The coming together of Brazil’s foremost luxury hotel brand, Fasano, and the country’s premier beach destination, Trancoso, could hardly be a more perfect match. With an idyllic setting along a stretch of pristine sandy beach, Fasano has married its trademark urban style with laid-back beachside living, offering 40 deluxe, modern bungalows hidden among tall palm trees and lush vegetation.
Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, the pared-back, sophisticated rooms combine top-tier luxuries with muted rustic tones and locally crafted wooden furniture, while many feature outdoor decks and hammocks with uninterrupted views out to the beautiful blue sea. Add in the Olympic-length swimming pool, a spa offering relaxing massages, plus two restaurants serving Italian classics as well as Bahian specialities, and I found there was very little reason to leave. fasano.com.br; doubles from $850. —Joel Porter