When a hotel feels more like a home. Charming, understated luxury meets international bespoke service in one of the most beloved cities in Brazil.
Photography by François Correia
Photography courtesy of Design Hotels
asa Turquesa Maison d’Hôtes is a contemporary luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of the city of Paraty. Facing the port – where a vibrant tropical energy enters the city – the landmark house is an impeccable example of colonial architecture and an attraction in its own right. Paraty is a fine example of a town rethinking its role as a destination, refocusing on slow tourism, cultural local festivals and elevating its sustainable and fair trade credentials with new experiences. Casa Turquesa has been at the forefront of the move to enhance local showcasing & culture, under the guidance and energy of hotelier and global nomad Tetê Etrusco.
In the mansion’s bedrooms, all affording views of the beautiful streets, rooftops and the painterly Paraty sky, one can find the finest bed linen in a pristine white, handmade straw hats and bags by the famous weavers of the Praia do Sono or Sleepy Beach. With room decor details in colors that give the house its unique identity, each bedroom is unique in its decoration and ambiance. Another beautiful detail is the exclusively designed mosquito nets – typical of the tropics – made by artisans from South Bahia, northeast Brazil. And the walls, dressed with paintings and artworks from native and local artists.
Casa Turquesa is a fine example of mastering the personal approach when it comes to hosting, in just the right way. One is always free to walk barefoot in the house, albeit every single guest receiving a pair of bespoke Havaianas flip flops, or have breakfast whenever one wants. Welcoming guests as long term friends is something that requires fine intuition from an hotelier and a team that shares a passion for hosting. As great stays go this one is bound to shift perceptions on what it means to be a traveler.