5.0
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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

5.0 Excellent 215 Reviews
Gorgeous hotel, unlucky with service this trip
Reviewed 2 months ago

The hotel is stunning, right on the Quadrado and we loved our room, staying at the Estudio. The attention to detail is second to none and can be seen throughout the resort, the gardens, in particular, are beautiful. We were busy each day with activities and didn't make full use of the facilities, but the gym was the best we'd seen and we would have gladly spent more time at the pool. The food at Uxua was our favourite out of all the restaurants on the Quadrado and we particularly enjoyed our cooking lesson- I thoroughly recommend this, Richardson and Peter (I hope I have the names correct) were fantastic. The beach is a 10-minute walk away, but whilst the area itself is exclusive, the beach is public- this means anyone can walk into this area. I'd recommend spending more time at the resort itself which is completely private. I would have loved to give Uxua 5 stars, however, felt they were let down by the manner of one of the concierges who made us feel like a nuisance when we asked for help, rolling their eyes and being abrupt. This was disappointing, particularly for a hotel such a Uxua, but not reflective of the manner of the rest of the staff. I recommend being careful when you arrive at Porto Seguro airport- we organised a driver through the hotel who handed our bags to whom we assumed was an airport worker, only for him to lead us into an incorrect queue and demand payment.

Laid Back Luxury
Reviewed 4 months ago

Spent a very relaxing week with husband and 2 year old at Casa Joao on the quadro.

Our casa was well appointed and beautifully styled. Food and drinks were amazing. Staff was always on hand to help but never obtrusive. Very laid back and relaxing atmosphere.

The beach club was perfection. Beautiful location. Food, drinks and service were again fantastic. Outside vendors on the beach really added to the experience and were never pushy. Massages daily and my daughter loved her horse rides on the beach.

Do be aware the beach is about a 10 minute walk down a steep hill. We enjoyed it and felt it was worth it to be on the quadro for the evenings.

We tried many of the restaurants on the quadro but the moqueca at Uxua was our favorite. Be sure to ask for some of their their house pepper sauce if you like spicy.

Low-Season Trancoso (stayed at Seu João House)
Reviewed 6 months ago

I'm a huge fan of low-season tourism. I went to Trancoso in the middle of June. Luckily the weather was perfect through the 6-days stay (what's surely a fluke in this season). The village was so calm and peaceful. Uxua is placed next to the "Quadrado" (literally "Square") which is the historical site that marks the origin of the settlement. Basically the Hotel deal with the concept of small villas spread over a beautiful tropical garden or two original fishermen's houses (obviously adapted for the new purpose). Two of them have their own private pools. All villas have this mixture of middle-asia/mediterrean aesthetic/architecture and decor/amenities are provided by local craftsmen. Everything is designed to try to visually disconnect you from a modern life (bluetooth box encapsulated in a log that works an amplifier; mineral bottles covered w basketry; fridge hidden inside a counter, same goes for shower etc.).
I stayed at Seu João (one of those w small private pool/bean shaped). This L shaped house forms a courtyard around the pool that gives you quite privacy. Yet it's very next to the parking site (not a issue in my stay), and close to gym and spa. To the common pool/breakfast area is about 80 mts distant (so I hardly heard a noise coming from there). Facing this courtyard you have the only and large bedroom and the kitchen/living (this one has no doors or sliding panels like the bedroom). Kitchen is provided w a 5-spot cooktop, sink, fridge and essential kitchenware. Next to it, the living counts w a bar and TV. There is Wi-fi but the signal is very poor so I'd suggest to get your emails in the common area if that's the case. Bathroom follows the same concept (I loved the wooden sink/counter with no doors but in the toilet room.
Breakfast buffet is a mixture of local/tropical specialities and continental menu (blue/soft cheese, jamon, ham, egg etc). My favourite was the guava conserve. Heading towards the Quadrado you'll pass through the restaurant which is very good but as everything in Trancoso, expensive (Next to the Uxua restaurant you have "Silvana & Cia" famous for their moquecas, a typical brazilian seafood stew).
Uxua offers tho their guest a chaise longue on the Coqueiros Beach, next to their Beach Restaurant so take your time and feel free to have long walks w/o carrying all your belongings.
Now, some points I'd consider that some people may find a problem (they were not for me):
-hot water comes from metallic pipes, so if you'll try to have a bath in the tub don't be alarmed by the subtle color of the water. It's just a little bit rusty.
-you're in the middle of a tropical garden next to forests and mangroves, so it's normal to be visited by bats (frugivorous), small lizards, bugs and inoffensive small mammals sometimes in the courtyard. I've found that quite fun, but if this it's not your thing stay in the houses closer to the Quadrado.
-On the beaches because of the mangrooves, it's better check the tides forecast so you won't get stuck on the other side of the shore (if you not willing to get wet).

Definitively a will-come-back

Holistic experience
Reviewed 7 months ago

From the design, enviroment, localization, nature, food to staffing energy everything was much above expectation.

We must tell that every staff member was so king and close that we felt at home. Carlos the concierge was amazing, friendly, extremely cultured and with excellent suggestions.

We will definitely return.

amazing place
Reviewed 10 months ago

This is a gem of a place. The quadrado is magical at night. The Uxua beach bar is fantastic - huge beach beds reserved for guests on a beautiful and lively beach. The hotel rooms are clearly inspired by Soneva and are fantastic. If you want more peace, maybe book a room that doesn't face onto the main square. Service at the hotel is so warm and genuine and the food is great.
I have travelled to many great hotels, but the square, beach, location and beauty of Uxua are very special.
We will be back!