There are locations that are really special, there is just something about them – the feeling, the energy of the place that speaks for itself. Casa Turquesa maison d’hôtes in Paraty, Brazil, is one of those few places that exudes charm and authenticity in a very magical way.
The hotel is the remarkable work of hotelier Tetê Etrusco. Welcoming her guests personally as one would a close friend; Tetê is possibly the chicest host one can wish for – her gentle and positive energy make a stay here a very personal one. After all she fell in love with this city almost a decade ago and she is more then happy to let that love flourish in each and every single one of her guests too.
The hotel, housed in a restored 18th century colonial mansion, faces the city’s port and colonial fish market. Casa Turquesa, in Brazil, not only ticks all the boxes of one’s tropical dream adventure – seaside breeze and a garden that is reminiscent of the best old world botanical illustration – with a profusion of orchids and exotic tropical flora, it provides the service and design that the refined world traveler seeks: that fine balance between elegant service and a personal yet non-intrusive approach.
The views from my large bedroom window confirm the outstanding location of the hotel – looking at Paraty and its beautiful mountains only makes me feel that this is a city of many faces and stories. Luckily, the hotel is next to Paraty’s world famous story-telling puppet company and some of the nicest sites in town – like the 1722 church of Santa Rita.
The hotel has 9 exclusive suites, with beautiful designed wooden furniture by Zanine Caldas, crafted colorful cushions and open spaces – all decorated in fine fabrics and objects d’art like original photography, sculptures and paintings collected by owner Tetê Etrusco. The artfully decorated bedrooms count with large luxurious beds with elegant designed mosquito nets – typical of the region – and huge bathrooms with views of palm trees, flowers and the skies of Paraty in all its painterly hues of blues and pinks.
I was generously invited by Tetê Etrusco to experience life in Paraty from her remarkable Casa Turquesa and like most of her guests I left with that wonderful sense that I have changed a little during my stay – a gift only great hosting can provide.
Welcoming guests has always been one of my passions, which is why I thought to myself “Why not create a place where feeling at home is a priority?”