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MEET YOUR HOSTS

Stay In A Home, Not A Hotel. Enjoy Azorean Hospitality From The Owners of the Eco Estate. Owned and operated by Ali & Caroline, who first came to the Azores in 2006 on honeymoon. In his former life, Ali has worked for WWF and Red Bull. He has spoken at Davos about social media and dyslexia (more on Forbes.) Caroline was a member of the British Diplomatic Service for almost 2 decades. Now, she is the only Shinrin Yoku guide here in the Azores, showcasing the natural beauty of the island of Sao Miguel. 

When you book with us you are part of making the world a little bit better. The Solar Branco Eco Estate is more than a luxury hotel – It’s a philosophy and a platform to lead the change towards sustainability here in the Azores. Read more on about our sustainability programs here and the Ocean Azores Foundation here.

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Caroline

Caroline was a member of the British Diplomatic Service for almost 2 decades. Now, she is the owner of the Solar Branco Eco Estate and the only Shinrin Yoku guide here in the Azores.

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Ali

Ali worked for the World Wildlife Fund as well as Red Bull in Formula One. He has spoken at Davos about social media and dyslexia (read more on Forbes).

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Una

A rescue dog from Hong Kong, Una spends 24 hours with Ali on the estate. She greets guests with cuddles, barks and occasionally receives snacks.

Meet The Team

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Lemon

Catarina is our head librarian at The Gin Library. She is also the designer of the Baleia Gin logo.

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Joana

Joana is the top sushi chef on the island and we are delighted to work with her.

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Joao

Joao is our private wine sommelier. Here to lead our wine masterclasses and help you discover the best wines of the Azores.

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J.C

JC is our head gardener on the estate. Always cheerful and always busy working on the gardens.

Senhor Miguel

Senhor Miguel

Senhor Miguel is the senior librarian at the Gin Library. Loves cheesebreads.

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Nuno

Nuno is the junior librarian at The Gin Library. Also Senhor Miguel’s best friend.

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Rita

Rita likes to watch all the goings on from her space in our house.

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Buddy

Buddy LOVES everyone. He gives kisses. Lots of kisses.

Want to join Us

The Solar Branco Eco Estate aims to work with a diverse range of people within the community of the Azores. From private chefs, guest management staff to artists and other creatives, we want people passionate about the Azores, hospitality and the environment that surrounds us.

For opportunities to work on or with the estate please contact us here.