Praia Sundy Principe Island

At Praia Sundy, you can lose all sense of time. Awaking to the chatter of forest parrots, you will readjust to nature’s clock, perhaps practicing yoga in the morning sun, relaxing on the beach in the afternoon, dining beneath a sea of stars, before drifting off at night to the lullaby of sea on sand. A place of gentle rhythms and sensuous fragrances, of whales and turtles, forest hikes and cooling swims, it is a place to awaken the senses and free the mind, warmed by the sand between your toes.

Location

The Atlantic Archipelago of São Tomé and Príncipe includes two islands and several islets, among them Bom Bom island. Situated in the Gulf of Guinea, they form together with the neighbouring Island of Pagalú and Bioko, the group of the archipelagos of the Gulf the Guinea, on the African western coast. Hidden away 130 miles off the coast of West Africa, Praia Sundy is a tented luxury hotel at the wild northwest tip of the island of Príncipe. You can reach it by air from Portugal with TAP or STP Airways. A domestic flight from São Tomé international airport operates daily to Príncipe Island. In São Tomé main island, accommodation is provided at the boutique hotel Omali.

Rooms & Suites

Once part of the second largest cocoa plantation on Príncipe, this leafy sanctuary exists in perfect harmony with its forest surrounds. The scent of tropical flowers lies rich and heavy on the air, the lush forest canopy is alive with the chatter of parrots and weavers, kingfishers and monkeys. Beyond the beaches, where turtles sometimes come ashore to nest, humpback whales are a common summer sight, drawn with their calves to the warm, sheltered waters of the bay.

Merging seamlessly with their forest surrounds, our 15 tented-villas lie hidden among a scattering of tropical almond and banana trees, each gazing down to the sea. With weathered wood panelling and timber decks, the distinctive tented-villas echo the style of the fishermen’s huts that once stood at this spot, just back from the beach. Inside, the decor beguiles with its eye-catching mix of handcrafted local artefacts and designer pieces, achieving perfect balance between design, comfort and nature. Each tent has spacious indoor and outdoor areas, including private terraces; each of our three-bedroom tented-villas has its own private pool.

One-Bedroom tented-villas (8) - guarantee an intimate, private escape. Dominated by a vast four-poster wooden bed, with comfortable sofas both in the lounge area and on the wraparound decking terrace outside, these simple but distinctive tented-villas are the ultimate romantic hideaway for two. One-bedroom tented-villas comprise 70m² indoor + 50m² terrace.

Two-Bedroom tented-villas (5) - are perfect for families, or for two sets of friends staying together at Praia Sundy. Comprising two separate, independent units, the two-bedroom tented-villas share a large, common decking terrace, where families or friends can come together under the billowing canvas canopy to enjoy magnificent forest and sea views from the generous sofas. Two-bedroom tented-villas comprise a total 110m² indoor + 100m² terrace.

Three-Bedroom tented-villas (2) - each with their own private pool, are perfect for larger families, or for groups of friends staying together at Praia Sundy. Comprising three separate, independent units, the three-bedroom tented-villas are arranged around a large, shared decking terrace. Here, families or friends can come together to swim in the 10m x 4.5m private pool, or to relax on generous, sofas in the shade of the billowing canvas canopy, enjoying magnificent forest and sea views. Three-bedroom tented-villas comprise a total 150m² indoor + 140m² terrace (pool 45m²)

Restaurant & Bars

Príncipe is blessed with an abundance of natural produce, its forests filled with fruit and nuts, its waters brimming with tuna and Wahoo. Inspired by this natural larder, our international chefs refine the best of the island’s produce and traditions, creating seasonal menus bursting with original flavours and fresh, organic ingredients. Inspired by the natural riches on the doorstep – tuna and wahoo, passion fruit and pineapple, herbs and spices from our organic plantation farm – Chef Angelo adapts local traditions and tastes to create refined, delicate dishes, with wines carefully selected to complement his flavours.

Dine in the Dark: The ultimate in romantic fine-dining, with chef Angelo showcasing his best signature dishes in a sumptuous tasting menu, paired with wines that perfectly complement his refined use of flavors. After dinner, guests will be take back by buggy to their tented-villa – or on to the Pool Bar if they prefer, for a nightcap or two beneath the moon.

Leisure Activities

Beyond the heritage and the contact with the local community, that Roça Sundy provides, there is an island to be discovered. Set out on the adventure and be delighted with the wide range of memorable experiences that Príncipe has to offer you.

PRÍNCIPE EXPLORER: This is a great way of getting to know the island’s culture and outstanding scenery in a single day. You’ll also be able to observe the secrets of our organic farming and experience different aromas and tastes, as well as enjoying a marvellous traditional local meal.

PLANTATION TOUR: Learn all about the secrets of organic farming at the plantation house, Roça Paciência. Taste the different aromas and tastes of Príncipe Island’s aromatic herbs and medicinal plants, visit the gardens and see how the products are transformed into delicious jams, tropical muesli, toiletries and beauty products.

TURTLE WATCHING: This trip consists in accompanying the monitoring of the sea turtles laying their eggs on the beaches of Príncipe Island, between September and April. You’ll get to learn about sea turtles and the conservation of this threatened species. If you’re lucky enough to watch a female laying her eggs or her young being hatched, it is certainly an unforgettable experience.

WHALE WATCHING: Watch whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Príncipe Island is a great place for spotting these beautiful species.

BIRD WATCHING: São Tomé and Príncipe has between 21 and 29 endemic species of birds. Take your binoculars and venture out to discover them. Their sounds and colours are unique and unforgettable.

BIOSPHERE TRAILS: Discover the cocoa plantations, walk along rivers, climb to Papagaio peak, 700 meters high formed from volcanic rock or just refresh yourself in the waterfalls. The unpredictable weather only adds to the mystery and ambience of this unique island.

COMMUNITY VISITS: Experience this great way to get a sense of the people and culture of Príncipe island. You will able to interact with, talk to, and learn from people in a relaxed and genuine way.

SCUBA DIVING & SNORKELING: Enjoy the freedom and all the beauties of the underwater world of Príncipe island.

BOAT TRIPS: Enjoy a boat trip along the beaches of the northeast side of the island and discover the natural beauty of Príncipe from the perspective of the sea.

STARGAZING: Lose yourself counting shooting stars under a clean and endless sky. With the help of telescopes observe constellations and all the most incredible things that the universe has to offer us.

Community Engagement

We believe that the people of Príncipe hold the key to the sustainable and responsible development of this remarkable island, as well as to the conservation of its precious biodiversity.

Community engagement, therefore, is absolutely vital. At Sunday Praia, nearly 60%* of our staff come from the island itself, and the remaining 40% from São Tomé, while the oils and creams in your room are all produced by locals at the organic farm we have established at Paciencia. Similarly, most of the food at Praia Sundy has been sourced from products grown and harvested on the island, with many of chef Angelo’s herbs picked from an experimental herb garden we’ve cultivated at Paciencia.

Lying in perfect isolation some 130 miles off the West African coast, Príncipe’s forests shelter an abundance of endemic birds and plants, reptiles and amphibians – little wonder the island is sometimes referred to as Africa’s Galapagos.

But this is no desert island: Príncipe has its people, too, living in the colourful main town, São Antonio, or scattered in pretty fishing villages along the coast. Our goal is to maintain and build harmony between the people and their island, and Praia Sundy is a vital part of that goal, providing a model of sustainable, responsible tourism, with the people of Príncipe involved at its core.

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