The Azores has nine volcanic islands with pristine beaches, world-class reef breaks, and dreamy, long point breaks. This Portuguese archipelago has consistent waves all year round.
The best surf season is during winter (December until March), spring (March until June), and autumn (September until December). Remember: even though temperatures are good all year round, it is rainy from October to April, but we can still find some good breaks for a great session.
The best time for beginners is from June to September when it's warmer and we can find some rideable and easy waves, great for starters.
It began in 2015 with a passion for the natural black beaches along the picturesque northern coast of São Miguel in the Azores: the unique, almost magical green pastures and mountain hues that contrast with the azure blue oceans are the ideal backdrops for a calming resort retreat.
It was here, overlooking the grand beach of Santa Barbara, that the Azores’ first ecologically-friendly eco-beach resort was opened. Our inviting natural coastal landscape, the elegance of our modern luxury spaces and our commitment to a full range of experiences epitomizes our passion for the art of hospitality, nature and the Azores.
The resort offers a total of 14 studios, 7 one-bedroom villas and 9 two-bedroom villas, integrating Singular Properties group, also owned by João and Catarina Reis, which includes White Exclusive Villas & Suites and La Maison, also on the island of São Miguel.
All Villas are equipped with: LCD TV, independent air conditioning, Wi-Fi, VOYA Amenities, hair dryer, bathrobes, electronic safe, kitchenette equipped with microwave, fridge and utensils, coffee machine with capsules, and snacks table for meals.
Eat & drink
At Santa Bárbara, our gastronomic concept is an experience that marries farm-fresh local ingredients with exotic spices and authentic flavors from India to Japan: an unexpected journey of discovery through the tastes of the Far East.
Santa Bárbara offers an outstanding gastronomic concept, praising the quality of local products - the Azorean meat, fresh fish and seafood from the Atlantic, alongside the freshest vegetables, aromatic herbs and fruits that arrive from our farm with two greenhouses and more than 4000m2 of production. A way to guarantee a zero-kilometer products and extra quality in a true “farm to table” concept.
Wellness & fitness
Relax, disconnect from your worries and focus on your wellness; we pamper you with natural ingredients, an atmosphere of tranquility and signature treatments.
We want your stay in São Miguel to be unique. At Santa Barbara, you have at your disposal our personalized “Experience Service” to help customize your vacation: exactly as you dreamed! With the Azores as your backdrop, experience creative adventures that combine one or more activities. Enjoy your destination to the fullest by having our team suggest unique adventures, natural escapes, local events, moments of contemplation or therapeutic leisure.
Santa Barbara is currently developing an organic farming project to grow our own produce. Our goal is to supply our restaurants with fresh organic products at competitive prices in exchange for a meal that is incredibly tasty and healthy while promoting and developing an ecologically and socially responsible consumption, with the aim of integrating it into our entire consumption chain.
Our organic farm project is based on a chain of trust and sustainability with the aim of knowing and controlling the entire cycle and the various stages of food production right up to the table in our restaurants.
Not just another hotel but a dream turned into reality by João Reis, an entrepreneur and enthusiastic surfer who realized a vision on the northern coast of São Miguel. It began from a passion: a passion for the dark, sandy beach that bears its name, for the mysterious blue waters of the Atlantic, and for mystic green pastures and forested mountains of Ribeira Grande.
This environment, mixed with a desire to transmit the same passions for nature, the sea and the Azores, resulted in Santa Bárbara.
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.
The Resort's architecture and choice of materials have as their main objective the harmonious integration of the buildings in the natural surroundings. The architecture of the buildings was adjusted to the morphology of the terrain in order to minimize the landscape impact and volume of the buildings in the space.
The construction materials selected are natural and of local/national origin, such as cryptomeria wood, bamboo and cork, enhancing the integration of buildings in the natural environment. The work was carried out mainly by local companies.