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Pousadas in Noronha used to be simple, even makeshift affairs, but at some point in the last few years Brazil's movie-star glitterati and their attendant national media discovered the island. Supply and demand have gone seriously out of whack, and prices everywhere have zoomed up into the red-line zone that economists label "just-plain-stupid." Many pousadas tripled and quadrupled their rates, while making no improvements in quality. Others, more justifiably, invested in major upgrades, and so can at least offer a quality commensurate with the price tag. There is no longer anywhere inexpensive place to stay on Noronha, but on a desert island in the middle of the Atlantic, there's not much you can do about it.

The pousadas listed below, while not inexpensive, at least offer something different or special. Given demand on the island they may well be booked. If so, try the Dolphin Hotel (tel. 085/3619-1100; www.dolphinhotel.tur.br), which offers small clean rooms and a pool for R$555 (US$277/£138) a night, or Pousada Sueste (tel. 085/3619-1164; www.pousadasueste.com.br), which has a small pool and a view down to Sueste Bay, plus small clean rooms with smaller bathrooms for R$335 (US$168/£91) a night.

The prices listed are for the high season -- January through February and July through September, plus all holidays. In low season -- March through June and October through December -- most pousadas lower their prices by about 20% to 25%.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.