Santa Barbara - Ownia Collection

Santa Bárbara


Santa Barbara, located in Portugal, is the first luxury Eco-Beach resort on the island of São Miguel. 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.

Experience the island to its fullest, with a total of 30 Villas and Studios that provide precious moments in perfect harmony with nature. Santa Barbara promises an unforgettable experience full of adventure and personalized experiences.

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The resort comprises a total of 30 villas & studios: 14 studios, 7 one-bedroom villas and 9 two-bedroom villas. All accommodation options have a small equipped kitchenette, a living room, and a large balcony with comfortable armchairs, ideal to enjoy the surrounding landscape. However, there are distinctive features in some of the rooms: most of the two-bedroom villas have two individual bathrooms, and the master bedroom may have a large bathtub to relax.


With stunning views, Restaurant Santa Barbara offers an exquisitely rich menu where you’ll unexpectedly discover exotic spices and authentic flavors. This restaurant offers dishes inspired by Thai, Indian, Korean and Japanese cuisine. All are prepared with high quality local ingredients, along with the freshest garden produce, aromatic herbs, and fruit, which come from a careful selection of the two greenhouses set up on the property.


Enjoy experiences that extend from the earth to the sea, so that anyone can enjoy everything that this island has to offer.
Go on a water adventure taking surf lessons, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Explore the island with personalized excursions, and enjoy many more outdoor activities including biking, hiking, or even some farming activities.

We know you also need to relax, so how about yoga or a massage right by the ocean.


São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal

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In order to maintain the beauty of the coastline, Santa Bárbara’s maintenance team spends time picking up litter and pollution deposited along the dark sandy beach. It is a small gesture intended to involve the local community and alert them to this problem: in 2019, 350 kg of trash was collected from their beach.

Valorization of human capital and awareness of sustainability: the implementation of training programs and the scheduling of regular meetings to constantly improve the sustainability policies applied. Guest participation in sustainability policies – raising awareness and encouraging good practices throughout visitors’ stay; the development of sustainable packages/activities, that include walking and/or cycling trips, agricultural activities in the organic farm, explanation of the composting process, beach-cleaning and eco-tourism activities (such as bird-watching or terrestrial ecology), as well as the establishment of partnerships with local associations/NGOs.
Implementation of a sustainable purchasing policy: to avoid waste, preference is given to the purchase of local and national fair trade and sustainably sourced certified products, the elimination of single-use items and the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products for surface disinfection, among others.
Reduction of electrical consumption / GHG emissions – the development and implementation of procedures, as well as the installation of equipment, to conserve electrical usage among various areas of the complex (that included housekeeping, kitchen, maintenance and administration).
The complex promotes policies to reduce water waste and overconsumption, including: collecting and storing rainwater from the many buildings in a basin, which is then reused for landscaping and horticulture; installing a natural pond on the property to pump water throughout the year; and investing in a thermally insulated hot water distribution network to reduce the waste of tap water.

Composting – organic waste produced at Santa Bárbara is sent for composting, then reused in the organic farm as biomass for the cultivation of fresh fruits, vegetables and aromatic herbs.