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What We Love

  • Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Winner: Best on the Beach
  • Extravagant breakfast banquets, featuring fresh fruit and northeastern Brazilian delicacies, is included in the rate
  • A friendly 24/7 personal concierge who caters to every whim
  • Chilling out in the pool, which is lined with 40,000 green aventurine quartz crystals famed for their healing properties
  • Uxua’s organic cosmetics (including mosquito repellent) made locally from fragrant regional oils and plants
  • The fully equipped kitchen, where local cooks teach guests how to prepare such Bahian and African-inspired dishes as moqueca (fish stew) and bobó (stew thickened with manioc)
  • Chasing acarajés (crunchy Afro-Bahian fritters) and cocada (coconut sweets) with icy beer while gazing out to sea at Uxua Beach Bar

What To Know

  • Some casas do not permit children 16 and under
  • The hotel does not have any recreational areas for children; a babysitter is recommended for children under five
  • The closest international airport is in Porto Seguro, an hour away
  • During the peak summer season, lively globetrotters and party people flock to Trancoso
  • Rainy season is from April to July
  • Like most Trancoso hotels, Uxua is perched on a cliff, and it's a 10-minute walk to the beach
  • Some of Uxua’s casas are close to the street and pick up noise (music, voices, crowing roosters)
  • The price to add additional guests depends on the type of casa and time of year the reservation is made

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Like many people on their visit to the hippie beach enclave of Trancoso, Wilbert Das fell head over heels after his first step on the grassy central square, which overlooks Brazil’s Atlantic coast. The former Diesel creative director purchased the plot from two Swiss hippies and, with the help of local artisans, built Uxua as a tropical pied-à-terre to share with guests seeking a stylish refuge immersed in the rain forest.

Each of the 10 casas is individually designed and made from local materials, with such features as handcrafted clay walls, beam ceilings, log bars and countertops, and beautifully polished tropical wood decks. Das ingeniously designed each one himself, with such thoughtful flourishes as hand-wrought copper showerheads, giant vases filled with fresh-cut heliconia, reading lamps carved from coconuts and walls adorned in Brazilian art and antiques.

While the casas range in size — from the airy artist studio to the light-filled, 1,776-square-foot, two-bedroom Nozinho Casa, which has a fully equipped kitchen — each feels as if it was carved into the {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/3188/prop-99198-1349448026-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Tangerine caipirinhas are served alongside the blue pool lined with 40,000 aventurine crystals.”}trees sprinkled throughout the 27-acre grounds, which also feature outdoor spaces with hand-woven tassel hammocks slung between mango trees and private pools built into a wooden deck made to look like a fisherman’s bungalow. All mod cons, including flat-screen TVs, DVD players, iPod docks and gadgets in the fully equipped kitchens, are camouflaged so as not to interrupt the soothingly rustic spell of the Trancoso tropics.

Scattered amid the flowers and fruit trees are a library, spa, fitness room, and restaurant and bar, which serves locally inspired dishes — along with tangerine caipirinhas — by a blue pool lined with 40,000 crystals. And at Uxua’s private beach club, there’s a bar made from several abandoned fishing boats that fronts a prime strip of sand between a freshwater lagoon and the diaphanous blue sea.

How to Get There

UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
Rua do Parque, 10
Trancoso, 45818-000 Brazil

Reviews

Perfect!!
EMPEMP123

Stereotypically Brazil is not known its service to tourists (compared to say Mexico). But Uxua is like no other Brazilian hotel or resort. They genuinely care about their guests’ well-being. Every employee was pleasing, helpful, and went the extra mile. We loved Carlos! Uxua was beautiful; every plant, every artifact, and every picture was carefully and deliberately placed with purpose. We stayed in the Seu Irenio, a wonderful fisherman house on the quadrilha. Our meals were the best in town (especially the moqueca). We loved the village atmosphere, though as you would expect, the town industry is tourism. The Uxua beach area was wonderful with comfy cabanas. We went at the end of July, so we fortunately timed our stay for the end of the rainy season. We had rain the first day, but the rest of our stay was rain-free. The advantage of that was that we avoided the crowds that other guests complained about. Restaurants were at 50% capacity with no waiting lines. We decided to visit Praia do Espelho. It was okay, but we liked our stay at the Uxua beach better. We highly recommend Uxua! Thank you Wilbert Das for your creation!

Very special experience
cmag234

We had an incredible stay at Casa Uxua. A few years ago while heli-skiing in Alaska I asked a Brazilian I met about the best places to visit in his country. His first suggestion was not only Trancoso, a seaside town an hour’s drive from Porto Seguro (which in turn is a 90-min flight from São Paulo). He specifically named Casa Uxua. Now that we’ve visited I understand why!

Carlos, the manager, blends warmth with efficiency and attention to detail - in an unparalleled way. He and his team seemed to anticipate both when we needed support and when we preferred to have space. Lígia was particularly helpful in organizing activities and services - something for everyone, just ask. Brunno and Bruno made sure we started the morning off right. Érico’s gentle manner and skilled technique in the kitchen turned our cooking lesson into a gift for our future dinner guests. All this combined with the tranquil setting of beautiful casas (we stayed in both the cozy Frozina and spacious Eugenia) and stunning beaches presented the perfect place for the special occasion we were celebrating. The team made it even more special. We are so grateful for this experience - and look forward to coming back!

Amazing experience!
orlingf

This is a perfect hotel in all meaning and well located in the cuadrado of Trancoso. The bungalows are inserted in the nature, which it is a very pleasant experience. The room was spacious, clean, super nicely decorated, with a great balcony to chill and relax. The breakfast was vary and delicious. The staff is very helpful and ready to orient and help. The beach is 15 minutes by walk from the hotel and you will always have a bed waiting from you. The food at the beach is delicious. Highly recommended.