Roça Sundy Hotel, a charming stay in Sao Tomé

Photo Courtesy Roça Sundy

Roça Sundy is located on a remote, little known beautiful tropical island of Principe.  

This is the smallest of the two islands that make up São Tomé and Principe, Africa’s second smallest nation. Located in the Gulf of Guinea, these islands were once scattered with plantation houses, making them one of the world’s largest producers of chocolate. 

Today, most of the plantations (Roças) have been absorbed back into the local communities, but Roça Sundy has been transformed into an affordable guest house comprising just twelve en-suite rooms for lovers of nature, sustainability and escape.

Roça Sundy’s two main houses have been carefully restored to create a journey back in time, with the maximum comfort.

In keeping in mind a strong commitment to sustainability, all of the restoration work has been carried out by local builders, especially trained for the job, using recycled materials, wherever possible.

You can definitely count on an outstanding team who deliver a personalized, friendly and authentic service.

At Roça Sundy, a charming stay in Sao Tome, you’ll find 15 comfortable rooms: 9 rooms in the Plantation House and 6 rooms in the Colonial House.

The Colonial House is Roca Sundy’s main house, where the hotel services, restaurant and bar are found.

In the Plantation House, the style is more contemporary but with the same level of comfort and splendid views overlooking the plantation grounds or tropical forest.

The Rooms

hotel room Sao tome

All of the rooms are spacious and include air conditioning, private bathroom, satellite TV, safe and mini-bar.

Whilst restoring and converting the Colonial house into a hotel, much care went into preserving its original style. This is also reflected in the authentic decor, including some original pieces of furniture from the last century.


At the Roça Sundy restaurant dishes are always inspired locally with fresh fish, fruits and vegetables of the season.



This is a great way of getting to know the island’s culture and outstanding scenery in a single day. It includes a visit to the smallest capital in the world, and its loveliest corners. You’ll also be able to observe close up some of the secrets of their organic farming and experience different aromas and tastes, as well as enjoying a marvelous traditional local meal.


This trip consists in accompanying the monitoring of female sea turtles about to lay their eggs on the beaches of Principe Island, between September and April. You’ll get to learn about sea turtles and the conservation of this threatened species. Without a doubt, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.


This trip is designed for Sea and Beach lovers. Discover Príncipe’s most beautiful beaches on the northeast of the island.


Enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the west side of the National Park, seen from the sea. The Bay of Needles, so called because of the phonolite towers rising up out of the skyline, is one of the most sheltered spots on the edge of the National Park. It will give you some tranquil moments, surrounded by nature in its purest state.


You’ll have 7 biosphere trails to choose from that will take your breath away: 

  • Santa Joaquina
  • Parrot Mountain
  • Ribeira Izé
  • Montalegre Waterfall
  • Cocoa Route
  • Infante Plantation House
  • Bird Watching


Roça Sundy is the perfect place to get rid of stress. Let yourself be transported into a world of well-being, surrounded by essences, flowers, candles and smooth stones. Renew your feeling of inner peace and release all stress and tension. Our treatment menu includes massages for women, men and couples; body and face care and techniques for total relaxation. And to enhance the benefits of your beauty treatments, you can purchase some of the natural products made here on Principe Island.

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