Fernando de Noronha, located about 350km (217 miles) off Brazil’s northeast coast, is a collection of 21 volcanic islands and is known for its dreamy warm waters, excellent diving, and picture-perfect beaches. Paradise like this comes at a premium price and accommodation options are expensive, sometimes double or more what you would pay on Brazil’s mainland. However, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it is definitely worth it. Here are some of the best places to stay in Fernando de Noronha.
Pousada do Vale
Like many of the hotels in Fernando de Noronha, Pousada do Vale caters to a small number of guests with just 12 available rooms. The beauty of this intimate set up is a personalized service and an easy atmosphere to make you feel right at home. However, the low, swinging hammocks, the tropical gardens, and the light, breezy rooms will be a constant reminder that you are a world apart from anywhere and in a pure paradisaical setting. The breakfast is a large buffet open to all guests for a few hours in the morning and served on a wooden terrace with large, airy windows.
Pousada Fortaleza has six spacious rooms, all with modern decorations and bright colors, creating a warm, cozy environment. It’s worth dropping by the breakfast spread each morning that serves a buffet of cake, bread, ham, cheese, cereal and fresh, exotic fruits. The tropical gardens that surround the intimate hotel are a calm retreat for an evening drink after a day swimming or snorkeling at any of the gorgeous nearby beaches.
Pousada Del Mares
This intimate hotel has just seven rooms, each decorated to have its own unique charm such as the one with polished terracotta brickwork or the other with rose petals scattered over the bed. The cozy atmosphere is enhanced by the exceptional level of service from the staff that do everything to make guests feel right at home. Breakfast is a delicious spread of fruits, cake, bread and other delicacies served every morning as part of the package.
The eight-roomed Pousada Maravilha, located in the north of the island, has an outdoor pool with jaw-dropping views over Fernando de Noronha’s turquoise ocean and some of the island’s most beautiful beaches just a short stroll away. The rooms are immaculate with crisp white sheets and wooden terraces with sea views and the daily breakfast is served in a fresh, high-ceiling dining room with pine beam and outdoor seating.
With large modern rooms, two outdoor swimming pools, and a fully-equipped spa, Dolphin Hotel leaves no stone unturned in its quest to provide everything their guests could possibly need. The spacious rooms lead out onto the sunny tropical gardens where guests can enjoy drinks and nibbles from the hotel’s bar and lounge. The hotel is surrounded by nature with some of Noronha’s best beaches just around the corner.
Guests can wake up every day to the sounds of nature at the Teju-Açu Ecopousada which is surrounded by forest and close to incredible untouched beaches. The airy rooms come with a terrace complete with jungle views and a large hammock, and the restaurant is one of the few on the island that has an outdoor garden, providing guests the option of open-air dining. It’s pricey but try to dine in the restaurant one night – the dishes are divine.
Pousada Mar Aberto
The decor is wonderful at Pousada Mar Aberto with bamboo divides and blue furniture which brings a mixed nautical and forest theme, perfectly complementing the natural surroundings. It’s hard not to feel at home here with quirky rooms and friendly staff yet the holiday buzz of being on a tropical island is never far away. Wild, untouched beaches can be reached within minutes and local activities – such as hiking and diving – can be organized from the hotel.