A simple native home sat here for centuries but after Trancoso’s rediscovery by hippies in the 70’s a family of adventurous travellers arrived and opened a wondrous Indian restaurant they named Gulab Mahal, adding a raised mezzanine lounge, stained glass windows and outdoor kitchen with tiered garden, which UXUA preserved in homage to the casa’s unique history.
The casa is rich with authentic details, including the traditional rustic table and chairs sitting on the Historic Quadrado. Views of the square are enjoyed throughout, including the large living room and pillow-filled mezzanine with carved hardwood accents, plus a sunken outdoor kitchen. Two split-level bedroom suites feature stunning reclaimed hardwood and traditional burnt cement floors.
Thousands of small details executed with care give UXUA its identity. Furniture, decor, lighting and fixtures are one-of-a-kind, organic creations of designer Wilbert Das, handmade at the hotel by native artisans ranging from fishermen to Pataxó Indians. Antiques and art are sourced locally. International creatives living at UXUA have contributed via our Artist In Casa residency.