Solar Branco Eco-Estate
Solar Branco Eco-Estate
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The Solar Branco 1885 Eco-Estate and Experiences company is built around a mission to create the most luxurious and private Hotel accommodation with sustainable tourism.
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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Madeline D
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I can't recommend this hotel enough! The location is convenient, the grounds are beautiful, the rooms are fresh and thoughtful, and the staff are absolutely incredible. Everyone we interacted with was so generous and willing to share recommendations for things to do and places to go. From the delicious breakfasts to the cozy bed linens, we enjoyed all the locally-sourced details. Make sure you reserve a spot at one of Chef Joana's phenomenal sushi dinners. Plus, the Gin Library is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting the island - we'll never look at a gin and tonic the same way ever again!
Written 4 June 2024
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David S
Fort Lee, NJ15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My wife and I had an excellent experience at Solar Branco Eco-Estate ("SBEE"). Last year, my wife visited the Gin Library, on the premises, and greatly enjoyed the experience and wanted to return as a guest of the SBEE. I arrived with little in the way of expectation and was made to feel welcomed immediately by the friendly staff and scenic property. Ali and Caroline are gracious hosts. Ali gave us a detailed tour of the property, including greenhouse, gardens, and planting of trees, fruits, vegetables and spices. Our morning breakfast was fresh and delicious with local cheese, pastries, yogurt and granola, eggs and breads. The Gin Library is a unique experience and we participated in the tradition of bringing a craft bottle of gin from our geographic area, that was not on their list, and received a bottle of their Ghost of the Ocean gin. We now have a greater appreciation of gin and the process to create it. We also dined at the Gin Library for the Sushi Dinner and it was delicious and filling. We also met Azoreans and other tourists at the dinner as we all ate at a large table. The accommodations were comfortable and spacious. We also took day long sightseeing trips with a guide around the island and the natural beauty of the Azores is spectacular. We highly recommend Solar Branco Eco-Estate and Sao Miguel Island of the Azores.
Written 21 April 2024
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tlambert
Portsmouth, New Hampshire16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our stay at Solar Branco was a highlight of our week-long trip on Sao Miguel. From the moment we got there and throughout our stay we felt welcomed by the owners and all of the staff (and the cats!). We enjoyed our conversations with owners Caroline and Ali learning their story and about the estate and the island. They've done an amazing job with the renovation and have plans to do more. The rooms are comfortable with great views, and the breakfast is delicious and thoughtfully put together with local cheeses, fruits, breads, spreads and pastries. Gin o'clock each night at The Gin Library is an experience everyone should have even if you aren't an overnight guest. But you should most definitely be an overnight guest!
Written 4 April 2024
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n0vatraveller
Fairfax, VA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We had a wonderful stay at Solar Branco! The hosts Caroline and Ali were warm and helpful and a special shout out to head concierge Ruben. The nightly gin o'clock at the gin library was a highlight under the expertise of Catarina and Ricardo. And of course, we loved the resident cats!

The rooms were simple yet very comfortable and the daily breakfasts were delicious.

