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Club Med Trancoso
Ranked #3 of 13 Hotels in Trancoso
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 August 2011

The place is very beautiful, a privileged nature, but for the standard "ClubMed" weak thought.

Some positive points:
. The GOs (support team activities and sports) is the best of the Resort.
. Beside one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world (private lessons for $ 70).
. Delicious cocktails at the pool bar
. My wife said the Loccitanne SPA was great.

Some downsides:
. Very Simple Food for a ClubMed, especially lunch VERY weak.
. A single choice of wine, very weak (can not remember the name but do not cost more than $ 5, for sure, a bad wine from Argentina....).
. The pool is not heated, so it's virtually impossible to enter when there is no sun.
. A staircase very uncomfortable to go to the beach. There is transfer, but each hour.
. Room service very bad.
. It became a place for congress, then the level is not very nice. If you expect to meet interesting people, definitely not a good option because when I was 90% of people who were there were from companies at conferences, awards factories, and others.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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10  Thank EMALAN
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Reviewed 11 August 2011

this hotel was ok because the meals are the same every day and hotel´s street was so terrible that made me sick.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Ana Paula V
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

We have stayed last year in Club Med Itaparica. So, I´ll make some comparisons.
The beach here is much, much better. In Itaparica is´s hard to call "beach" what they have there. In Trancoso is much better, although you have to walk a long way to get there.
Rooms - better than in Itaparica.
Food - worse. I missed the quality and variety I saw in Itaparica.
Drinks - worse. In Itaparica drinks were mad with "Velho Barreiro" or "Sagatiba" (cachaças") and Orloff or Stoliychnaya (vodka). In Trancoso they were made wit 51 (cachaça) and Orloff only.
Sports - worse, not having nautical sports.
In this July the weather in Trancoso was a little bit cold and it marked our stay. Two days with clouds and 2 days with rain. Just one day with sun all day long and without that chilly wind in the afternoon.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank tzanoni
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

I was in Trancoso for the June 19th. This is my 4th different Club Med in 15 months (Turks & Caicos, Kemer, and Itaparica are the others) and one of 13 different Club Meds I have visited. Note that I am an ardent fan of Club Med and generally love my experiences.

With that said, while the location is truly beautiful and the GO’s really were great, I felt Trancoso lacked the essential elements that make Club Med different and a worthwhile vacation destination. When going to a Club Med, you know that you are sacrificing a little in the way of luxury of rooms and quality of dining and in exchange get an opportunity be involved in a number of activities, set in an upbeat environment, where you can meet interesting, outgoing people and have fun. While Club Med Trancoso tries to be higher end (it is a 4 Trident), I found that the quality of the rooms and food were more in line with 3 Tridents such as Turks and Caicos and below that of other 4 Tridents (to use a recent example for me, the comfort of rooms in Kemer was higher, as was both the quality and range of options (significantly) on the food). If Club Med is going to go after high end, relaxing, and comfort (as seems to be the goal here), the resort is just not cutting it. At the same time, while there is a mini-club, it seems that the majority of kids eat with the adults, which further hampers the idea of a “relaxing” location. Regarding the more traditional elements of Club Med I mentioned above, the range of activities is low, the Club is definitely the quietest I have been to, it is not well designed to get people to meet each other, and it is significantly lacking in the “fun” element. I truly hope Club Med, under the leadership of the new Chef who just started and seems great (Youssef), are able to address this as it is truly a shame.

Now for more specific feedback:

Booking: If you are coming from outside Brazil, it might be easiest to do the full package. However, there are a number of low cost airlines in Brazil that you can find through decolar.com if you want to do land only. I booked the land only and transfer through Nathalie at www.margaritatravelhut.com (I have now used her for my last 4 trips and she always gets me great deals) and then did the flights on my own.

Location: The club is located about 1.5 hours away from the airport of Porto Seguro and 30 minutes respectively from the towns of Trancoso and Arraial D’ajuda. The access roads for the last 30 minutes or so are dirt and it truly is remote (the only thing anywhere nearby is a property next door with condominiums and beautiful golf course). This means that the beach is very secluded as you do not have guests from other resorts or locals nearby.

Language: I speak some Portuguese now, but definitely makes it a bit of a struggle not being more fluent. Whereas outside of Brazil GOs normally speak English and French or English and Spanish, in Brazil it is normally Portuguese and Spanish. There were definitely some that spoke English, but had I not spoke any Portuguese, it would have been more difficult (similar to if you go to Kemer and don’t speak French).

Beach: The beach really is beautiful. I would not say it is as pretty as the Club Med beaches at Turk and Caicos or Cancun, but with the red cliffs in the background, it really is wonderful. With Club Med up on the cliff, it provides a spectacular view. From the golf course next door, there are also amazing views of the beach. As a result of the cliffs, the sun begins to get blocked in the afternoon, so people seemed to go to the beach before lunch, and then stay by the pool in the afternoon.

Food/Restaurant: Good, though I would give it a 3 Trident rating. The 4 Tridents I have been too are just a notch higher. If you are coming from outside of Brazil, Brazilian cuisine (and Brazilian’s tolerance for other cuisines) is somewhat limited. Outside of more traditional Brazilian dishes, Japanese and Italian are the only other really popular foods which are reflected in the selection at Trancoso. That said, the food that was prepared was consistently good. Great desserts and breads as usual. The staff at the restaurant under the leadership of Ricardo was really great and Ricardo in particular was wonderful. Unlike most Club Meds, the practice of sitting with other people is much less common. Because they do not adequately restrict the number of tables based on the people at the village, people naturally gravitate more to sitting with their own families or couples, which is a shame. Also, there is not normally the traditional greeting at the entrance. The 2nd restaurant was open one night and we went there. The food there was good, and with the exception of the group of young kids whose parents let them run around unsupervised, the atmosphere was nice.

