Uxua Casa Hotel

Wilbert Das, creative director of the Diesel clothing company, made sure that no trees were felled during the construction of his Uxua Casa Hotel in the picturesque fishing village of Trancoso, Brazil. Originally intended as Das’ vacation home, the nine-room Bahian retreat—which is located about a 10-minute walk from the beach, on Trancoso’s scenic quadrado […]

Shambala Game Reserve, South Africa

When Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress was exiled at the height of South Africa’s decades-long apartheid struggle, the leader accepted an offer of shelter from insurance tycoon Douw Steyn—long before it was acceptable for a white person to make such an offer. Decades later, Mandela still lives part-time at Steyn’s estate in the Waterberg Mountains, […]