Vida Sol e Mar (Life, Sun and Sea) overlooks Praia do Rosa, one of Brazil's most beautiful beaches, 75 minutes away from Florianopolis. Owned and run by the Litman family, the charming and friendly hotel has 31 rooms and 14 spectacular villas.
The hotel hosts the Right Whale Institute, which promotes the preservation of the Southern species. Between July and October boat trips accompanied by a biologist depart from nearby Garopaba and you will get the chance to observe 17 metres long whales close up.
Other activities include a trip to historic Laguna where dolphins herd shoals towards fishermen's nets; surfing (a surf school is close by), windsurfing, horse riding, and walking in the Atlantic rainforest.