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Brazil: Hidden Pousadas – Pousada Vila do Mar, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro
By Alison McGowan
March 11, 2014

Pousada Vila do Mar is one of the most traditional pousadas in all of Buzios and it occupies a prime position only moments away from Rua das Pedras – the street with all the restaurants, boutiques and bars – and the Orla Bardot promenade.

Owned by Argentina Mario Jose who arrived here in the late 70s and somehow never left, this is a tropical gem with 18 rooms of which 7 have either full or partial sea views. There&rsquot;s a small pool to lounge around and an adjoining breakfast room which functions as a fondue restaurant in the evening.

I liked the place already when I visited a couple of years ago but staying here is something different. I got one of the sea view rooms with a huge high ceiling and separate sitting room, full of character to go with the comfort. And at night I got an invitation to go the Gran Cine Bardot next door the small 111 seat cult cinema which is run by the pousada and serves as the central venue for the November film festival. A hidden gem definitely worth visiting to go with the not quite so hidden pousada next door- the beautiful Pousada Vila do Mar.

About the Location
Armaão de Bzios, or Bzios as it is more commonly known, is a very special place – a hilly wooded peninsula just 3 hours drive from Rio with no fewer than 24 bays and beaches.

This is not exactly a hiddden place for Brazilians and Argentinians at least. Everyone has heard of the place and Carioca high society was already coming here way before French actress Brigitte Bardot made the place famous in the 1960s.

When I first came in the early 80s the last bit of the road from Rio between Cabo Frio and Bzios was horrendously potholed and access was difficult but Rua das Pedras- the cobbled main street was aready full of bars shops and restaurants. These days of course the place has grown tremendously and the cruise ships have started docking here in the summer. But come off season and the sleepy laid back feel there was back in the 80s returns.

This time I tried out pousadas in the centre and in other parts of the peninsula- Praia do Geriba and Praia do Manguinhos. And the verdict? Each one more beautiful than the last with incredible sea views at all. Where you go just depends on how much action you want at night and how private you want your beach. It turns out parts of Buzios still are hidden after all.

Not to be Missed
– Checking out the bars, boutiques and restaurants on the Rua das Pedras
– A stroll along the Orla Bardot promenade at dawn when only fishermen are up
– Trip over to one of the neighbouring beaches by water taxi: Praia do Armaão, Praia dos Ossos, – Praia de João Fernandes and João Fernandinho

Starpoints
* Central location only a minute from the Rua das Pedras and Orla Bardot
* Lovely small pool in leafy gardens
* Cult cinema next door: the Gran Cine Bardot

Try a Different Place If…
… you prefer to be right on a beach or if you prefer minimal design – this pousada has a lot of history!

Alison is a British writer, musician, and marketing consultant, based in Rio de Janeiro. She can be contacted on alison@hiddenpousadasbrazil.com. Visit her site at http://www.hiddenpousadasbrazil.com/.

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