Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa
Uxua is a quirky boutique hotel which has been designed to blend seamlessly into the historic centre of dreamy Trancoso
The likeable Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa is an unashamedly arty place, with earthy décor and distressed furnishings, where salt-washed colours mingle with the bright and vibrant: all rather Sunday magazine supplement. But let’s not be flippant: a lot of inspired effort went into this design, with renowned artists working together with local artists using organic natural materials (thatch and hardwood furnishings) to blend the rustic with contemporary levels of comfort.
The property has 10 cottages including renovated fishermen's dwellings facing the sleepy quadrado (village green). Alongside these are individually fashioned houses hidden within the tropical garden. The service is relaxed and friendly, there are two restaurants offering traditional Bahian cuisine, a spa and gym, an enticing swimming pool and exclusive attention on the beach (a 20min stroll away).
Uxua is renowned for its inspirational Artist in Casa programme, inspired by the alternative traveller generation which rediscovered Trancoso in the ‘70s. This summer’s resident will be Royal Ballet trained dancer Karis Scarlette. Between 2-17 August 2019, Karis’ workshop will feature traditional ballet techniques, artistry and strength training, and there’s even Baby Ballet for children. Contact us for details and prices.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Highlight: Visiting Iguazu Falls.TF, Wakefield
Highlight: Pousada Rio Mutum, the sun rise trip and evening sunsets.IS, Crowthorne
Wow, so many it's hard to choose the most memorable aspect. Sunrise on the lake in the Pantanal was just wonderful. The exhilaration of standing at the devil's throat on the Argentinian side of Iguacu falls. Having the Brazilian Iguacu trail all to ourselves at sunset, when the park was closed but we could still stroll out of our hotel and soak up the view. Seeing wild toucans at Iguacu. Having a family of capybaras living outside our hut in the Pantanal and seeing wild macaws and howler monkeys. We had a great time on the plane from Salvador to Morro de Sao Paulo - tiny but brilliant views and very exciting. We also loved our boat trip around the islands and beaches near Paraty. We took a small sailing boat which made it extremely peaceful. The boat trip at Iguacu was also fantastic but be warned you do get completely soaked. Having a hot tub in our living room at Vila dos Orixas!TH, Arsenal
Most memorable experience: "Hard to say it was all wonderful. Looking for alligators in a minute boat in the dark with eyes peering at you from out of the reeds, took a bit of beating. Also the boat whizzing around under the falls was very special. The guides did a great job and it was great not being in a large group. I can't speak highly enough of the whole trip."VM, Shoreham-by-Sea
Iguacu Falls were spectacular Rio views as per postcards!!JM, Callander
Too many highlights - standing at the base of Christ the Redeemer, canoeing in the Amazon rainforest and sitting at the Cococabana Palace beach club on Cococabana beach........A fantastic holiday - thank you so much for organising everything I wanted and making my 2 weeks in Brazil so memorable.AL, London
Most Memorable Moment: Spotting 7 Jaguars in Refugio Caiman and Iguacu Falls. I also had my photo taken with Ronaldinho on Copacabana Beach. Ha!BW, London
Most memorable experience: "The contrast between city, wildlife and the beach."JB, Leicester
Expert help in tailoring a holiday that took in the nature of the country (the Amazon), the cities (Manaus, Rio and Salvador) and the idyllic beaches of Bahia - all in a not overly rushed two weeks.DA, West Norwood
Our trip was most enjoyable particularly because of the wide variety of locations and experiences. Difficult to pick out the most memorable - but the Anavilhanas l Lodge was quite outstanding.PA, Bourne End
Most Memorable Moment?: We were lucky enough to have a major thunder storm overnight at the Iguazu falls and these were unbelievably spectacular the next day. Also the Lencois Marahenas was utterly beautiful and quite different to anything else we saw.KT, Andover
Every day was special and we have many happy memories but probably the highlights were the views from the top of Sugar Loaf, getting up close to waterfalls, swimming in the Rio Negro and whale watching.LL, Tonbridge
The Iguazu falls were amazing. Brazilia was also a real experience and is undersold - it is a really singular place to visit - the parliament and other buildings are free to visit if you time it right. Rio was Rio and not to be missed all the highlights are highlights and will never forget visiting Christ the Redemptor on a steaming hot day. Christmas on Copacabana should be experienced by everyone - forget the turkey in the cold- this is how to live!AB, Reading
Highlights?: Ouro Preto and Paraty.CE, Barnett
Highlight: The wildlife at Mutum - tapir, caimans, anteater, capybara, massive range of birdlifeDL, London
Highlights?: Getting wet at Iguazu on the boat trip. Cooking in Stella's home on Flavours of Bahia tour.JM, Glasgow
Iguazu Falls, both sides spectacular, getting a flavour of Rio and being taken such good care of as a single traveller.MB, Thatcham
Most memorable was the approach toward the Falls on impossibly built metal walkways you could not have imagined the spectacle laid out before you. Our guide who sat on the prow of the boat and the atonishment as he leaped into the water distracting a Cayman and bringing it on board tightly held The view from the top looking down on Rio from the location of the Redemmer.AC, Saffron walden
Highlight: Walking on the trails through the rainforest on Ilha Grande.CB, Leeds
The whole trip was memorable because it was one fantastic adventure in four parts . We absolutely loved the stays in the Amazon & the Pantanal and felt exhilarated from the visits. We saw & experienced great things and have so many lovely memories.GHS, Iver
Rio - the ultimate party city. The Pantanal - fascinating wildlife. Iguacu - Wow ! And the Andes - Incredible. We ran out of superlatives to describe what we were seeing.PM, Stamford Brook
Highlight?: Diversity of wildlife in Brazil. The Iguacu Falls. Swimming in the Rio Negro. Seeing a Sloth. The whole journey was a trip of a lifetime.JW, Isle of Islay
Highlights?: The sighting of Fera the jaguar, and the giant otter sighting at Rio Mutum.MM, Ascot
Most Memorable Moment?: Trip to Mount Corcovado & Sugar Loaf but many memorable moments.MB, Bishop's stortford
All of it was memorable, the Hotel were the perfect choice and the guides were knowledgeable and very helpful. The Falls were breath-taking and listening to the falls and bird in the park in the morning was fantastic. Listening to the waves at Copacabana was great at night ad in the morning. They ensured we were checked in for our flights and willing to offer us guidance to ensure we have covered various experiences.BS, Harrow
Highlights: Sambadrome and IguacuRB, Reigate
Most memorable experience: "There are too many! looking down from Christ the Redeemer at sun set in Rio, using the local buses to get about town, sitting at an outdoor cafe on Ilha Grande and swimming in the natural pool outside of Paraty."ZB, London
Highlight?: Days in Olinda during Carnaval practice. Delta cruise from Parnaiba and 5 days in Jeri.JI, Orpington
Most Memorable Moment?: Probably seeing river otters at Pousada do Rio Mutum but we really liked the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls too.SS, Teddington
This trip was memorable from start to finish. We will definitely be visiting Brazil again.JH, Dorking
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