Sustainable Hotel Azores


STAY IN A HOME, NOT A HOTEL. There are many reasons to choose The Solar Branco Eco Estate. From the personalised service to guest exclusive activities such as Gin O’Clock and our guide to the locals only places on the island.

Breathe in the clear Azorean Atlantic air as you walk through the citrus-inspired gardens. Take in the view over green hills to the ocean beyond. Hideout, forage, think in peace. Enjoy this beautiful heritage home, built over 100 years ago, lovingly restored and brought back to life. Sleep in big, dreamy beds. Hike, run, read. Relax. Put your phone down. Laugh out loud. Dream. Enjoy life with those around you. 


Low Carbon Luxury

The Solar Branco Eco Estate aims to be a leader in sustainable hospitality here in the Azores and in Portugal. carefully balancing sustainability with luxury. We look at all aspects of our businesses, from the environmental impact to local culture.


Sustainable Hotel Azores

Houses With Privacy

With 8 rooms across 5 houses, we ensure you have the most luxurious stay while enjoying the privacy of individual houses. Carefully restored, taking in the historical significance of the buildings but adding modern touches to bring them back to life.


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Book Direct

Booking direct with us not only ensures that you get the best rate it also includes a complimentary bottle of Baleia Gin. Created by the co-owner of the Estate, Ali Bullock here on São Miguel. 



Hosts Who Share Your Values

Meet the team who run the estate. From Ali and Caroline (owners and hosts) to Lemon (in-house artist and server), Joao (private wine sommelier) and JC (gardener) to Senhor Miguel, Una and Nuno (animals who love cuddles.) 


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Concierge Service

Your hosts and owners, Ali & Caroline aim to help you in all aspects of your stay on the estate. In addition, our private concierge manager, Carlos is here when you need him to help with bookings and advice. 


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Gin O'Clock

When you are staying here at The Solar Branco Eco Estate you are welcome to join Ali Bullock, curator of the library and creator of Baleia Gin for a complimentary Gin & Tonic each evening at 5pm. A different selection is made each day for you to try and enjoy at the library.



Senhor Raposas Secret Drinking Den

Learn about the legend of Senhor Raposa and transport yourself through a secret door to 1860 and the wealth and high society of the citrus traders. Drink in the company of the ghosts of royalty, merchants, and entrepreneurs who navigated the Atlantic Ocean in search of adventure and riches. Entry into Senhor Raposas Secret Drinking Den is strictly for guests and selected invitees only.


Senhor Raposas Secret Drinking Den

Sunset Terrace

Enjoy drinks at The Gin Library outside as you watch the sunset over the green hills of Livramento to the ocean beyond.



The Green Pantry

Dine in the hotel restaurant, The Green Pantry. Here we showcase only local ingredients with a focus on sustainable gastronomy. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are the focus along with our sustainable sushi.


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Tour of the gardens and estate

The Estate has undergone a 5-year restoration process, bringing each building back to life as a hotel. The gardens are also undergoing a 5-year re-planting and restoration program, adding over 1,000 fruit trees and other plants to the estate gardens.


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Estate Experiences Guide

Our unique and exclusive range of experiences aim to showcase the best of the Azores here on Sao Miguel. Featuring events such as a gin masterclass or wine tasting to a sushi dinner made by the top chef on the island.



Electric Charging Stations

Here on the estate and the island of São Miguel we are rapidly rolling out electric charging stations. View the interactive map to find out where you can charge your electric car.



São Miguel Guide

São Miguel is known as the green island. From the sights of Lago de Fogo, to the stunning blue of the Atlantic Ocean and its inhabitants, there is something for everyone on this island. With restaurants and bars showcasing the best local produce, everything you need is contained in our guest guide to São Miguel.


Azores Experiences

We partner withe the most local and authentic experience companies in the Azores. All vetted for their sustainable credentials and work in the Azores. You can be assured that you will be seeing the best of the island with our partners.


Experience The Azores