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Tucked in between the half mile of sandy Santa Barbara Beach and the lush mountains, Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort is a haven of bohemian luxury.
Made up of a series of villas, the resort offers spacious and modern accommodation sustainable enough for even the greenest among us. The villas all feature exposed concrete walls alongside natural wood furniture and colourful soft furnishings, creating a stylish and chic atmosphere. While all villas come with kitchenettes, terraces and beautiful views, the more luxurious Retreat Villas also come with a Jacuzzi.
The main restaurant, Areais, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a light and airy dining room, with fantastic views from the large windows. The food is locally sourced, fresh and seasonal and there is even a sushi corner, which makes use of the catch of the day. For cocktails, head to the bar or beach club and enjoy the ocean views as the sun sets or the stars light up the sky.
The location of Santa Barbara Eco-Beach Resort means a stay here is all about the outdoors and exploring the beauty of the Azores. The large pool offers views out across the ocean, but for those who want to get out a little further there are plenty of hikes, birding trips and biking tours available. If diving is more your thing, rest assured this is one of the best dive spots in the Azores. You can also enjoy surfing, whale watching and canyoning in the area.
Why we love it
The resort has fantastic sweeping views of the black sandy beach and sea beyond. Keep your eyes peeled for surfers tackling the waves as you enjoy the scenery.