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Echo Beach Resort Santa Barbara

Beachfront Eco-Luxury Resort on São Miguel Island, Azores!

Rising from a black beach that contrasts beautifully with the blue of the ocean and the green hues of the hills that frame it in the background, Santa Barbara Eco Beach Resort is the perfect place to experience the island of São Miguel in all its wonder. Consisting of a total of 30 villas & studios the resort offers a stay that is in perfect harmony with nature.

The Azorean archipelago, known as the Hawaii of Europe, is built with 9 beautiful volcanic islands, with São Miguel being famous for its perfect waves!

The Resort

In 2015 João Reis designed a resort from the ground up that integrated perfectly into the environment around it. The emphasis throughout the construction was placed on using natural materials, in addition to decorative elements relating to Azorean traditions.
All of the resort’s gardens are regularly supplemented with new indigenous plant species with the aim of offering a more exclusive atmosphere without interfering with the magnificent natural landscape that characterises the hotel.

In the exterior areas, an enormous saltwater pool, with stone beds inside and a view of the ocean, promises to delight those seeking moments of contemplation; on a wooden deck, built on top of the cliff from which you access the beach, you can enjoy a massage to the sound of the sea; and the sports activities centre is a stimulus to anyone looking for some adventure!

Waves at Santa Barbara Eco Beach Resort

The Mid Atlantic Ridge, a huge underwater volcanic mountain chain runs the entire length of the Atlantic and surfaces in only a few spots, one of these is the Azores, 1300 km west of Lisbon. Azores surf centres on Sao Miguel which is open to most swells and wind patterns, with the only N-facing beach breaks in the chain, which have become a regular contest site for the world’s pros.

The surf that accompanies these islands is powerful, unchartered, and mostly crowdless. The position of the Azores, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, ensures that there is always plenty of swells. The great thing about surfing Sao Miguel is that the island will pick up swell from every direction and there is almost always a surf spot on this island with surf.

Why We Love Santa Barbara Eco Beach Resort

All-year-round uncrowded quality waves for all surfing levels!

The outstanding beachfront location in Santa Barbara, surrounded by green fields and hills!

The eco-conscious approach of the resort and its design in harmony with nature!

Ready to surf in the Azores?

Accommodation

The resort offers a total of 14 studios, 7 one-bedroom villas and 9 two-bedroom villas. All the accommodation options have a small, equipped kitchenette, living room and spacious balcony with comfortable armchairs, ideal for observing and absorbing the surrounding nature.

The scent of endemic plants and flowers invades the Garden Villas, which have privileged access to a shared garden with a lake.
The Blue & Green Villas provide a unique experience, with the colours of Azorean nature printed on the balconies. Blue & Green studios have access to a shared swimming pool with climatized saltwater.
Retreat Villas offer the most exclusive comfort of the Resort and the magnificent view that you can enjoy from your private jacuzzi on the terrace.

The Cuisine

With an unforgettable view, Restaurant Santa Bárbara has a new culinary concept that takes you on a journey to the East – from India to Japan – where we unexpectedly discover exotic spices and authentic flavours. All of this is prepared with the necessary homage to the quality of the local food, with Azorean meat and Atlantic fish and seafood heavily represented, along with the freshest of fresh garden produce, aromatic herbs and fruit. It is a way of ensuring a zero food miles approach and extra quality as part of a real “farm-to-table” concept. And this is all accompanied by a list of Portuguese wines (with various Azorean options) and Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort’s own innovative signature cocktails.

Located beside the beach, the laidback Beach Club Santa Bárbara serves light meals and tapas, making it the ideal choice for both a lunch between swims and a drink in the mid-afternoon.

Activities

The resort offers a personalized “Experience Service”, aimed at enhancing every guest’s stay on the island to the full. This “maker of tailor-made experiences” offers a service that includes the careful and rigorous selection of the best providers for each activity and advice about the most interesting places to visit, alongside proposals for customised itineraries based on guests’ personal interests.

Wellness

At the Wellness Retreat, you will find all the natural ingredients to unwind from all daily worries. The Wellness Retreat, housed in a facility at the resort’s highest point, with a wonderful view over the property, has been carefully designed to give you the rest you deserve. and offers a huge range of services, namely signature rituals and even yoga classes and SUP yoga. The well-being retreat also has an indoor heated pool with fitness equipment and a personal trainer service.

The Farm

Santa Barbara is currently developing an organic farming project for growing its own products. The goal is to supply our restaurants with organic products for 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.

