Pousada da VigiaAddress: Rua Conego Walmor Castro, 291, Florianopolis view map
The Florianopolis Hotel Pousada da Vigia is located in northern Florianopolis.
The owners take special care of the guests. Guests will know the difference right from the point of check-in, when they are received with a bottle of champagne. The number of rooms in this Florianopolis hotel is small. This is to ensure that every guest gets personalised service.
The owners take equally great care of the accommodation and the environment.
The Brazilian Certification Programme, which recognises outstanding service by hotels, has awarded the "Roteiros do Charme" or "Charming Destinations" certificate to Pousada da Vigia in Florianopolis. This is the only hotel in Florianopolis to be awarded by this certification.
In 1998, Julio Perna's family bought this property known by the locals as the Governor´s House. They wanted to live an old dream of moving into Florianopolis looking for better quality of life and to be closer to family and friends. Enchanted by the unique exuberance of Florianopolis, Julio decided to turn the house into a boutique inn, so that it could be shared with others.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Protect the environment, and assist the local community.
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Pousada da Vigia seeks a continuous improvement in its operations, and is committed to local sustainable tourism practices.
The Inn observes the principles of the ‘Charming Destination Association', which promotes the rational use of natural resources, and the preservation of local culture. It seeks to use tourism to ensure the quality of life of the local people in the community. The association is also an affiliate member of the Business Council for UNWTO.
Some of the work that Pousada da Vigia embark on as part of their sustainable tourism vision includes environmental protection measures such as:
- Sewage system treatment on-site
- Waste reduction and recycling
- Energy saving devices used throughout the hotel, including low energy lamps
- Housekeeping using bio-degradable cleaning products
- Use of solar heating for swimming pool
They also seek to spread the benefits of tourism to the local community through:
- Provide employment and training for people from surrounding community nearby
- Promotes local culture through the sale of locally produced crafts within the hotel
- Tries to educate guests about the importance of the local ecological hikes, plus historical and cultural tours
- Is part of the Bem Receber program, where training and developing local employers is the main objective, achieved through teaching about environmental, socio-cultural and economic issues. This is then utilised to promote sustainable tourism at the grassroots level.