Going Brazilian at Uxua Casa Hotel
‘You’re staying in my favorite room,’ said a concierge at Uxua Casa Hotel, (...) upon our arrival. Yeah, right. But by the end of our four days in Trancoso, Brazil, we believed it. Three hours — two by plane, one by car — north of São Paulo, Trancoso is a fishing village turned rustic summer retreat for rich Paulistanos. At one end of the two-hectare quadrado, or town green, is Brazil’s second oldest church, Igreja de São João Batista (1586), and behind it is a sweeping view down to the Atlantic. Single-story buildings in tropical colors flank the quadrado: some are still houses; most are shops and restaurants that open around 5 p.m.; three, including our casa, Seu Pedrinho, are part of Uxua (pronounced Ooh-shoo-ah).
Our room’s proximity to the quadrado is what made it so special. Sitting in the chairs outside our front door, we watched an early-morning soccer game (...). At dusk, the riot of colors calms down, but lanterns dangling from fig trees turn the place magical.
Diesel’s Creative Director Opens Uxua Casa Hotel in Brazil
Rustic and local might not be the atmosphere you’d expect at a luxury hotel conceived by the top designer at Diesel, the fashion-forward, international brand. Instead, infinity pools and sheets of glass might come to mind. But when Wilbert Das, Diesel’s creative director, embarked on construction of Uxua Casa Hotel in Trancoso, a brightly painted coastal village in southeastern Brazil, he aimed for full aesthetic immersion. “I am very tired of design hotels,” Das says. “I think you should feel like where you are when you’re on … vacation.” To revamp and build the property’s guesthouses (eight “casas” and one treehouse) and public areas, he recruited local craftspeople, asking that they use regional construction methods and materials, and avoid glass and plastic. Workers made walls from mud and branches (a local Indian technique), used wooden blinds instead of windowpanes, and shingled roofs with a traditional hardwood.
(…) Meanwhile, Brazil’s seaside town of Trancoso welcomes the UXUA Casa Hotel, a brand-new nine-bungalow compound made almost entirely out of recycled materials. Designed by Wilbert Das, the creative director of Diesel, the hotel has such rustic-chic touches as an abandoned fishing boat for a beach bar and eucalyptus shower heads. The piece de resistance, however, is the pool, embedded with 40,000 shimmering green aventurine-quartz pebbles.
There is nothing missing in the Quadrado, the central square in Trancoso. Despite of the restaurants and charming little shops, since last April it became more cool with the opening of UXUA hotel, Wilbert Das (Diesel creation director) last creation. The new address was born hype – it hosted the Pirelli calendar 2010 shooting and discreet – there is not even a small sign at the front. Instead of suites, nine houses “make” UXUA, with predicates that include the use of only demolition wood in its buildings and in some of the bathrooms, the shower is made of an eucalypt trunk. Apart from that, details that make all the difference like the welcome bahian sweet on the table, the swimming pool as a green stone mosaic, including my favorite ice cream: the tapioca flavor from Ribeira ice cream, classical soteropolitano (from Salvador). In 70 years, this is the first time the brand serves its ice cream somewhere different from their own shop.
Uxua Casa Hotel
In an area of 5.500 square meters located in the Sao Joao square, known as ‘Quadrado’ (National Historical Heritage), the simple and fascinating architecture of its region integrates with outdoor spaces surrounded by gardens and decorated with a rustic and exclusive style, which makes the hotel an invitation to a village lifestyle.
Workmanship, recycled and organic materials, and local construction techniques give the space an original and unique approach that can be found in each of the 14 structures that, with the collaboration of local artists and artisans, were decorated and planed to offer a rustic luxury and casual vibe.
The amazing sensation of ‘feel at home’ is explored in the concept and in the 9 houses (casas) of the hotel, of which 3 are located on the ‘Quadrado’, and from there you will find a discrete path to the unimaginable garden that connects the common areas to the other 6 units.
Six of the nine guest cottages at this boutique hotel — pronounced oo-SHOO-ahh — in Trancoso, Brazil, are scattered around a garden shaded by towering jackfruit trees; the three best rooms face the square. (Yes, one of those candy-colored façades can be yours.) Warm, rustic elements meet sleek Midcentury Brazilian furniture and fully outfitted kitchens. Take breakfast on your veranda or by the pool, flop into a hammock, and play out your biribando fantasy in Trancoso.
Uxua Casa Hotel, Trancoso, Brazil
Every summer, Brazil’s fashion and finance sets steal away to Trancoso, a colonial village on the Bahían coast (imagine the Hamptons in vivid colors). Those who don’t already have their own fabulous digs in the area more than make do at Uxua Casa Hotel, built by Dutchman Wilbert Das, the former creative director of fashion label Diesel. With just nine guest quarters scattered around a lantern-lit garden, this posada set discreetly off the main square makes high style of rusticity. Casas have thatched roofs, cement and/or wood floors, king-size beds with fine linens, and a catalog’s worth of vintage furniture and Bahían folk art. Sumptuous bathrooms incorporate reclaimed tree trunks. At the beach, a five-minute stroll away, the hotel runs a lively bar and lounge, where locally crafted daybeds front a gorgeous strand. Staff may be snooty or sweet, depending on who’s on duty, but with luck you’ll run into barman Morgan Biagio, who makes a mean passion fruit caipirinha.