Pontes Hotels & Resorts debuted in the hotel market with the former Mar Hotel in 1969. From its initial 12 apartments, it has grown to 45, until the hotel reaches 115 units in 1974, at which time it was also rated four stars. From an area that occupied approximately 4 thousand square meters, sixteen years later, in 1985, the construction of the first tower of the current Mar Hotel began, which was inaugurated in December 1987. Today, there are 380 housing units and modular conventions with a total capacity of 1,200 people. The Mar Hotel, which now incorporates Conventions to its name, is considered to be the most complete business hotel in the Northeast.
In January 1995, Pontes Hotels & Resorts opened the doors of the Hotel Atlante Plaza, located on the seafront of Boa Viagem beach, with 20 thousand square meters of built area and 241 units. Its convention center consists of seven modular rooms and an executive room, totaling a capacity of 1,000 people. The Atlante Plaza is the most refined hotel in Recife, with an exclusive floor dedicated to guests who need total privacy, the First Class Floor, and a floor dedicated to executives, the Amarillys Women’s Floor. Due to these and other attributes, it achieves high occupancy rates and is preferred by the most important companies in the country.
In December 2000, the company invested in the most challenging of their dreams. Enter and compete on an equal basis with the best resorts in Brazil with international standard. Thus, the Summerville Beach Resort, already chosen by national magazines such as “Veja” and “Viagem e Turismo”, was among the best of its kind in the country and more recently considered among the ten best family hotels in the country. South America, according to Trip Advisor’s “Travelers’ Choice 2014” award, the largest collaborative travel network in the world. The resort occupies a green area of around 70,000 m² on the seafront of Muro Alto beach in Porto de Galinhas. There are 202 units, between apartments, Suites and Bungalows.
The beach resort of Muro Alto, where Summerville is located, is one hour from Recife and gained fame for having an immense natural swimming pool, 2.5 kilometers long formed by an imposing reef in front of it. The magnificent Mata Atlântica reserve, the vast coconut grove and the fertile mangrove forest complete the paradisiacal scenery around it. 55 km from Guararapes International Airport in Recife, access to Summerville can be by helicopter or by highways (BR-101, PE-60, PE-38 and PE-09). The entire route is asphalted and the transfer services guarantee the comfort of guests and tourists.
In 2014, the Pontes Hotels & Resorts network took an important step towards the continuous improvement of its operations. In order to maintain and improve the quality of its services and products, the hotel chain in Pernambuco implemented a Sustainability Management System (SGS), which aims to promote management focused on the principles of sustainable tourism in its enterprises. As a result of the efforts, Bridges Hotels was certified in ABNT NBR 15401: 2006, Brazilian standard of Sustainability Management in Means of Lodging. Begun in mid-2013, hotel staff now commemorate the achievement of being the first Brazilian hotel chain to obtain recognition and have met the environmental, socio-cultural and economic requirements of the public standard registered at the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) ). The certification was made official by the certifying organization Instituto Falcão Bauer da Qualidade – IFBQ, accredited by the National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality.