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Pousada Picinguaba is managed by Emmanuel, the Owner.
R$950 - R$4150/night
Suitable for 2-4 people

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Pool and view - Pousada Picinguaba, in São Paulo, Brazil
— Emmanuel: “We don’t have a spa and we think we don’t need it for people to relax. Just go right to the beach. That is the spa. It is going to give you a lot more good feelings than anything else.”
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— How does a Frenchman end up running a Pousada in Brazil?

Emmanuel: “Well, you know, there was as always a bit of luck in this process. The short story is I was working for a big company in Brazil for a couple of years and then I totally fell in love with the country. I decided that I wanted to do something different and it all seemed like a good idea, a bit of a crazy one, at the time. So I left my company and decided to buy Pousada Picinguaba, which was totally abandoned for three years. It was in a very bad shape, so I decided to do it up as a small 10-room hotel. And you know, today it is a concept that I would have loved to find back then, but couldn’t. A place that is comfortable and where you can eat well, but at the same time is relatively simple. A place that is integrated in its own environment, doing things with the local community and contributing to the environment.”
Pool and view - Pousada Picinguaba, in São Paulo, Brazil
— Pool and view

— What would you describe to be the essence of Pousada Picinguaba?

Emmanuel: “I think the main thing is, that we have a house, or a home here at Pousada Picinguaba. You know, people come from any region of the world and also from any level of money. And all the people get along very well. They all fell for Brazil and many times they have much in common. And what makes the difference is the friendly atmosphere. People come back a lot, there is a special spirit here. Our guests interact with each other and with the staff. So it is a little community, which makes everything an experience. And we have no television or phone in the rooms. We decided we wanted to keep people a little bit away from the world to relax. So they actually talk to each other rather than stay in their rooms and watch television. The minute they arrive, people stop being a customer and just relax.”
 - Pousada Picinguaba, in São Paulo, Brazil

— And that is not difficult with these surroundings...

Emmanuel: “Not at all. And we don’t have a spa and we think we don’t need it for people to relax. Just go right to the beach. That is the spa. It is just a dive from the boat, a run on the beach, a walk through the mangrove, you know, that is the spa. It is going to give you a lot more good feelings than anything else.”
Pousada Picinguaba at night - Pousada Picinguaba, in São Paulo, Brazil
— Pousada Picinguaba at night

— What is the French influence at the pousada?

Emmanuel: “Picinguaba is probably very much a European concept but totally dedicated to Brazil. Everything is Brazilian, the food, the architecture, the people working here, the spirit. It is the way we do things. But the actual concept is really very European. Simplicity is something which is not really Brazilian in this range of the market. You know, not too much fuss. So that is definitely not Brazilian. All the rest is. I mean everything we do is dedicated to promote the Brazilian culture. I realize people come here to Brazil to experience Brazil and this is what we give them. It is like a small experience of Brazil, the landscape, the beach, the rainforest, and the hotel itself.”
Deluxe Room - Pousada Picinguaba, in São Paulo, Brazil
— Deluxe Room
 
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