Pestana Equador

in Ilhéu das Rolas

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7.6 out of 10

Occupying the northern end of the island, this resort offers spacious duplex cabins of varnished wood with decks in a garden setting, overlooking a massive saltwater pool. There's a nice beach facing São Tomé, and others (like Praia Café) within walking range.

The dining room is a huge wooden building with great sea views out one end, offering a noteworthy buffet with a great variety of local and European food. The resort is attached at the hip to the remains of a roça (plantation), with its own pier, and feels like a laid-back town, as villagers pass back and forth to work cheerily greeting you without fail. Visitors can hang out on the resort grounds, explore the island at will, or choose from a variety of diving, fishing, and boating activities through Costa Norte. What gives the Pestana Ecuador its unique charm is that it is no artificially perfect resort world, but has gone native, to some degree, and for obvious reasons: you are very far away here, on an island off an island. So for those who don't mind trading various signs of disrepair – a broken sea wall, wood that needs replacing etc – for a real tropical story, you'll dig it.

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Located on the small island of Ilheu das Rolas, just south of the main island of São Tomé, Pestana Equador offers a hot tub. It is set on the beach and tour excursions can be organised on site. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a balcony with a garden, pool or sea view, a seating area, a TV with satellite channels and a telephone. The en suite bathroom includes a shower. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at Pestana Equador. Guests can also enjoy local and international specialities in the restaurant or relax with a drink in the bar. Additional features include a terrace with sun beds, a garden, the organisation of water sports such as snorkelling and diving as well as airport transfers. São Tomé Airport is located 65 km away. Please note that access to Pestana Equador is only by boat, departing from Porto Alegre.

Important information

When booking 9 rooms or more, different policies and additional supplements will apply. Pestana Equador is only by boat between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm at a fee.

Features of Pestana Equador

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry
  • Ironing service
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage
  • Daily maid service


  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Airport shuttle
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Internet services
  • Solarium
  • Billiards
  • Table tennis
  • Gift shop
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Library
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Chapel/shrine
  • Cycling
  • Tour desk
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Shops (on site)
  • Wifi
  • Private beach area
  • Snack bar
  • Sun terrace
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Entertainment staff
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Water sport facilities (on site)
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Evening entertainment


  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Safety deposit box
  • Air conditioning


  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage


  • Free WiFi available