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Hotel Portobello Resort & Safari Hotel 5 star
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Rio Santos km 434, - Mangaratiba, 23860-000, Brésil Mangaratiba, Brazil -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

If you have always dreamed of getting closer to nature, this is the resort for you! The Portobello has a huge wildlife park with animals from all over the world and organises daily safari trips. You won't have time to tire of this immense complex, with the mini-club and big swimming pool for children, and a wide range of sports activities to boot. It also has a cinema, a spa, and an ultra modern gym, not to mention a location to die for at the foot of mountains covered with tropical forests and a heavenly beach down below.

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

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    • Hotel Portobello Resort & Safari

      Portobello Resort Safari   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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      Portobello Resort Safari   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 3.0 /10

    The resort is located at the foot of mountains covered with luxuriant forests overlooking the sea at Mangaratiba bay, 37 mi north of Angra and 62 mi southwest of Rio. Allow an hour and a half for transfers to and from the airport. You can even travel here by helicopter, if you can afford to do so.

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The rooms in the Portobello Resort are spacious and pleasantly decorated. They have tiled floors and white walls adorned with a pretty painting of flowers and present a full set of facilities: a round granite table, flat screen satellite television (32 channels), a free digital code safe, individual air conditioning, a mini bar fridge, direct phone line, and free Wifi and ADSL wired Internet access. Outside, there is a large wooden terrace furnished with a 2-person rocking deckchair with a white cushion that overlooks the sea and the palm trees. There is nothing like relaxing on it, gently lulled by the sound of the waves. The marble bathroom is quite small but it is equipped with a tropical shower closed off by a sliding glass door, a hair dryer, hospitality products, a magnifying mirror, a toilet, and a bidet. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The Portobello Resort is nestled next to a heavenly beach at the foot of mountains covered with tropical forests, and is surrounded by a 74 acre park that includes a wildlife park with rivers and lakes. Nature here is certainly spelt with a capital N! Built in 1989 and renovated annually, the resort houses 150 guest rooms, 36 of which are adjoining, in a long 2 storey building with no lifts. There is an abundance of space but this means there are some hefty distances to cover between the guest rooms and the communal areas. However, the swimming pool is in a good place next to reception and the restaurants, and overlooks the sea. Surrounded by palm trees, it has an integrated children's pool between 12 and 59 inches deep and boasts hydromassage jets. The solarium is furnished with white plastic deckchairs (some are even set in the pool!), white fabric parasols, showers, and towels, which are provided on the spot free of charge.

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    A big, airy hall with wooden walls houses the resort's 3 restaurants in a location next to the swimming pool and overlooking the beach. It offers a different theme every evening but you can also count on good local cuisine every day. The Escuna can seat up to 110 diners and serves a buffet from 7:00am until 10:30am for breakfast, 1:00pm until 3:30pm for lunch, and 7:00pm until 11:00pm for dinner. For lunchtime, we recommend the pergola grill, which has seating for 140 diners. Children will just love the 'mezzanino restaurant', which is situated higher up and has seating for 100 guests. There is also a snack bar open from 11:00am until 8:00pm by the pool, and another one by the marina serving pizzas, pancakes, and ice cream from 4:00pm till midnight.

    Beach 8.95 /10

    Praia de Sâo Braz beach is the beach of your dreams, with fine white sand, coconut trees, and a backdrop of mountains and luxuriant forests. It is over half a mile long, so there is no shortage of space! Plastic deckchairs and palm leaf parasols can be found under the shade of the palm trees on the lawn. A beach service operates from 10:00am until 4:00pm, lending out towels and serving you on the beach. There is also a lifeguard and a flag indicates if it is safe to swim. In the bay, you can admire the many islands and islets making up the Angra dos Reis archipelago. Beach volleyball courts are available for you to use and the nautical centre is open from 9:00am until 7:00pm, where you can enjoy kayaking, hobby cats, windsurfing, banana boats, jet skiing, and water skiing, which sets off from a wooden pontoon. Beach parties are organised in the evening.

    To know

    Bear in mind that although the Portobello is a resort, it does not offer an all-inclusive package. There is a wide variety of sports activities to choose from and the facilities are all free, including football, beach volleyball, 6 clay tennis courts, archery, mountain biking, table tennis, and horse riding. While you are letting off steam, your children will be taken good care of at the mini-club, which has its own swimming pool and plenty of activities, including free pony rides. There are 3 meeting rooms that can seat up to 300 people. In short, the resort is gigantic and even has its own spa, ultra modern gym, marina, and cinema! Ten computers are available free of charge for surfing the Internet. The hotel's real selling point is its hour and a half safari trip in a jeep that takes you over rivers and past lakes. Along the way, you will have the chance to admire antelopes, gazelles, ostriches, crocodiles, zebras, dromedaries, camels, monkeys, llamas and tapirs; basically, animals from all over the world!

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, football, beach volley, horse riding, mountain bike, jet ski, sailing, kayak, dance, archery, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The wildlife park and its safari
    • The mini-club, which has its own pool
    • Free mountain biking
    • A wide variety of high quality sports activities and facilities
    • Free Internet access

    disadvantages

    • The long distances between the guest rooms and communal areas
    • The airport is a long way away

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