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Meet The Team

Caroline


Caz leads our culinary experiences as well as shinrin yoku (nature connection) sessions where you will experience the natural beauty of the Azores with all your senses. Previously she was a member of the British Diplomatic Service for almost 2 decades. Her responsibilities included looking after members of the royal family as well as politicians other VIPs.

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Ali Bullock


Ali is in charge of coordinating guest experiences and all things gin. In short, the fun stuff. He also leads guest experiences including, hiking, mountain biking and tours around the Solar Branco grounds and Ponta Delgada. Previously Ali worked for the World Wildlife Fund as well as Red Bull in Formula One. He has spoken at Davos about social media and dyslexia. Read more on Forbes here.

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Catarina "Lemon" Limon


Catarina is our "Artist In Residence" here on the estate. She is responsible for creating our signs showing guests around the estate, as well as helping with the tile painting experience. Her hand drawn Azorean themed tiles, featuring whales and pineapples amongst other designs which are sold exclusively here on the estate.

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Padstow


Role: Head of Guest Snacks. This was our first rescue dog. And what a start that was... Part Boston Terrier, part French Bulldog, part pug, and mostly gremlin. When not sleeping he can be found sniffing out guest bags for illegal snacks. These will be swiftly confiscated into his mouth as per Solar Branco guidelines.

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Ivy


Role: Head of Customer Satisfaction. Ivy is the head of the pack. She constantly worries about everyone else and works tirelessly to keep them all in check. Her best friend and number 2 is Penny.

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Mini


Role: Head of Luxury. Min-diva as she is known is the queen of luxury. Sit on concrete? I think not. Only the softest beds or beanbags are suitable for Min-diva. Beds are checked personally for comfort.

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Penny


Role: Head of Guest Relations. Love the place, Penny loves a cuddle. Have an issue, Penny loves a cuddle. Having a good / bad day, Penny loves a cuddle... We could go on, but you get the idea. Cuddles and lots of them for this one. Best friends with Ivy.

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Una


Role: Head of Outdoor Experiences. "DID YOU SAY GO OUT??!!" Any excuse, and we mean any excuse and Una is ready to go. Walks, hikes, tours round the estate to Ponta Delgada she is ready to go. Best friends with Rita.

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Rita


Role: Head of Happiness. Rita comes from the Azores (the others come from Hong Kong.) Best friends with Una, these two are usually together causing mischief or playing. Sometimes both. They will show you the gardens, and by show, we mean just randomly zoom around.

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Your Pooch


We believe (obviously) dogs are family to. And we would never dream of telling you to leave your furry friend behind while you go on holiday. We are delighted to be 100% pet friendly. Just drop us a line in advance so we can prepare and make any arrangements you need.

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Our Concierge Service


Guests have priority access to the in-house experiences hosted here on the estate. For others such as whale watching, horse riding, cannoning, hiking and food tours we organise these through our partners at Azores Connections.

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