Idyllic and elegant, the Pousada Picinguaba Hotel is world renowned for its colonial charm, tasteful decor and impeccable service. With a breathtaking hidden location 3.5 hours south of Rio de Janeiro in a tiny fishing village (which has a population of only 500 people), Pousada Picinguaba’s emphasis is upon ‘serenity’ and ‘escape’, a theme brought out most explicitly by the no-TV or -connectivity (internet, telephone) policy in the rooms. You’ll feel a wonderful sense of isolation here, where the closest road is a quarter of a kilometer from the hotel and each guest has to walk to the beach through the forest. Pousada Picinguaba is the perfect escape for a relaxing getaway in the heart of Brazil’s natural coastal paradise, offering only ten rooms (one of which is a honeymoon suite with its own jacuzzi) to ensure privacy and tranquility. Owned by the charming young French expat Emmanuel Rengade, Pousada Picinguaba’s understated-chic rooms feature soothing white interiors with rustic wooden furniture, eclectic art works by local Brazilian artists, and open plan living spaces with prime views overlooking the lush surrounding gardens. The beach is only a short walk away, where you can enjoy a wide variety of watersports such as diving and sailing, or take a horseback ride on the beach. This is a truly special and unique Brazilian hideaway.