A firm favourite among in-the-know Brazilians, this is the place that glamour girl Beyoncé (we want her life!) chooses to de-stress.

There are 25 bungalow suites along a stretch of sparkling ocean off the rainforest coast of southern Brazil, each with its own private peninsula. 


Mrs Carter is believed to have stayed in the 300sq m Special Villa Emerald. This über-luxurious suite has its own sauna, private fitness centre, infinity pool and even a fully stocked wine cellar. But all the villas are stunning and massive, too - the smallest is more than 80sq m.

Each is total pared-back luxury, with its own deck and plunge pool, while the bathrooms are packed with locally sourced organic products.

Take the chill-out vibe even further with a couple's massage at one of the Christian Dior spa cabins. However, the secluded location doesn't mean you have to be quiet - Ponta dos Ganchos comes with its own cinema, DVD library and games room, and the bar and restaurant are great fun, too.


To prove just how relaxed this place is, breakfast is served all day (and it includes doughnuts - we're sold!) and there are no set times for dinner; they just stay open until the last guest leaves.

After sampling the hotel's delicious barbecued fresh fish and draining the last of your caipirinha, fall into a seriously comfy bed with 300-thread linen sheets and doze off to the sound of the waves crashing outside.


Special Villa Emerald costs from £1,409 per night, while a Deluxe Villa starts at £410 per night; www.pontadosganchos.com. Brides flew to Brazil with TAM, which offers a business class service with angled-flat beds and noise cancelling headphones for a peaceful night's sleep. After a great dinner served while watching a film on the huge 15.5ins screen at our seat, we drifted off and awoke in sunny South America. Return flights with TAM (www.tam.com.br) from £864