Merging seamlessly with their forest surrounds, our 15 tented villas lie hidden among a scattering of tropical almond and banana trees, each gaz down to the sea. With weathered wood panelling and timber decks, the distinctive tented villas echo the style of the fishermen’s huts that once stood this spot, just back from the beach.
Inside, the decor beguiles with its eye-catching mix of handcrafted local artefacts and designer pieces, achieving perfect balance between comfort and nature. Each tent has spacious indoor and outdoor areas, including private terraces; each of our three-bedroom tented villas has its private pool.
Lying in perfect isolation some 130 miles off the West African coast, Principe’s forests shelter an abundance of endemic birds and plants, rep and amphibians – little wonder the island is sometimes referred to as Africa’s Galapagos.
But this is no desert island: Principe has its people, too, living in the colourful main town, Santo António, or scattered in pretty fishing village along the coast. Our goal is to maintain and build harmony between the people and their island, and Sundy Praia is a vital part of that goal, providing a model of sustainable, responsible tourism, with the people of Principe involved at its core.
Imagine journeying by boat across a mosaic of warm, cobalt shallows. Imagine stepping from the boat onto a deserted beach, the sand warm between your toes, the breeze stirring in the trees. Imagine this is your wedding, the place you get to say ‘I do’. Imagine.
As the sun sinks below the waves, and the first stars prick the ink-black sky, a magical mood descends over Sundy Praia. Frogs sing from the forest, crabs dance at the edge of the surf, the moon casts shadows across the sand. Night falls. And with the warm sea breeze murmuring through the night time is when Sundy Praia stages some very special happenings.