A SUSTAINABLE HOTEL:
THE SOLAR BRANCO ECO ESTATE blends sustainability, luxury, and heritage here on the island of São Miguel in the Azores. Take a moment and breathe in the clear Atlantic air as you walk through the citrus-inspired gardens, taking in the view looking majestically towards the ocean. Hideout, forage, think in peace.
Enjoy this beautiful home, built over 100 years ago, lovingly restored with a focus on sustainability Sleep in the big, dreamy beds, hike, laugh, enjoy a G&T with freshly picked herbs. Put your phone down, laugh out loud and enjoy life with those around you.
Sustainability does not mean forgoing luxury, it means making a careful and conscious balance in what we do each day, and the impact we have on the environment. Taking a moment out to consciously buy and consume local products, improving our own wellbeing as well as those who live and work in the Azores. The Solar Branco Eco Estate is proud to be a leader in this growing movement. Our hotel and experiences eschew exotic or unnecessary products and foods, opting for local over global and removing unnecessary plastic from all areas of the hotel – read more.
Azorean culture is strongly reflected in the house and surroundings. The main hose or Solar in Portuguese was built in the 1800s. Honouring the Portuguese explorers and the trading route with England, we are restoring an orange grove with heritage trees, and taking the land back 150 years. At the same time, we are reinventing styles, details and ways of living, to connect the past, present and future. The connection with fauna and flora represents a key part of the Solar Branco Eco Estate – read more.
The Ocean Azores Foundation aims to invest its resources in selected community projects that will help drive lasting social and environmental change, focusing on the protection of the waters that surround the Azores Islands. This will be achieved through multi-year partnerships and providing funding for organisations that promote marine sustainability and sustainable tourism.
This work will help to increase protections for cetaceans in the region, and ensure their long term survival. The foundation will focus on funding projects that include marine conservation, reduction of plastics, and related ocean education and research – read more.