Uxua Casa Hotel in the south of Bahia in Brazil offers only ten private houses, called casas, set in a rainforest, all with five-star service.

Four casas are restored fishermen homes on the 16th century town green called the Quadrado, while six others sit in a lush garden.

Essential Uxua themes include the use of eco-friendly materials and local building techniques, architectural solutions which make the most of tropical breezes, natural light and beautiful views, objects made by members of the local Pataxó indigenous group in the décor, and smart design elements such as flat screen TVs embedded in vintage travel trunks.

Each casa has an indoor/outdoor living room, a full gourmet kitchen, and one to three bedrooms. For a stunning effect, 40,000 green quartz pebbles line the swimming pool. You enjoy private sofas on the beach, a gym with yoga and Pilates, a full-service spa, and poolside and beachfront restaurants.

For a spot of action, you can go horse-riding for miles along unspoilt white sand beaches or with cowboy guides through forest trails, fishing with traditional techniques, hiking up a mountain with a Pataxó Indian guide, or kayaking through the jungle and there’s more than just this!

To discover the delights of the Uxua Casa Hotel and experience Brazilian saudade (nostalgic longing) thereafter, just call Lighthouse on

(0) 9818905024 or email theworld@golighthouse.in.

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