The pool and walled garden of Paraty Villa 1

In the first of a daily series of in depth looks at some of UltraVilla’s finest properties we visit Brazil and the port town of Paraty located midway between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, home to one of Matueté Villas most attractive properties.


Back in the 18th century Paraty was the flourishing port for galleons carrying precious cargo from inland Brazil to the royal court of Portugal across the sea. Today it’s a seafront town adored by cariocas (Rio dwellers) and paulistas (Sao Paulo residents) alike, its cobblestone streets by the water filled with walkers and cyclists – no cars allowed – and edged with picturesque family-run shops. Paraty is quiet and easygoing, a charming town of fine houses and elaborate churches built by wealthy merchants years ago, and a relaxed and truly beautiful place to stay as a jumping-off spot for boat trips to any of the 365 outlying islands and deserted beaches, located as it is on the lush, jungle-fringed Costa Verde.

iStock_000035386994_MediumThe Paraty riverfront, 

To visit is pure joy and your stay will prove all the more relaxing at Matueté’s Paraty Villa 1, a truly exceptional colonial property. A former merchant’s home, the spacious four-bedroom/five-bathroom townhouse transports you to a time beyond a time, perfect for total relaxation suiting groups of friends or families.


Paraty-Villa-1-6The villa as seen from a Paraty street 

Immaculately restored, totally private and enclosed from the street by the high, original walls you’ll find a wrap-around garden with a stunning circular swimming pool and outdoor dining area while upstairs modern air-conditioned bedrooms with state-of-the-art bathrooms await.


Paraty-Villa-1-12-1024x683Master bedroom


Paraty-Villa-1-15-1024x669The beautifully restored lounge

High season starts now in November and runs till March and Matueté provide a full 24-hour concierge service and can arrange a tailored itinerary to meet all desires – from horse-riding and surfing excursions to cooking classes and incredible hikes across forest-covered mountain trails populated with waterfalls, and of course unique island boat trips.

There’s only one question left to ask – what are you waiting for?


iStock_000074879661_Medium A picturesque cobbled street in Paraty,


iStock_000074831553_MediumThe region around Paraty is known for its lush rainforest and mountain trails,


To find out more about Paraty 1 and to book click here.

To find out more about Matueté Villas, the only Brazilian luxury travel company to feature in Travel and Leisure Magazine’s A list and Conde Nast Magazine’s List of Top Travel Specialists click here.