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Villas de Trancoso is managed by Galen, the Owner.
R$1040 - R$3570/night
Suitable for 2-5 people

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Villa Golf at Villas de Tranco - Villas de Trancoso, in Bahia, Brazil
— Galen: “We passed through Trancoso and stopped to have a drink. Ten days later, I had bought a summer retreat here on the beach at Trancoso. And I never looked back.”
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— How does an American end up in Brazil running a pousada?

Galen: “You know, it was quite by accident. I had met a Brazilian woman in the U.S. when I lived in Memphis and she said one day, ‘Let’s escape and go to Brazil for a vacation.’ She had heard of Porto Seguro but had not been there.

So we went to Porto Seguro and three or four days after we had arrived, we decided to drive down the coast. We passed through Trancoso and stopped to have a drink, had another drink, and decided to spend the night. We got up the next day and said, “Wow! This is a beautiful beach, let’s walk a little bit more.” Ten days later, I had bought a summer retreat here on the beach at Trancoso.

My family, when I told them, said ‘Galen, you’re the most structured, predictable person we know in the world. There is zero chance that you would do something this spontaneous, that you would change your life and leave your career. Now, tell us the truth.’ I still don’t think they believe I am here. That was in 2001.”
Villa Golf at Villas de Tranco - Villas de Trancoso, in Bahia, Brazil
— Villa Golf at Villas de Tranco

— Have you ever looked back?

Galen: “You know, I never have. I think we sort of all hit a window in our lives where we think, ‘Well, I am never going to do something different, try something different, now is the time.’ It just so happened that I was in a financial situation where I could really try for something different. I had spent my whole life in corporate America and health care so... no, I never looked back.”
Villas de Trancoso beach - Villas de Trancoso, in Bahia, Brazil
— Villas de Trancoso beach

— And then you immediately started to run it as a pousada?

Galen: “It took me about a year to get all my documents and transition out of my career and job in the States. But immediately when we arrived, we opened up a small villa retreat. It has just grown and expanded from 3 to 5 to 6 villas now. I acquired a couple of adjacent properties and Villas de Trancoso just sort of evolved over time.”
 - Villas de Trancoso, in Bahia, Brazil

— Having an American background, what would you describe to be very Brazilian and what very American about the pousada?

Galen: “Villas de Trancoso is certainly very Brazilian in terms of its location on one of the most beautiful and most private beaches in this area of the world. It is really a private villa retreat and not very public. A very high end destination for people who are looking for privacy and a very high level of service, which is something that is difficult to find and achieve in Brazil. We have been about it for nine years now.

This year, if you look at TripAdvisor, we are rated number one and have a five-star rating. We were also selected by Guia Quatro Rodas as one of the top boutique beach hotels in Brazil, but I would say what sets us apart is really the location, service and that emphasis on privacy.”
Golf course - Villas de Trancoso, in Bahia, Brazil
— Golf course

— And that would be the essence of Villas de Trancoso — a beautiful place with privacy and very high level of service?

Galen: “Yeah. I think the other thing in addition to the staff and the service we hear about most often is, that we have beautifully manicured gardens at Villas de Trancoso that are quite striking and different than people are accustomed to finding in this part of the world.

We are also located on a quite dramatic beach. I had a lady yesterday who came back from a run on our beach. She was just speechless. She said, ‘I have travelled all over the world and I have never, ever found a beach that is this tranquil and this beautiful and this private.’ We hear that fairly often.”
One Bedroom Villa - Villas de Trancoso, in Bahia, Brazil
— One Bedroom Villa

— How would you describe the style of the villas?

Galen: “Each is really unique and different. Several of them have thatched roofs. Actually, three have thatched roofs and three have a wood-shingled roof. All but one are constructed from Tatajuba, which is a very hard wood. It is really difficult to find now in Brazil, but ten years ago it was fairly common.

We call our style at Villas de Trancoso elegant simplicity. All the rooms have beds draped in white musquitero. We really try to go for nice, high end appointments, rugs, and what-not. They are all different. They are all unique.”
 - Villas de Trancoso, in Bahia, Brazil
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