Le Relais de Marambaia, is a boutique hotel well located in Barra de Guaratiba, Brazil that organizes surf camps and stand-up paddle lessons.
Surf Camps (2)
Me and my husband stayed there for 10 nights and we had a lovely stay in Cabin 1, which was spacios with a nice view (like all 7 rooms in this hotel) of the sea, the Restinga de Marambaia and the mangrove. The beds were great and so were the two wash bins and the two showers. Toilet was separated and in a very smal "closet" with blurry glass walls and door, and not at all sound isolated ... so everything done there was easily heard in the room. Two curtains, instead of the one that was very difficult to move, would have been good as to separate the washingarea from the bedroom and TV.
Minibar fridge was appreciated and all facilities in the room functioned very well. Breakfast was very generous and the fresh fruits and juice were great as well as the warm breads. Staff is very attentive, polite and welcoming. Loved them all and especially Leal Ramon with his good energy and also for arranging our boat ride to the mangrove!
It's a pity the 50 kilometers long sandy beach, Restinga de Marambaia, is not accessible unless you have a special permit from the military (their piece of land) or surf paddle/swim over the inflow from the sea where there are great currents almost all the time, due to the tide. I loved watching the different kind of herons and other birds on the shore opposite our room and also the sea turtles swimming by. Best beach nearby is about 400 meters from the hotel, at Praia de Guaratiba which was crowded only in the weekend. The hotel pool is small (about 6 meters long and 3 meters wide) but nice and you can order drinks and snacks almost all the time.
To consider is that sometimes restaurants in the surroundings suddenly are closed if there are too few guests around and if that's on a Tuesday, when the hotel's restaurant is closed it's good to have made a visit to the local supermarket, 200 meters from the hotel ... and have a nice picnic on the balcony instead. A little disappointing was that for us, the hotel's wine was far too expensive. Their Caipirinas being super nice, compensated. As a conclusion of this resumé - this is a lovely hotel and I can warmly recommend it to others. Maybe not as much to people with young children as to mature couples and friends. We would certainly love to return!