You won’t be surprised to learn ‘turquesa’ means turquoise in Portuguese because the first thing you notice about this restored town house is the vibrant turquoise of the exterior doors and windows frames.
   This theme continues inside, with turquoise throughout the nine rooms and public spaces. It’s used intelligently, so you don’t get sick of it: bedspreads; door handles; cushions, and mainly offset with white. The layout is centralised on the courtyard, where a clear plunge pool and sun loungers dominate. The open-plan bar and sitting room provide alternate relaxation, and a reading room with a fireplace can be found for the odd colder day.
   The bedrooms are light, immaculate and spacious. Many have views over the town, and the bathrooms are some of the prettiest we’ve seen in Brazil. Owner, Tete Etrusco, imposes a no shoes rule, which may cause some objections, but flip-flops are provided and we soon discovered we were happier this way.