On Brazil’s most seductive island, a small inn with just 11 rooms has turned into the most coveted address in Fernando de Noronha. Since opening in November of 2016, Pousada Maria Bonita has become a reference in exclusive hideaways for those looking to enjoy all of that spectacular nature in a setting that blends rustic and contemporary. Designed by decorator Ângela Chinasso, the décor harmonizes a finely selected collection of works of popular Brazilian art with the contemporary design of the furniture and the pool – created by Jóia Bérgamo. At the same time, the neutral tones of the roots, baskets and wood trellises add a refined simplicity to the interior, in contrast with the exuberance of the green and blue of the Noronha’s forests, sky and beaches.
SUL Hotels tip: Each guest is greeted with a Noronha version of ginger ale – made with ginger and lime. At breakfast or for an afternoon snack, you simply can’t pass up the tapioca recipe that only exists here.
The 11 spacious rooms at Pousada Maria Bonita were planned so that guests could experience the warmth of a luxurious, extremely comfortable beach house. The rustic-chic décor is complemented by the quality of each detail, from the Trussardi bedsheets to the L’Occitane bath products, from the minibar to the hair dryer. Air conditioning and wireless internet are available in every room. The 48-inch full HD TVs allow you to kick back and enjoy cable channels after a day filled with sun, swimming and outdoor activities.
Located on the first floor of the inn, the five Luxury Suites are no less than around 30 m² in area, with a private bathroom, a king size bed and a lovely veranda where you can relax at night, admiring the stars and listening to the sounds of the fauna.
With original décor that highlights Brazilian culture, the five Superior Suites are different from the Luxury Suites essentially for their location on the inn's upper floor. The other amenities are the same.
The most spacious of the accommodations is named after the inn because it combines all the best features that Maria Bonita has to offer, from the design of the furniture to perks like the coffee and tea kit in the bedroom, the state of the art shower and large balcony.
The aroma of lemongrass and essential oils exuded by the lovely facilities at Maria Bonita will stay in guests’ sensory memories from the moment they set foot inside the inn. As soon as you check in, you know you are in a unique hideaway. For starters, there is no reception area: you are welcomed on a sofa, enjoying a tasty house drink. There is also no house restaurant for meals. The breakfasts and afternoon tea served there will leave guests satisfied, and they also get great tips on can’t-miss activities, recommended restaurants and experienced guides. The concern with the environment on the island is evident in the photovoltaic system which utilizes solar panels to heat the water. The pool and reading lounge are great places to relax and socialize.
Home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet – like the lovely Baía do Sancho – , the archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is considered a Unesco World Heritage Site. The 20 beaches on the main island, 26 km² long, boast transparent waters with colors that vary from aqua green to turquoise.
The ocean is the star of the show at Noronha – and it’s no coincidence that visitors usually carry swim masks and snorkels over their shoulder. Accessed by boat or pleasant walks at low tide, the natural pools that form along the coast invite visitors to experience the delight of observing over 230 fish species and 15 coral species. It is also incredibly easy to spot sea turtles, stingrays, moray eels and even sharks. Scuba diving, of course, stands out as the highlight of the trip for those lovers of marine life. On land, the island offers hiking, excursions on dune buggies and bike rides.
The most practical way to get to Fernando de Noronha is by plane, around 90 minutes from Recife, Pernambuco or Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, cities easily accessed by flights from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Once on the island, it takes less than 10 minutes on BR-363 (the smallest federal highway in the country) to get from the airport to the neighborhood of Floresta Nova, home to Pousada Maria Bonita.