Ponta dos Ganchos
Florianopolis, Southern Coast, Brazil
based on 7 nights
per person for 7 nights based on 2 adults sharing a Luxury Bungalow at Ponta dos Ganchos on a bed and breakfast basis, including return private transfers.
At a Glance
One of the most exclusive beach resorts in Brazil
Voted best South American Resort by Condé Nast Traveler's Readers 2015
Picturesque location set on a forested peninsula with stunning views out across the bay
Very personalized service and attention to detail. Understated luxury
All the resort's cabañas have private decks with hammocks overlooking the sea
We especially love the sumptuous Da Vila bungalows which have their very own plunge pool, great for relaxing by in the afternoon
A paradise retreat for couples and honeymooners - open to guests aged 18 and above
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High season is generally December to April when it's warm and humid. The coastal location ensures that temperatures rarely exceed 30°C and generally do not fall below 13°C (nighttimes in July). Even in winter (June-September), when rates are lower, daytime temperatures usually reach 21°C. Rainfall is a possibility throughout the year, but January and February often experience slightly heavier showers.
Ponta dos Ganchos is a romantic paradise hideaway set on a stunning private peninsula near Florianopolis, surrounded by the ocean and lush jungle on Brazil's magnificent south coast. Perfect for honeymooners or couples looking to unwind and be pampered.
Ponta dos Ganchos, nestled in a secluded bay amongst lush vegetation and emerald green waters, has 25 delightful ocean view bungalows and villas designed by an award-winning Brazilian architect, many with saunas, private plunge pools and Jacuzzis. Rooms are simple in decor yet luxurious with large beds, comfy sofas and neutral colors. Classic hardwoods and glass combine to create a light, spacious feel and bathrooms have oversized showers.
The restaurant at Poncha dos Ganchos serves delicious local seafood dishes and the wine list is impressive. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards can be taken out to explore the many beautiful coves in the area. In the winter months, between July and October, one can also take a trip to Imbituba to see Southern Right whales.
Relax beneath the tropical palms, indulge in relaxing treatments at the Spa Ponta dos Ganchos, doze off in a hammock or stroll along the pristine deserted beach front. Guests are invited to head over to the hotel’s private island to enjoy a romantic evening drink or a candlelit dinner.
Please note that Ponta dos Ganchos does not accept children under the age of 18 years.
Ponta dos Ganchos offers 25 stunning bungalows and villas that blend perfectly into the hillside above the main resort, all with fabulous views of the ocean. Anhatomirim bungalows offer split-level bedrooms, living rooms and verandas. Da Vila and Esmeralda bungalows are larger and feature Jacuzzis and large open terraces. Villas boast even more space, gardens, private plunge pools, fitness centers and even wine cellars. All rooms except the Anhatomirim bungalows have a plunge pool.
Ponta dos Ganchos is an adults-only resort and welcomes guests over the age of 18.
Ponta dos Ganchos features an indoor heated swimming pool, fitness center, relaxing spa, tennis court, beach dining area, restaurant and private cinema.
Activities at Poncha dos Ganchos include boat trips, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking, horseback riding, snooker, swimming, hiking, tennis, volleyball and gym.
Nikki Trailor (Staff)
It's impossible not to leave feeling relaxed! Everything at Ponta ds Ganchos has been designed with relaxation in mind, from the massage treatment rooms overlooking the ocean to the live music on the beach on Fridays. Even those who prefer to remain active have plenty of opportunities to get out and about, with hiking trails along the peninsula and guides that can take you to secluded wild beaches nearby.
The service here is truly outstanding, I rarely had to ask for anything and if I did it had been done within minutes. Staff are polite and charming, but the service is also discrete allowing you to feel a little independent.
Be sure to save room for meal times as the food is simply amazing. All the ingredients are as fresh as they come and the menu is extensive and creative. If you like oysters, you re in for a treat, as Florianopolis is the home of oysters and the chefs here can whip up an array of different options from ceviches to gratins. Not to be missed for a couples getaway!
