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Hotel Mini Sagu Resort Hotel 4 star
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Enseada do Abraao s/n Vila de Abraao Ilha Grande Ilha Grande, Brazil -
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The Mini Sagu Resort is the most luxurious hotel on the heavenly Ilha Grande. Its name is somewhat misleading, for it is actually more of a pousada - and a charming one at that - than a resort, housing just 9 guest rooms and a good Italian restaurant serving some of the finest cuisine on the island.

This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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      Mini Sagu Resort   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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      Mini Sagu Resort   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 9.38 /10

    On Ilha Grande, right beside the sea, it is a 20 minute walk from Abraâo, the only village on the island. Allow an hour by boat followed by 3 hours on the road to get to Rio airport. A boat will pick you up from Abraâo and drop you off on the hotel's private pontoon.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    The bungalow's entrance is just off a wooden terrace overlooking the sea. You can stretch out in a hammock and let yourself be lulled in the candlelight by the sound of waves and hummingbirds. The terrace is also large enough for a table and 2 cushioned wooden chairs, as well as a rocking chair. Measuring 25m², the room is pleasantly decorated and equipped with charming wooden furniture and 3 paintings of flowers. The fact there is no television is a bonus, because it really helps you disconnect! However, there is air conditioning with a ceiling fan, a small key-operated safe (free), a mini bar fridge, a telephone, and free Wifi Internet access. It's a pity that the beds are a little creaky and a bit on the small side. The bathroom is clean and nicely decorated (ceramic, white tiles), and has a shower (the temperature is difficult to adjust), toilets, a bidet, tissues, a hair dryer, and hospitality products. Room service is available until midnight.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    The Mini Sagu Resort was built in 2001 and is renovated annually. It consists of 9 charming bungalow units divided among 3 buildings, one of which is 2 storeys high, all in the midst of lush tropical vegetation. At the top of this garden there is an 'ofuro', a whirlpool bath in a large wooden barrel filled with water heated to 40°C. The vantage-point here has magnificent sea views There is also a tropical shower and a wooden terrace where massages can be enjoyed. Near to reception, there is a 2 level relaxation area with a library, a television, and an internet area upstairs. There's no need for a swimming pool, as you have the biggest one in the world a few steps away!

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The Toscanelli Brazil, the Mini Sagu Resort's à la carte restaurant, serves up some of the best food on Ilha Grande. The owners hail from Italy and the menu consists of dishes from their home country prepared by an Italian chef and served up in a dining room with seating for 35 guests. The excellent risotto is to be recommended, but the tomatoes were not the best. Meals are served from 1:00pm to 10:30pm and can be accompanied by wine from Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. Breakfast is served beside the water near the embarkation pontoon from 7:30am to 10:30am. As the waves roll in, you can sample delicious tropical fruits, watermelon or mango juice, cheese, cold cuts, and eggs and sausages cooked in a black pot. A miniature feeding house is hung up for the hummingbirds to join you! The bar is open from 2:00pm until 1:00am, and you can help yourself to free coffee at any time of day.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    A little path hugging the coastline leads to the wild, unspoilt beaches of Ilha Grande. You won't find any bars, shops, restaurants, deckchairs, or parasols here, and the place is all the better for it! If you are looking for a shower, a natural waterfall gushing down the rocks does just the trick! The setting is heavenly: the forest-covered mountain comes down to meet the Atlantic Ocean, with the odd granite rock here and there. Once upon a time the island was used by pirates and it would certainly provide the perfect backdrop for a treasure island-style adventure film! The Mini Sagu Resort provides kayaks free of charge for you to explore the surroundings.

    To know

    Be warned: Mini Sagu is not a resort, whatever its name may suggest, so don't expect to find yourself in an all-inclusive complex! It bears more of a resemblance to a charming little hotel, with just 9 rooms and a good Italian restaurant (the owners are Italian). In order to get to Ilha Grande from Mangaratiba (30 mi north of Angra dos Reis), the boat waits until there are enough passengers before departing. This means that during low season you might be stuck in the harbour all day long! On top of this, the crossing takes an hour and a half. You would be better off taking a motor schooner from Conceiçao de Jacarei in the direction of the town of Angra dos Reis. The journey from here takes just 40 minutes and there is a timetable of crossings (departures at 11:30am, 2:00pm and 5:00pm). As there are no cars on Ilha Grande, be prepared to walk on the sandy village tracks or along the paths through the tropical forest. There are some steep climbs though: the island's highest point is almost 1000m above sea level! The island has no post office, stamp shop, or cash dispenser.
    You won't need a guide to find your way around because the helpful signposts and well-marked paths - not things you often find in Brazil - mean you can stroll through the jungle all alone. The island is a massive playground, with underwater diving, swimming with sea turtles, boat trips around the archipelago, hiking trips into the tropical forest, bathing in the crystal clear waters of the waterfalls and natural swimming pools... The list goes on and on. If you make it to the highest point on the island, 980m above sea level, you will have an amazing view of the bay of Angra dos Reis. Allow 3 hours for the ascent and 2 hours for the return journey. A computer with Internet access is provided free of charge, but the connection is slow. Wifi access is available throughout the establishment and is also free of charge.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Spa

      massage

    • Sports equipment

      kayak

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • The natural surroundings
    • The total tranquillity
    • The fantastic location on Ilha Grande
    • The hammock in each room
    • The very good Italian restaurant

    disadvantages

    • Access is difficult
    • The airport is a long way away

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    • Overall Score -/10