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UXUA Casa Hotel in Trancoso, Brazil

June 28, 2010 by

UXUA Casa is a 9-room, 5-star, luxury boutique hotel in Trancoso, Brazil. Siuated on the Bahain Coastline, UXUA has taken traditional fisherman’s homes and, with the help of designer Wilbert Das and local artisans, transformed them into modern luxurious accomodations with an ecologically-inspired touch.

Accommodations at UXUA Casa Hotel comes by way of 8 1-3 bedroom and one sleekly opulent but ecologically conscious treehouse. Each has all the trappings of a private vacation home, but with the added benefit of the hotel’s 5-star service. Each ‘Casa’ has been built using traditional construction methods and making use of recycled and organic materials.

Gulab Mahal is a 2-Bedroom, 2-Bathroom, home that is designed around a fusion of Portugese and South Asian influences. This two-bedroom, traditional fishermen’s house boasts carved hardwood windows and doors and even a raised mezzanine “meditation” area, plus tiered gardens, indoor/outdoor kitchen and stunning views of Trancoso’s historic Quadrado. In short, it’s a history lesson of immigration to Trancoso, from the Portuguese Jesuits in the 1500s to the international “hippies” of the 20th century.

Seu Pedrinho is a 1-bedroom home that embodies the bougainvillea blossoms that festoon its exterior. The interior is no less colorful with bright and airy spaces bordered by wooden floors, a bar, private garden, and views of the grassy Quadrado from every room. The casa features two bathrooms – one with a double shower – and a spacious bedroom with canopy bed. Best of all, living room and kitchen open directly onto the Quadrado, via the shelter lent by the area’s oldest bougainvillea bower. Guests can invite friends to sit at the rustic table in front of the casa and admire their blossom-strewn house.

Ze e Zilda is a traditional 3-Bedroom fishermen’s house that faces the Quadrado and is capable of accomodating up to six people – ideal for visiting families or friends who simply cannot bear to be parted. A fully equipped kitchen and adjacent sitting room and bar hew nicely to that theme, while a rustic table in front of the casa and in the Quadrado turns al fresco dinner parties into a reality. Two bedrooms sit in the main house, one on the second floor, with the third an independent garden suite with cushion-strewn outdoor patio. All rooms bear UXUA’s trademark airiness and locally sourced home décor. Finally, ensuite bathrooms ensure maximum privacy amid the housemates.

Estudio is a 1-Bedroom Casa that features acres of space, strong furniture and rustic local accents that meld to form the perfect Bahian “artist’s studio”. What that means: lush greenery afforded by an indoor/outdoor bathroom featuring a large vertical garden, sinks carved from tree trunks found in the UXUA garden, double-wooden shower heads, and one wall opening onto a mammoth veranda and private garden. There’s more: walk-in closets, mini-kitchen, private patio, and unparalleled access to the “healing” waters of UXUA’s one-of-a-kind green aventurine quartz pool – a cool oasis at daytime and a beacon of muted light in the evening.

Quintal da Gloria is a 1-Bedroom casa, with ensuite Bathroom, that is tailor-made for honeymooners. This privacy-minded apartment appears cocooned in the sheltering arms of a mango tree. Need a place to sunbathe without fear of the paparazzi? An open balcony with covered eating area and sofa, with view of UXUA’s gleaming aventurine stone pool, fits the bill. Desire a place to shower a deux, replete with views of the surrounding greenery? A bathroom with double shower heads and featuring open views across the treetops does the trick. A mini-kitchen, walk-in closets and pristine canopy bed round out this pretty picture.

Casa da Avore is a 1-Bedroom house where eco-consciousness meets summer palace meets Robinson Crusoe. This elevated treehouse fantasy sprawls across three levels, with its “green” credentials coming from the recycled wood that makes up its walls, its traditionally applied thatched roof, and the organic materials scattered throughout its interior. Yet despite its rustic appearance, this is no ascetic hippie enclave: little luxuries (and big surprises) are hidden throughout, including large covered veranda/al fresco living room with hammock and bar, the bathroom’s double shower, and spa tub on the outdoor deck. Guests shouldn’t miss the hanging swing underneath the casa, a perfect site for a private sundowner with a significant other.

Eugenia is a 2-Bedroom casa that is also the largest of the homes available at UXUA Casa Hotel. It boasts a garden location amid masses of verdant greenery, outdoor dining terrace for al fresco dinner parties and a Master suite with warehouse-sized bathroom, replete with antique tub. Add the overarching views of UXUA’s private gardens, a second bedroom suite with private balcony, indoor/outdoor kitchen, bright, airy spaces and the surrounding cocoon of trees – indeed, some poke through the roof – and you’ve got the grande dame of the UXUA property, christened after one of the most prominent of the casa’s trees.

Seu Joao is a 1-Bedroom casa that  looks like a fishermen’s bungalow, but transforms upon entering into a gleaming, bright hideaway, worthy of any million-dollar music mogul. One entire wall of the house opens up and reveals views of a lush private courtyard and deck, crowned with the casa’s own swimming pool and hydro-massage Jacuzzi. Includes a private patio, outdoor shower, and rustic pergola, poolside.

Nozinho is a 2-Bedroom casa, with UXUA’s typical rustic-modernism exchanged in this instance for a playful abundance of color and light. Nozinho sports sofa-fuls of light-toned throw pillows, an impressive yet welcoming dining area and scores of homey details. Tucked into a residential alley at the rear of UXUA’s garden, Nozinho includes a private gate and parking, a large kitchen and massive outdoor eating area and private garden.

UXUA’s restaurants take advantage of airy poolside or beachfront locations to serve organically-sourced Bahian fusion cuisine. A key ingredient is local fish, caught each morning using traditional methods which have endured centuries. Local produce is sourced daily to create the freshest and most flavorful dishes. Baked goods include delightful traditional bread and desert recipes which feature on the enormous breakfast buffet. UXUA’s chefs reinterpret standard Bahian cuisine with an emphasis on creating meals that are light and healthy, adding new flavors from other regions of Brazil, or other parts of the world, which give the UXUA menu its fusion quality. Some of the ingredients used in UXUA’a kitchens come from the hotel’s gardens, including Bananas, Cocao, Mangoes, Cherries and Coconut to name but a few.

With most UXUA Casas having full kitchens, guests can cook for themselves or allow UXUA’s staff to arrange the visit of a top local chef to come and share their magic.

The Spa at UXUA Casa Hotel features both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms where guests can indulge in a variety of wellness and local beauty treatments. The spa boasts a jacuzzi and a studio for instruction in yoga and pilates, as well as for private courses in capoeria and forro dancing, popular local activities around which the social life of Trancoso turns. Various styles of massage, as well as acupuncture, are available not only at the spa, but also can be enjoyed by guests in the comfort of each casa.

Definitely recommended is a dip in UXUA’s one-of-a-kind pool, created entirely from forty thousand specimens of unique green aventurine quartz – a stone native to Bahia which is considered by many to have powerful healing qualities and to be among the most therapeutic minerals in the world.

With its rustic charms and ultra-luxurious homes, UXUA Casa Hotel is setting the bar high for unique boutique hotel experiences. If a getaway that offers something different is what you’re looking for, look no further than UXUA – it will provide memories that you’ll want to share with others – a definite must-stay experience for the Chic Traveler.

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