Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa

Brazil

Features

  • Family Friendly
  • Fine Dining
  • Going Solo
  • Outdoors
  • Retreat
  • Wellness

Spa

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pool

To Do

  • Cycling
  • Gymnasium
  • Hiking/walks
  • Horse riding
  • Personal training
  • Pilates
  • Pool – Outdoor
  • Scuba diving
  • Sightseeing
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Watersports
  • Yoga

Indelibly Bahian and achingly hip, the proposition at the iconic Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa is seamlessly holistic. Wilbert Das, the supremely amiable, passionate and informed former Creative Director of Diesel conceived his world-renowned jungle oasis from a tranche of land on South America’s most picturesque, UNESCO-protected square sequestering four 500-year-old casas.

Uxua’s narrative is native: the sustainable and low impact eco-philosophy here comes pitched against the high impact design ethos.

The Spa

Almescar Spa

From the 360 degree wellness focus extending from the aventurine quartz-lined hydropool – a topaz oasis that gleams through this humming jungled retreat like a diamond – to the bijou white spa and fitness quarters, everything here is boutique to the max.

Disciplines range from Capoeira classes with martial arts maestros to spa pilgrimages to the local indigenous white clay lagoons, as famously shot by Mario Testino for US Vogue.

Spa Facilities

  • Fitness studio
  • Capoeira classes
  • Yoga
  • Aventurine quartz pool

To Stay

Each of the accommodations here are utterly independent and sequestered away from your fellow guests – whether it’s a jungle lodging replete with rooftop plunge pool shimmering aquamarine in the thirty degree sun or a three-suited historic casa with courtyard and indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces spilling out onto the Quadrado.

To Eat

Chef Bernardo Silva serves up fresh, locally sourced Brazilian cuisine in the hotel lounge or beside the pool. The atmosphere is informal and laid-back.

The hotel’s beach bar is constructed from local wood and clay using traditional techniques. An old fishing boat is the drinks counter, and bamboo pergolas shade those who come here to sip the signature pineapple-and-ginger caipirinhas.


Facilities and Activities

  • Restaurant
  • Lounge bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness centre
  • Fitness classes
  • Capoeira classes
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Dance classes
  • Pilates classes on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Cookery classes on site
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Fitness centre
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Ecotours nearby

Getting There

Praça São João, Porto Seguro – BA, 45810-000, Brazil

+55 73 3668 2277

Flights run from London to Sao Paulo and then to Porto Seguro. From there it’s a forty minute car or taxi ride to Trancoso.

Victoria GillBy Victoria Gill

Indelibly Bahian and achingly hip, the proposition at the iconic Uxua Casa Hotel and Spa is seamlessly holistic. Wilbert Das, the supremely amiable, passionate and informed former Creative Director of Diesel conceived his world-renowned jungle oasis from a tranche of land on South America’s most picturesque, UNESCO-protected square sequestering four 500-year-old casas. Uxua’s narrative is native: the sustainable and low impact eco-philosophy here comes pitched against the high impact design ethos. The twelve lodgings, each with their own distinct purpose and personality, are all equally sanctuary-like: secret corners and hidden houses magically blending into their verdant setting.

The heat is strong in Bahia and the jungle fringes pulsing. Bumping along the roughshod, vegetation-lined tracks to Trancoso, the palm leaves stand sentry to one of the most aspirational jetset destinations of this world. If life in this intrinsically spiritual sphere of this consciousness-orientated country instantly transports you to the chill zone, then this holistic haven – all raw, striking, uber-luxe – is a peerless and bucket-list worthy blend of luxury and jungle chic. The wellness, and your spirit, seem to morph by osmosis into the “Tranquilo, tranquilo”-inducing Bahian heat, native artisanry and indigenous spirit. Equal parts jungle lodge and jetset resort, this is 21st century rustic luxe.

Almescar Spa

From the 360 degree wellness focus extending from the aventurine quartz-lined hydropool – a topaz oasis that gleams through this humming jungled retreat like a diamond – to the bijou white spa and fitness quarters, everything here is boutique to the max.

