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UXUA Casa Hotel is located in the unspoilt fishing village of Trancoso on a wild stretch of coastline in Bahia, where pristine beaches backed by Atlantic rainforest stretch endlessly. It is a beautifully appointed rustic retreat owned by Wilbert Das, the former long-time creative director of Italian fashion label Diesel. His eye for design is evident throughout the hotel and its 10 unique casas set in thick tropical gardens.

UXUA’s kitchen has a strong regional focus inspired by the rich culinary heritage of the Pataxó Indians and Afro-Bahian community, as well as the more recent influence of the travelling hippies who introduced Indian spices. Produce is sourced from UXUA’s gardens, local organic farms and fish still caught using traditional techniques by the locals. Cooking in Bahia is a social event which is why UXUA has an open kitchen with a counter and bar stools so that guests can sit and chat to the chefs whilst they are preparing dishes.

During September the hotel is offering the opportunity for visitors to take part in a number of food-related activities including visits to coffee or cacao plantations, fishing with local fisherman, visits to markets, traditional cookery demonstrations with local families and caipirhina master classes.

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For four days (12 – 16 September) the UXUA Hotel is holding its own Food Festival with events including a typical Brazilian churrasco (barbecue); a chocolate-making master class using fresh cacao from UXUA’s gardenfollowed by a lesson in how to prepare moqueca fish stew, the iconic dish of Bahia; visit Praia do Espelho (Espelho Beach – 45 mins drive from UXUA) and enjoy freshseafood at Silvinha, a rustic beach hut with wood-burning stove and open-sided dining loggia and a Sunday feijoada (traditional bean and pork stew), a meal meant to be enjoyed in the company of friends.

Bespoke Brazil, in conjunction with UXUA Casa, is offering the ‘Taste of Trancoso’ as part of their Bahian Beach Break (http://www.bespokebrazil.com/bahian_beach_break.html), a 10-day tailor-made holiday to Brazil featuring two nights in the luxurious Convento do Carmo in Salvador with a full day private guided city tour, followed by seven nights at UXUA Casa for £3,490pp. The price includes all activities in the foody itinerary, international flights and private transfers.

For full details and other tailor-made Bespoke Brazil holidays (www.bespokebrazil.com) or call 01603 340680

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For one week holidaymakers can experience the stunning landscape of Andalucía with expert guide and ‘Driving Over Lemons’ author, Chris Stewart. Following Chris’ favourite routes through the Alpujarras valleys and villages surrounded by oranges, lemons, almonds and vines, walkers can savour authentic Spanish meals in Albaicin, Granada, before staying at Casa Ana in Ferreirola – considered the oldest village in the Alpujarras.

Seven days of guided walking from £1,139 including transfers and meals, departing 14 and 28 September. Book at www.headwater.com or call 0845 322 4672 quoting The Foody Traveller.

 

Tuck into a traditional British pudding in the Cotswolds at the Home of The Pudding Club this summer, featured as seventh in VisitEngland’s list of 101 Things To Do Before Going Abroad.

Enjoy a money-saving break at Three Ways House Hotel, the privately-owned, Cotswold-stone village hotel, near Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire, which is offering a two-night Number 7 break for £77 per person per night. Included is dinner one night – with a choice of pudding from the famous Pudding Club and the hotel’s own list of seven recommended things to do locally. Also included is breakfast both days and a cream tea on arrival. The cost of £154 per person sharing saves £85 each and is available until the end August.

Book online at www.threewayshousehotel.com using the voucher code Number 7, or call 01386 438429 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and mention the Number 7 break.

The 2014 Rio Carnival will run from 28 February to 4 March and promises to be the biggest and best yet. Bespoke Brazil, has just released two new tailor-made tours to Rio Carnival for 2014.

For anybody with time restrictions the six-day carnival package is an ideal way to the experience the extravagance of carnival. The package includes five nights’ accommodation at the 4-star Hotel Porto Bay where rooms offer sweeping views of Copacabana beach. Private transfers and tours of the iconic Sugar Loaf and Corcovado are included with an English speaking guide as well as tickets to the Sambadrome. £2680 per person. http://www.bespokebrazil.com/rio_carnival_holiday.html

For those looking for a longer and more luxurious break Bespoke Brazil has also launched an 11-day Luxury Rio Carnival itinerary. Featuring five nights’ accommodation at the iconic Copacabana Palace Hotel with two guided tours of the city’s sights and the Sambadrome. Also included in the itinerary is a flight and two-night visit to the stunning Iguassu Falls. The trip finishes in Buzios for a three-night stay at Insolitos Boutique Hotel a stunning property overlooking the sea. £5240 per person. http://www.bespokebrazil.com/luxury_rio_carnival.html

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