A former Portuguese 'gold route’ port, Paraty’s Centro Histórico is amazingly intact. Continuous rows of whitewashed houses line oversize-stone-cobbled streets, punctuated by palm trees and pretty churches. Casa Colonial, established by a British expat but now run by his Brazilian foster son and his wife, consists of two tastefully restored 18th-century homes. The main house, Casa do Simon, has five guest rooms. An elegant living space opens onto a patio fringed by tropical greenery and featuring a small pool. The smaller outpost, Casa Colonial 12, with just three rooms, a modern ‘loft-style’ lounge and glossy white floors, feels even more private. At both, you let yourself in with your own key, though obliging staff are on hand at the main location. Tea, coffee, house-baked afternoon cakes and Havaianas are complimentary, as is the incredible breakfast – a feast of cooked-to-order eggs, fruit, house-made yogurt and baked goods.
Casa ColonialExquisitely restored 18th-century guest houses in the historic centre
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