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
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.
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.
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.
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