A 15 Year Journey

2005 London: On a dull, cloudy day, a couple travelled on the tube towards Earl’s Court and the convention center. Caroline had seen an advert for a wedding and travel show. This seemed like a good place to look for honeymoon destinations. As they walked around, skipping all the cliched spots, “The Canaries” and “The Maldives” they came across a lone photographer who had a stand showcasing his whale photos and the island of Faial in the Azores.

The conversation was about a place neither had heard of, and they were taken by the photos of the whales and so a honeymoon was booked. In June of 2006 the first journey was made to the Azores. Amazing weather, countryside, whales and dolphins all captured our imagination.

As we boarded the plane we spoke of returning the year after. Life changed that idea and it would be another 12 years until they would return.

2018: We decided one evening that the Azores would be our new home. A new journey and idea was created, and so The Solar Branco Eco Estate as a hotel was born. In 2020 in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were able to trial and test our newest product, Baleia.

In 2023 the hotel is due to open.