Seu João fished for a living and when he wasn't on the water he enjoyed sharing fishing stories with his friends at home. You see Seu João loved company, and his cozy casa was known as for native fishermen to gather for gossip, drink, and music. Inspired by the spirit of João's 'open house', UXUA recreated his traditional home as an actual open house, removing walls to open an entire side revealing a tropical oasis of private gardens, while inviting inside Bahia's tropical breezes and light.
What at first looks like a traditional fishermen's bungalow transforms upon entering into a gleaming, bright hideaway. An entire wall opens revealing a lush private courtyard, with wooden decks around a swimming pool with hydro-massage Jacuzzi, outdoor shower and rustic pergola. Inside an open-air bathroom features sunken shower/bath and sinks carved from tree trunks. Check all the boxes epitomizing the perfect Bahian lifestyle: bringing what's outdoors to the indoors, and then back again.
Thousands of small details executed with care give UXUA its identity. Furniture, decor, lighting and fixtures are one-of-a-kind, organic creations of designer Wilbert Das, handmade at the hotel by native artisans ranging from fishermen to Pataxó Indians. Antiques and art are sourced locally. International creatives living at UXUA have contributed via our Artist In Casa residency.