Take me here now. PLEASE!
I’ve been following the progress of this sweet Brazilian resort and am so excited to finally share it. Uxua Casa Hotel has all the elements I love to find in a hotel: It’s lovingly created by a private owner, its dripping with local flavor and has a great design aesthetic. See, I’m not that hard to please.
Here’s the deal: Uxua was started by the fashionable Wilbert Das, the former creative director of Diesel. He traveled to the remote Trancoso region of Brazil, fell in love with it, bought some property and decided to share his special place with a quiet Brazilian resort. And importantly, he also wanted to incorporate the village into his resort. He built the hotel so it would mesh with and even aid the community. Four of the hotel’s colorful “casitas” face the 1586 town square and were original fishermen cottages. In the 16th century missionaries cleared the rain forest to establish the town for the native people and apparently not a whole lot has changed over the years.
Today, guests can watch locals do capoeira, the Brazilian martial-art in the town square, and take lessons from townspeople. Or they can go fishing for dinner then learn to clean and cook their catch in the local style. But mostly it’s the resort’s position on the town square that allows visitors to become a part of town life, at least for a week or two. Lets go, eh?
And of course the design is fantastic. Here are more photos of Uxua…Here are the three casitas that face the town square, bright colors peeping through the trees, each with tables out front for chilin’ with a tasty caipirinha.
I’m drawn to the earthy simplicity of the decor, and love those pops of color. They’re just enough to keep Uxua from becoming too zen. This is the adorable pink, Seu Pedrinho casita, pictured above covered in bougainvillea, which faces the square.
The casitas don’t come cheap. Uxua runs $680 to $1,700 a night including breakfast. I think someone should throw a big, bohemian wedding here, like the one in “Rachel Getting Married.” And please invite me. What do you think?
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