Pousada BurundangaAddress: Condomínio Conchas do Mar quadra D lote 06, Itacare view map
The name is not something they can call “usual.” This Itacaré hotel was named after a river in Spain called the “Burundanga.” The Pousada Burundanga has a rustic style, using elements of nature and antique objects. A fusion that works on keeping guests pleased.
The Pousada Burundanga has a romantic atmosphere and is best suited for couples, as it doesn’t offer a structure to host children under 14 years old. The hotel’s infrastructure includes a swimming pool, a massage room, a reading room and a living room. The decor of the rooms is inspired by plants of the region.
The owner of this hotel is considered one of the best hosts in Itacaré. He had always wanted to have a hotel and that is one of the reasons that make him take care of each and every detail himself.
Guilherme Delmont was born in the state of São Paulo and decided to build a hotel in Bahia when he got married in 1971. In 1999 he and his wife Vera Lucia decided to choose where they would set their business. After travelling for 40 days all over the coast in Bahia, they have found Itacaré and fell love at the first sight. One year later, they built a hotel there.
The hotel is very small with only 10 apartments and a few people working there. The owners help to take care of everything: from running errands to going to the bank, as well as staying in the reception and helping to fix something if it is needed. Guilherme is an engineer and had worked in Brasília for 10 years (from 1975 to 1985). Now he dedicates himself to his business as he consider very important to have a good relationship with his guests.
Guilherme fell in love with the community of Itacaré, especially after his daughter married a local capoeira instructor and gave him two grandchildren. He also supports a local band that plays "forró". He said he really likes the local people because of their hospitality and he also like the nature there. When he has some free time, he likes to make and teach manual crafts to the community. He does not charge anything for these lessons and use recycled materials to create his art.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
The Pousada Burundanga works in order to develop the sustainable tourism in Itacaré, in environmental and social areas.
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Since the first planning of the Pousada Burundanga the aim has been part of the development of sustainable tourism in Itacare. First of all they chose an area which included a part of Atlantic forest. The location of the building blocks was performed after mapping all the trees in order to prevent its overthrown. No landfill was done and all building blocks are suspended on stilts in order to preserve the natural soil, keeping intact the underbrush and some river sources. The Pousada Burundandga hired a sanitarian and environmentalist in the region to design their anaerobic digester and filter in order to protect the local streams.
In the daily routine the Pousada Burundanga works to reduce the environmental and economic impacts. Therefore they use low-power lamps, automatic programmers for external lighting, the use of low power equipment and the exchange of linen and towels less frequently. The Pousada Burundanga also hires native people as well as makes use of local suppliers, always giving preference for those who somehow are involved with practices of respect for the environment.
The Pousada Burundanga was one of the first accommodations that signed up on the Program of Sustainable Tourism Certification for accommodations, offered by the Hospitality Institute in cooperation with the Government, which offered them methods to achieve their sustainable aims.
The Pousada Burundanga also makes part of the Mecenas da Vida group, in the project "Turismo CO2 Neutro" (Tourism CO2 neutral). It is a project that aims the global neutralization and reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Environmental Protection Area of Itacaré / Serra Grande. The goal is to create a new destination identity: "Destino Carbon Free"(Carbon Free Destination). All establishments that make part of it receive a certification seal. All the values paid for tree seedlings that are planted in order to offset the CO2 emissions, are directed to the Social Carbon Fund, which finances the technical, environmental and human skills for traditional farmers in the rural areas.
The Pousada Burundanga participates in social actions that promote local handcrafts, made of recycled materials. Some of the art crafts found in the Pousada are produced with material abundantly available in nature as straw or with recycled ones as metallic can caps and rest of wood from carpentry works. These works are developed in Pousada Burundanga for youngsters from Itacaré.
The Pousada Burundanga promotes financially the Capoeira Filhos de Zumbi, which aims to rescue and also foster the practice of a sport that make part of the Bahia's culture and history, taking children and youth from the streets and giving them moral and educational formation. At this association there are English classes and computers available (which are donated by society and tourists).
The Pousada Burundanga also helps with financial assistance an asylum for elderly in Itacaré, the Casa dos Velhinhos.