Disciplines range from Capoeira classes with martial arts maestros to spa pilgrimages to the local indigenous white clay lagoons, as famously shot by Mario Testino for US Vogue.

The Treatment

The scent of the indigenous Almescar after which Uxua’s spa is named is a heady, penetrating blend of eucalyptus and lavender that envelops like a siren. The trees that produce this omnipotent oil – indigenous only to the Amazon and Southern Bahia – produce a highly bioactive resin.Cosseted somewhere in a thatch-roofed, white-walled treatment cocoon, the strokes of the Relaxing Almescar Oil Massage alternate between deep, releasing strokes to feather-light caresses. Nothing is left untouched, from the eyelids to ear tips, colon to little toes.

Cosseting and deep-penetrating, intuitive and osteopathic, neck and shoulders are aligned and the belly button massaged all under the heady bouquet of the signature native Almescar oil and the alchemical touch of the native Bahian therapist and breeze.

Other Treatments

  • Moonbath Pre-Sun Body Scrub and Hydrating Massage
  • After-Sun Skin Repair with Fresh Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Reflexology with Almescar
  • Bahian Hot Stone Massage with Almescar Oil or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Lymphatic Drainage Massage with Essential Oil of Ginger (option of Cinnamon, Rosemry, Lime, or Cloves)
  • Almescar Facial
  • Bahian Cacao Facial

To Stay

Technicolor butterflies dance around rainbow-coloured flowers lining the wraparound terrace of The Studio. Conceived as an artist’s retreat, The Studio is both a signature of and central to life at Uxua, while still retaining that feeling of being entirely sequestered away. The Studio morphs into its jungled surrounds from the reclaimed wood of its floors to the retracting walls and abundant glass and adopts the soothing spirit of its history. A dark wood, palm-fenced cave of design aplomb, sinking into the comely king size after slinking back from the masseuse, the West is instantly washed away. A centrepiece bespoke trunk opens to reveal a plasma screen soothing surround sounds. The colours, scents, sounds and materials indigenous to Bahia stretch from the almescar products in the open air bathroom to the humming birds hovering in the trees of your veranda and the most authentic rendition of a rainforest shower – colossal, gnarled deadwood trunks that converge overhead in twin hot and cold jets then line the al fresco space as dressing table and his and hers basins – conceivable.

Like each of the twelve boutique lodgings at UXUA, The Studio’s layout is so elaborate that it is presented complete with floorpan, walk in wardrobe, outside space and kitchen. Each of the accommodations here are utterly independent and sequestered away from your fellow guests – whether it’s a jungle lodging replete with rooftop plunge pool shimmering aquamarine in the thirty degree sun or a three-suited historic casa with courtyard and indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces spilling out onto the Quadrado.

To Eat

Food is faithful to the Uxua proposition: in harmony with and reverence to its setting.Sample Bahian staples such as manioc and moqueca (a rich tomato and coconut-based seafood and fish stew), or national treasures with a resort twist: tapioca ice cream and caipiricoco (caipirinhas served in the Bahian leitmotif of freshly-fallen coconuts).

Churrasco skewers come dipped in manioc and the calamari is plumbed from the beaches of Bahia; chocolate comes crafted from the beans of Uxua’s own cocoa trees.

Don’t Miss

If life at Uxua’s private beach feels like being a member of a private club, it’s because you are. The signature white cabanas overlooking the warm, relentlessly pulsating, spray-tipped, inky seas, passing horsemen and sashaying sun kings and goddesses, are each designated to one of the individual houses.

The bar here is carved from an antique fishermen’s boat, among the many authentic nods. A clientele drawn from the cities of London, Sao Paulo and New York nod over caipirinhas to the seductive sounds of Bossa Nova house and rhythmic roar of crashing waves. Interloper Spa Spy demurred from joining the parading Carioca crowd flexing their muscles at Uxua beach club’s al fresco wooden gym.