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Santa Barbara Echo Beach Resort

Beachfront Eco-Luxury Resort on São Miguel Island, Azores!

Rising from a black beach that contrasts beautifully with the blue of the ocean and the green hues of the hills that frame it in the background, Santa Barbara Eco Beach Resort is the perfect place to experience the island of São Miguel in all its wonder. Consisting of a total of 30 villas & studios the resort offers a stay that is in perfect harmony with nature.

The Azorean archipelago, known as the Hawaii of Europe, is built with 9 beautiful volcanic islands, with São Miguel being famous for its perfect waves!

The Resort

In 2015 João Reis designed a resort from the ground up that integrated perfectly into the environment around it. The emphasis throughout the construction was placed on using natural materials, in addition to decorative elements relating to Azorean traditions.
All of the resort’s gardens are regularly supplemented with new indigenous plant species with the aim of offering a more exclusive atmosphere without interfering with the magnificent natural landscape that characterises the hotel.

In the exterior areas, an enormous saltwater pool, with stone beds inside and a view of the ocean, promises to delight those seeking moments of contemplation; on a wooden deck, built on top of the cliff from which you access the beach, you can enjoy a massage to the sound of the sea; and the sports activities centre is a stimulus to anyone looking for some adventure!

Waves at Santa Barbara Eco Beach Resort

The Mid Atlantic Ridge, a huge underwater volcanic mountain chain runs the entire length of the Atlantic and surfaces in only a few spots, one of these is the Azores, 1300 km west of Lisbon. Azores surf centres on Sao Miguel which is open to most swells and wind patterns, with the only N-facing beach breaks in the chain, which have become a regular contest site for the world’s pros.

The surf that accompanies these islands is powerful, unchartered, and mostly crowdless. The position of the Azores, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, ensures that there is always plenty of swells. The great thing about surfing Sao Miguel is that the island will pick up swell from every direction and there is almost always a surf spot on this island with surf.

Why We Love Santa Barbara Eco Beach Resort

All-year-round uncrowded quality waves for all surfing levels!

The outstanding beachfront location in Santa Barbara, surrounded by green fields and hills!

The eco-conscious approach of the resort and its design in harmony with nature!

Ready to surf in the Azores?

Accommodation

The resort offers a total of 14 studios, 7 one-bedroom villas and 9 two-bedroom villas. All the accommodation options have a small, equipped kitchenette, living room and spacious balcony with comfortable armchairs, ideal for observing and absorbing the surrounding nature.

The scent of endemic plants and flowers invades the Garden Villas, which have privileged access to a shared garden with a lake.
The Blue & Green Villas provide a unique experience, with the colours of Azorean nature printed on the balconies. Blue & Green studios have access to a shared swimming pool with climatized saltwater.
Retreat Villas offer the most exclusive comfort of the Resort and the magnificent view that you can enjoy from your private jacuzzi on the terrace.

The Cuisine

With an unforgettable view, Restaurant Santa Bárbara has a new culinary concept that takes you on a journey to the East – from India to Japan – where we unexpectedly discover exotic spices and authentic flavours. All of this is prepared with the necessary homage to the quality of the local food, with Azorean meat and Atlantic fish and seafood heavily represented, along with the freshest of fresh garden produce, aromatic herbs and fruit. It is a way of ensuring a zero food miles approach and extra quality as part of a real “farm-to-table” concept. And this is all accompanied by a list of Portuguese wines (with various Azorean options) and Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort’s own innovative signature cocktails.

Located beside the beach, the laidback Beach Club Santa Bárbara serves light meals and tapas, making it the ideal choice for both a lunch between swims and a drink in the mid-afternoon.

Activities

The resort offers a personalized “Experience Service”, aimed at enhancing every guest’s stay on the island to the full. This “maker of tailor-made experiences” offers a service that includes the careful and rigorous selection of the best providers for each activity and advice about the most interesting places to visit, alongside proposals for customised itineraries based on guests’ personal interests.

Wellness

At the Wellness Retreat, you will find all the natural ingredients to unwind from all daily worries. The Wellness Retreat, housed in a facility at the resort’s highest point, with a wonderful view over the property, has been carefully designed to give you the rest you deserve. and offers a huge range of services, namely signature rituals and even yoga classes and SUP yoga. The well-being retreat also has an indoor heated pool with fitness equipment and a personal trainer service.

The Farm

Santa Barbara is currently developing an organic farming project for growing its own products. The goal is to supply our restaurants with organic products for 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.

