Pousada Literária is a surprising dose of contemporary boutique luxury in the center of Paraty’s UNESCO-protected cobblestone streets. Occupying a fully-restored colonial mansion, this upscale 23-room guesthouse has been seemingly plucked out of the pages of an interior design magazine, offering the perfect high-end haven to bookend any South American journey.

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Designed by the illustrious Jacobsen Arquitetura, Pousada Literária is a head-to-toe celebration of the literary spirit of Paraty. From the first-floor library to the 23 inn’s guestrooms, the literary motif is carried throughout the property through book-themed artworks and displays. Block colored contemporary fixtures utilizing geometric patters and bold fabrics bring light to each room, while polished wood furnishings and massive king-sized beds offer a sense of history. Alongside these modern quirks are all of the high-tech creature comforts of LCD televisions with Sky channels, wireless Internet access, and a private collection of books and DVDs for guests to use at their leisure. For a truly luxurious stay, opt for the sprawling Paraty Suite, the largest accommodation at Pousada Literária boasting two floors, a living room, dining room, and sophisticated silk-strewn bedroom.

The comfort of Pousada Literária extends well beyond the hotel’s design. It also comes in the form of service, the most notable being the all-day breakfast menu, which allows guests to sleep in and take breakfast by the pool, in the restaurant, or in the comfort of their room at any time of their preference. Later in the evening, the Quintal das Letras Restaurant dishes up contemporary cuisine utilizing distinct caiçara flavors like graúna’s flour, fresh fish, and pupunha palm heart, as well as local Paraty organic produce sourced from the nearby Fazenda Murycana. Guests are even invited to take a piece of Pousada Literária home with them in the form of garden produce, presented to them per their wishes upon checkout.

Stepping out of Pousada Literária, guests will find themselves in the center of the historic pedestrian-only streets idyllic town squares of Paraty, a charming town on Brazil’s Emerald Coast. The center of the city is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site that has remained virtually untouched since its founding as a gold and coffee port, and its surrounding countryside is a collision of lush protected parks, Atlantic Forest nature reserves, stunning bird life, clear blue seas, and pristine island sanctuaries. After exploring Paraty’s many wonders, guests can unwind back at Pousada Literária, basking in the sun within the perfectly-tempered swimming pool, scouring the titles of the hotel’s 3,000-strong film and book library, or choosing their favorite treatment ingredients at the Exfoliant Bar in Poesia Spa, Paraty’s first spa boutique.

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