General feel of club: For the first few days of the Club, it was VERY empty. With the long weekend that came towards the end of the trip, it ended up being about half full. Given the family nature, and the number of people, it was VERY quiet. This was exacerbated by the lack of the traditional Club Med elements. The night club was essentially dead on most nights and when there was anyone, it was normally just a few of the GOs (when they had the beach party this attracted more people, but again it was mainly GOs outside of us). The Club was almost entirely families and couples. Even so, there should have been more activities to get the families and couples to interact. Otherwise, it makes the place feel unlike a Club Med and very much like any other resort you could go to (though again not the same quality). I will say the GOs I did meet and could speak with were truly wonderful. I want to highlight Louan in Transit (truly a wonderful and caring person); the new Chef Youssef (energized and focused on improving the club), the new head of Sports and Animation Maravilha (wonderful, friendly personality with a strong desire to get people involved); Rodrigo in the bar (outgoing, funny, all around great); as well as Max and Alan in the bar.

Beauty of the club: I already mentioned the beach. The view of the ocean really is wonderful. The other elements of the club are pretty and in line with what you might expect from a Club Med. Some definitely charming spots though.

Rooms: The rooms were a disappointment. While they are large and tidy, the comfort of the beds is poor, even for Club Med standards. While the rooms in Itaparica were charming (though sparse), these felt somewhat barren. To be a 4 trident, these really need to be improved. From a nature perspective, it is great that there is a large population of Sparrows who reside under the overhangs of the buildings for the rooms. The unfortunate downside is that walking to your room on the second floor at night and then going back to dinner means you are hoping that you are not the victim of an unfortunately timed bird dropping.

Excursions: It is definitely worth leaving the club to visit Trancoso to the south as well as the many beaches (particularly Praia de Espelho). Club Med has 2 excursions to do this (one for Trancoso, one for Espelho). I would recommend instead renting a Hertz car (at the Club Med property) and take the day to do both so that you can go at your own pace. To the North, the beaches are less exciting, but Arraial D’ajuda has some great restaurants and stores and some nightlife.

Weather: While we were there in late June (early winter), the weather was still nice. We had one day of clouds and rain one night but it was otherwise sunny and nice (in C, highs around 27 and lows around 20, in F highs are around 80 and lows around 68). I have heard during the more summer months, it really can be too hot (and given my recent experience in nearby Club Med Itaparica, I would recommend avoiding the true summer months).

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank bryanblaw
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

We stayed there for 7 nights in December. Though it was a bit rainny, the place is spetacular. Rooms were ok, though my kids room smelled a bit. Activities were great and the GOs were very talented and very nice.
Food was ok and improved when we left. Dinner at the pool was the highlight.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank ale_esteves
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Reviewed 10 January 2011

we stayed at the Club Med from Dec 30 until Jan 5. and we just loved it. Accommodations are nice and clean - of course not the luxury of any other 5 star hotel but everything you need for beach vacations. The club itself is on a huge garden on the cliff so walking down to the beach takes like 10 min but is worth all the effort !!!! A huge beach with endless banks of sand , nice waves an very clean water with no rocks on the beach. Towels, drinks an shade are available down there and the best is : there is no one else due to the cliffs behind !!! Food is served all-inklusive buffet style and it is very hard not to put on some weight during a week stay !! Pool area is very nice and has enough space for everyone - again drinks and towels available there ! The staff is very friendly an it is easy to get in the Brazilian mood in no time ! We did not like the level of the music so much but this is our personal concern. Languagewise it is sometimes hard to get on with English but finally you will find someone to talk to you. To see some other beaches or Trancoso go get a rental car an have a fun excursion on dirt roads full of bumps and holes - it is fun !!! The best experience overall was NYE with a beautiful decoration outside by the pool an some fireworks that are among the best we have ever seen for a private event !!! Thanks to Daniel the chef de club this is a unique place to begin the new year !!!!!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank GRBAachen
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Reviewed 4 January 2011

Went there for a small convention in late November. About 1h from Porto Seguro airport, but the road to get there was terrible due to the rain. It's Club Med. Happy-happy, joy-joy GOs greeting you, a nice level of comfort all around the premisses, but nothing special except for the views.
The room is comfortable, but my bathroom had mold (quite grown) on the walls as you can check on the pictures. Very nice pool area and family activities, but meal time was always a bit frustrating - lots of options and nothing tasted really good.
It's set on the top of a cliff with great views of the beach, but because of that you have to walk a looong ladder to get there and back. Beautiful sea with blues and greens, but not the calmest I had seen on a resort.
Bottom line - if you're going with your family (not so grown kids) and you like the whole resort experience, it's ok. If not, you should definitely look for something central in Trancoso - a lot more charming, not to mention the activities options in town.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled on business
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2  Thank Cadi C
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Address: Fazenda Taipe Trancoso Km 18 | Porto Seguro, Porto Seguro, State of Bahia 45810-000, Brazil
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Region: Brazil > State of Bahia > Porto Seguro > Trancoso
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Trancoso
#3 Family Hotel in Trancoso
#3 Spa Hotel in Trancoso
#4 Romantic Hotel in Trancoso
Price Range: $368 - $815 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Med Trancoso 4*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in a coconut grove well away from the tourist roads, the thatched roofs of the Village's Bungalows are like a relaxing haven perching on superb cliff tops. Down below, a long sandy beach runs along the ocean's edge, a sight that can also be enjoyed from the neighboring golf course. The place is teeming with wildlife, with sloths clinging to the branches and multicolored parrots setting the sometimes wild, sometimes peaceful pace of nature, in a subtle Brazilian blend. ... more   less 
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