A privileged place for those who is planning to enjoy quiet and nature in a cozy hideaway between the mountain and the sea. Carefully built from recycled materials and a laid back atmosphere with all privacy. To get the island you have to take a short boat ride through the lakes.
On the way you see egrets, herons, spoonbills, an occasional capybara and the sort of nature one wouldn´t normally associate with a metropolis like Rio.
Just a few minutes walking from Barra beach, the longest waterfront of the city with 14.4 km of clear green ocean water that spreads along Sernambetiba Avenue. Where you can find the most famous meeting points for several outdoor sports like surf, kiteboard, bodyboard, windsurf, fishing and diving. There are also many bars, kiosks, and also an all lighted bike track ideal for an evening ride.
One step away from the bustling Avenida das Americas which lead us to the best restaurants, malls, bars, night life. Also close to Rio Centro exhibition & Convention center, Rock`n Rio, Windsor Barra, Sports City, HSBC Arena, City Hall and favorite places for Adventure and Nature Tours.
We offer our personalized attention and the purpose to "feel at home" as a very special guest.
This stay was one of the most relaxing of my life and, I'm quite sure of it, of those who accompanied me. Silvia's place is just beautiful. The guest house has it's own peculiar charm. For the first two nights, there were two of us, then three, then four. As Silvia has two different appartements, we were allowed to use the slightly bigger one for the second half of our stay. Both houses were well equipped.
The most amazing part is, that you have to use a boat to get to that place. Many restaurants are reachable via boat, too.
Then, the most amazing part is, that we didn't have to leave the house at all. Well, we lay under umbrellas on the terrace all day and took a bath in the pool or two, but as Silvia and her family provide a service that let's you forget you are in an appartement at all. They provided us with beverages and even offered a selection of warm dishes for dinner.
So, the most amazing part of that trip was in fact Silvia's and her family's hospitality. Starting with the warmest welcome, including a self-made Caipirinha, continueing with a wonderful breakfast every morning, house keeping and perfect advise regarding trips to Barra or getting back to Rio, and not ending with the food and drinks they provided - they did everything so that we could relax and enjoy this little hide-away.
We'll be back, that's for sure.
To me it came as a surprise. I was coming from Dubai to attend a congress at the Widsor Barra hotel, but it was full, so I started looking for different options nearby. When I came across Silvia' s place, a house is a lagoon, I was intrigued. I had never heard of the islands and I believe many cariocas don't know about their existence as well. Anyway, I am happy that I booked my 4 day stay there. It is a paradise 10 minutes away from the craziness of the "in-construction" Rio de Janeiro, preparing for the Football World Cup and the Olympics.
When you are at Silvia's at the Ilha Primeira, it looks like you are in the Amazon, by a calm canal, waking up with the songs of exotic birds and slow boats, that can take you to land 24 hours a day.
The house is very tastely decorated and it is like a 5 star hotel suite. All the amenities, a comfortable double bed, duvet, AC, flat screen TV, wireless, fridge. There is a terrace where a sumtuous breakfast is served, overlooking nature at its best and a swimming pool.
Silvia and Fernando are great hosts, speak several languages and with the help of Paulinho, attend to all your needs. I thought the place would be more suitable for a relaxing holiday, but even if I had to work at the congress most of the time, it was a pleasure to go back home everyday and relax. There are nice restaurants nearby, so one can stay there without having to move around too much.
I have already booked my stay for next year.
We journeyed from Dublin to Brazil to spend some time with family and friends. We were New to the whole AirBnB experience but not to Rio. Having previously stayed in many hotels in Rio city we were keen to try something different. We successfully used the service staying in Leblon for the first leg of our trip & so decided to stay along the beautiful Barra coast for our second leg.This was when we came across Silvia and Francisco online. The images you see online are only a fraction of the awesome experience of staying there. You won't find anything like it in Rio. Our hosts were selfless,considerate and attentive.Without being intrusive.The luxury of calling for an amazing breakfast laid out by them was a welcome change from hotels. It was delicious.The loft was so cool, comfortable and safe and cleaned by them on a daily basis (including fresh towels everyday). If you choose to stay in , in the evening and order from their menu you won't be disappointed either. They cook some delicious stuff.Or you could just take a boat to really cool bars and restaurants along the island.This charming and interesting couple totally blew us away.We left after five days of the most fantastic time we had in Brazil and we feel like we made some friends. We'll definitely go back to see them both and the Capivaras who swim around the canal!Thank you so much Silvia and Francisco for a truly great experience.