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Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Justin West 19/04/2022

TrustPilot
I run surf coaching trips to perfect, uncrowded waves and I relied on the AWAVE team to deliver for my clients a month long boat trip to the Maldives. We had great waves on an absolutley 5* boat called North Seven which I REALLY recommend you enquire about.

I was dubious at first as a few boats were changed, in for repair but James assured me correctly this was a usual thing and they would endevour to find us the very best replacement (which they did). North Seven was so new we were the third guests but the crew were super experienced and could not have given us a better service. Captain Usmaan, the Chef great food, Hasan and Azim our surf boat operators could not have worked any harder and always had a smile even after the 50th request to speed us to the line up or spend four hours cruising looking or waves.

AWAVE team were always on hand to answer any fears and smooth out any worries. The payment system using Revolut was super easy.

We did have a few hiccups with the local airlines which was resolved and partly our fault (as for a month trip we took alot of surfboards and in some cases were over weight).

Take the fear out of booking and especially group bookings by using the AWAVE team. Justin West Coaching recommended.

Alex J. Zalewski II 12/11/20

Trustpilot
These guys are the BEST! Massively knowledgeable, fun and absolute shredders. I approached them asking for a UK winter getaway somewhere in the Indian Ocean and they suggested the perfect place, awesome setup with the beach a short stroll from my accommodation with 3 sick waves breaking over reefs to chose from. Real life doesn’t get much better than this. I also popped my barrel cherry in a big way on this trip so it was a truely memorable one. James also somehow wangled a boat charter to some super remote islands where we scored epic surf and landed some massive fish. James’ broken Indonesian language skills will get you places. Thanks again guys you rock.

Christine Losser 04/27/21

Trustpilot
James was very helpful and always there to answer all the questions. I will definitely book again with him!

Mark Carless 05/11/21

Trustpilot
James is a super knowledgeable surfer with a great ability to match any trip requirements to the right locations. He has arranged several trips for me and my friends in France, Morocco and more recently Indonesia. Awave have a great knowledge of all the surf spots and will go the extra mile to make sure your trip is all set up. With limited time to do this myself their service was invaluable.

Andrea Gomez 05/19/21

Trustpilot
Giuliana has been amazing to work with!! She was always available and answered all my questions. Thank you for all your help! We can't wait for our trip!

Adam 05/23/21

Trustpilot
Fantastic service from start to finish from James and his team. After having several ‘self organised’ trips to Asia end with only a handful of good surf days I decided this time to use Awave in hope of maximising my valuable holiday time. James custom built a trip for me and my friends tailored for our abilities and requirements. There were no days wasted waiting for transfers as he organised it all from the airport to the beach. We scored pretty much every day whilst also having a surf trip that had that ‘off the beaten track’ feel we wanted. To round it off there was also a secret boat trip in the end where we surfed an awesome spot just us...Unforgettable. Will be using again.

Micio Pardo 07/13/21

Trustpilot
Fantastic service and support from Giulia during our trip. During a self organised trip to Maldives, we ended up in a sketchy situation: the hotel was far from the described plus the owner 'forgot' to mention that the whole island was in lockdown for a covid emergency. I quickly realized that I would need support and the best in class. That's when I decided to use Awave! Giulia answered reactively and custom built several solutions for me and my girlfriend, based on what feasible, our budget and surfing preferences!! No other words needed. Thanks Giulia, we'll be in touch again!

Caroline 07/18/21

Trustpilot
A wave travel were great! They helped me organize my trip to Sumatra. I would definitely book with them again!

Harry Vargas 07/19/21

Trustpilot
My friends and I recently went on a trip to the Maldives. We booked a week on the Hudhuranfushi resort which was amazing! The staff was very welcoming, flawless facilities and tasty food. One day our surf guide Ryan caught a fish and made some sashimi on the spot! I think that was pretty thoughtful! Awave agency really made sure all our needs where met as we where a big group of friends. A very personal approach and clear communication. Epic surf, great service, memories of a lifetime! I highly recommend traveling with Awave!

A. Laprell 09/03/21

Trustpilot
I had just arrived in Bali when the whole of Indonesia went into lockdown again. Despite travel restrictions such as mandatory vaccination and PCR tests, flight cancellations and even the fast ferries to the Mentawis being cancelled, Giulia tried everything to get me there. It was a hell of a trip to get there but totally worth it.

I scored pristine and empty Mentawis. The resort was affordable yet very luxurious given the remoteness. And with their great surf guide and their boat, I scored amazing empty waves!
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