While the full name is São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, it is also known as Salvador or simply Bahia.
This enchanting state, where the African influence – beliefs, cultures, scents, rhythms – remains quite strong, is becoming a popular jetset destination. Much of the appeal is in the white sandy beaches skirting the chic new hotels, like the Uxua Casa designed by Dutch architect Wilbert Das and made in great
part from recycled materials.
Another upscale address is the soon-to-open Fasano Resort, new crowning element of the major Brazilian chain. But the real soul of the place is ancient Salvador, so dearly loved by the great writer Jorge Amado that he described this land as “the most mysterious in the world, with languid women, goldembroidered churches (a total of 365, one for every day