By Alison McGowan
April 15, 2008

Pousada da Amendoeira is total tranquility. You wake up to the sound of the waves gently breaking on the beach and to the sun rising directly in front of you. All 6 individual bungalows face the sea and are set in a v” shape so that all have some kind of seaview. “Rustic chic” in style, floors are of polished concrete, inlaid with bricks and antique tiles; furniture in turn is a mix of paint stripped French style and roughly hewn specially made wood furniture, a combination which somehow works. Beds are comfortable, showers are good and hammocks sway gently on the verandas and by the beach.

All this would be enough for a great stay on its own but what makes the whole pousada special is the wonderful personalized service from Adriana, Allan and the whole staff, together with little touches like the twigs which double as hooks in the bathroom, the bamboo lampshades, the fresh flowers in your room, the tables made out of treetrunks and the delicious home-made food.

Pousada da Amendoeira came highly recommended, so we were expecting good things. We were definitely not disappointed.

About the location
Praia do Toque is one of the first of a series of excellent beaches you can stay at on the Coral Coast of Alagoas, an area of environmental protection . The sea is crystal clear here, as warm as a hot bath, and natural swimming pools form at low tide which you can either walk to or reach by jangada.

110kms north of Maceio and a few miles from the nearest village of São Miguel de los Milagres, there is an abundance of space here, the beach goes on for miles and you will never see any more than a couple of fishermen actually on the beach at any one time.

Starpoints at the Pousada Amendoeira
* Wonderful atmosphere, wonderful beach, wonderfully warm water!
* Beautifully appointed bungalows
* Excellent service
* Great food

Try a different place…
– if you want nightlife or loud music
– if you want organised excursions
– if you want shops and bars nearby

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on Visit her blog at

Previous articles by Alison:

Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Estalagem Caiuia, Alagoas
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Lagoa do Cassange, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Ponta do Muta, Bahia
Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Santa Clara, Boipeba, Bahia

Can’t make this up