , you can still lounge on the pousada´s private beach, have a swim in the sea or the pool, enjoy watersports or do a bit of exploring walking through trails around the island. At some point, there´s a chance of spotting migrating whales.

You´ll be agreeably surprised by local gastronomy : the pousada has its own restaurant where guests are offered Thai specialties, Japanese and Italian food, plus a signature dish, the home made paella.

The climate there is always cooler and the sea hosts the most reputed quality of oysters and clams. Be sure to visit one of those farms and enjoy the best seafood for incredible prices.

Pousada Ilha do Papagaio.

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