Sustainable Tourism

A sustainable hotel: Opening Summer 2022

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 We believe in leading the way in the Azores in the areas of eco-tourism and sustainability. Each building is being carefully restored on the estate, respecting its history, using sustainable materials where possible, breathing new life into the estate. Our work will always be ongoing and we are happy to share our ideas, and hear yours. You can read more on our commitment to sustainability and eco-tourism here and find out more about The Ocean Azores Foundation here.

LUXURY & PRIVACY We hold a firm belief that luxury and sustainability can be done without compromise to either with some careful thought and execution. Each house ensures privacy and distance from other guests. Bring the outdoors inside, with views of the surrounding countryside. Breathe in the air of the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by peaceful farmland, overlooking the quaint town of Livramento. Just 5 minutes from the capital city of Ponta Delgada, this is a perfect location.

HERITAGE Azorean culture is strongly reflected in the house and surroundings. The main hose or Solar in Portugese 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. We invite you to take a walk around the grounds, to experience Shinrin Yoku classes which enable guests to step back from their fraught and fast-paced lifestyles, enjoying the calm, serenity and peace that comes from connecting with nature.