Paraty is a colonial Brazilian city truly worth a visit. Located in the south shore of Rio de Janeiro, Paraty is a natural paradise surrounded by the lush Atlantic Forest, clear blue sea, and a small archipelago of islands. Its historical center boasts cultural richness and natural exuberance, hosting the biggest international literary festival in Brazil and giving life to its first Literary Hotel (or in Portuguese, Pousada Literária). The hotel features a swimming pool in its central area, a bar, a dry sauna, and massage room – ideal for relaxation after a walk through the city, a dive in the ocean or bathing in the waterfalls of Paraty.
The hotel is also the official stay for the International Literary Festival, known in Brazil as FLIP, held since 2003. Throughout its following editions, the Flip became known as one of the leading literary festivals in the world, characterized not only by the quality of guest authors, but also by the enthusiasm of the audience and the hospitality of the city.
In the five-day festival, the Flip performs about 200 events, including debates, concerts, exhibitions, workshops and film screenings. Pousada Literária was designed by the renowned Brazilian architectural firm Jacobsen Arquitetura which transformed the hotel’s colonial building into a even more refined space.
Their biggest challenge was to reform the traditional structure while preserving the historic and cultural patrimony of the city. Given these circumstances, they were inspired to create a cozy atmosphere using materials that unite the environments for visual continuity.
The hotel has a special and welcoming feeling that mixes local simplicity and hospitality with a sense of calmness and sophistication. Today the hotel hosts lovers of literature and those seeking tranquility, nature and art in a naturally inspiring environment.
Written by Bruno Tatsumi