Paraty, Southern Coast, Brazil
At a Glance
In the center of charming historic Paraty
Beautiful courtyard swimming pool
Enjoy a lazy breakfast of fresh fruits and breads in your favourite spot of the pousada
Unwind with a massage after exploring the fantastic protected parks, nature reserves and islands nearby
Experience a perfectly preserved time piece of Brazilian colonial heritage, and learn about local culture from the knowledgeable staff
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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 (night-time in July). Even in winter (June-September), when rates are lower, daytime temperatures usually reach 21°C. This can be a lovely time to visit as it is warm in the day, cooler at night and drier. Rainfall is a possibility throughout the year, but the peak summer months of January and February often experience heavier showers. Christmas, New Year, January, Carnival, Easter and Paraty's International Literary Festival (normally held in July) are high season and hotels will be busy.
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Pousada Literaria has a superb location in the historical town of Paraty with a welcoming atmosphere and a unique charm. The 25 room boutique colonial house has been beautifully restored with modern luxuries added to ensure a comfortable stay.
Pousada Literaria has been inspired by Paraty's art and cultural scene and has a superb location on one of the town's historic cobblestone streets. Paraty is a perfectly preserved timepiece of Brazilian colonial heritage. Housed in one of Paraty's attractive colonial houses, a contemporary surprise awaits in Pousada Literaria, an upscale 25-room boutique guest house with high-end finishes and designer flair. Block colours, geometric patterns, bold fabrics and polished wood furnishings decorate the rooms.
The tranquil and refined atmosphere is most welcoming, and has large open areas where you can relax and unwind. Breakfast can be served on your private balcony, by the pool or in the library and runs until midday; time is slowed down to optimise your experience of Paraty.
Enjoy the cultural nightlife nearby and during the day relax by the pool to rejuvenate yourself ready for further explorations. The staff who are all acquainted with the history of the town, go above and beyond to ensure your comfort and are keen to offer recommendations for the surrounding area they know so well.
The pousada has kept its historic charm, with many of the original features alongside modern amenities. There is an inviting outdoor swimming pool with wooden loungers scattered around on which you can bask in the sun, a library with a large collection of novels and spa facilities to ensure complete relaxation. Art and culture is embedded in this pousada, not only with the books on offer, but a designer flair runs throughout with geometric patterns in the decor and there is also an interesting selection of DVDs on offer.
The 23 rooms at Pousada Literaria are equipped with king size bed, LCD TV, DVD, air conditioning, safe, wireless internet and minibar. There is also a Paraty Suíte, 180 square metres in two floors, two TVs 62'' and 2 fireplaces installed in the living room and in the bedroom, exclusive Coffee Nespresso machine , minibar and a private eating area for your private enjoyment. All rooms are bright with colonial ceilings and wooden beams, and all have towels and 600 thread count linen for your comfort. The Master Suíte category also has a Jacuzzi. There are two additional colonial houses which are perfect for families and provide access to all of the hotel's facilities.
Children are very welcome at the pousada however there are no specific facilities for children. Children up to 5 year old stay for free.
The pousada has a swimming pool, bar, sauna, massage room and a private library with a collection of almost 1.500 titles of films and books to choose from plus free Wi-Fi.
Explore the charming colonial town of Paraty or venture further afield on the hotel's speedboats which can take you to the beautiful fjordland of Saco de Mamangua. There is also a private boat which guests can reserve in advance for a day of snorkelling and sailing, which comes with its own private chef. An additional villa can be found in Saco de Mamangua for guests wishing to spend a night here - ideal for couples!
Nikki Trailor (Staff)
This is the kind of place you could stay for days and just feel totally relaxed, with long leisurely breakfasts, a lovely heated pool, tons of lounge space and a seemingly endless book collection. Pousada Literaria feels much more like a hotel than a traditional pousada so is perfect for anyone who prefers all their creature comforts, and rooms are large and luxurious (above the standard category). Not all of the staff speak English, but all are willing to get someone who can help and will go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
The location is, in my opinion, the best in Paraty, right on the main commercial street in the historic centre, but towards the quieter end. You never hear any disturbance but are close enough to the action if you want to get involved, dining at pavement cafes and indulging in local live music in the evenings.
Katie Fewkes (Staff)
A truly lovely boutique hotel right in the heart of Paraty's old town. I really loved my stay at Pousada Literaria, it's in such a great location to explore the charming cobbled streets of the town and a peaceful retreat when you simply want to relax.
The breakfasts are superb, and are served at any time of day, so if you want to have a lazy day and not eat your breakfast until 2pm, you can! Great if you've just come off a longhaul flight or you're partway through a busy itinerary. The rooms are comfortable and stylish, with a mattress that closer resembled sleeping in a cloud!
We had a lovely spa treatment one afternoon the spa is stunning and the therapists were delightful and really good at what they do; I felt a million times more relaxed afterwards. The spa manager was so lovely and welcoming.
This is a really charming small hotel, with friendly staff who couldn't have been more helpful in helping us plan activities in the area, comfortable rooms and great food - what more could you want?
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 snorkelling, surfing, meditating and star gazing!
Discover Paraty - Historical Walking Tour
Paraty is a charming town on Brazil's Emerald Coast, the centre of which has remained virtually unchanged since its heyday as a port for gold passing through from the mines of Minas Gerais. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour of this world heritage site.
Paraty Private Boat Tour & Cachaça Distillery
Located on Brazil's Emerald Coast, Paraty boasts a backdrop of forested mountains and the bay is peppered with beautiful islands and beaches, best explored by boat. Head out on a private tour and swim in natural pools before visiting a Cachaça distillery.
Rio, Parati, Ouro Preto, Tiradentes & Ibitipoca
from £7800 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights
- Discover a different side of Brazil that will take you back to its colonial heyday
- Marvel at the incredible architecture of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes, based on gold and diamonds
- Ibitipoca is a lovely plantation house in a wonderful natural reserve where the rare woolly spider monkey lives
Location & directions
Paraty, Southern Coast, Brazil
Located in the historic centre of Paraty, halfway between Rio and Sao Paulo on the Emerald Coast - approximately a 4-hour car journey from each.
How to get there
Fly to either to Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo, a flight time of approximately 11-hours 30-minutes. Pousada Literaria is a 4-5 hour car transfer from either city.