For a tropical paradise, full of stunning nature and no tourists head to Sao Tome and Principe. Located just off the West Coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, most of the best places to stay in Sao Tome and Principe are ideal if you're looking for an eco friendly holiday with plenty of awesome nature, plus outstanding beaches and super-friendly locals.
Colonized by the Portuguese in 1470, the islands have now been independent since 1975. Sao Tome island offers dramatic landscapes with torrents and waterfalls, interspersed with secluded beaches, tropical forests, and cacao plantations.
Principe lies to the north east of Sao Tome, and is often referred to as Africa's answer to the Galapagos. It is almost entirely covered by dense lush rainforests, 20% of whose trees, orchids and birds are claimed to be endemic. It also boasts deserted beaches, and has become one of the best places to stay if you're looking for barefoot luxury or simply a romantic retreat.
Africa's second smallest nation (after the Seychelles), Sao Tome's attitude is to take everything slowly. Indeed the vibe here is so laid back, it's almost horizontal! Despite their tiny size, there is plenty to interest any visitor to Sao Tome and Principe.
A rich cultural heritage will satisfy those who like a bit of sightseeing or for the more intrepid traveller we suggest you explore the rainforests, gawk at the wildlfe, including exotic birds, whales off shore and at certain times of year the nesting turtles.
Diving is another activity to ensure you make the most of the marine life and if you stay at Bom Bom Island Resort they can offer big game fishing and the opportunity to land your very own Blue Marlin or Great Barracuda.
If you prefer the slightly larger Sao Tome island then one of the best places to stay is Omali Lodge. This is an eco friendly luxury property which is perfectly situated for both exploring the Obo National Park (don't forget your binoculars for spotting some of the 143 bird species) and making the most of the colourful local scene - think dance, music, food and art!
Sao Tome and Principe
Eco friendly luxury hotel ideally situated for exploring Sao Tome town and the Obo National park. Attractively decorated rooms and suites overlooking gardens and pool. Great for families, honeymooners or simply those looking for an off the beaten track tropical retreat.
Principe, Sao Tome and Principe
Tropical island resort situated on an islet just off the north coast of Principe - Africa's answer to the Galapagos. A selection of luxury bungalows extending across two beaches with lush rainforest as a backdrop. Ideal for a beach holiday with plenty to do for those who prefer a bit more action.