It's affordable yet stylish and has a friendly atmosphere
Located right by Trancoso's grassy square or "Quadrado" lined with boutiques and open air restaurants
The beach is a 20-minute walk away however Etnia has a lovely pool and restaurants right on your doorstep
Intimate rustic-chic hotel and all guest rooms are individually styled
It now has a sister property called Etnia Clube de Mar, which has direct beach access and guests can use the facilities at both
Temperatures in Bahia vary little from month to month and it's warm all year round, with average highs hovering around 30°C. April to July is the wettest season (though it can rain at any time) and June to September bring slightly cooler evenings. Salvador goes mad during Carnival (February or March depending on the year) - more than 2 million party-goers hit the streets for a colourful riot of dancing and drinking - expect prices to hike and availability to fall dramatically.
Pousada Etnia is an intimate rustic-chic boutique hotel located in the heart of Trancoso, one of Brazil's hippest villages in Southern Bahia home to authentic little restaurants. Below Trancoso's cliffs are miles of golden sand beaches to explore
Dotted amongst banana, mango and Pau Brazil trees the eight bungalow rooms at Pousada Etnia each present a different world style from Africa to the Orient. Created by charismatic Italian fashion designers the hotel has immaculate taste, attention to detail and a personal touch. The Master Suite Bungalows offer a little more space and feature living rooms with cable TV.
The beautiful swimming pool is surrounded by a wooden deck, a loggia with superb views and decorated with white sofas and curtain voiles. The hotel’s stylish restaurant/bar is adorned with crisp white cushions, rattan armchairs and has fabulous views. There is a certain understated sophistication to Etnia. No wonder it is a favourite for fashion shoots, design journals and people that yearn for something a bit different.
Why not experience the wonderfully relaxed atmosphere of Trancoso, unwind on one of the many stunning beaches or simply indulge yourself with some Watsu water therapy available at the hotel's therapy centre.
Pousada Etnia offers the discerning guest eight themed rooms built to blend in with their natural surroundings. The doubles are Goa, Kyoto, Cottage, Tribal, and Trancoso. The Master Suite Bungalows Morocco, Gypsy, and Mediterranean all have a living room with cable TV.
Unfortunately no children under the age of 14 years are permitted and there are no specific facilities but babies are sometimes allowed out of season.
Pousada Etnia features a swimming pool, open-air bar and restaurant and therapy/massage centre which offers Watsu water therapy. There is also an 18 hole golf course close by.
Activities in and around Pousada Etnia include bird watching, cycling, hiking, horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, surfing and yoga.
Sure, some of its most committed admirers now helicopter in from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo for a long weekend, but at its heart beautiful Trancoso, in Bahia State, remains a hippie town. Here the storefronts are painted vivid shades of mint green and acid pink that complement, rather than compete with, the shaggy flame trees and clumps of pink-and-yellow ginger that surround them. At the end of the Quadrado, or town square, the lawn of the sixteenth-century Church of St. John gives way to a glorious overlook of the area's seven miles of beach. The main, two-mile Praia dos Nativos begins where the Rio Trancoso flows into the sea, and is speckled with cafés blasting Bob Marley remixes and with beachgoers of all ages. Just 15 minutes to the north, however, is Taipé - a tawny plain fringed with mangrove and coconut trees that is all yours: no sunbathers, no swimmers, and no noise save for the gentle surf. At times, the water is swimming pool flat, and so cool and sparkling that it's like gliding through soda pop.
Explore the stunning Bahian coastline to the south of Trancoso on bicycle. enjoying a scenic coastal ride from Trancoso to Itaquena Beach, passing through Buffalo Valley.
Arrive by speedboat at one of Brazil's most enticing beaches, Praia do Espelho near Trancoso and enjoy a delicious local lunch at Silvinha.
In the village of Trancoso, just south of Porto Seguro in the Brazilian state of Bahia, 15-20min from the beach.
11-hour 30-minute international flight from Sao Paulo Airport, from there it's a 2-hour flight to Porto Seguro and 1-hour car transfer.
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