“Bohemian chic” captures the spirit of Trancoso, one of Brazil’s most fashionable and beautiful beach destinations. Hippies were drawn to this Bahian village in 1973 to get back to nature and escape the military dictatorship; the jet-set came in recent years to escape the frenzy of modern life. It’s a discreet, laid-back hideaway where models, celebrities, and business moguls can dress down and relax. Trancoso’s powder white beaches open onto natural swimming pools protected by the reefs; its cliff-top village square, the Quadrado, is lined with artisanal boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Activities range from yoga classes and kayak trips on the water-lily-dotted Rio Trancoso to golf lessons and hikes to secluded beaches. Local restaurants and pousadas offer excellent food, extraordinary settings, and service that exceeds expectations.