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 and tranquil seclusion, add welcoming guest villas and blend with spacious tropical gardens and a beautiful beach. The result? A delicious stay at 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.

Highs

  • 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 29 people), who can request exclusive use of the whole place

Lows

  • 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 or get-together this is a really great place for a group holiday. You can book exclusive use of the property, which sleeps up to 29 people.

You'll also have use of all the facilities, including the central cabana building. Here you'll find the pool, intimate restaurant and snug attic lounge (complete with 500+ music CDs, DVDs and games). It's a great spot for everyone to be together.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 10
  • 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
Room:

Rooms

Strolling through the tropical gardens, just a couple of hundred yards from the beach, you'll find 5 suites and 5 villas, each with 1 or 2 bedrooms.

Villa Sky VIP is the largest. Having just one bedroom, it's ideal for honeymooners. The open design sees sunlight shaft down over two floors, traversing hand-carved columns as it does. 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.

The thatched Two-Bedroom Villas - Villa Moon and Villa Gardens - 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). Great for families, the bedrooms can be configured as doubles or twins, with one able to fit an additional single bed. As well as air-conditioning, they also have fans.

The comfortable One-Bedroom Villas - Villa Sun and Villa Trees - have large bathrooms with showers (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.

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.

Features include:

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

Eating

All paths lead to the poolside thatched cabana restaurant, where you can expect tasty dishes made with fresh local ingredients, including a plentiful supply of seafood. It's friendly and informal, but romancers can try a candlelit dinner in their villa for a sense of occasion. There's also a great little beach bar, perfect for sundrenched cocktails between swims.

The restaurant has an extensive and reasonably priced lunch and dinner menu made up 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. If you fancy something simpler, sandwiches and salads are also available.

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.

If you wish to venture further afield, there are several good restaurants in Trancoso's Quadrado, but you'll need to take a taxi.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
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Activity:

Activities

  • 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
  • Trancoso has some of the best beaches in Brazil; you can explore the area yourselves or seek advice from the knowledgeable hotel staff. Itaporoca, Curuipe and Espelho (20km) are all highly recommended
  • Go shopping around Trancoso's Quadrado, home to chi-chi boutiques selling hot Brazilian labels rather than global designer names
  • Go bicycling or horse riding up and down the beach
  • Kayak on one of the many rainforest river tributaries or amongst the mangroves
  • Golf at the world-class Terravista course (2km away) - a beautiful setting overlooking cliffs and ocean, jungle and lakes
  • Borrow a board and go body surfing
  • There's an on-site gym and access to nearby tennis courts can be arranged

Activities on site or nearby include:

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

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Family friendly accommodation:

The Two-Bedroom Villas have a good amount of space and the option of twin bedrooms.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request.

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

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
8/
Food
8/
Service
8/
Value
8/
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