There was a fairly large group of us - Brazilian and American families. It gave us an opportunity to get to know people better - and to spend the weekend like a Brazilian!
The grounds were glorious and even had a flock of peacocks running about.
It was absolutely relaxing! The kids ran and played all day and had a blast.
And then were cozy when they rested
We slept in, strolled on the beach,
relaxed in the fabulous water, and read in the hammocks.
piscinas naturais (natural pools) similar to what they have in Porto de Galinhas. When the tide is in you can't see the reef that is submerged beneath the water.
But when the tide goes out, there are deep pools in the reefs that are filled with fish and other sea animals.
You can swim out to the reef and then walk along the top. When you get to one of the pools, you can swim in it with the fish. It's pretty amazing and there wonderful tidepools to explore. I'm used to California tidepools - which are fascinating. These were decidedly different - starting with the water temperature and lack of waves crashing about. The pools created were a lot calmer. There were little crabs to watch and lots and lots of sea urchins. So much that you're better off with sea booties to where - I got some spikes in my foot and it was a challenge to get them out!
Cafe da manha (Brazilian breakfast) was served in an open air pavilion each morning. Lots of wonderful fruit juice (mango, graviola, caxa), pastries, eggs and tapioca (not what you're thinking) crepes to order and even hot chocolate!
One would think that hot chocolate wouldn't make sense in a tropical paradise, but when there's a downpour during breakfast and you want to run around in it, it's nice to come back to some hot chocolate!
There were wild monkeys in the trees
And lots of coconuts for playing games with
A walk on the beach turned up all sorts of fascinating things
seaweed that looked like green grapes
beautiful sea shells
fisherman going out for the day
and even a little church.
And when you came back from your walk, you could wash your feet before you came inside
It was a great weekend to get away and relax with friends!