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TravelPod Member ReviewsPousada D'Pillel Ilha Grande
I don't think I can go on enough about this beautiful hotel. Granted it wouldn't take much to out do the horror of Rio's 'El Misti', but we certainly lucked out with this choice. We had seen high ratings on lonely planet and trip advisor and they don't even begin to give it justice.
The communal areas are very Balinese in style and we had a private hammock on the balcony, what more could you ask for! Oh a bar fridge, tennis table and a load of DVDs to play in your room if the weather turns.
The staff too are AMAZING!
We arrived at close to midnight after amending our stay 3times and they couldn't have been more accommodating.
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... reading in our room, the heavens opened and the power went! Despite our rumbling tummies, Chris was reluctant to venture out into the heavy rain, imagining a deserted town in darkness. Eventually with our macs and head torches on, our walking boots made their debut as we tentatively made our way out into the darkness... Turns out the whole town has generators except for our hostel. The 'adventure' was fun whilst it lasted 3 minutes! A delicious dinner ...
... couple who`s swimwear left little to the imagination. Our day was filled with snorkeling in various picturesque bays which suprisingly was not ruined by being surrounded by dozens of party boats. We stopped for a lovely, if not a bit expensive, lunch of chicken, rice and a bean dish which we were informed is a local stock food and eaten most meals.
In the evening we had a few drinks with Luke, chilled in our hostel and prepared for the next day`s trip to Paraty.
... but the last couple of days have been a bust - I try to minimizing drinking during transit and yesterday I spent most of my day strapped to a hangglider.
We've met a few new people on the bus; a couple called James & Lucy (also from Kent) and a northerner called Sam (male). There was one as Carl says "complete fool" we really wanted to avoid. There have been a few mixed opinions on a few people so far but this guy was special. ...
Today we did a boat trip with Jeronimo Tours around the island. The day started off sunny and we headed to the Blue Lagoon to do some snorkelling. There were a few pretty fish but as the clouds came over the water got a bit merky so the boat headed on to a small empty beach to have lunch. Before we ate we went canoeing off the beach and then chilled on the beach with the rest of the group. The staff cooked an insane BBQ for us ...
... Next it was back up the steep trail to find this famous beach and when we get there, yes it's stunning but we don't think it's as nice as Santo Antonio. Not unless you want to surf, as the waves are bigger here . There are limited facilities at these beaches, Lopes Mendes has vendors selling drinks, but Santo Antonio has nothing, so you have to bring your own drinks and snacks. We get the 4.30pm boat back to town, check in our rooms and then head out to get some ...