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Solar Branco Eco-Estate

Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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About Solar Branco Eco-Estate
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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Tours and Tickets by Solar Branco Eco-Estate

Azorean & Portuguese Gin Tasting Masterclass

Check out one of the largest gin collections in the world as well as a tour around a historic "Solars" or mansion houses built in the 1800s.
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2 hours
from $49.16

Shinrin Yoku - Forest Bathing Walk

Have you come to the Azores hoping to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, reconnect with nature and re-energise? Shinrin Yoku offers a magical way to do this, recharging your body and mind and awakening all your senses.

Your guide, Caroline Sprod, is the first and only Shinrin Yoku guide in the Azores, and co-owner of the Solar Branco 1885 Eco Estate.
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3 hours
from $31.52

Sushi Masterclass & Japanese Gin Tasting

Join hosts Ali and Joana at The Gin Library for a sushi masterclass and Japanese gin tasting, creating a unique gastronomic pairing.

Locally born Joana is considered the best sushi chef in the Azores. She will talk you through the basics of preparing sushi. You’ll learn how to handle sharp knives, and prepare delicacies using the finest and freshest ingredients. Joana loves to combine modern and traditional flavours and ingredients to create her masterpieces. She personally collects the fish as the boats come into the port of Rabo de Peixe.

After you’ve honed your sushi making skills under Joana’s tutelage you’ll get to try out your creations. Ali, owner of The Gin Library, will show you how to make the perfect gin and tonics to match your dishes, using two specially selected Japanese gins. These gins have the perfect botanicals and citrus that carefully complement the delicate sushi flavours.
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2 hours 30 minutes
from $116.75

Private Tour of The Azorean Pineapple Greenhouses + Gin & Tonic

Take a private tour of a pineapple farm, not usually open to members of the public. At your behind the scenes experience will meet Pedro, the pineapple farmer, who together with your host Ali will show you his pineapple houses. These contain a total of 20,000 pineapple plants. You will learn about the growing process over 2 years, and how each plant is cared for throughout the process.

Your host Ali Bullock, is a master of gin and brand ambassador for premium Azorean gin brand Rocha Negra Gin. This private tour visits the pineapple farm he sources pineapples from to use to make his in-house gin infusions.

Your tour ends with a pineapple-infused gin and tonic (or non-alcoholic version should you prefer - please let us know in advance). You’ll also have plenty of time to walk around the pineapple greenhouses and take as many photos as you wish and ask any questions.

Finally, you will receive an Azorean pineapple to take home as a leaving gift (1 per booking).
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2 hours
from $30.72

Paint A Tile in The Azores

Painting a tile is a special memory you can leave here in the Azores, where you can create a visual record of being here for yourself and as inspiration for future visitors to the Solar Branco Estate.

Every visitor has the opportunity to paint a tile and have it mounted on our tile wall. Take part and celebrate the diversity of our guests and capture a moment of time from your stay on São Miguel.

Each tile costs €10 the proceeds will be used as part of the restoration of the estate.
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1 hour
from $18.91

Taste the Wines of the Azores

During the tasting you will sample 3 white wines and 2 red wines from the Azores archipelago. The wines are all paired with local cheeses and savory bites showcasing regional specialities. Each unique wine is handpicked from small independent producers, many of them producing less than 1,000 bottles each year.
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2 hours
from $69.34

Vegan Volcano Dinner (Cozido Das Furnas)

This famous rustic dish is traditionally made with meat and vegetables. Solar Branco’s signature version is a modern plant based interpretation of the dish, using fresh local seasonal ingredients and a special blend of herbs and spices delivering a delicious and refined twist on the traditional dish.
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2 hours
from $81.94
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Richa Thakur wrote a review Feb 2021
Amsterdam, The Netherlands20 contributions1 helpful vote
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Having a veg partner and personally not being being a big meat eater, we really wanted to experience Cozido and were very skeptical about where to go for it. Enter Ali and Caroline. They offered a complete experience which included a trip to the cooking spot and pulling our own meals out of the earth.. The food was delicious and at no point did we feel that we were missing out by not eating meat. We also couldn’t have asked for a better setting, sitting amongst one of the world’s largest private gin collection 😍 Special thanks to Caroline and Ali for opening their doors to us, especially on Christmas when everything else on the island was shut and the awesome hospitality and an amazing experience! Can’t wait to visit you guys again and stay on your estate this time around..:
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Response from solarbranco, Owner at Solar Branco Eco-Estate
Responded Feb 16, 2021
Thank you so much for leaving us a review and both Caz and I are really delighted to know. you enjoyed your time here and the cozido. We very much look forward to seeing you here at the estate again very soon. Ali
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Shridhar wrote a review Dec 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands12 contributions
We had an amazing time chatting about gins and some more with Ali. They have a fantastic estate; 2 very cute pets (big shoutout to chocolate) and a gin collection that made me and my wife go weak on our knees on one hand and go (Tanqueray) green with envy on another. The gin masterclass is a must do for someone who enjoys gins, is curious to know more or both. Ali is supremely knowledgeable and a fantastic host. Our only regret, we couldn’t make bookings in time to stay on their estate - something for our next visit. In the meantime, we plan to go a few more times to savor the other experiences Ali and Caroline have curated on this beautiful island.
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Response from solarbranco, Owner at Solar Branco Eco-Estate
Responded Dec 24, 2020
Thank you so much for the kind words and leaving us a review. We loved hosting you at The Gin Library and look forward to seeing you again. Ali
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Kirstie wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
Wow what a great thing as a vegan to be able to taste the local cuisine style! The food was so tasty and Caroline and Ali are great hosts. We even had vegan ice cream to finish and the gin on arrival was great! Thank you for a great experience.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from solarbranco, Owner at Solar Branco Eco-Estate
Responded Aug 26, 2020
Thank you so much for the review! We loved hosting you here on the Eco Estate. Ali & Caroline
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Kirstie wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
Thanks so much for our forest bathing session! I felt deeply relaxed and yet energized. We visited a beautiful spot in sete cidade where we were able to experience the forest and the water. It opened me to experience my surroundings with every sense and become very present. Afterwards we had tea and natural treats from the island . Caroline leaves the experience open so that it can suit many types of people. I left feeling very positive and joyful.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from solarbranco, Owner at Solar Branco Eco-Estate
Responded Aug 26, 2020
Hi Kirsty. Thank you so much for the kind words and I am so pleased that you enjoyed the experience. Caroline
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Eunice C wrote a review Feb 2020
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Caroline did an amazing job of teaching and preparing for the sausage making class. We had a delightful afternoon in a beautiful setting, would recommend this activity to anyone!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from solarbranco, Owner at Solar Branco Eco-Estate
Responded Feb 5, 2020
Thank you so much for your review and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Caroline
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