Trancoso, Bahia

UXUA Casa Hotel and Spa


Bahian chic

Bounded by thick jungle on three sides and the Atlantic on the fourth, Trancoso was an isolated fishing town for centuries before its 'discovery’ by hippies and artists in the 1970s.

Still quietly cool, its most stylish stay is UXUA, an exclusive yet laid back collection of ten private casas and a sumptuous spa right in the historic quadrado.

Half of the hotel’s casas date back centuries and have been carefully restored using traditional techniques and reclaimed materials by designer and owner Wilbert Das and a team of local artisans. All have their own character intertwined with contemporary luxuries.

Explore the town, relax by the chic beach lounge, treat yourself at Vida Spa and Lab, and tuck into excellent meals at the open kitchen.

The village itself, surrounded by lush rainforest and idyllic beaches, has changed little in the past few centuries. At Uxua you can enjoy the remoteness as well as relax knowing one of the hotel’s most pressing aims is to remain an industry leader in sustainable tourism.


At a glance

  • 10 individual houses with between one and three bedrooms

  • Spa

  • Beach bar

  • Chef's open kitchen

UXUA pool casa


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    Beach bar and pool

    The beach and UXUA's bar are just moments from your casa, ideal for getting social on a warm afternoons and evenings. Otherwise you can relax beside Uxua’s quartz swimming pool.

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    Spa and gym

    Take care of your body and soul at Uxua’s Vida Spa and Lab, and stick to your workout routine in the gym.

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    Go exploring and you’ll discover bio-diverse, well-preserved mangroves near to the hotel.

Community & Culture

Part of what makes Uxua so special is its position, right at the heart of a historic community and the warm welcome you receive from the people of Trancoso. The team partners with their neighbours on various local social projects. The people here respect tradition as well as nature, both of which they remain mindful of even as the town grows and modernity spreads. Many of the local youth recognize the challenges that brings and are passionate about protecting the village’s heritage so that they too will benefit from the quality of life Trancoso is known for.

Uxua, together with NGO Despertar, have established eco-education initiative where students learn about basic ecology and how to identify threats to the environment and appropriate ways to respond. The programme sees artists, designers, performing artists and writers getting involved as guest lecturers.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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