Accommodation: Roça Belo Monte Hotel

Príncipe Island, considered by many as one of the last hidden gems, is situated off the coast of West Central Africa and forms part of the twin island state of São Tome & Príncipe. With its small, charming population and heart-warming culture, the island is ready to share its rich history and breathtakingly beautiful surroundings with the discerning traveller. As the closest tropical paradise to Europe, crime free and unaffected by political and religious instability, this safe and unspoilt island is mainly covered by the thickly forested area that forms part of the Obo National Park (with the dramatic peaks and slopes one can expect a true Jurassic Park experience), cascading down to some of the most idyllic beaches in the world.

Standing guard over five of its own beaches, including the world famous Banana Beach, the impeccably stylish and luxurious Belo Monte Plantation, has become the preferred gateway to this unique island destination.

The exclusive boutique hotel with its authentic service and style, classical architecture and elegant designs is the preferred starting point to numerous excursions and expeditions to explore this unique and sensitive eco-system.

The friendly and professional service, true heart-warming hospitality and a practical yet passionate conservation approach will ensure an unforgettable and life enriching experience in one of the most unique places in the world.

Your journey starts at www.belomontehotel.com.

Nature

São Tomé and Príncipe is the second smallest African country – larger only than the Seychelles in terms of population. São Tomé is 50 kilometers (31 miles) long and 32 kilometers (20 miles) wide and the more mountainous of the two islands. Its highest peak reaches 2,024 meters (6,640 feet).

Wildlife

The geographic isolation from Africa has resulted in high levels of endemism. Overall, Sao Tome and Principe has 143 birds, 15 mammals, 14 reptiles, and 9 amphibians. The waters of Sao Tome and Principe are still largely unexplored. So far, 230 fish species have been distinguished of which many are endemic.

Climate

You can visit the islands of Sao Tome and Principe all year around. The climate is tropical with average yearly temperatures of about 27°C (80°F) and little daily variation. At the interior’s higher altitudes, the average yearly temperature is 20°C (68°F), and nights are generally cool.

People

São Tomé and Príncipe is a place with a rich cultural heritage where people are happy to meet you. The lack of tribal, ethnic or religious conflict adds to the friendly “leve leve” (as the locals say, “easy-easy”) atmosphere. The human history on São Tomé & Príncipe begins in 1470, when the Portuguese settlers came to the islands.