Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa was chosen as the best resort in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, one of the most prestigious tourism publications on the market. 

The prestigious British magazine Condé Nast Traveler elected the Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, in Porto Seguro, Bahia, as the best resort in the world. Located in the famous Quadrado, the resort in trancoso was also, for the third consecutive year, at the top of the list of best resorts in South America.

Discreet and fully integrated with nature and the local community, Uxua Casa Hotel & SPA has a luxurious rustic style, which maintains characteristics of the houses in the region and uses sustainable materials and pieces from Bahian artisans. As a result, it offers extremely comfortable environments and beautiful decoration, which perfectly reflects the local culture.

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Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa was the only Brazilian accommodation listed in the 34th edition of Reader's Choice Awards. The publication considered the opinion of more than 800,000 readers, who responded to the 2021 survey, from January to June this year.

Morukuru Family Beach Lodge, in South Africa, and L'Horizon Resort & Spa, in Palm Springs, California, ranked second and third, respectively, in the ranking of the best resorts in the world. The awards also chose the best hotels, spas, countries, cities, islands, airlines, trains and cruises in the world.

What makes Uxua the best resort in the world?

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Uxua means “wonderful” in the language of the Pataxó Indians and the name is perfect to describe the place. When choosing Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa as the best resort in the world, Condé Nast Traveler highlighted how the hotel manages to enhance the atmosphere and tropical attributes of Bahia. And this is precisely the objective of the Uxua project, by Dutch designer Wilbert Das.

So much so that, in 2009, when construction of the resort began, the designer was concerned with incorporating traditional construction methods from the region, recovered materials and the work of local artisans into his design. In addition, it recovered five historic houses in the Quadrado de Trancoso and integrated everything into nature, forming beautiful tropical gardens on the property's 9,000 m².

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Today, Uxua is made up of 13 private houses - including a tree house -, with options from 1 to 3 suites. They are: Ceramics, Dona Frozina, Studio, Quintal, Seu Pedrinho, Seu Irênio, Terraço do Céu, Casa da Árvore, Seu João, Zé and Zilda, Gulab Mahal, Eugênia and Casa do Lago.


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The latter is the newest accommodation at Uxua and also the most spacious, with 3 suites, a private garden, dining room and open-air kitchen and a natural lake with rare species of fish. It was completed in the last months of 2020 and built with reclaimed wood.

One of the highlights of Uxua is Vida Spa & Lab, run by physician and nutritionist Dr. Jullian Hamamoto, who explores the riches of the Atlantic Forest to create exclusive treatments, inspired by nutritional science and also by studying the local heritage of folk medicine and the ancient healing practices of the Pataxó people.

These treatments are able to awaken senses and restore bodies. In addition, the place uses only natural 100% products, handcrafted with native ingredients, such as coconut oil, Brazil nuts, cocoa, pitanga and other fruits. The resort also has a swimming pool coated with green aventurine quartz, a natural mineral from Bahia, famous for its therapeutic properties.

Another highlight is the refined cuisine at Uxua, both at the Quadrado restaurant and at the beach bar. Uxua Quadrado specializes in traditional Bahian cuisine, and Uxua Praia is one of the most acclaimed in Brazil, with tropical drinks and typical snacks from the region. Built on an old fishing boat, the place has a piassava roof and a beautiful view, fully integrated with nature.

Those staying at the Uxua have access to the beach through a path flanked by mangroves, which leads to the fine white sands, where the beach bar is located and several exclusive loungers for guests.

More about the resort in Trancoso

Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa is just 8 minutes from Barra do Rio Trancoso beach, right in the heart of the village, in the well-known Quadrado, where the main restaurants, inns and shops are. The nearest airport is Porto Seguro, 38 km away, and the resort offers transfers for guests.

Designed to keep the history of the place alive, Uxua has centenary houses, dating back to the foundation of Trancoso. Each one of them has a family story, told through details in the restored building and in the various objects that give life to the decoration of the environments.

Speaking of art, the resort in Trancoso also favors its guests who, in some way, can contribute to the history of the place, especially in photographic compositions that represent the unique experiences lived in the village and in Uxua.

In addition, it maintains the Artist at Home project, in which artists from all over the world stay at Uxua while creating objects with their own style and technical skill, with local inspiration and materials. Nice, isn't it?

Trancoso, in turn, is a destination famous for its paradisiacal beaches and the charm of the colorful houses in the Quadrado, the historic center of the village, where there are no cars. Great option for those looking for tranquility and contact with nature, the village is one of the beautiful districts of Porto Seguro, next to Caraíva and Arraial D'Ajuda, two other paradises.

And, despite the tranquility of the place, there is no shortage of things to do in Trancoso. The village has a lot of activity, several options for tours, great restaurants, irresistible shops and a breathtaking view. A simple walk in the Quadrado is already quite a walk, in addition to the entire region that surrounds it. Therefore, it is very worthwhile to reserve a few days to enjoy all the charm and beauty of this paradise on the south coast of Bahia.

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