Sao Tome & Principe - Where to stay?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Dec 16, 2012 8:03 AM Last Post By: khamlia
Sep 15, 2012 10:02 AM
Sao Tome & Principe - Where to stay?Hello,
my friend and I intend to travel to Sao Tome & Principe next year. We think of booking four days in the hotel La Provence before heading to Principe for another four days. After Principe we would like to stay near Obo National Park. By searching in the internet for an accommodation on Principe, we only found Bom Bom island resort this is a way too expensive to us. We are looking for something affordable, but want to stay near the beach ( short walking distance or directly at the beach). We are not spoiled, but we are looking for something clean with own bathroom. Could anybody recommend us anything on Principe and a nice & clean hotel or guesthouse on Sao Tome? Proposals and contact datas are more than welcome...! Thanks already in advance!
Sep 21, 2012 4:56 AM
1On Principe I stayed on Pensao Palhota, but it was not on the beach. On Sao Tome I was on O Bigodes, it is good price and by the sea. Very nice simple hotel.
You can look at http://www.navetur-equatour.st/index.php
Sep 21, 2012 10:35 AM
Sep 25, 2012 1:42 PM
Oct 2, 2012 5:30 AM
I came back from STP 2 days ago, after spending 3 lovely weeks there. It is still quite undeveloped, especially Principe, and there aren't many accomodations to choose from.
There are about 30 cars on Principe Island, very few tarred roads and very few accomodation options.
I have stayed for 10 days, on Principe, at Roça Ponta do Sol and loved it. It's not exactly on the beach, but there is a great view from the verandah on a bay and on a beach. There is one beach within walking distance (fairly steep, hiking boots are recommended, especially in the rainy season), and other beaches that you can reach if you walk a bit longer (45 to 60 minutes). You can watch humpback whales in the bay (during the whale season, not all-year round) right from the terrace !
It's in the LP guidebook; it's run by a Belgian guy who knows the island extremely well. There are 4 rooms in total, with 1 common bathroom. The rooms are simple but comfortable. This being Principe, electricity will be installed within the next few months -- they currently have a generator which they turn on for a couple of hours in the evenings. There is no running water, so you shower with rainwater.
Probably not as comfortable as you would have hoped, but still I highly recommend it because from what I've seen it's the best accomodation on the island apart from Bom Bom.
Jean-Claude, the owner of the roça, offers free transfers from and to the airport (there is hardly any public transportation on the island).
A double room costs 50 euros for the first five nights, including half board (breakfast and dinner), for two. Lunch can be arranged at the roça for 5 euros. After the first five nights, the double room with half board for two costs 45 euros.
The owner is able to organize trips to any part of the island, by 4x4 or boat, and to organize hiking trips, snokelling trips and so on, at reasonable prices.
The food was great, especially for dinner, and the cook is really inventive.
We enjoyed our stay immensely and will certainly go back to Ponta do Sol. Since there is no electricity there, the owner doesn't have a PC or Internet access. The only way to contact him is on his mobile : +239 9925105.
He is fluent in French, Dutch, Portuguese and German and speaks a bit of English.
As for Sao Tome Island : I went to Praia Jale ecolodge but wouldn't recommend it. The bungalows are shabby and in dire need of a renovation; the roofs are leaking. So I eventually ended up at another place, which is Praia Inhame Ecolodge. Much, much better. The bungalows are new (we were told the resort is one year old). There is electricity and running water, a nice restaurant and there are about 5 bungalows in total, one of which had two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchenette. The bungalows all have aterrace from which you can see the sea thtough the palm trees, and the restaurant is on the beach. It's 45 euros for a bungalow (double), there is a menu including starter, main dish and dessert for 12 euros/person. Breakfast is included in the price of the room.
In Sao Tome city, I stayed at the Casa Turistica Elitineide. 35 euros for a double room including a breakfast consisting of a thermos of coffee and a sandwich. Its clean and has Wi-Fi (and their connexion is quicker than at the Miramar hotel!). For dinner, I stronlgy recommend Papa Figo, where they serve extremely fresh and tasty fish dishes. It's about 100 metres from either Casa Turistica Elitineide or the Miramar hotel.
Please don't hesitate if you have any further questions.
All the best,
Oct 3, 2012 2:20 AM
5Nice report Regine. Glad that you enjoyed there too as me, I miss it the whole time, think back on our visit there and only regret that it is so far from here and the island too small and not more to explore. And to only lie on the beach is not so much my thing. But I like it so much, very much :)
When I was on Sao Tome I stayed at O Bigodes, very nice tranquil small cheap hotel by the sea with one wonderful view over the gulf and the city. Right on the way to airport. I was on Sao Tome twice and both times stayed there. Good restaurant is there too.
We wanted stay at Praia Jale but not found the responsible so we were going to Sao Joao dos Angolares, one plantation hotel, very nice it was there and good food too. One trip into the djungle can be arranged there too.
Oct 5, 2012 4:03 AM
You are right, I forgot to mention Roça Sao Joao in my report :-/
I liked it very much as well, though we weren't very lucky weather-wise (lots of rain). Anyway the roça is charming, as is the staff, and the cooking is excellent. I did a birdwatching trip with a guide named Zeca, who is very knowledgeable about birds, but speaks only Portuguese (we managed to understand each other anyway, with my very limited knowledge of Portuguese and my Spanish it was fine).
I'd like to go back to Sao Tome one day, though I've seen pretty much all there is to see, but I really liked the atmosphere.
All the best :-)
Nov 16, 2012 7:11 AM
7I was there in 2005 so this info is dated. I rented a dirtbike off the street in Principe and found a spectacular beach east of the airport. It was down a very rugged road that was only driveable with dirtbike or some very skillfull 4x4. The beach was long, curved, clean and movie set quality. There were about 10 small huts in the treeline with keeper. Charging US10/night. No guests. The place was absolutely fantastic. High above on the cliffs was an old platation house. It was on the road to Bon-Bon and you had to turn right about halfway. Sorry, I don't have more info as it was some time ago. I recommend just to go and you will always find something cool. I don't remember where I stayed in Sao Tome Capital.
Nov 24, 2012 5:45 AM
8we've been in Roca Abade http://hotelruralrocaabade.com/index.php/en/, which is NOT on a beach but very nice located. and: no mosquitos! nice place, good service
you may also ask at Navetour, this is one (the biggest) local company in STP which is co-working with a lot of travel agencies. Well, they work with them but it looks like less than 20 visitors per week in STP and due to the flights Principe has a limitation of maximum 15... http://www.navetur-equatour.st/ they will guide you for fair prices, organice everything. If you need a guide on Sao Tome ask them for Brice.
Nov 24, 2012 5:54 AM
Nov 27, 2012 6:57 AM
10corrected link (very small change...)
Nov 27, 2012 10:38 AM
Dec 16, 2012 6:20 AM
thanks to all of you. You helped me a lot with your tips. At Christmas time I will have a look on all your useful hints. Any more information is more than welcome. Can you recommend me how much pocket money one should take per person for a stay of two weeks for activities and food?
Dec 16, 2012 8:03 AM
13I think you would count with 1500 EUR per person. We spend it for hotel (O Bigodes), food, car, fuel, flight to Principe), tax on the airport etc. But of course, car cost, if you find some cheaper accommodation, not fly to Principe and even the place for to eat so you can manage it for less than that.
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