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UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Trancoso
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 13 July 2013 via mobile

We're just flying home to Australia after having spent the last 4 nights of our holiday at this superb hotel on the Quadrado in Trancoso. We feel a little melancholic to be honest. Believe the overwhelmingly positive reviews, but with the following considerations:

-this is more a cultural immersion than perhaps you'll experience in other parts of tourist Brazil. Don't arrive thinking you're going to go shopping in luxury malls or hip clubs. Firstly, you'll be disappointed because that's not Trancoso, and secondly that would miss the point of coming to this special town. This is the sort of place where the locals play soccer on the irregular, grassy square outside the hotel, where dogs on the street with roll over for a scratch and their owners will talk to you, where a horse wanders randomly around the place (no one could explain this to us) and where restaurants serve traditional, decent food (mostly- see below). This is a side of Brazil you won't see in Copacabana or São Paulo.
-the hotel does not come cheap, all things added up. But that's not to say it doesn't provide excellent value. We don't regret anything that we did whilst here, and I would encourage you to take full advantage of what it and the staff have on offer.

The thing that makes the hotel are the staff. Never before have we known the names of everyone we saw at a hotel, and this reflects the relationship they build with you when you're there, and all of them can be relied upon to help create a unique experience for you. No request is inconvenient, they always have an idea, or a suggestion or a plan, and they open up genuinely about their lives and take interest in yours. Johnny, Paula, Juarez, Rogerio, Lilly, Carlos, Erika, Kelly and Nalva... These are just the people we got to know by name whilst there, and there are others who make the rest of the stay so effortless. Bob, one of the owners, happened to be there and is gregarious and charming, engaged us pretty much every day.

The hotel is simple and beautiful, being very subtly a part of the village. We stayed in Seu Joao, which was perfect for us. The restaurant is fantastic- the breakfast was ample and delicious, and lunch/dinner was superb. Best food we've had in Brazil for sure. Johnny is pretty persuasive, and we would almost always eat more than we planned- we're on holiday, I guess :).

Activity wise- it rained pretty heavy at time during our stay, and initially we were a little sad about this- but there's so much to do, and even if you do nothing, it's so nice to chillout in the rooms. In the end, because of the wet weather, we probably experienced more of the real town that we would have otherwise. Capoeira training - if you're even a bit physically active, do this. Best work out. At least go an watch- its amazing. Ride horses on the beach, wander the square, do a cooking class at the hotel.

When I was trying to think what really made this hotel different, I realised that it was the feeling that it because it didn't feel so much like a hotel. It's more like a cross between a home and a boutique resort, and you get to stay with e family that lives there.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

We stayed in one of the villas: EUGENIA last february.
Everything is thought to grant you with a luxuous experience yet not bling.
The villa was perfectly decorated with lots of taste and attention to details, it felt like our home with top class service as a plus in the heart of Trancoso.
The overall settings are very calm and serene.
Breakfast are amazing and the staff will do their best to make your stay simple and nice for any type of activities, sports.
We had a very pleasant and restful stay.
If I have anything to say is that not being right on the beach is a down side as you have to walk 10 min to access the (yet amazing) Uxua beach bar. The way is a bit tricky and "up and down" which can be quite not enjoyable when it is very warm outside.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

To a New Yorker the travel to Uxua is an extreme travel sport but the effort may make Uxua feel all the more precious. Wilbert's design is inspiring and to be in so much beauty, to be welcomed and helped by the loveliest of staff is well, simply a miracle. Transcoso is such a part of the experience too.
Do take up the staff's suggestions. They know their stuff!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Uxua is simply unbelievable... The design was executed to perfection, and one can tell that the owner is extremely thoughtful in not only the design but also the guest experience as he has hired an unbelievable team. The staff are always two steps ahead. If you are going surfing they will have prepared a beach bag and have it waiting, there are perfect blankets to curl up in next to the outdoor sofas, two different types of bug spray in each room and in public spaces etc etc. Each of the managers made you feel like you were their absolute priority throughout the stay with the perfect balance of attentiveness and care. We have stayed at the most prestigious hotels in the world and Uxua has simply been our greatest experience. The breakfast alone is reason to go! Enjoy!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Clarksville, Maryland
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

Uxua strives to be your home away from home and it certainly delivers that and so much more. After a long 90 minute car ride from the Porto Seguro airport, we suddenly enter the town of Trancoso and stop in front of the most modest unpretentious sign that simply says ... UXUA ... and so begins our 7 days of UXUA'ness (wonderfulness). We were greeted by sweet Lilly who walks us through the luscious Uxua grounds filled with enchanted paths weaving through an abundance of tall palms, flowering bougainvillea vines and hibiscuses. She introduces us to Johne, the bartender, who immediately and with meticulous care makes us the most delicious caipirinhas and our long travel day woes quickly disappear.

