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Journey of a small hotel--surrounded by coastal rainforest and located on one of the most beautiful palm studded beaches in Brazil you will find Villas de Trancoso. Fully integrated into the lush tropical landscape is a small boutique hotel far from the beaten path. Ten one and two bedroom villas and suites, sumptuous cuisine, golden sand beaches, tropical gardens and attentive staff -- all combine to create a unique retreat experience whether you are a honeymoon couple seeking privacy and romance or a family wishing to spend special time together.


The vision of Villas de Trancoso came to life in 2001 when a visiting American passed through the small fishing village of Trancoso, Brazil. That visit brought him to a beautiful palm studded beach that was soon to become his home. Since that time Trancoso has gained recognition for its charming village and festive atmosphere but people still come to enjoy the privacy and serenity of one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on earth.

Its small size, 10 villas and suites, enables them to ensure a customized and very special experience whether you are a family with children or a young honeymoon couple. Activities are abundant in the area and include adventures to remote beaches, horseback riding, biking, paddle boarding, swimming, four wheeling, golf and beach activities galore. Bilingual Villas staff are available throughout the guest's stay to answer questions and assist in ensuring each day contains memories not to be forgotten.

The Villas is located on a beautiful stretch of golden sand known as Nativos beach. With an almost perfect year round climate you will find guests and visitors on the beach most every day. Water temperatures and tides make for perfect ocean activities for both young and old. Food and beverage service is always available including sumptuous snacks and juices. Comfortable sofas and lounges offer the perfect place to relax with friends and unwind from the hectic pace of everyday life.

The Villas lush grounds include a spa with pool, a second white marble pool, restaurant and business center. On the beach you will find a health and fitness center fashioned entirely from wood along with waterfall showers and the Villas beach bar.

All villas have been fashioned with local and exotic woods. Each villa is elegantly appointed and includes beds draped in mosquito netting, local artwork, colorful rugs, custom made furniture and verandas with hammocks and chairs. The two story VIP villa includes an upstairs master suite with jacuzzi tub and downstairs private dinning and social area. Verandas enable guests to relax and enjoy the beauty of the gardens, pool and beach.

The Villas Restaurant is a favorite destination of locals, visitors and guests alike. The Chef's creations include traditional favorites such as seafood moqueca, lobster, shrimp bobo, shitake mushroom risotto as well as special dishes of fish, shrimp, and beef.

As the sun sets and evening descends the Villas restaurant once again comes to life. Set in immaculate lighted gardens around a white marble pool it offers the perfect romantic setting coupled with fine cuisine. Guests are also encouraged to venture into the village of Trancoso. Much of the village is set in the historic Trancoso Quadrado where you will find small shops, bars, and restaurants all lit by candlelight and torches. One finds locals and visitors alike strolling through the area and enjoying the magic and beauty of this historical place. Yes... Beyonce has been here. So has Naomi Campbell, Matthew McConaughey, Gisele Bundchen, Lewis Hamilton and Leonardo di Caprio. Anderson Cooper has a home nearby.

Wedding and Celebrations

In recent years the Villas has become a destination for different celebrations for many people. The combination of golden sand beaches, perfect year round climate, tropical gardens and the magic of the nearby Quadrado provides the perfect backdrop for special events. The beautiful gardens and pristine golden sand beach can be organized to host weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and most any special occasion. The Villas restaurant is ready to assist with special menus that will surprise and delight even the most discerning of travelers. 

Special Recognitions

In addition to its five star Trip Advisor ratings, the Villas was the recipient of Trip Advisors prestigious Travelers Choice Award in 2013 as the # 1 luxury hotel in Brazil. Such recognition has continued. In 2018 and 2020 the Villas received 5 Travelers Choice Awards each year including the #2 luxury hotel in Brazil and the #3 small hotel in South American. In 2023 and 2024 we have received three Travelers Choice Awards for "Best of the Best" including No. 3 Luxury Hotel in Brazil, No 9 Boutique Hotel in Brazil and No 7 Luxury Hotel in South America. Its low profile has enabled others to come and go unnoticed including Bill and Melinda Gates, Gilberto Gil, Patricia Poeta, Lucas Moura, Galvão Bueno, William Waack, Lord Norman Foster, Eduardo Costantini, Al and Tipper Gore, Matt Lauer, Ernesto Bertarelli, and many members of the Civita and Luksic families.


Trancoso is located in the state of Bahia, Brazil. To reach Trancoso you can fly by commercial jet to Porto Seguro. Most connections pass through Sao Paulo, Salvador or Belo Horizonte. Trancoso is 80 kilometers away by car or cab. The drive takes aproximately one hour.

For those traveling by private jet, Trancoso has a private jet airport and heliport located in the Terravista Resort complex. Both the airport and heliport are an 8 minute drive from the Villas.

Villas de Trancoso is located on Nativos beach approximately 1.5 kilometers from the historic Quadrado of Trancoso and 5 kilometers from the Terravista Golf Resort.

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