Trancoso, Brazil, a sleepy 16th century seaside village in the south of Bahia, is gearing up for the first full season of its first five-star resort, UXUA Casa Hotel. UXUA (pronounced “ooh-shoo-ah”) is a tropical resort composed of nine houses offering total privacy with the added comfort of five-star hotel services. The resort enjoyed a May grand opening and has already hosted the likes of 11 world-famous supermodels and photographer Terry Richardson during the 2010 Pirelli Calendar shoot, as well as well-known Brazilian socialites and celebs. UXUA, which in local native Pataxó Indian language means marvelous, is under the ownership and direction of long-time Diesel Creative Director Wilbert Das who realized the project as a tribute to the area of southern Bahia which he loves. Over three years Wilbert tapped Colonial, indigenous, and Afro-Bahian histories, arts and customs, and collaborated with local artisans using traditional building methods and recycled materials.