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Ocean Azores Foundation

SUSTAINABILITY

The Solar Branco Eco Estate aims to be a leading Eco and sustainable hotel in the Azores. We believe in leading the way for sustainable tourism in the Azores. Eco: Our initiatives include a complete ban on single-use plastic and pesticides. We are the first in the Azores to commit to being a zero food waste hotel. In the gardens we have 2 dedicated wildlife ponds for frogs and local birds. Our chickens are all free-range, and our field is maintained with wildflowers, cut in stages only twice a year encouraging wildflowers for pollinators and other wildlife. Heritage: We are carefully restoring the estate, respecting its history and breathing new life into each building. Local: We employ local staff and buy the majority of our food produce from local vendors.

Ocean Azores Foundation: The Solar Branco Eco Estate in combination with our in-house brand Baleia Gin is working to support the Azores in several areas of marine and sustainable conservation. Read more on our commitment to sustainability and eco-tourism here.

Guiding principles

Our hotel and businesses have 3 guiding principles we use as our north star, a way to keep our direction of where we want to go and what we want to say.

 

Our eco estate initiatives

The island of São Miguel is a beautiful, wild paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and we are 100% committed to helping it remain so. The Solar Branco Eco Estate and Eco Experiences Company works tirelessly to protect and promote the people, animals and products the island has to offer guests.

Wildlife

The Azores is a heaven for wildlife, but the over-use of agriculture and pesticides threatens this status. The Solar Branco Eco Estate is committed to protecting and helping native wildlife thrive here on the grounds.

Community

Hosts Ali & Caroline are delighted to host a number of events on the estate, such as monthly ex-pat drinks as well as our quarterly plant swap. Events are free to attend, and proceeds from drinks and food sales go to charities based on São Miguel.

Buy Local

The Solar Branco Eco Estate and the Eco Experiences are committed to using local products and working with local producers as part of our sustainability commitments. 

Health & Food

Take time to relax. Take time to work on your health and slow down as you enjoy the green lands of São Miguel. Our food offerings are all sourced locally and always organic.