Almescar Spa


In the 1970's hippies came to Trancoso out of curiosity. But they stayed out of passion. Passion for a way of life centered on personal wellness inspired by unspoiled nature - rainforest, mangroves, beaches and the sea - plus the timeless wisdom of Bahian and native American traditions.


Spectacular biodiversity, centuries of herritage of Pataxó Indians, African slaves, Jesuit missionaries, and even 20th century hippies all combine to influence our exclusive range of spa treatments and products.


Prized by Pataxó Indians for centuries and indigenous only to southern Bahia and the Amazon – almescar trees produce a pure, highly bioactive resin which is our signature ingredient.

With restorative qualities and an alluring musky scent, almescar is that most elusive element offering authentic and effective organic treatments.

“The Ultimate Romantic Gettaway Spa ”
Vogue USA


Our hand-made range of spa products include other native ingredients such as 100% virgin coconut oil, shea butter, Brazil nuts, pitanga and assorted fruits, pink pepper seeds, fresh palm oil, and dark cocoa grown in our own gardens.

Some of our signature therapies:


Can't miss a workout... Understood. Personal trainers available.


Capoeira is a martial-art inspired dance form. It originates in Bahia, and remains key to this region's cultural identity. We love to share it with our guests in personalised classes which are a great all-over-body workout accompanied by live, traditional music.

100% of class fee is added to our monthly support of Trancoso’s academy Capoeira Sul da Bahia, and guests are welcome to visit the school and join their daily lessons, which through UXUA's support are provided free to hundreds of local youth since 2006.


Classes of yoga, pilates, and even Brazilian forro dancing (much-loved in Trancoso) are UXUA specialties, at spa or beach.

““The most perfect place imaginable for several weeks of inspirational relaxation””
Taschen, Germany


Heal thyself with some aquatic therapy, via a dip in UXUA’s one-of-a-kind pool. The lake-like creation is composed entirely of 40,000 specimens of unique green aventurine quartz, a native Bahian stone considered by many to have powerful healing qualities and reign among the most therapeutic minerals in the world.