Pousada Ze Maria

Fernando de Noronha, Northeast Coast, Brazil

At a Glance

  • Fernando de Noronha offers some of the best scuba diving in South America

  • Spacious accommodations scattered throughout lush gardens

  • Lies next to the Morro do Pico (Peak Hill), one of Fernando de Noronha’s most important landmarks

  • Has more of a buzz than some of the more secluded pousadas and a couple of pool bars and a very good restaurant

  • 15 minutes walk from the beach

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Fernando de Noronha is a year round destination. There are two seasons in the island: dry (September through to March) and the rainy (April through to August). The average temperature in the area is 28°C.

For those keen to dive, September and October are the appropriate months because the sea is calm. For those willing to surf, January is the best month since waters are rougher.

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Pousada Ze Maria is a characterful hotel with a privileged location on the paradise island of Fernando de Noronha off the northeast coast of Brazil. Ze Maria has breathtaking views of the iconic Pico mountain and superb scuba and surfing nearby.

Consisting of one main island and a few small volcanic islets in the Atlantic Ocean off the tip of Brazil's northeast coast, Fernando de Noronha is a wonderful escape from the modern world. The best diving in Brazil is found here, as well as some of the country's most beautiful beaches and plenty of wildlife including turtles and dolphins.

Pousada Ze Maria sits in perfect harmony with nature, and offers 20 simple but attractive bungalows each with a large veranda. All rooms have air conditioning and solar powered showers. The multi-tiered infinity swimming pool looks out to the sea, and the restaurant has a wide selection of Brazilian cuisine, focussing on dishes from the Northeast, and there is also a sushi bar.

Experience the thrill of scuba diving in waters with 40-metre visibility, snorkelling, surfing, trekking, turtle and dolphin watching, and trips to deserted beaches across the island.

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Pousada Ze Maria features 18 en-suite bungalows divided into three spacious Special Bungalows with views towards Morro de Pico and the sea, 9 smaller private bungalows with private porch, and six standard rooms. All have ensuite facilities with solar heated showers (whirlpool in the Special Bungalows), air-conditioning, satellite TV and minibar.


Children are welcome at the hotel, and babysitting can be arranged upon request, but there are no specific facilities or interconnecting rooms.


Pousada Ze Maria has a swimming pool, restaurant amd bar.




Pousada Zé Maria, located in the ecologic sanctuary of Fernando de Noronha, is a perfect example that comfort provided by technology can be combined with environmental preservation. Situated right next to the unique Pico Hill, the Island’s famous landmark, the inn has been designed so as to preserve the natural resources at their most. Its architectural design respects the primitive vegetation: no trees have been removed; the swimming-pool in levels follows the original terrain, and the bungalows on stilts avoid interfering on watercourses when it rains.

A total of 21 courts, among six conventional apartments, 12 bungalows with a balcony with hammock and a gorgeous view to the ocean, and three special bungalows with whirlpool and balconies with a view both to the ocean and the gorgeous Pico Hill. The decor is typical and rustic, but all courts are provided with telephone, frigobar, air conditioning, thermal and acoustic insulation, and solar-heated and boiler-heated combined showers.

The garden, with more than 800 fruit trees and ornamental trees, is provided with hammocks that swing along the sea breeze and murmur. By the multiple-level, infinite swimming-pool, under a huge cashew-tree, stays the bar, where one can have appetizers and caipirinhas prepared with fruits that are grown within the inn premises. Pousada Zé Maria also has steam sauna, a fitness centre, boats for fishing and riding, horse-back riding, and trekking with specialized guides.

The restaurant, decorated with rustic furniture and handicrafts, leads to an ample lounge with a terrace where the guest can select from a hydroponic garden the vegetable he wants to eat. The local dishes, spiced by Zé Maria himself, keep their regional simplicity and are especially created by the consecrated chef Celso Freire (three stars in the Brazilian guide, Guia 4 Rodas). The varied menu brings the freshness and the mildness that are appropriate to the tropical climate, offering a true colourful and healthy banquet. The sushi bar completes the Zen atmosphere, with Japanese delicatessen being prepared before the guests’ eyes.

Location & directions

Fernando de Noronha, Northeast Coast, Brazil

Located on the Island of Fernando de Noronha, off the coast of the state of Pernambuco - Brazil, in the Atlantic Ocean between South America and Africa, 380Km from Natal and 540 Km from Recife, the Archipelago of Fernando de Noronha covers 26 km².

How to get there

11-hour 55-minute international flight to Rio de Janeiro, followed by a 3-hour domestic flight to Natal and a 1-hour domestic flight from Natal to Fernando de Noronha.

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