This small, select hotel has just a handful of rooms and is faces the turquoise ocean. It is on the beautiful island of Fernando de Noronha, with its lush hinterland and sandy beaches, which attracts sun lovers, honeymooners and divers. Not too many though, as the 21 islands that make up this archipelago are limited to 460 visitors at a time.
The pousada caters exclusively for adults and has a distinctly romantic ambience. The apartments and bungalows are simple in style yet have mod cons such as air conditioning, flatscreen TV, minibar and en-suite bathroom with L'Occitane toiletries. Each has a private terrace facing Sueste Bay, and bungalows come with hot tubs.
The waters round the island are clear and lend themselves to snorkelling and diving. The plentiful marine species including spinner dolphins and turtles, and colourful coral reefs add to the appeal. Boat rides and fishing trips are popular, and on land you can explore on foot, by bike and on horseback.
It's easy to spend time at the pousada, relaxing by the infinity pool as you perfect your tan, sampling the impressive menu at the restaurant which features a high proportion of fish and seafood, and has a terrace for al fresco dining. You can indulge yourself with a visit to the spa, where there's a choice of massages and therapies to boost your well-being.
Open: Pousada Maravilha is open all year.
Location: The hotel is on Praia de Sueste on the island of Fernando de Noronha. There is an airport on the island that handles domestic flights.
Rooms: There are 5 bungalows and 3 luxury apartments. Bungalows cover 54sqm and luxury apartments are 47sqm, both styles of room sleep up to 2 people. All are air conditioned, have TV, phone, minibar, safe, en-suite bathroom, bathrobes, toiletries and a deck or balcony. Bungalow decks come with a hot tub.
Activities: Go walking and cycling (bikes are fee for guests use) on Fernando de Noronha. Go snorkelling and diving. Staff can arrange excursions.
Facilities: The hotel has a L shaped infinity pool, deck with sun loungers, lounge and TV area, a spa with 3 treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room, a restaurant and bar. There is room service. The hotel has a gift shop.
Dining: Enjoy fresh fish and seafood at the restaurant and on the terrace in the open air.
Children: This is an adults only hotel.
Health: Fernando de Noronha is a low to no risk malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in public areas.
An action-packed journey by land and water, taking in huge sand dunes, blue lagoons, a river delta, party town, idyllic island and the city of Salvador with its vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture