Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
Set across a 18th-century townhouse on a peaceful street in the heart of town, Casa Turquesa is a charming spot from which to explore historic Paraty. Lovingly restored, the mansion’s traditional façade belies a colourful and contemporary boutique hotel within and owner Teresa’s attention to detail and warmth can be felt throughout.
With just 9 lovely suites, there is an intimate feel to the place. You’ll enjoy the friendliest service and charm in abundance at this homely Chic Retreat which echoes the artistic atmosphere and colonial history of the town itself.
It’s worth noting that guests aged 14 years and under are not accepted at the hotel.
A generous breakfast is served each morning in your room or out in the plant-filled courtyard or lounge. Featuring fruit salad, fresh bread, homemade jam, yoghurt, granola, eggs-to-order, freshly-squeezed juice and great coffee - the menu changes daily, with a different fruit, jam, cake or new Brazilian favourite served.
Whilst there is no restaurant on site per se, a light tapas menu is available throughout the day and you can enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and cakes each afternoon. For lunch and dinner, your hosts can recommend some great local restaurants.
Each of the 9 suites has been individually designed, taking a different colour as its theme, though all boasting plenty of crisp white alongside varnished hardwood flooring and luxuriously large beds, some of which are four-poster. Rooms offer gorgeous views over the tiled rooftops of Paraty, the bay, the mountains or the domed roof of Santa Rita Church and the priciest boasts its own private balcony.
Casa Turquesa's stylish courtyard is a great place to relax with a book, offering plenty of comfy seating and a plunge pool to keep things cool. In the chillier months (of which there are few) the library, with its open fire, is an inviting spot.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Paraty is rich in history with a wealth of colonial architecture. Wander the cobbled streets ducking into the 18th-century churches before visiting the Casa da Cultura which has an exhibition on the history of the town.
Close by, beautiful sandy beaches await and the rainforests that surround the town are great for hiking and walking. Take a boat trip to the bay of Ilha Grande and you can stop off at the secluded bays for a picnic and snorkelling. For diving, your hosts can organise a tour where you will see many species of fish, starfish, turtles and ray fish.
There is a lively café scene and plenty of art galleries and crafts shops to peruse. Come during Carnival and you can catch the incredible Bloco da Lama mud festival which takes over the town or, at Full Moon, grab some wellies from the casa and experience the famous flooding of the town where, for a few hours, the city streets are filled with water as the tide comes in. Paraty also plays host to an international literary festival in July.