Fernando de Noronha

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About Fernando de Noronha

Fernando de Noronha looks like it has been plucked straight out of a Bond movie. This stunning archipelago, consisting of twenty-one islands, islets and atolls lying 200 miles off Brazil's Atlantic coast, is jaw-droppingly beautiful; as are the best places to stay on the main and only inhabited island of Fernando de Noronha. Interestingly, it's named after a 16th-century merchant who discovered these islands, and who was gifted the archipelago in return for importing Brazilian wood for the Portuguese government.

Given its location, Fernando de Noronha is part of a unique special state district that's not attached to any other municipality; instead, it's run directly by the government. Be warned though that due to environmental preservation, visitors have to pay a daily fee to enter the island and another fee to visit the National Park attractions. Since 2001, Fernando de Noronha has been a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the importance of its environmental biodiversity.

It's strange to think about, but all of Fernando de Noronha's islands are in fact just the visible tops of submerged mountain ranges. These islands attract an incredibly rich array of wildlife: sea turtles, spinner dolphins, albatrosses, humpback whales, and more. For scuba divers and snorkelers it's an absolute paradise.

This archipelago can, unsurprisingly, draw a crowd, so in order to ensure a room at one of the best places to stay in Fernando de Noronha we recommend planning your trip well in advance.

The best places to stay in Fernando de Noronha

For luxury

  • Pousada Maravilha is just above a stunning beach on the south side of the island with just six romantic, airy open plan apartments overlooking the sea, and boasting spectacular views. With a fine dining restaurant to boot, it's the ideal spot for a quiet honeymoon, complete with spoiling spa treatments.

For an eco vibe

  • Pousada Teju-Açú is an eco-lodge a short walk from Conceição Beach. Their chilled out bungalows have four poster beds and balconies and there's a social vibe around the central pool.

Centrally located

  • Pousada Maria Bonita, a short distance away in the middle of the town, is a highly popular, unpretentious family run boutique hotel with impeccable service. Its pool is small, but rooms are elegantly fitted out, and it's an excellent base for exploring the island.
  • Pousada do Vale, on the edge of the town and just yards from Praia do Meio beach, is an equally unpretentious hotel surrounded by lush vegetation. They have a great restaurant and spa. Rooms are modern with wide balconies and wooden flooring.

Family Budget

  • For a hotel that won't break the bank, Pousada Zé Maria is a larger property with a range of rooms to suit all budgets, ideal for a family vacation. The kids will love the pool. The family bungalows cost a bit more but offer a lot more privacy. There's a good restaurant here too.

For a guesthouse or holiday home

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • You can fly into Fernando de Noronha AIrport from Recife and Natal, with the journey lasting between one or two hours.
  • Fernando de Noronha is permanently warm, with the temperature basically staying around 27°C year-round. However, there's more rain in the winter (from February to July) so you might want to avoid coming at this time.
  • If you want to fully explore all that the island has to offer, hire a car with Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Fernando de Noronha

  • Pousada Maria Bonita Fernando de Noronha 11 rooms from £242

    Hideaway  -  With a charming private pool hidden inside the hotel grounds, hideout at this chic, rustic bolt-hole
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the simplicity of this hotel's pared-back interiors and peaceful gardens
    Local exploring  -  This hotel is in a great location for local exploring on Fernando de Noronha
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Santo Antonio Fort ruins, a historic landmark fort close to the hotel
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    This boutique hotel is located on the island of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. Guestrooms are cosy and inviting featuring unique design pieces, local textiles and natural accents; book a luxury suite for a four-poster bed. Unwind by the hotel pool or sunbathe in the gardens; a stylish island retreat. See More

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  • Pousada Maravilha Fernando de Noronha 8 rooms from £334

    Beach Life  -  Right on a stretch of pristine beach with azure waters
    Romantic Break  -  Great for couples after complete seclusion
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, CN Traveller

    A luxury beach resort on the island of Fernando de Noronha. Tree house style suites are rustic, romantic, and luxurious. Lovely pool and lounge area and fabulous local ingredients from the sea! White sand beaches, dolphins, turtles, and diving. The perfect spot for a honeymoon. See More

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  • Pousada do Vale Fernando de Noronha 12 rooms from £336

    Total relaxation  -  With a range of spa treatments available plus an outdoor pool, restaurant and gardens, this hotel offers guests total relaxation
    Local exploring  -  With a central location on Fernando de Noronha, this hotel is a great starting point for local exploring
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the hotel's romantic suites and the plush garden setting
    Sights nearby  -  Travel to the south of the island and visit the Mirante dos Golfinhos, a popular spot for viewing dolphins
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    This luxury pousada is located in Jardim Elizabeth, in the heart of Fernando de Noronha. Suites are bright and contemporary with box-spring beds, natural accents and a private balcony; book a duplex for split-level living space and two balconies. Book into the spa before dinner; unpretentious. See More

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  • Pousada Zé Maria Fernando de Noronha 21 rooms from £564

    Local exploring  -  The pousada is perfectly placed for local exploring on the island; book excursions through the hotel for great deals
    Beach Life  -  With a beach location on the pretty island of Fernando de Noronha, this hotel makes a great seaside getaway
    Families  -  Book a special bungalow for family-sized living space; kids love the hotel's swimming pool
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Santo Antonio Fort, where you can find the ruins of an ancient island stronghold
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    This luxury pousada is located on the island of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. Choose from suites or bungalows with classic interiors and a private balcony; book a luxury bungalow for a hot tub and terrace with sea views. Sample seafood at the restaurant before booking into the spa; a chic beach stay. See More

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  • Pousada Teju-Açú Fernando de Noronha 12 rooms from £601

    Foodies  -  Foodies will be pleased with the hotel's fresh seafood restaurant; sample local Brazilian delicacies at the breakfast buffet too
    Beach Life  -  Located next to Conceição Beach, this hotel is an ideal place for a relaxed seaside break
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the comfortable beds, chic bungalows and attentive service at this hotel
    Sailing  -  Go on a boat ride and discover the beautiful coastline from a new vantage point; book through the hotel for great deals
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    This eco-lodge is located a stone's throw from Conceição Beach in Fernado de Noronha, Brazil. Private bungalows feature luxurious four-poster beds and balconies with a hammock; book a Teju bungalow for beautiful sea views. Relax by the pool before dinner at the hotel restaurant; a chic seaside stay. See More

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