Two islands off the coast of Gabon & Equatorial Guinea in West Africa
Green rainforest, sapphire seas and astonishing finger-like mountain peaks swirling in mist.
Life is slow and kind here. Visit these two islands off the coast of Gabon & Equatorial Guinea in West Africa for the most romantic escape of your life. It’s a Lost World. Learn to drum in the moonlight with villagers at Bom Bom Island Resort, or taste chocolate at a restored cocoa plantation house in the rainforest interior. A tropical island in GMT, no jetlag, but an ethereal escape from the norm.
With strong Portuguese influence, travelling here has a notable laid-back approach, but touches of comfort amidst this primary and secondary rainforest are now more than possible. The newly opened in December 2017 Sundy Praia, 5-star hotel, with 15 tented-villas dotted along the UNESCO protected coastline is the ultimate dream location for all, or part, of your honeymoon.
A man dubbed “the man of the moon” named Mark Shuttleworth is behind the luxuries now found on Principe island. A self-made billionaire, one of the first commercial astronauts in space, he fell in love with the Sao Tome & Principe islands. He has used his wealth to invest in Principe, rather than buy an island outright. Green rainforest, sapphire seas and astonishing finger-like mountain peaks swirling in mist memorised him. Drive through muddy, deep red roads with no other traffic as everyone else is walking… and slowly. Arrive to your hotel on Principe, be it Bom Bom or Sundy Praia and enjoy crisp South African wines, sashimi and hearing the waves lapping the shores.
It’s not all about the pristine beaches like many other honeymoon destinations. Today the grand plantation houses are crumbling, but signs of old money can still be seen. The island is in living memory of a very real, dark bloody colonial history, which for history buffs will be an enriching experience. For nature lovers, we can arrange guided bird walks, scuba and snorkel excursions to secluded bays, plus waterfall hikes and nature trails up peaks are a must for the active honeymooners.
We fully appreciate how special honeymoons are and pride ourselves on ensuring no stone is left unturned to ensure that your start to married life is as smooth-running and spectacular.
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