Marie Le Fort
In Trancoso, on idyllic Brazilian beaches near Bahia, Uxua mixes with the bohemian-chic lifestyle of this little corner of paradise reminiscent of – to its aficionados – the St Tropez of the 1950 and 60’s. “I started the Uxua project as a tribute to Bahia, to its landscapes and colourful villages and the heat that emanates from its people,” says Wilbert Das, former artistic director of the brand Diesel.
Completed last year, the hotel is a stylish Eden based on both traditional techniques and the use of local crafts: whitewashed walls, simple organic furniture, hammocks and outdoor bathrooms, making up the postcard-perfect holiday spot.
Furthermore, by using recycled materials, the hotel naturally acts as an ecological model. The outdoor shower is in a hollowed out tree trunk and the pool is made from bright green sparkling quartz, perfectly illustrating the mixture of authenticity and refinement as desired by Wilbert Das.
Bought as a family property, nine little village squares, fishermen’s houses and large contemporary bungalows – tastefully transformed into suites and houses – to ultimately complete this mixed bag of good taste that opens onto the central village square, called Quadrado. There are restaurants and shops around a central lawn that serves as both a football pitch and a gathering place…watched, in the distance, by a small whitewashed colonial church that recalls the history of the village, founded by the Jesuits in 1586.
We are told that Salma Hayek and Francois Pinault have been spotted on holiday here, and it is believed that real estate projects such as Fasano Trancoso are gradually investing in the region…Uxua, by contrast, is simply offering a return to the basics. Trancoso, does it not contain the root of the word tranquille after all?
Fasano Las Piedras, Uruguay
More quiet and reserved than the other members of the Brazilian hotel dynasty Fasano, Las Piedras is making its mark, near Punta Del Este, with 32 bungalows designed by Isay Weinfeld. “I hate repeating myself,” affirmed a voice immediately, as calm as it was determined, embodying the very best of contemporary Brazilian modernist architecture. “What interests me is to realize exactly what every customer wants, but passing their wishes through my own design filter. Bringing pleasure to others gives me pleasure. Building a hotel is a long-term venture…” explained Isay Weinfeld.
Against a background of retro-modern spaces, Fasano Las Piedras combines stonewalls and precious woods, with a ‘rustic-chic’ vibe. The rooms designs are very sober, a mixture of concrete and wood (Cumaru, an exotic yellow-brown South American species), Issay Weinfield has designed a landmark here without frills or architectural convolutions: it gets straight to the point, without dashes or detours. Everything is in line, in its place.
Unique with its spa dressed in Scandinavian-style lightwood, its Pool Bar open onto a natural pool surrounded by protruding rocks, and a tobacco-brown coloured restaurant surrounded by stonewalls, the Fasano empire once known for its urban chic is now well acquainted with rural elegance and authenticity.