LAST UPDATED: 5th November 2012 at 10:59am

Arriving at Uxua, in the pretty Brazilian fishing village of Trancoso, you'll feel like you're stepping into the pages of a fashion magazine.

Long-limbed Brazilians laze around the green quartz-lined pool and loved-up couples sip caipirinhas at the beach bar, all with a backdrop of 10 casas (houses), each with its own distinct look.

Choose between the private Quintal da Glória, wrapped around a mango tree, the magenta-coloured Seu Pedrinho, or the rustic-luxe of tree house Casa da Arvore - the hammock hung underneath is the perfect spot for an afternoon siesta. T

hese hideaways have baths hollowed from tree trunks, kitchen utensils carved from coconut shells and TVs hidden in antique travel trunks, while the green village square (the Quadrado) is home to hippy-chic restaurants and boho boutiques.

WOW FACTOR: Lounging on a sofa-cum-day bed on the beach while watching a capoeira (Brazilian martial-arts-like dance) demonstration.

FLIGHT TIME: 15 hours

WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring

GO: Abercrombie & Kent ( offers seven nights, B&B, from £3,395 per person. Includes flights and transfers.

LAST UPDATED: 12 October 2011 at 10:50am

In the fishing village of Trancoso, you'll find a paradise of 10 wooden casas. It's the brainchild of Wilbert Das, the former creative director of Diesel, and Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bündchen are regulars. Each casa is furnished with reclaimed materials, Brazilian antiques and art, and everywhere you look, from the fridge door to the showerhead, beautiful wooden features catch your eye. Book the Seu João suite, with a hydro-massage pool, or the Casa da Arvore, a three-level tree-house with a hammock, spa tub and exquisite garden. The town is a popular spot, with boho boutiques and hippy-chic restaurants to lure you from the hotel's beach bar. Wow factor: The pool is lined with dazzling green quartz, a native Bahian stone believed to have powerful healing qualities. Go: Scott Dunn ( offers six nights B&B from £3,230 per person. Includes return flights and transfers.