Pestana Equador

Resort in Ilhéu das Rolas

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7.5 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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Offering free WiFi, a sun terrace with a swimming pool, private beach area and garden, Pestana Equador is set in Ilheu das Rolas. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Staff on site can arrange a shuttle service. All guest rooms at the resort are equipped with a TV and a safety deposit box. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries and a hair dryer. A buffet breakfast is available daily at Pestana Equador. You can play table tennis at this 4-star resort, and bike hire is available. São Tomé is 44 km from the accommodation.

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
  • Business centre
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Ironing service
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage
  • Concierge service
  • Daily maid service


  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Lift
  • Safety deposit box
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Air conditioning


  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fishing
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Games room
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Internet services
  • Solarium
  • Currency exchange
  • Billiards
  • Table tennis
  • Gift shop
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Library
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Chapel/shrine
  • Cycling
  • Tour desk
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Shops (on site)
  • Wifi
  • Designated smoking area
  • Private beach area
  • Sun terrace
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Entertainment staff
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Water sport facilities (on site)
  • Shared lounge/tv area
  • Beachfront
  • Evening entertainment
  • Children television networks
  • Kid meals
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Emergency cord in bathroom


  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Outdoor pool


  • Free WiFi available