As far as rustic charm and laid back, effortless style go, things really don’t get much better than Uxua, set in a little piece of paradise known as Trancoso, Brazil.
Every step down the meandering pathways of this deceptively large, secret, tropical garden is met with small moments of delight. Each unique casa is self-contained and surrounded by lush tropical fauna, blurring the borders between internal and external spaces – especially in the case of the treehouse.
And it is his commitment to integrating the property into the local culture and community that marks Uxua out as the very best in forward-looking hospitality. The hotel, which incidentally feels much more like a private home, is staffed mostly by young people from the local community who Wilbert trains and mentors. From day one, he has worked with local craftsmen and builders, a relationship that has transformed lives and created a thriving artisan community. A stay here can be equally transformative; many of Uxua’s guests return year on year and some, like Anderson Cooper, have commissioned Wilbert to design and build their own casas. Well, you would, wouldn’t you?
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While you’re Out There
If you are a fan of deserted beaches (who isn’t?) check out Itaquena, the perfect place to get away from it all (if for some bizarre reason Uxua doesn’t already bring you down a few notches in the relaxation stakes), renew your energy and ogle at its sheer natural beauty. It’s an ideal spot for a walk, sit on the sand and enjoy the warm sea while visiting Trancoso.