Villas de Trancoso

Trancoso, Nr Porto Seguro, Bahia, Brazil Book from

Luxury private villa retreats set on a beautiful Bahian beach close to the hippy-chic village of Trancoso
Mix together a cocktail of Bahia's relaxed exotic culture. Blend in the tranquil seclusion of guest villas set in spacious tropical gardens by a beautiful beach and you get Villas de Trancoso. Set just a mile from the hip yet historic village of Trancoso, 500 miles south of Salvador, these suites and 1- and 2-bedroom guest villas are like homes within an intimate hotel thanks to American owner Galen Briggs. When first visiting, so seduced was he by the area, that he never left. Today his attention to detail is notable everywhere.

Picture elegant native décor and a real sense of personal service to plan a myriad of trips and activities. Lounge by the hotel's white marbled pool or ask the accomplished chef to cook up something delicious from the kitchen. Its private terraced beach area lies beneath shady palms where you'll find the bar, a uniquely crafted wooden gym and waterfall showers. The sun shines more often in these parts and at full moon a stroll along the shore is unforgettable.


  • Exclusive unspoilt beach location with miles of coast to explore
  • Only a mile from Trancoso's Quadrado with its laid-back restaurants and funky boutiques
  • Charming owners and staff who can help to plan your activities
  • Spacious and comfortable - you could easily spend days just relaxing at the hotel
  • Private setting amidst tropical gardens
  • Ideal for honeymooners, groups of friends or families (up to 16 people), who can request exclusive use of the whole place


  • The secluded spot means the nearest nightlife is a bumpy but short taxi ride away in Trancoso
  • During or after heavy rains, roads can be muddy
  • Getting there requires more than just one flight, but is worth the effort
  • The Suites lack the privacy of the villas

Best time to go

Any time of year. It's warm all year round and temperatures vary little from month to month. June to September is slightly cooler, with average highs of around 80F and cool evenings. It's generally hotter from December to April with average highs in the late 80sF. It can rain anytime of year but April to July tend to be the wetter months.

Our top tips

If you want to splash out for a landmark birthday this is a really great place to bring a group of friends to celebrate with - you'll have exclusive use of the facilities if you take over the 5 villas.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 11
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages accepted
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available


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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cd player
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fireplace
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Mosquito net
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • WiFi


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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant


  • Make sure you visit Trancoso for its atmosphere. Take a short taxi ride to the village Quadrado - a large grassy rectangle dominated at one end by a simple white colonial church overlooking the cliffs to the ocean. You'll find horses grazing and locals playing football or practising capoeira all surrounded by brightly coloured one storey dwellings which are home to boutiques and restaurants
  • Head to the gym - professional trainer Fernanda will provide help and can give stretch classes
  • Borrow a board and go body surfing
  • Go bicycling or horse riding up and down the beach (both can be arranged with local companies)
  • Kayaking can be arranged on one of the many rainforest river tributaries or amongst the mangroves
  • Golf can be arranged at the worldclass Terravista course (2km away) - a beautiful setting overlooking cliffs and ocean, jungle and lakes
  • Access to nearby courts can be arranged if you want to play tennis
  • Go shopping. You'll find some of the very best clothes in all of Brazil around Trancoso's Quadrado. Chi-chi boutiques sell hot Brazilian labels rather than global designer names. Don't miss Rosa Cha (colourful bikinis and wraps), Richards (men's casual wear), and Osklen (men's T-shirts)
  • Trancoso has some of the best beaches in Brazil and you can explore the area yourselves or be guided by the local knowledge of the hotel staff. Itaporoca, Curuipe and Espelho (20km) are all highly recommended

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Well being


Children of all ages are welcome - baby cots are available and single beds can replace double beds in the villas if required.

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

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