Soon after Wilbert, the owner and creator of UXUA, emerges from the beach to greet us. Immediately his welcoming personality and friendly charm provides a foreshadowing to just how fantastic our stay is going to be. Lilly takes us to our San Joao casa (the only one with a private pool) where we enter by parting large luscious green plants and are immediately overwhelmed by the beautiful, rustic, earthy textures of our villa. Every detail in the room is a Bahian craftsman treasure from the copper and wooden faucets to the beautiful indigenous hardwood countertops to an indoor shower that allows you to push heavy wooden doors open for the feeling of showing in your own private outdoor garden. Our casa was such the perfect home for us, it was hard to leave and experience the village of Trancoso that we were so cleverly nestled within.

Besides the beautiful paradise Wilbert has created, he has also hired the best staff that only exponentially adds to your Uxua experience. Paula served us breakfast every morning with the warmth and care that would earn her “Best Mom” in any household. She was so accommodating to our every whim. Carlos was our own private concierge who took us to the Taipe beach where we hiked into grand cliffs that lined the beach until we reached a hidden lagoon. Here Carlos scraped thick white-chalky clay from the side of the cliff and like little kids we covered ourselves in the magical mineral-rich mud that Carlos told us soon would make our skin feel like a baby’s butt. Covered from head to toe in mud, we laid in the sun for about 30 minutes sharing stories about our lives and quickly becoming great friends. Exfoliating the white clay from our skin and then jumping back into the ocean, Carlos was right … all our wrinkles disappeared and our skin was truly as soft as a baby’s butt.

On another day, we took a car ride south to Espelho Beach also known as Mirror beach. Here we were dropped off at Silvia Calazans’ colorful mangrove restaurant shack, were we sipped caipirinhas under palm trees and ate Silvia’s homemade fish meal of the day (no menus here for sure.) We spent a fabulous day simply walking around the breathtaking beach with its backdrops of rocky mountain cliffs and absolutely flat deserted beaches. Yet another day in Uxua paradise.

The chefs at Uxua also invited me into their kitchen where they taught me how to make moqueca, the traditional Bahian fish stew. I have made it almost every week since we have returned home. My children are amazed at how I have learned to make fish taste so good to them. The food Uxua serves is amazingly and awe-inspiring delicious. We did feel the need to try some of the local restaurants (Argentina Parilla) but all fell short of the fresh seafood served every day at Uxua. Between Paula, Johne, Carlos, Erika, and Piero bestowing upon you everything you could possibly need or want made leaving the Uxua world of Wilbert tough to leave … and we can’t wait to return.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

What a place. The owner (divine Wilbert) has created a little Nirvana in Bahia. The hotel is superbly located on the famous Quadrado and close to the beach (with a private beach bar for Uxua guests of course). The interiors are unique and natural - inspired by the beautiful nature of the area. All the rooms differ and you can have a special experience in all of them. What a treat.
The staff are splendid and cater to every need and the spa is top notch. Make sure to use their gym as it's also excellent with a room for yoga too.
I loved the pool, the food (outstanding!) and the atmosphere. There is nowhere else to stay in Trancoso - this is it!

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hollywood, Florida
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

One of the best and most comfortable and unusual hotels we have been to. Perfectly located on the Quadrado, each of the 9 houses more spacious and beautiful than the next. Ours was a one bedroom home, on the quadrado, called casa Pedrinho. Huge shower, with two heads,kitchenette with all the amenities. Staff great and efficient, specially the concierge Carlos. Breakfast one of the best and most varied the we have ever had. Romantic and homey at the same time.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa
Address: Acesso ao Quadrado, Porto Seguro, State of Bahia 45810-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Bahia > Porto Seguro > Trancoso
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Trancoso
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Trancoso
#4 Spa Hotel in Trancoso
#4 Family Hotel in Trancoso
#4 Luxury Hotel in Trancoso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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