The islands of São Tomé and Príncipe are Africa's second smallest nation. As the smaller, northern major island of the country of São Tomé and Príncipe lying off the west coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, Príncipe has an area of 53 square miles and a population of only 7,000. The island is a heavily eroded volcano speculated to be over thirty million years old.
There are three international flights per week from either Lisbon, Portugal or Luanda, Angolo, to São Tomé. Sister hotel, OMALI, is the perfect base for an overnight stay before heading off the next day on a short but spectacular 35 minute flight to Príncipe.
Praia Sundy has captured the perfect balance between nature, design and comfort – all the ingredients needed to fully immerse in this primal destination. The fifteen tented villas (one-, two- and three- bedroom villas) have spacious indoor and outdoor areas with private terraces gaining easy access to the beach. The pool bar with the infinity pool and relaxed style is the epicentre of activity during the day while the magnificently designed bamboo dining area is where local organic produce is transformed into an unforgettable culinary journey.
It is distinctively West African with a very strong Portuguese influence giving it a rhythm of its own and setting it apart from any experiences in East and Southern African. A myriad of fully immersive adventures are available, including 4X4 experiences exploring the island, plantation tours, the hatchings of sea turtles (seasonal), boat trips to various bays and beaches, whale and dolphin viewing (seasonal) and plenty of guided trail hikes with picnics in the middle of the jungle, birdwatching along the way.
Images courtesy of Scott Ramsay
Caroline's Hot Tips
Speak to Chef Angelo about what’s in season – the island is brimming with fresh produce like passion fruit and pineapple, perfectly complimented the
lodges own organic plantation farm
It’s the perfect place to get rid of stress. Let yourself be transported into a world of well-being, surrounded by essences, flowers, candles and smooth stones with a selection of massage therapies
Be a Principiano for a day – a 4X4 tour of the island includes a visit to the smallest capital in the world, meeting the local organic farmers learning some of their secrets and a delicious traditional meal
The sounds and colours of the island’s endemic bird species (about 25) are truly unique – grab some binos and take a venture at some bird spotting!
A FAVOURITE TRAVEL QUOTE
'To Travel is to Live'
Hans Christian Andersen
Praia Sundy Overview
BEST SUITED TO – The adventurous looking for authentic, natural wilderness experiences
NUMBER OF ROOMS – 15 (a mixture of one-, two- and three- bedroom tented villas)
SUGGESTED LENGTH OF STAY – 4 Nights
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL – August – September for the best viewing of the Humpback whales, Killer whales and dolphins
CHILDREN – All ages are welcome
WE LOVE IT BECAUSE – It’s a completely off-the-beaten-track, otherworldly experience