STAR ES­CAPES Hol­i­day like Naomi Camp­bell in the pretty Brazil­ian town of Tran­coso

Sit­ting pretty on Brazil’s sun-licked Bahia coast, this small bo­hemian town is laid-back and dev­as­tat­ingly chic all at once

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EX­PLORE

Tran­coso’s silky beaches make for ex­cel­lent am­bling and horse rid­ing, while wa­tery pur­suits range from surf­ing to snorkelling. How­ever, the main aim here is to slow down and kick back. At the heart of it all is the grassy St John’s Square – the Quadrado – home to a sim­ple yet strik­ing church (right) and edged with cray­on­bright build­ings. Join the lo­cals to sip caipir­in­has and swap sto­ries.

TASTE

Be­gin the day just off the Quadrado at The Cof­fee Bar, fu­elling up on açai smooth­ies, and end it at Uxua’s beach bar, where tangy drinks are handed out from an old fish­ing boat. When it comes to lo­cal spe­cial­i­ties, mo­queca ba­iana (fish stew with co­conut milk and sweet pep­pers) is in high de­mand – try it at Sil­vana & Cia (left), a pretty lit­tle eatery with al­fresco ta­bles and a mel­low vibe.

STAY

Easy-go­ing yet un­de­ni­ably stylish, Uxua Casa Ho­tel & Spa blends into its jungly sur­rounds. It’s mo­ments from the beach, but so lovely is the turquoise pool, with its co­conut-palm bor­der, that you’re spoiled for choice for the best place to laze. Earthy tex­tures – hand-wo­ven rugs and beau­ti­ful wood and rat­tan daybeds – are a theme in the decor, while the suites are gen­tly lux­u­ri­ous. Book a room with a ter­race and you’ll dis­cover can­dle lanterns and ham­mocks to swing in. This could be your own slice of par­adise.

IN­DULGE

Pick up jazzy cush­ions, bas­ket bags and sculp­tural ceram­ics at Divino’s Tran­coso and se­quinned trea­sures at Et­nia Pou­sada & Bou­tique, but be aware that many of the shops here don’t open their doors un­til the sun be­gins to dip. To re­ally un­wind, call in at Uxua’s Almescar Spa (above) – all gauzy drapes and mood light­ing – for a re­flex­ol­ogy ses­sion or a spoil­ing Bahian ca­cao fa­cial.

Naomi Camp­bell has strolled along Tran­coso’s beaches

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