Thursday, April 02, 2015

Anderson Cooper Building/Renovating Vacation Home In Trancoso, Brazil

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen both posted the same photo to their Instagram accounts today with slightly different captions.  While Anderson posted a photo of himself in Rio on Sunday night, Andy posted a photo Tuesday of his arrival in Bahia, Brazil.  Bahia is one of 26 states in Brazil and is where Trancoso is located.

According to the following three articles from 2014 Anderson is either building or renovating a vacation home in Trancoso.  Loyal readers may remember he posted several photos from the Uxua Hotel in December of 2013.  The owner of the Uxua Hotel is designing Anderson's home according to an article in Architectural Digest from the December 2014 issue:

(The Quadrado in Trancoso)

AD VISITS A HOT SPOT IN BRAZILImpossibly beautiful and effortlessly stylish, the Brazilian beach town of Trancoso buzzes each holiday season with a sophisticated international crowd

Perched on a gloriously secluded stretch of Brazil’s Bahian coast, the centuries-old town of Trancoso is an enchanting refuge that basks languidly in the sun. It might also be the hippest fishing village on the planet. Featuring colonial architecture, stunning beaches, and a laid-back lifestyle, Trancoso has long been a preferred getaway for wealthy Brazilians. Even as word of its charms has spread—luring glamorous jet-setters—it remains an insider’s spot, one that’s typically reached by taking an hour-long flight from São Paulo to Porto Seguro, then a 50-mile drive along back roads.

This remote location helps ensure that development stays in check. The lively central square, a grassy field known as the Quadrado, looks much as it has for hundreds of years, surrounded by colorful tile-roofed cottages draped in bougainvillea—many now transformed into smart cafés, galleries, boutiques, and pousadas, or small inns. “Plenty of places have nice beaches and good restaurants, but the Quadrado is what makes Trancoso incredibly unique,” says CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who is renovating one of the historic houses on the square. On the far side of the expanse, a small 17th-century church, built by the Jesuit missionaries who founded the town in 1586, is silhouetted against the turquoise sea. “In Trancoso, time stands still and you only concentrate on the sweet Bahian breeze,” says longtime visitor Carlos Souza, Valentino’s Brazilian-born brand ambassador.

Come late December, this quiet enclave becomes a social whirl, as a well-heeled flock arrives for the holidays and the start of Brazil’s summer. “Trancoso is almost empty until December 26. From then up to the middle of January, you see the helicopters and private jets coming in,” says Geneva-based fashion maven Georgina Brandolini d’Adda, who spends Christmas with her family at their beachfront Trancoso home, outfitted by globe-trotting Brazilian decorator Sig Bergamin, also a regular here.

For all its stylishness, Trancoso is ardently casual. “You never have to dress up,” Brandolini says. “It’s full of charm, like Ibiza in the early days.” Yet sophisticated pleasures abound: You can shop for luxe bikinis from Rio designer b>Lenny Niemeyer, pick up chic porcelain and textiles at the home store MTrancoso, or attend a concert at the striking new Teatro L’Occitane, designed by Valentiny HVP Architects. Built for the Música em Trancoso festival, which is held every March, the venue is sponsored by the French beauty giant L’Occitane, whose CEO, Reinold Geiger, owns a home nearby.

Among Trancoso’s standout restaurants are Brandolini’s favorite, Maritaca Restaurante (011-55-73-3668-2114), known for thin-crust pizzas and a buzzing late-night scene; Capim Santo, offering modern-Brazilian dishes like crab-filled tapioca mille-feuilles in a garden setting; and El Gordo (011-55-73-3668-1193), serving cachaça and tapas poolside. Thaicoso (011-55-73-9905-8405), a Southeast Asian place on the Quadrado, is Cooper’s go-to spot. “I love sitting outside, eating by candlelight, with samba music drifting across the square,” he says.

Former Diesel creative director Wilbert Das, who is designing Cooper’s Trancoso house, upped the town’s style quotient when he opened Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa in 2009. Comprising 11 casas on the Quadrado, Uxua (pronounced OO-shwa) epitomizes Trancoso’s rustic but refined sensibility, with whitewashed rooms featuring sinks carved from tree trunks, richly patinated furniture, and monkeys scurrying through the garden. “Everything in Trancoso is small-scale and low-key,” notes Das. This season the property is unveiling a new restaurant with a healthy take on Bahian dishes such as moqueca, a seafood-and-coconut-milk stew.

Other high-end lodgings include Etnia Pousada & Boutique, an eight-villa hotel in town, and its waterfront sister property, the five-bungalow Etnia Clube de Mar, as well as the 28-room Estrela d’Água on Nativos beach. (Estrela d’Água is also a great lunch spot for grilled squid and caipirinhas.) Many visitors to Trancoso rent private residences, whether cottages in town or seaside villas. The Brazilian Beach House Co., run by British-born agent extraordinaire Steven Chew, handles bookings for international clients, providing English-speaking concierges who can arrange everything from helicopter charters to soccer lessons to capoeira demonstrations. That’s the allure of Trancoso: a cosmopolitan culture alongside a wild, timeless beauty.

A mention in December 2014 from "W" magazine ~

Rumble In the JungleA state-of-the-art theater complex livens up Trancoso’s jet-set scene.

The tiny 16th-century village of Trancoso, in Brazil’s coastal Bahia region, has been casting a spell on visitors ever since it was “discovered” by hippies and creative types fleeing the country’s big cities in the 1990s. But in the past few years, the crowds have become larger and decidedly less bohemian, with droves of newly moneyed Brazilians arriving for the late-December high season, and international jet-setters (including Anderson Cooper, who’s currently building a vacation house there) following close behind. Since 2012, Trancoso has also hosted a week-long music festival every March that celebrates classical performers from abroad as well as student and professional musicians from all over Brazil. Now the festival has a new home: the Teatro Mozarteum Brasileiro, a striking 2,200-seat theater complex.

And another mention by Jetsetters blog in March of 2014 ~

UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in BrazilPosted on March 7, 2014 by jetsetters

The 11-casa property is located in the colonial fishing village of Trancoso, in the southeast of Brazil’s subtropical Bahia state, which has long been a haven for artists, hippies, and naturalists who flocked to the area in the 1970s and built a free-spirited culture among colorful antique casas and spectacular beaches. UXUA contains four restored fisherman casas dating from the 1500s plus seven more recent constructions created by hand using reclaimed materials and traditional building methods, including a treehouse and a restored ceramic atelier. The one- to three-bedroom casas have been harmoniously integrated into the town’s historical center without signage. Four casas face Trancoso’s 500-year-old grassy village square, the Quadrado, one of the most picturesque settings in all of South America.

Owner and designer Wilbert Das, formerly the creative director of Italian fashion label Diesel, was inspired to open the property after frequent visits to Trancoso. Drawing on the spirit and ideals of the locals, the Netherlands-born Das worked side-by-side with native artisans and Pataxó Indians to create pieces such as sinks and bathtubs carved from fallen tree trunks found on the property and shower heads shaped from local woods. The hotel, which is an hour and a half flight from both Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, and one hour from Salvador, has two restaurants specializing in home-style local seafood, a spa with custom UXUA cosmetic products, a gym, a swimming pool lined with aventurine crystals thought by locals to have healing qualities, plus a beach annex.

Trancoso’s rustic-chic and authenticity has made it one of the top destinations for global jet-setters looking for something truly different.

New in 2014:

Additional Casa – UXUA recently restored the atelier of famed local ceramic artist Cala, creating a one-bedroom casa called “Terrace of the Sky.” The casa has an open floor plan and handmade furniture and décor (ceramic floor tiles in the shape of tropical fish populating the surrounding sea, colored glass windows, and a sunken bathtub) produced by Das in collaboration with local artisans. The building has a rooftop swimming pool and a pergola offering views of the Quadrado and the Atlantic Ocean.

Private Residences – Das is constructing several private residences for guests who have fallen in love with Trancoso. A three-bedroom house on the Quadrado, not far from UXUA, is being built for journalist Anderson Cooper, and a 12-bedroom house is now under construction in nearby Espelho for English art dealer Ivor Braca. The residences are designed in the same environmentally friendly style as the hotel.

Artist in Residence Program – UXUA invites international designers to stay at the hotel to collaborate with local artisans on pieces such as lighting fixtures and chairs that are then used to decorate the casas and main lounge area.


The sleepy village of Trancoso, founded by Jesuit missionaries in the 1500s, was for centuries one of the most isolated coastal towns in Brazil, lacking even a road connecting it to the rest of the country. It was not until the late 1970s, when hippies and artists began to arrive from all over the world, that the town became rediscovered and acclaimed for its natural beauty. On a hilltop overlooking the sea and backed by rainforest and mangroves, Trancoso is centered on the historic town square, the Quadrado. It is lined with 50 brightly colored fisherman’s houses and a small 16th century São João Batista church.

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1 comment:

aries moon said...

AC's been talking about his love for Brazil for years, so I guess it was inevitable that he'd end up buying property there. It's like NYC, a great place to live if you're wealthy, but not so much if you're not.