Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso
This exceptional hotel radiates rustic charm and quirky luxury, and it made the 2018 Condé Nast Traveller's Gold List. Set in the heart of the town square, Uxua Casa Hotel is nestled in tropical gardens sprinkled with innovatively designed casitas including a treehouse and converted fishermen homes.
Unique design elements include a lagoon-style pool that shimmers with green aventurine quartz and a beachfront lounge crafted from abandoned fishing boats. The restaurant and bar are popular with guetst and locals alike. In the hotel's open kitchen, sublime Bahian cuisine is produced using the best local ingredients. Guests can pull up a stool and watch as the chefs create their dishes or even take part in an 'Essence of Bahian Cooking Experience'. Meals can be enjoyed at the poolside, at the beach lounge, in the town's Quadrado square or in your own casa.
At UXUA’s Almescar Spa, which is surrounded by verdant mangrove forest, a range of rejuvenating beauty treatments and massages make use of healing local ingredients such as coconut and almond oil. There is also a fitness centre and classes including capoeira, yoga and Pilates.
The rooms are set in restored fishermen houses which have been crafted using traditional building methods and reclaimed materials. Offering a rustic design, these unique 'casas' each feature a kitchen, indoor/outdoor living room, outdoor bathroom, television, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi and have either one, two or three bedrooms. The Estudio Casa has a large terrace.