Villas de Trancoso
Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil
based on 7 nights
per person for 7 nights based on 2 adults sharing in a suite at Villas de Trancoso on a bed and breakfast basis, including private transfers.
At a Glance
One of the few boutique hotels in the Trancoso area to have direct beach access - miles of unspoiled beach to explore
Only 2km from Trancoso's Quadrado with its laid-back open air restaurants and funky boutiques
Set amongst palm groves and beautifully landscaped tropical gardens
Tranquil atmosphere and great for honeymooners and couples looking to escape it all however, also offers superb two bedroom villas, which work really well for families
Charming owner and staff who will ensure your stay is relaxing and as enjoyable as possible
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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 colorful riot of dancing and drinking - expect prices to hike and availability to fall dramatically.
Villas de Trancoso is an intimate boutique hotel set back from the beach on miles of unspoiled Bahian coastline near Trancoso, one of the earliest settlements founded by the Portuguese and now one of Brazil's top beach destinations.
Villas de Trancoso with its privileged, unspoiled beach location provides the perfect romantic retreat amongst lush tropical gardens. Each villa has its very own private deck or outdoor lounge area with hammocks for relaxing, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms furnished with rare and exotic Brazilian hardwoods.
The beautifully landscaped gardens provide a lovely setting for the hotel’s marble swimming pool and there is a small restaurant and bar serving international and Brazilian cuisine such as Moqueca, a classic seafood stew in coconut sauce which is a must-try when in Bahia. Villas de Trancoso also boasts a fitness center and offers spa treatments in the comfort of your own room or on the beach.
There are miles of golden sand beaches to be enjoyed and longer walks will bring you to river estuaries which form pools of clear water at low tide. Other activities include body surfing, cycling, riding, kayaking, tennis on the nearby clay courts and there is also a world-class golf course overlooking the ocean only 2km away.
Villas de Trancoso offers five one- and two-bedroom individual villas and four adjoining suites that are slightly smaller in size. All have spacious bedrooms and bathrooms decorated with Brazilian hardwoods and boast a private deck with seating or hammocks to relax and unwind.
Children are welcome at the hotel, and babysitting can be arranged upon request, but there are no specific facilities or inter-connecting rooms. Both cots and extra beds are available should they be required.
The facilities at Villas de Trancoso are excellent and include a restaurant serving delicious ethnic dishes and a wide selection of international and local favorites, a bar, lounge area, swimming pool and health and fitness center.
Villas de Trancoso offer activities such as surfing, cycling, horseback riding, kayaking through pristine Brazilian rainforest, tennis, golf, and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the ocean.
Sarah Lee (Staff)
Of all the properties in Trancoso, this is the only good hotel on the beach. I loved the super-chilled atmosphere - this really is a place to completely relax - and thought the service was extremely friendly and willing, although like almost every property in Brazil, sometimes a little slow. For older families, the two-bed villas are an excellent choice, but all round this is a great honeymoon option.
Hip Hotels creator Herbert Ypma describes Trancoso as the Bali of Brazil. For a village founded by Jesuits in the 16th century, the beach parties are big and the beach bars are excellent. Dominated by the Quadrado, a grassy square, the village combines a laid-back feel with bars, restaurants and boutiques, plus regular sessions of football and capoeira. The beach itself is one of Brazil's best and includes a clothing-free area. Hotels are mostly boutique establishments that don't offend the environment or the locals. Wealthier types will prefer the Villas de Trancoso, just outside the town.
This tranquil retreat, close to the hip, historic village of Trancoso, is set in tropical gardens that open onto a private beach. US owner Galen Briggs keeps things small and intimate: there are just five one- and two-bedroom guest villas, all built from Brazilian woods. Private verandas have hammocks for the siesta hour; and the secluded beach area, dotted with shady palms, has a well-stocked bar and a little wooden gym. Bahian chefs prepare exquisite moqueca (fish-and-seafood stew in coconut sauce) and lobster. Groups of friends or large families can book the entire resort, which is proving a draw for VIPs seeking escape; Al Gore and his wife have stayed here. A recent addition is Villa Golf, a four-bedroom house set on a hillside overlooking the 17th green and fairway of the Terravista resort.
Cycle to Itaquena Beach through Buffalo Valley
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.
Speed Boat to Espelho beach with Lunch at Silvinha
Arrive by speedboat at one of Brazil's most enticing beaches, Praia do Espelho near Trancoso and enjoy a delicious local lunch at Silvinha.
Highlights of Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Pantanal & Trancoso
from $6200 pp 12 nights
- Marvel at the astonishing diversity of wildlife in the Pantanal - there are 650 bird species alone
- Follow in James Bond’s footsteps as you ride a cable car up the Sugar Loaf in Rio
- Unwind on the beaches of Bahia, just outside the quirky fisherman's town of Trancoso
Location & directions
Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil
Villas de Trancoso is located 2km from the village of Trancoso, south of Porto Seguro in the Brazilian state of Bahia.
How to get there
Porto Seguro (30km) is the nearest airport to Villas de Trancoso and has good domestic links from São Paulo, Salvador (in Bahia) and Rio de Janeiro. Villas de Trancoso is a 60-minute drive from the airport. Transfers can be arranged by the hotel.