We loved the tranquility of Casa Cairucu, set right on the water in the bay. The house has everything you need- we enjoyed using the BBQ, the kayaks and snorkels. Being able to dive off the deck for a swim and kayak to a nearby bay was amazing. The setting is quite remote which is what we were after following a busy time in Rio. Paraty is a boat ride away from the house, a lovely colonial town. Casa Cairucu is ideal if you're looking for a getaway and to lose yourself for a few days.
We stayed at Casa Cairucu for 11 days in December/Jan and couldn't recommend it enough. The house is beautifully positioned, a 20min boat ride away from Paraty- right on the edge of the jungle and the see and the views are magnificent. The owner Simon was incredibly helpful in organising our stay and with tips on things to see and places to go when we were there and helping with car and boat transfers. We spent almost every morning going out on the boat with the wonderful Luis to discover the nearby islands and beaches which the children loved. The water is incredibly clear and warm and we did some great snorkelling- and twice saw Turtles from the pier at the house. There are lots of little beach restaurants for lunch serving very simple local fare. Before you arrive at the house you are sent a shopping list of things so the kitchen is well stocked upon your arrival, and the maid Adriana comes in every morning to make beds, do laundry and some cooking. The nearest shop is in Paraty so if you are staying a long time you do need to do another shop there one day as there is nothing near the house. There are two kayaks at the house which we used most days to go to local beaches or to visit the monkeys on the island opposite. Anyway all in all a great stay and incredibly helpful owners - we couldn't recommend it more highly.
We stayed at Casa Cairucu for a week with friends and a whole bunch of kids. It was a dream holiday which exceeded my expectations in every way. The house and location are really beautiful and there is so much to do. We swam, snorkeled, kayaked, used SUPs, took boat trips to Paraty and various beaches and lagoons and walked through the rainforest to jaw-dropping local beaches. We saw rare golden lion tamarin moneys, turtles, dolphins and all kinds of brightly coloured fish and birds. The kids were in wildlife heaven! There is a great team on hand to look after guests. Adriana, the house keeper, took wonderful care of us. Harry translated and guided for us, whilst Louis is a boatman extraordinaire! And we ate like kings thanks to Adrianna and a number of small local restaurants that are easily accessible by boat. And there's an extra treat in store if you go swimming at night....
I would go back in a heartbeat!
Casa Cairucu was the perfect place to relax and spend Christmas with my family and I would highly recommend it. The villa is in a stunning location a 20 minute boat ride from paraty. It overlooks the bay with a lovely view from the deck and the 3 double bedrooms. There are hammocks to relax in and sun loungers which we used on the deck by the pier. The swimming is perfect from the pier and there is a small beach a short swim away. Adriana, the housekeeper, looked after us extremely well cooking delicious meals and her husband Luis took us on a great boat trip. Simon and Fabiola, the owners, were extremely helpful in organising our trip arranging a transfer for us from Sao Paolo airport with Claudio and arranging for food to be bought for us. Harry, a local guide, who met us in Paraty and took us to Casa Cairucu was excellent and arranged everything we needed. This is a very special place which I would highly recommend and would like to stay in again if we go back to Paraty.
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Harry picked us up in the car from Rio de Janeiro and drove us to Paraty which took about 4 hours. Harry speaks English and was very interesting and informative on Brazil's history and current affairs. He is also the translator for the guests as the other staff did not speak English.
The house is only reachable by boat which takes under 20 minutes from the main quay. It has 3 en suite rooms, lots of outside area with double hammocks and a spacious living room with glass walls so you can look out at the magical views. There is a decent size kitchen, a good sound system with lots of CDs to choose from, kayaks and snorkeling equipment.
There is a choice of meals you can order for your dinners before you get there and Adriana, who cooks and cleans the house each morning, can prepare it for you so that one only needs to heat it up in the evenings. You also have to order what wines you want for your stay there before you get there. Adriana also prepares breakfast every morning for you. There is a washing machine which you can give Adriana your laundry to do. Her husband, Luis, can take you on a boat ride anywhere for a cost. There are lots of islands and beaches to explore.
This is the most romantic place I have stayed at, partly due to having it all to yourself once Adriana has left in the morning. We stayed for 3 nights and I wished we had another night. There is a phone provided with Harry, Adriana and Luis' numbers saved so you can call for help if needed. Paraty is also a gorgeous town, very colourful and picturesque.
The negatives : you are in the tropics so there are bugs. We found a cockroach in our room and in the living room. You could probably ask Adriana to spray the rooms if you were uncomfortable with it. The generator didn't work one evening but we used that opportunity to have a super romantic evening with just candles lit. A place I would love to come back to.
Suggestion : We had to switch on the generator each afternoon for 2-3 hours which was a bit noisy and it's also easy to forget. Perhaps Adriana could switch it on in the mornings when she arrives and switch it off again before she goes.
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