I'd highly recommend this lovely small hotel to any visitor to Sao Miguel.
Written 3 April 2024
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Christina Longi
Las Vegas, NV47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
My friends and I just returned from a wonderful 7 night stay at this lovely eco estate in Sao Miguel! We absolutely loved our stay here, from the wonderful breakfasts of local breads and fresh fruits to the AMAZING gin and tonic every night at the gin library! People all over come here just to see this! Over 1200 Gins, really cool! The rooms were so nice and extremely clean! The people are just wonderful too! Rueben, Caterina, and Ricardo were so warm and welcoming and the owners Caroline and Ali were wonderful too! We loved seeing the chickens every morning and gazing upon their beautiful garden and farm. Also Tony, Gina, and Snowball the kitties...I miss seeing them everyday haha! I absolutely recommend this place to anyone visiting Ponta Delgada...it was truly an experience...a home away from home! I hope to see them again soon! Thank you! :)
Written 28 November 2023
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Hello. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your positive feedback regarding your stay with us here at The Solar Branco Eco Estate. We are thrilled to see that you have enjoyed your time here and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon. I will pass your kind words onto the team (and to the cats).
Written 22 March 2024
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Navigate07752889376
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A beautiful week on São Miguel, with gin, sushi and gorgeous surroundings - we were treated so well at the Solar Branco for our honeymoon. The staff and owners are so welcoming and full of great local recommendations, not to mention the friendly cats on site. We stayed at The Ruin, a lovely cottage with a simple kitchenette, outdoor and indoor shower, lovely big double bed, excellent WiFi and a spectacular view.
Written 11 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valuable feedback regarding your experience with us here at The Solar Branco Eco Estate. We are thrilled to see that you have enjoyed your time here. The fact you loved The Ruin and we made your honeymoon so special fills myself and the team with pride and joy, and I will share your feedback with the team who I know will be as thrilled as I am to read your positive feedback. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon to stay with us again.
Written 22 March 2024
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Matthew S
Brooklyn, NY7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
My husband and I stayed at the Solar Branco Eco-Estate this past week, and it was an incredible experience. From the meticulously designed rooms and property, the sustainability and use of the land, all the way to the amazing Sushi Dinner and of course drinks at the Gin Library were unique, special, and enjoyable.

Also, the estate made Baleia Gin is absolutely phenomenal and unique. I would highly recommend trying some while you are there!

Lastly, Ali and Caroline are attentive and thoughtful hosts that can help you curate a great experience in your time in the Azores. They both are very dedicated to the community, their guests, and creating beautiful experiences that uniquely blend both.

We will definitely be back!
Written 30 May 2023
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Hi Matt. Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us here at The Solar Branco Eco Estate and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. I very much look forward to seeing you next time. Ali
Written 28 July 2023
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Louis F
Altus, OK1,119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The owner is extremely welcoming and friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed the gin tasting experience. They really do have hundreds of gins to choose from and are really good at making suggestions for which gin to choose for your drink.
Written 7 May 2023
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Good morning. Thank you so much for visiting The Gin Library and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your time here with us. Your feedback is wonderful to read and I will pass it onto the rest of the team. I know they will be as thrilled to read this as I am. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Ali
Written 28 July 2023
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southnationarchery
Winchester, Canada12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
It was difficult to find and the only identification that I found it was graffittied scrawl across the building at the top of the hill. The entrance was narrow, rutted, poorly maintained and without signage. I turned around and went back to my cottage. Also, after 5 business days, no one answered my email about visiting the site.
Written 28 June 2022
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Written 30 June 2022
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Kelley Q
Salem, NH41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Our family of 9 traveled to Sao Miguel and booked the Gin Library while there. We can not recommend that you try this on your visit enough! What a fabulous time we had. Ali is so personable and we talked about everything under the sun, including Gin! To see the extent of his library collection was quite the experience. The pictures simply don't to it justice! The grounds of Solar Branco are simply breath-taking. I can't wait to see the finished reconstruction and love how it is being historically restored with so much attention to the details! The conversation was simply fascinating learning about Ali's journey and what lead him to clearly his passion which is sharing his knowledge and expertise with people from around the globe! There were many in our party that were not huge gin drinkers but getting to try several different gins from around the world that one wouldn't necessarily get the opportunity to, was truly an experience we are all glad we did! We loved getting to meet Mrs, B! This truly is a must do when visiting the island- I promise you won't be disappointed. Also we took 2 bottles of Gin home in our luggage and no issues what so ever! We can't wait to see the merchandise coming soon, as we LOVE LOVE LOVE the logo, and also the fact that a portion of each sale goes to Whale Conservation! Win - Win! Can't wait to stop by again on our next visit to the island!
Written 28 June 2022
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Thank you so much for the kind words and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your time here at The Gin Library. We are working hard on the restoration and very much look forward to seeing you back at the estate once everything is completed in early 2023. More gin will be awaiting you of course! Ali
Written 30 June 2022
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