Silent Auction for Inaugural Stay
to Benefit Prominent Children’s Charity

Santa Catarina, Brazil, September 29, 2008. To celebrate the opening of its five new deluxe bungalows, Ponta dos Ganchos, the exclusive beach resort located on Brazil¹s pristine southern coast, is auctioning the inaugural weekend stay in each Emerald villa bungalow for charity (from December 5 – 7, 2008). It’s an unprecedented opportunity for travelers to be the first to experience these incomparable villas, each perched along the water’s edge and featuring exquisite furnishings and superior amenities, while contributing to a worthy cause.


Situated on a private peninsula along Brazil’s alluring Emerald Coast, Ponta dos Ganchos is a haven for beach lovers who appreciate laid-back elegance and seclusion. The award-winning Relais & Châteaux resort features 25 private bungalows overlooking the crystal-clear waters, each rustically refined and designed to be in complete harmony with the natural surroundings. The four new Emerald Villa Bungalows (2,455 square feet/230 square meters) and one Special Emerald Villa Bungalow (3,210 square feet/300 square meters), opening in

December, will add a new dimension of luxury to
Ponta dos Ganchos. The bungalows feature dry saunas and Jacuzzis with sea views, personal spa areas with massage tatamis, wine cellars, and private decks and plunge pools, as well as music systems, Internet connections, and flat-screen televisions. The Special Emerald Villa Bungalow also includes an in-villa fitness center. Guests who stay in any of the property’s accommodations revel in the impeccable service, fine cuisine (all meals included), and a host of activities, from water sports and nature hikes to therapeutic open-air massages, throughout their stay.


“As we celebrate this milestone in our development, we are delighted to give
back to the community and involve our valued, gracious guests who share an
affection for Brazilian culture and a devotion to improving the lives of the
less fortunate,” said Nicolas Peluffo, managing director. “Ponta dos Ganchos
is proud to contribute all of the monies generated from our silent auction
to one of our country’s most important charities, Instituto Guga Kuerten.”

Founded by Brazilian tennis champion Gustavo Kuerten, Instituto Guga Kuerten
( is dedicated to helping underprivileged children in the
region enjoy access to after-school sports programs and supports
organizations that aid people with disabilities. Kuerten is a beloved
Brazilian sports figure who has worked tirelessly to mobilize philanthropic
activities in his country.

The silent auction is open now until 4:30 p.m. (local time) on October 31,
2008, and the minimum bid for each bungalow is 30 percent less than the
standard weekend rate, offering travelers further incentive to participate.
The minimum bids for the weekend (two nights/double occupancy) are:

* Emerald Villa Bungalows (four units): R$ 4,480.00 (approx. US$ 2,560)
* Special Emerald Villa Bungalow (one unit): R$ 5,880.00 (approx. US$ 3,360)

All bids must be submitted in Brazilian reais, and current conversion rates
may be found at Those with the highest bids by
the deadline will be the first travelers to savor the many luxuries of these
brand-new, exquisitely designed tropical hideaways, which offer the utmost
in comfort, style, and privacy in one of the world¹s most romantic locales.


Travelers may make a bid by calling Ponta dos Ganchos reservations at +55 48
3953-7000, 1 8778 BOOK PDG (US), or 0808 234 8680 (UK). E-mails, containing
contact information, desired bungalow, and bid amount, should be sent to* For more information about the services
and amenities of Ponta dos Ganchos, visit

* The bid amounts must be paid in full by November 10, 2008, via bank
transfer or credit card. Winning bids are valid for December 5 ­ 7, 2008
bookings only for Emerald Villa Bungalows and Special Emerald Villa
Bungalow, double occupancy, and cannot be used for any other dates.
Cancellations are not accepted and are subject to total loss of payment as
proceeds will be donated directly to Instituto Guga Kuerten. All meals and
non-alcoholic drinks are included.

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