“Luxury private villa retreats set on a beautiful Bahian beach close to the hippy-chic village of Trancoso”
Strolling through the tropical gardens, just a couple of hundred yards from the beach, you'll find five suites and five 1- and 2-bedroom guest villas. You can book the suites and villas individually but if there's a group of you (up to 16 people), it's an ideal place to hire exclusively. The central cabana building where you'll find the pool, intimate restaurant and snug attic lounge (complete with 500+ music CDs, DVDs and games) is a great spot for everyone to be together.
The villas are built using Brazilian wood and palm thatch and are decorated with fine white linen, romantically draped mosquito nets, local crafts and colourful rugs. The owners refer to it as "elegant simplicity". Each has air conditioning, cordless phones, WiFi, a satellite TV, CD and DVD players and a safe for your valuables.
Villa Sky is the 1-bedroom VIP villa and the largest - ideal for honeymooners. Walk in and you're struck by 4 large hand-carved columns. The open design is blessed with light shafting down through its 2 storeys from ceiling windows above to enhance its sense of space. There's a raised private dining area, a bar and a living room with a fireplace. Upstairs you'll find a kingsize bed, a Jacuzzi, and a deck area where you can gaze out to the distant ocean, beach, pool and gardens.
Villa Moon and Villa Gardens are 2-bedroom thatched villas which come with a small living room, a master bathroom with a dressing area, and double showers, as well as a second bathroom with a shower (no bath). These are most suited to families as bedrooms here can be configured for single or queensize beds, with one of the bedrooms able to fit 3 singles. As well as air conditioning, they also have fans.
Villa Sun and Villa Trees are comfortable 1-bedroom thatched villas with large bathrooms with a shower (no bath), plus verandas where you can lazily swing in a hammock.
The 5 Suites (which we're yet to see) also come with 1 bedroom; these are smaller than the villas, but are a great option for couples on a budget.
All paths lead to the thatched cabana building by the pool where the restaurant is situated. Open for guests only, there's a distinct sense of flexibility and lack of formality. You may end up eating with others, but you can eat by the pool or wherever you like given some notice. Romancers can try a candlelit dinner in their villa.
Food here is a passion for the owners and the chef works wonders. Rather than fussy gourmet cuisine, expect tasty dishes made with fresh local ingredients, including a plentiful supply of seafood.
Breakfast is buffet style and in keeping with the surroundings: seasonal tropical fruits and juices along with a selection of baked breads, pastries, cheeses and omelettes of your choice.
For lunch and dinner there's an extensive and reasonably priced menu of local and international offerings. For starters try the shrimps cooked with garlic and olive oil or the Lasagna de Abobrinha made with thin strips of squash, ricotta and mozzarella. Main dishes, which are enough to share, might include moon fish baked in a banana leaf with crab farofa (manioc flour) and lime sauce, lobster moqueca (lobster cooked in spicy coconut milk) and a "Brazilian Feast" feijoada (black bean stew with pork sausage, bacon, ribs and more) for the really hungry. Finish with a desert of white chocolate and passion fruit mousse.
If you fancy something simpler, sandwiches, salads and steak and chips are also available. Don't feel restricted to keeping to any set priced menu though, as you can ask the chef to rise to a challenge given some notice.
If you wish to venture further afield, there are several good restaurants in Trancoso's Quadrado (we liked Cacau and Capim Santo), but you'll need to take a taxi.
Children of all ages are welcome - baby cots are available and single beds can replace double beds in the villas if required.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking