Get Pampered The Brazilian Way
Thanks to the World Cup, all eyes are on Brazil. Soccer might be at the top of the country’s priority list at the moment, but you know what sounds great post-football game? A spa. In a country known for its obsession with beauty, it’s no surprise that you’ll find some of the most unique and innovative treatments in the world. From the extensive massage menu at Rancho Do Peixe to the centuries-old beauty secrets of the native Pataxó Indians at UXUA, here are the best spots to escape millions of crazed fans and get gorgeous in Brazil.
Photo: Courtesy of UXUA Hotel & Spa
These 11-colorful cottages in the sleepy village of Trancoso are a favorite escape for the fashion set (owner Wilbert Das is the former creative director of Diesel). Das teamed up with native Pataxó Indians to incorporate their expertise on local rainforest plants into the spa’s products and treatments. Pataxó women make soaps, insect repellent, massage oils, and face creams from indigenous plants like pitanga and aroeira and almescar tree sap. Shea butter, Brazil nuts, pink pepper seeds, fresh palm oil, and dark cocoa grown in the hotel’s garden, are woven into the spa’s massages, scrubs, soaks, and facials.
Photo: Courtesy of Rancho Do Peixe
In-the-know kite and wind surfers adore this rustic destination on Brazil’s unspoiled northern coast. In a country known for its pricey hotels, these 16 beachfront bungalows start at just $136. The hotel also boasts its own kite surfing school, Rancho do Kite. After tackling the wind and surf, guests can indulge in a spa treatment room set in the sand. They offer over a dozen types of massages including shiatsu, ayurvedic, and hot stone.
Photo: Courtesy of Botanique Hotel & Spa