Hotels in Bahia State
A starkly elegant 50-room hotel in the center of old town.
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.
Songbird Gal Costa’s vacation house—designed by architect Ricardo Salem—became a hotel in 1998. Now a member of Relais & Châteaux, the 28-room beachfront resort retains a winningly informal vibe and friendly service.
Flávio Marelim, a former restaurateur from Rio, and Nana Salles, a fashion-business veteran, found this quiet stretch of coastline an hour south of Trancoso in 2000 and built their dream house here. Two years later they began taking paying guests at two bungalows they designed.
A one-bedroom chalet in the village of Trancoso, furnished with banana-fiber chairs and tatajuba-wood floors.
Etnia means “ethnicity,” and the stylish rooms (Moroccan, Goan, Japanese, African tribal) in this eight-villa resort underline the theme. Excellent breakfasts are served beside the swimming pool.
Portuguese architect Ana Catarina designed her own remote resort three hours south of Trancoso near a village that was without electricity until two years ago. The 57-acre coconut plantation had mostly mangroves and empty farmland as neighbors.