Sítio do Carroção became a hotel and won a world award

A holiday camp for children and a destination for school trips since 1971, Sítio do Carroção has made the childhood of many people with playful and educational activities that still do not involve electronic devices. During the pandemic, however, the complex in tattoo, about 150 kilometers from the capital of Sao Paulo, it had to reinvent itself and adapt services and facilities to accommodate families as well. Thus was born the Hotel Carroção, which defines itself as “the only pedagogical resort in Brazil”. It has since captivated those who stay and has been voted the best destination for traveling with children in Latin America Discovery Channel. Most recently, it was named the second best hotel in the world in the “New and Hot” category Traveler’s Choice 2022which is based on evaluations carried out over a year on the platform TripAdvisor. In fact, the amount of positive reviews and comments is noteworthy, many of which claim the hotel experience is “standard Disney”. See what to expect from Hotel Carroção below:

Previously reserved for children, the Carroção became accommodation for the whole family.

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Activities

A highly praised team of monitors is responsible for driving the interactive activities that make the Wagon. To avoid agglomerations, they take place with a limited number of families at a time and must be booked immediately after check-in. Therefore, it is worth getting there knowing which experiences are most desired by children. In all parents can accompany their children, participating in the game.

To the missing link, the gang is involved in a fictional narrative in which an expedition of paleontologists passed through Tatuí and ended up traveling through time, back to the time of the dinosaurs. During the adventure they find the abandoned plane that would have belonged to this team and, in the sequence, the huge skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. It is also quite fun Indiana Jones Trail, in which young adventurers jump from stone to stone to cross a river, bathe in a waterfall, slide off a sled and enter a secret cave, where the scene of the ball rolling in a narrow tunnel, an iconic moment in George Lucas movies, it is played. THE stone puzzle has a similar proposal: the little ones have to decipher a riddle to enter the Blue Lagoon Cave, with heated waters, slides and waterfalls.

A huge dinosaur bone puts an end to Lost Link's business.

A huge dinosaur bone puts an end to Lost Link’s business.

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One of the most famous activities is Enigma da Pedra.

One of the most famous activities is Enigma da Pedra.

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There are more water activities for those who choose Nautical, where kids board a mini pirate ship, paddle a kayak, and ride pedal boats. already inside Spazukamoning, the fun lies in driving the pedal carts through a track full of curves and irregularities, going through situations that simulate fog and rain. Two activities focus on interacting with animals. THE Bioplanet is an aquarium with 21 species of Brazilian river fish (including sea bass, cacharas, piranha) and a large-nosed caiman that the little ones can pet. THE small zooin turn, he shows the children of the city what life is like in the countryside: there is an orchard, ducks, pigs, rabbits, calves and, finally, a cableway at the end.

Children learn about Brazilian animals at Bio Planeta.

Children learn about Brazilian animals at Bio Planeta.

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The racecourse is a classic of the place.

The racecourse is a classic of the place.

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While not participating in one of the guided activities, guests of Carroção Hotel they are scattered around the maze, the game room, the tree climbing path and the futgolf course. The pools are also successful: there is one with a bridge to dive into the water safely, one heated and shallower and the other heated. The team of controllers takes care of the children from five years of age from waking up to bedtime, stopping only to take a shower.

“And the children?”

Children from 4 years old can enjoy the best guided activities in the Carroção. Children generally enjoy the Baby Zoo and the shallower heated pool, but there is no game room or specialized monitoring for this age group. A pantry is open 24 hours a day to heat baby bottles or baby food.

bedrooms

There are two categories of rooms, both with L’Occitane amenities. The so-called “double room” is ideal for a family with an only child: there is a king size bed for the couple and a single child-sized bed in the space of 25 square meters. The “family room”, with 90 square meters, adds more beds for children as needed (up to six have already inserted), a bathroom and a living room with four armchairs. In addition, a tent with two mattresses for children is set up to allow children to “camp” in their own room. Accommodations are tidied up twice a day and it’s common for guests to find chocolates and notes carefully left on their pillows when they return from activities.

A tent is set up for the children to camp inside the 'Family Room'.

A tent is set up for the children to camp inside the ‘Family Room’.

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The cheaper 'Double Room' accommodates a couple and a child.

The cheaper ‘Double Room’ accommodates a couple and a child.

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Food

One of the most commented points in the evaluations of the Wagon on Tripadvisor there is the quality of the food, which exceeds expectations for a hotel so focused on activities for children. The only meal included in the rate is breakfast, always served in the restaurant. Africa. Other meals must be paid for separately and work in the à la carte system. The restaurant America prepares elaborate pasta, meat and fish dishes that adults like. If the options don’t suit the child’s palate, the Africa offers a children’s menu for lunch and dinner exclusively for guests aged 5 to 12. There’s also the poolside restaurant, which features live music on Saturday nights and serves a variety of dishes, including a themed BBQ dinner in the summer and a fondue in the winter. Another hideaway for adults is the mezzanine piano bar, which prepares classic drinks and wines.

Food is one of the most praised points by parents.

Food is one of the most praised points by parents.

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Delicious dessert at the América restaurant.  Lunch and dinner must be paid for separately.

Delicious dessert at the América restaurant. Lunch and dinner must be paid for separately.

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prices

For a couple and a child up to eight years of age, the daily rate in a “double room” starts at R $ 2,400 during the week and R $ 3,000 at weekends. In the “family room”, the price for a couple and three children up to the age of eight starts at R $ 3,000 during the week and R $ 3,750 at weekends. An additional 30% of the daily rate is paid for children over the age of eight or other adult guests. Prices increase on holidays. The stay includes breakfast and all activities, but you have to pay extra for food and drinks for other meals. Reservations can be made via the website.

THE Site of the chariot also works with daytime use. Every month, on certain dates, it is possible to stay at the complex from 9:00 to 16:00, during which four activities are carried out (generally the most famous, missing link, stone puzzle, Indiana Jones Trail And Spazukamoning) . The package costs R $ 594 per person with breakfast, lunch and afternoon coffee. Children aged three to five pay half the price and children under three get in for free. Reservations must also be made via the website.

“Comments from those who stayed”

“For those looking for comfort, excellent service and above all a place full of carefully thought out activities, go to Sítio do Carroção. What a wonderful experience. My 9 year old son was very comfortable. He definitely came home differently.” – Daniel M, December 2021

“Disney Standard was the review that best defined our hotel experience. We’re back with lots of great experiences in our luggage. Monitors make a difference with activities that make your stay a real adventure for the whole family. I believe it is. an opportunity for parents and children to get in touch with each other and with nature. The restaurant has excellent cuisine and good value for money. The rooms are huge and with good beds. Not to mention the tent inside the room, which we have just had time to use the chocolates in the room every night. They deserve without doubt the title of best hotel for traveling with children “. – Chris N, September 2021

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