Governador Celso Ramos, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Nicholas J Razey, Daniel Peluffo and Elianne Klenner
The Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort is located on a privately owned peninsula in Governador Celso Ramos, South Catarina, Brazil. It is 55km from Balneário Camboriú, 40km from the state capital Florianópolis, and is a 50-minute drive from Florianópolis Airport.
The resort is situated among fishing villages and is surrounded on three sides by the sea.
The Ponta dos Ganchos resort was inaugurated in 2001. It offers the personalised service of a guest house with the infrastructure and facilities of a high-scale hotel. The resort is a member of Relais & Châteaux, which holds a group of 475 hotels and restaurants in 55 countries.
The resort mainly targets honeymooners, offering various packages to attract newlywed couples. US magazine Travel + Leisure featured the resort as one of the most romantic places in the world in 2005. In the same year, the resort was named in the list of top ten World’s Most Romantic Luxury Hideaways.
Design / concept
The Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort has a secluded atmosphere. It offers a range of activities to connect its guests with local culture and the surrounding environment. Guests can go sea fishing, play tennis, enjoy the cinema, work out at the fitness centre or go rafting, kayaking and snorkelling. Sailing and game rooms are also available.
Entry to the resort is restricted for guests aged above 18 years in order to maintain a serene environment.
The Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort offers different kinds of bungalows to suit its clients. It has 25 bungalows and six types of suites – Luxo, Super Luxo, Villa, Special Villa, Emerald Villa and Special Emerald Villa.
The Special Villa covers an area of 1,938ft2, while the Emerald Villa and Special Emerald Villa are spread over an area of 2,455ft2 and 3,209ft2, respectively. The villas offer sauna facilities with ocean views.
The air-conditioned bungalows feature flat-screen televisions, Egyptian cotton sheets, fireplaces and internet access.
All the bungalows feature facilities such as a king-size bed, digital safe box, minibar, wine cellar, cable TV, Wi-Fi broadband internet, sea views, DVD player, Egyptian cotton sheets, walk-in wardrobe and fireplace.
The private verandahs are furnished with soft hammocks and chaise longues.
The meeting rooms are equipped with internet and audiovisual facilities, as well as have a reception capacity of 50 members.
Spa facilities by Christian Dior are available, and couples celebrating their marriages at the resort are provided with flowers and champagne in their bungalows.
Dining and cuisine
The cuisine at the Ponta dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort represents various traditions and cultures. The restaurant Pride of Place offers exclusive seafood dishes, such as local oysters and mussels. Customers are given access to the kitchen.
The food is complemented by 240 varieties of wine from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, US, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
History of Ganchos
The resort is located in Ganchos de Fora, which according to local legend, was named after the pirate Captain Hook (locally known as Captain Ganchos). There is another theory that says that the name is derived from the hooks used by fishermen to carry fish. Another likely reason is that the peninsula’s three bays are connected resembling three hooks.
The municipality of Governador Celso Ramos has 12,000 inhabitants and the main occupation is still fishing and related activities. Tourism is a growing industry.