Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort is a modern and design-conscious oceanfront resort with dazzling views in the Azores Islands.
Located on the north coast of São Miguel, the largest of the Azores Islands, Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort sits perched on a bluff overlooking the beautiful Santa Barbara Beach and surf break. With the sparkling blue ocean on one side and rolling lush green hills on the other, this resort is a perfect hotel for nature lovers into modern digs.
The Azores Islands are one of those rare lesser-known surf destinations, as they’re essentially a lesser-known travel destination in general. The Azores archipelago is an autonomous region of Portugal and consists of nine volcanic islands in the mid-Atlantic, about 1,360 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal. To summarize these islands in a word, they are stunning.
The landscape of the Azores have elements of Hawaii, California, and New Zealand all rolled into one. With lush green landscapes featuring dramatic cliffs, towering waterfalls, forest hot springs, and uncrowded waves, the Azores Islands offer up a surf destination out of the ordinary.
Thanks to its location in the middle of the Atlantic, the Azores get year-round swell, and São Miguel is considered to have the greatest variety of surf spots.
Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort is modern in design, featuring charcoal-hued polished concrete and natural elements of driftwood and stone. The resort’s private eco villas range from spacious 1-bedroom villas with kitchenettes to 2-bedroom villas with private outdoor hot tubs. All villas have floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor patios so you can fully take advantage of the abundant scenery.
The resort’s large saltwater infinity pool overlooking the beach is the perfect place to relax in between surf sessions, and the onsite restaurant serves up inventive Japanese-inspired dishes with local fresh fish.
With an upscale yet laid back vibe and oceanfront location, Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort is a perfect home base to surf and explore the spectacular island of São Miguel.
*All surf photos by Joao ‘Brek’ Bracourt