Barefoot luxury meets rustic village life at the Uxua Casa Hotel, a tranquil retreat in the simple coastal town of Trancoso. With a philosophy that shares the easy-going, traditional attitude of the residents and seeks to protect the integrity of the area, Uxua has emerged as a quiet, sustainable retreat that is not without luxury.
Uxua is the inspired product of designer Wilbert Das, using reclaimed materials, traditional building techniques and authentic collections of Brazilian art and antiques. Four of the individual casas are converted fishermen’s homes and face the 16th century Quadrado, the village center, while the remainder are hidden in the property’s lush gardens, formerly part of a “hippie” commune in the 1970s.
Each of the ten individual abodes has its own unique personality and features, with the open living spaces and blend of the contemporary and the simple inspiring a style that has been dubbed “rustic modernism”. All casas include a private garden, indoor/outdoor living spaces, plush king size beds and a full kitchen where a private chef will prepare meals at your request. The en suite open-air baths are truly a unique feature, with hand-carved wooden shower heads and sinks made from hollowed tree roots.
There are two restaurants from which to choose, each serving fresh local seafood in an informal, laid-back atmosphere. Carved out amidst groves of palms and flowering foliage, the swimming pool is comprised of thousands of green aventurine quartz stones, said to have healing powers, and a large wooden deck. Here you can enjoy poolside cocktails, or instead head to the beachside bar and lounge on sofas crafted out of old wooden fishing boats for an idyllic day of sun and sand. By night, the Quadrado is lit with torches and candles, with the doors of the local establishments thrown open for late-night shopping and live music under the stars.Request Information