We had an incredible experience staying in Silvia's home. The house and grounds are absolutely beautiful, and Silvia and her family are more generous and accommodating than we could have imagined. We were treated to a wonderful homemade breakfast every morning (including fresh squeezed orange juice), and simply had to tell our hosts when we were ready to leave the island and they arranged for a boat to pick us up and take us to the mainland-- a truly unique and wonderful experience! If you are looking for a quiet retreat only 5 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Rio, this is an ideal location. When I return to Rio, I will most certainly be staying at Silvia's house again; she is a lovely person who made our time in Rio absolutely unforgettable.
Silvia and Francisco are the best hosts you could ever wish for. They will fulfill your wishes before you even know you had them. We are two families with 2 and 3 children respectively and spent 10 days in the studio and the loft and although we were only partly lucky with the whether we had a great time. Silvia and Francisco were extremely helpful with just about everything, e.g. we went to attend a wedding and had forgotten my sister's dress at the island. If we had had to go all the way back we might have been late for the ceremony, so Franciso and Silvia came with their own boat across the lagune to bring the dress to the road for us to meet them.
The place itself is at least as beautiful as the pictures show, surrounded by nature with colibries greeting you for breakfast and water pigs diving into the lagune around sunset. Francisco serves a great breakfast and Silvia keeps the apartments clean and tidy every day - they can easily compete with any hotel service you may think of and make you feel far more at home. Last but not least they are extremely fond of children and the children alway ran up to them whenever they showed up. One night Silvia played with our kids for at least an hour while we sat in the warm Brazilian night talking and drinking. We can only recommend Silvia's and Francisco's place to everyone who wants to spend some relaxed days near Rio.
Can't say enough good words about the studio and of cause about Silvia, Francisco and Marina! For the first - they are fantastic people and host!!!! We were really enjoying our staying there during our vacation in March and loved this place and hosts! I think it's the best place which you could find for your staying in Rio. All information regarding house is true and photos are up to day - please don't worry. From the first time of internet conversation Silvia was so nice, helpful, very attentive to all our needs on all our questions and needs. And then we were greeting with a great smile and hugs. Every morning we had a very tasty breakfast with fresh fruit. This place is so exclusively without any analog - your living in a nature, in tropical jungle with most beautiful view on lagoon and mountains around it (so relaxing!), but if you want - just in two minutes you will be in the heart of Barra with its famous shops, bars, clubs... Please don't think twice about staying in this place. We are highly recommending the studio and surely will be staying there next time!!!
Silvia, Francico, Marina many thanks from all our hearts! Miss you!!!!
From Russia with love,
Svetlana and Roman
Our stay at the nature studio was absolutely fantastic! Silvia and her family were one of the best highlights of our trip! They were incredibly friendly and attentive to all of our needs (they even greeted us with Caipirinhas on the first night!). The condo is beautiful and very well maintained and it was such a treat to stay in such an exotic location. I would very highly recommend Silvia and this beautiful condo to anyone. Muito obrigado Silvia!!
A really wonderful place! Silvia and her family are great hosts! Every morning a delicious breakfast was served. The whole location is equipped with lovely details. An excellent opportunity to relax in the middle of the turbulent Rio.
In this place you want to stay not just for one night, but for all your life!!! Silvia knows your wishes before you. And Paulinho helps to her make wishes come true.This is really wonder place and we come back soon) A lot of thanks to Silvia, Marina, Francisco, Paulinho! Big hug to Silvia and Paulinho!!!! Yours Natasha & Sonia.
I've just spent a wonderful week here.. I've been visiting Rio occasionally for 15 years, and this has been the nicest place I've found to stay to date - waking up in the morning to the birds singing, breakfast by the canal and only a short boat journey back to the real world when necessary!