Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm (again, depending on occupancy).
Double rooms from $415.45 (BRL1,600), excluding tax at 13 per cent.
Rates include a Bahian breakfast, a reserved sofa at the beach lounge and parking
Private cooking classes taught by the hotel's chefs, or even Trancoso locals, can be held in your casa's kitchen.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, library, DVD library, laundry service, in-room spa/beauty treatments. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, king-size beds, free WiFi, dining table, air-conditioning, minibar, Natura toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
We love the two-bedroom Gulab Mahal casa, which comes with a private tiered garden, a cushion-filled mezzanine, three bathrooms (two of them in the open air) and views of the Quadrado from every angle. It also houses Indian-style stained-glass and carved-wood features, which date back to the 1970s ‘hippie invasion’ of Trancoso. We also adore the Casa do Arvore honeymoon suite, which is built from recycled wood and is situated high in the trees.
Shaped like a lake and surrounded by a huge wooden deck, the hotel pool, constructed from thousands of green aventurine quartz stones, is big enough to do laps. It is gloriously surrounded by tall trees, coconut palms and flowering plants.
The hotel’s Almescar Spa is home to Bahia’s first Vichy treatment suite, where warm water pours down from carved eucalyptus trunks and therapies use indigenous local ingredients like almescar and cacao. Treatments can be carried out indoors or outdoors, there's a Jacuzzi and yoga, capoeira and <i>forró</i> dancing lessons are held frequently. In-villa treatments are available too.
Bring your iPod – all casas come with docking stations, and you can download as many bossa nova tunes as you like thanks to the free WiFi.
Personal chefs are available on request, and will prepare a meal of whatever you desire to be served to you in your private casa. Ask when you check in.
Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa is very much an adult's playground, however, children are allowed. Babysitting can be arranged and baby cots (for tots two-and-under) are free; extra beds available for an extra charge, which varies seasonally.