Katie Fewkes (Staff)
Come with an appetite! The food here is certainly going to spoil you, but that's just one of the highlights of a stay at Ponta dos Ganchos. My stay here was at the end of a trip where each hotel got better and better, so my expectations were sky high by the time I arrived in Florianopolis. The resort and staff at Ponta dos Ganchos really didn't disappoint, though, and I can see why it's a firm favorite with Scott Dunn guests.
The staff here are exceptional, really going above and beyond to look after you, anticipating your needs and showing incredible attention to detail, down to our thoughtful waiter Joao from breakfast sending a kettle to our room after noticing our rather British penchant for a cup of tea! The cuisine at the resort has a strong reputation and it's easy to see why - a tasting menu for breakfast, the freshest ingredients on offer at every meal, clever and delicious representations of Brazilian culinary favorites and treats like a seafood barbeque extravaganza. You certainly won't go hungry here!
I was lucky enough to stay in one of the Esmeralda villas which I can't recommend highly enough - the villa is vast, with a daybed to curl up reading a book on, beautiful deck facing the sunset with plungepool and sunloungers, an indoor sunlounger area for when the clouds roll in, your own sauna (!), a double rain shower. Some days it was a tough choice to even leave the villa.
We spent our days enjoying the peace and quiet of the peninsula, doing yoga on our deck, hiking in the forest to other beaches, canoeing past the fishing pots in the next bay, trying stand-up paddle boarding and there's plenty more to occupy you besides. Four days here felt like much longer, such was our state of relaxation, and I am already longing to return.
Clear blue water and lush green fauna surround this adults-only resort. All meals are included in the rates, and the restaurant closes after the last guest has retired for the evening. The gourmet kitchen serves regional Catarinese cuisine at lunch and international fare for dinner, while the well-stocked bars offer over 200 wines, fine liquors and various Cuban cigars. For a truly memorable evening, savor an evening meal on a private island served by your very own waiter. Scuba diving in the Marine Reserve and diving lessons with instructors, qualified by the P.A.D.I., can be arranged but for those who simply wish to kick back, there is a wide selection of D.V.D.s that can be viewed in the resort’s cinema or in your very own bungalow. Alternately, spend some time in the Dior Spa.
1 night & 2 day Sailing Expedition - Angra to Angra
Depart and arrive back into Angra dos Reis, a 2-day sail takes you to deserted coves for sundowners, the jaw-droppingly beautiful beach of Lopez Mendez on Ilha Grande, with the chance to get back to nature snorkeling, surfing, meditating and star gazing!
Cooking masterclass at Ponta dos Ganchos
This fantastic foodie experience will give you the opportunity to cook alongside Ponta dos Ganchos' chef, José Nero, creating some mouthwatering seafood dishes and local Brazilian specialties.
Oyster Tasting at Ponta dos Ganchos
Santa Catarina is considered one of the best destinations in Brazil for oyster cultivation. Tuck into some of the coast's finest oysters in the serene surroundings at Ponta dos Ganchos for the ultimate tasting session.
Private beach dinner at Ponta dos Ganchos
Indulge in a romantic tasting menu dinner on the beach at Ponta dos Ganchos, listening to the lapping of the waves and surrounded by torch and candlelight. Each course is paired with a different wine, and designed to use the freshest seasonal ingredients.
Special Island Dinner
The ultimate romantic surprise awaits at Ponta dos Ganchos' very own private island. Enjoy a magical candle-lit meal for two under the stars. A dedicated waiter will be there to serve your every need and each course is paired with a different wine.
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Location & directions
Florianopolis, Southern Coast, Brazil
Ponta dos Ganchos is situated in Governador Celso Ramos, a fishing village on the coast of Santa Catarina state, in the south of Brazil. It's 45km north of Florianópolis, 650km from São Paulo and 1100km from Rio de Janiero.