Santa Barbara

The Ultimate Guide Of Santa Barbara; Everything You Need To Know Before Your Visit

Discover the magical Azores islands and have the vacation of your life. Whether you're looking for relaxation or an adventurous vacation, Santa Barbara has it all.

Santa Barbara located in the Azores, Portugal is the perfect spot to visit for a calming resort retreat. It all started in 2015 when João Reis a businessman and surfer fell in love with the island of São Miguel, the island that today serves as the address for Santa Barbara. This luxury resort is nestled on the black sand beaches of the Azores, which stand a beautiful contrast to the blue of the ocean and the different shades of green of the hills that surround the resort. Santa Barbara invites its guests to experience the island to its fullest, with a wide range of activities that will make them have unforgettable moments full of adventure and personalized experiences. We will provide you with a full detailed guide of things you MUST do while staying in the resort so you enjoy the full Santa Barbara experience.  

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About The Resort

Santa Barbara is not just another hotel, but a dream given form by João Reis, an entrepreneur and enthusiastic surfer of the northern coast of São Miguel.  It began from a passion: a passion for the dark, sandy beach, mysterious blue waters of the Atlantic and the mystic green pastures and forested mountains of Ribeira Grande. This beautiful environment mixed with the desire to transmit the same passions for nature, the sea and, above all, the Azores resulted in SANTA BÁRBARA.

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João Reis respected the natural beauty of the island and developed this resort to be in harmony with the island’s unique surroundings. Built from scratch, and in perfect symbiosis with the coastal ecology, the eco-friendly beach resort is integrated into its environment. Its architecture, the materials and the framing of the landscape were the three main concerns of the project. What resulted was a site that breathes in the island and coastal ecosystem, providing its visitors with a tranquil stay.


Santa Bárbara offers a gastronomic concept that will take you through an oriental journey from India to Japan, in an unexpected discovery of exotic spices and authentic flavors. All this with an amazing quality of local products - which includes Azorean meat, fresh fish and seafood from the Atlantic, alongside the freshest vegetables, aromatic herbs and fruits that now arrive from their farm installed on the property, with two greenhouses and an approximate area of ​​4000m2. A way to guarantee a zero kilometer product and extra quality in a true “farm to table” concept. It also offers an extensive list of national wines (various Azorean options) and innovative cocktails with Santa Bárbara signature.

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Santa Barbara offers breakfast from 8:00 AM -11:00 AM, they know it is one of the most important moments of the Singular Properties Experience, so they have prepared a selection of the best regional products and a menu with hot options prepared upon request. After breakfast head to the beach or the pool where you can also enjoy a variety of light meals and snacks, making it the ideal option for both a lunch between dives and a fresh cocktail in the evening. 

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Last but not least Santa Barbara’s restaurant is open from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, here you will find a disruptive cuisine that breaks away from the traditional ways of thinking, preparing and enjoying gastronomy, with origin in their farm, their pastures and their seas. The secret lies in the dedication to each moment, from ensuring the best origin of the ingredients, to the preparation and treatment of all gastronomic elements. In order to provide ingredients with maximum flavor and freshness, all vegetables and aromatics are grown by themselves in their seasonal and sustainable farm, being harvested daily for their guests.

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Santa Barbara seeks to surprise you with everything you can do and experience while visiting the island. For that, they are here to help you discover local traditions, the most iconic places and the most remarkable adventures. They also create tailored experiences. Challenge them to create your unique moment.

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Discover The Wildlife Deep Blue

Do you feel like a fish in the water? You cannot miss these experiences! The Azores are a privileged place to spot whales, dolphins and the underwater wildlife. It is considered one of the best places in the world to do this kind of activity. The animals are respected during these interactions and the fun is guaranteed. You will get to experience the following highlights:

- Observe the behavior of whales, dolphins and/or sea birds in their natural habitat.
- Boat trip
- Survey the rocky formations along the coastline
- Explore the underwater wildlife
- Cultural, historical and scientific information provided by guides and biologists

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Tours Through The Island 

Come visit the island from a different perspective: the adventure is guaranteed! All paths lead to the most incredible and emblematic places and contact with nature is constant throughout the tour. You will be able to enjoy off-road tours, walking trails, horseback riding and bike tours. 

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Santa Bárbara is one of the best beaches in the Azores to practice surfing. The ocean that surrounds the islands allows the formation of waves all year round for all types of surfers.


Explore the coastline or paddle inside a dormant volcano and observe the beauty that surrounds you.


An adventure through the hidden forests and valleys, where you can jump into waterfalls and slide or rappel through the island's streams.

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Dive In Nature

The Azores are a group of active volcanic islands, on São Miguel there are several examples of this activity, which can provide guests with unique moments of pleasure. There are thermal pools on different locations of the island, which are mandatory stops for nature lovers, as well as for those who want to feel the unique sensation of a warm outdoor bath.

  • Thermal bath in the sea - Ferraria
  • Discover the centenary gardens – Parque Terra Nostra
  • Relax in a mystical space - Poças da Dona Beija
  • Enjoy the exuberant nature – Natural monument of Caldeira Velha

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Enjoy some moments of well-being at Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort, where you will find all the natural ingredients to unwind from all your daily worries. Their Wellness Retreat is carefully designed to give you the rest you deserve, the Wooden Hut with a privileged view of the beach and the large outdoor space of the Resort with the soothing sound of the sea as background music. Santa Barbara shares with you their services for all preferences: signature rituals, classic treatments, alternative treatments, aquatic therapies and yoga, as well as personal trainers.

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So what are you waiting for? If you’re looking to have the perfect getaway, Santa Barbara is the perfect place for you. Enjoy all of Santa Barbara’s activities and experiences as you relax and renew in this magical adventure island in the heart of the Azores. 

This eco-luxury dream resort is part of our curated collection,  Eco Hotels & Resorts. If you want to learn more and make a reservation you can book through our site Santa Barbara - Eco Hotels & Resorts (

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