— How does an American end up in Brazil running a pousada?
So we went to Porto Seguro and three or four days after we had arrived, we decided to drive down the coast. We passed through Trancoso and stopped to have a drink, had another drink, and decided to spend the night. We got up the next day and said, “Wow! This is a beautiful beach, let’s walk a little bit more.” Ten days later, I had bought a summer retreat here on the beach at Trancoso.
My family, when I told them, said ‘Galen, you’re the most structured, predictable person we know in the world. There is zero chance that you would do something this spontaneous, that you would change your life and leave your career. Now, tell us the truth.’ I still don’t think they believe I am here. That was in 2001.”
— Villa Golf at Villas de Tranco
— Have you ever looked back?
— Villas de Trancoso beach
— And then you immediately started to run it as a pousada?
— Having an American background, what would you describe to be very Brazilian and what very American about the pousada?
This year, if you look at TripAdvisor, we are rated number one and have a five-star rating. We were also selected by Guia Quatro Rodas as one of the top boutique beach hotels in Brazil, but I would say what sets us apart is really the location, service and that emphasis on privacy.”
— Golf course
— And that would be the essence of Villas de Trancoso — a beautiful place with privacy and very high level of service?
We are also located on a quite dramatic beach. I had a lady yesterday who came back from a run on our beach. She was just speechless. She said, ‘I have travelled all over the world and I have never, ever found a beach that is this tranquil and this beautiful and this private.’ We hear that fairly often.”
— One Bedroom Villa
— How would you describe the style of the villas?
We call our style at Villas de Trancoso elegant simplicity. All the rooms have beds draped in white musquitero. We really try to go for nice, high end appointments, rugs, and what-not. They are all different. They are all unique.”