Discover an entirely safe country, still unknown to mass tourism, while it lasts: visit São Tomé, with a stop in Rolas Islet, a lost and primeval world in the center of the Earth, and spend a few unforgettable days.
To reach this hotel, you must fly to the São Tomé and Príncipe international airport and take a transfer that crosses the island's southern coast before reaching Porto da Baleia. Here, in a small pier concealed by the dense rainforest, a boat is waiting to take you on an eager journey to Rolas Islet.
White sand beaches, dotted with reclining coconut trees and tempered by a slight warm breeze, have always been a part of the collective idea of paradise. If you are looking for a secluded, remote, safe and friendly place, welcome to the Pestana Equador hotel.
On this islet, famous for being the place where an imaginary line marks the Earth's zero latitude, there is a physical landmark and a borderline where the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere meet, as well as a sunken landmark so that divers can also locate it in their preferred environment.
But diving is not the only reason why the Pestana Equador is a must-see destination for all those who are looking for virtually untouched lands. Hiking through the island unravels an ancient and largely untouched forest where black volcanic rocks form mysterious caves which gush water and primordial sounds as if the world had just been created. The numerous coves, bathed by the turquoise, clear and inviting sea, draw a striking contrast between the white sands and the black stones, and you'll certainly want to stop there for a dip.
Back to your room, the woodwork, the tropical decor details and the fresh flowers create a quiet and comfortable atmosphere to help you relax. Take a rest in the comfort of your room with Wi-Fi, A/C, and fresh water.
Once you reach the Pestana Equador, you will be greeted with a fresh towel and coconut water to replenish your energies.
This amazing place, where you can see whale migration routes and watch both the imposing leatherback turtles and the mythical giant tortoises spawn, is about to become a World Biosphere Reserve, and it is also one of the best places to start or deepen your relationship with the deep blue sea. Here, where visibility reaches up to 100 feet and water temperature averages 28 °C, you will find the perfect conditions for your maiden dive or for a more advanced certificate.
The routes are easy enough to follow, but if you want to make sure that you will know every single plant and nook on the islet, our resort guides can take you up to such unforgettable places as the Equator Landmark, the Lighthouse and the Viewpoints Route.
Once you're back, the largest natural pool in Africa awaits you for a well-deserved rest and a refreshing dive. Alternatively, Santo António beach is just a few steps away, an idyllic beach dream turned reality.
But the Pestana Equador is all about resting. The lounge chairs by the pool and on the beach invite you to catch up on your reading and on your sleep. To make up for these moments of rest, you can take a boat tour around the island and go snorkeling in Chinha Bay, book fishing tours, go birdwatching, or study the local flora. There is a volleyball court and several completely safe zones for children.
Absolutely perfect for a romantic getaway or a family trip, the Pestana Equador is also a perfect place for children to play and run freely, taking full advantage of the great weather, the islet's safety and the tranquility of the sea.
The Pestana Equador also has a power generator that supplies the hotel and the contiguous village. Much of the island's population works in the resort and you can placidly walk around the entire perimeter.
This self-sustaining eco resort provides most of its food and desalinates its own water. All vegetables and fruits that you will eat here are locally produced. Thanks to an acute seasonality and sustainable consumption, you know your meals follow nature's rhythm. You can be sure that the mangoes, guavas, pineapples, bananas, soursops (locally known as sape-sape), bananas and breadfruit come from the hotel's numerous plantations. Our sweet potatoes, lettuces, cucumbers, tomatoes and plantains couldn't be any more organic, biological and fresh.