Omali Lodge
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Omali Lodge

São Tomé Island, São Tomé & Príncipe

The  stylishly decorated Omali Lodge Boutique Hotel is set along the white sandy shores of Lagarto Beach close to the cultural melting pot of São Tomé Town. Just 5 minutes outside of town and near the Obo National Park, the lodge is a perfect base both to relax and from which to explore the island of  São Tomé.  The long, crescent shaped beach is separated from the hotel by a road and string of palm trees -adequate for a good swim and ideal for an early morning beach walk. Combine Omali Lodge with sister property Bom Bom Island Resort on neighbouring Principe.


Set amongst the palm trees and well kept gardens the 30 luxury suites all face the swimming pool. The classic rooms are simple, comfortable and cosy. For a nominal additional cost guests will appreciate the stylish, spacious Junior Suites with separate lounge and prime pool views. There is a Honeymoon Suite and families can request the 2 bedroomed Family Room. All rooms feature an en suite bathroom, air-conditioning, satellite TV,  telephone and mini-bar.


Trained by famed restaurant owner and Masterchef judge Ljubomir Stanisic, the team at Cume Fina Restaurant  produce good quality tasty food.  The Leve Leve Bar encourages guests to live by the islands motto – ‘leve leve’ – meaning “just enjoy life and watch the sun go down”


The reception team will arrange a transfer into town, currency exchange and the facility to secure valuables in the electronic safe. There is a small souvenir shop and laundry service, and Wi-Fi is available in the public areas. 


São Tomé packs a lot in for such a small country. From Omali Lodge guests can immerse themselves in the nature, wildlife and culture of the island and for the adventurous there is both easy and challenging hiking, seasonal whale watching, year round dolphins sightings, bird watching (with a number of endemics) and sport fishing.  There is also a dazzling array of dive sites that suit both beginners and advanced level scuba divers. Keen photographers are rewarded with vivid colours, verdant landscapes and the opportunity to interact with the islands residents who share a rich cultural heritage of both Africa and Europe. 


Accommodation Reviews

Broadly speaking we greatly enjoyed our trip and are most grateful to you for putting it all together and for your support whilst we were away. The two islands (and perhaps Principe particularly) reminded us of the West Indies where we honeymooned in 1965.

My understanding of the organisations behind our destination is that the Sundy Estate is financed basically as a philanthropic endeavour by Mark Shuttleworth, with the aim that it should be run on green sustainable lines, working with the environment. This appears to focus heavily at present on cocoa, coffee, tropical fruits, and of course tourism, with HBD Hotels (not sure of ownership of them) providing the heavy lift for this purpose.

Our appraisal of the hotels where we stayed; Omali Lodge – very expensive compared with the other two and frankly with pokey badly designed accommodation (no chair in double bedroom, one very small drawer, two miniscule shelves, two large bedside tables incorporating no storage space), menus only accessible by app which we did not attempt – there was a board in a completely different location. Doubtless these shortcomings are explained at least in part by the fact that it is better established and that it is located in the main island and does not have to try so hard to bring in custom.

Roca Sundy In one of the handsome buildings abandoned by the Portuguese in 1974, now restored but still a work in progress (a swimming pool is planned), much more spacious , with staff much more on the ball, and providing a good location from which to tour;  Sundy Praia – best of the three with accommodation to knock spots off most competitors and very friendly and helpful staff – but rather isolated for touring.

Sao Tome: obviously more to do, being much the larger of the two islands and I don’t think we exhausted the options. Roads very varied, some pretty good, others just the opposite.

Principe. Much less developed and perhaps because of this it seemed to be more scenic. Roads frightful – virtually all transport is in 4 x 4’s. It needs to be!

Both hotels on Principe were rather lacking in DIY alternative activities (slightly to our surprise very little use seemed to be made by hotel guests of the beach). It occurred to us that both locations might benefit from the setting up of one or two self-guided local nature trails suitable for pedestrians and which could have relevant explanatory signs en route.

We would not want to give you a negative impression. However we are trying to report accurately and whilst our overall sentiment was very favourable, there were glitches which it is clearly important that we should mention.

Another positive,  we were helped by some charming guides who did all they could to improve our experience, and the same goes for the staff, again perhaps especially in Principe and at Sundy Praia.  Very attractive special events were laid on particularly by the Praia catering staff.

I hope this is helpful. We enjoyed our trip. 


Mr and Mrs Hunt
March 3, 2022

Hi Derek,

We had a great time, thanks.

Everything worked well.

At Bom Bom we'd booked a garden view room and were shown to a beach front room which was great and we didn't complain at all! Not sure why/how we got this upgrade but we didn't want to ask in case we got moved..

Omali was fine. There's a fair bit to see on Sao Tome so we probably could have spent longer there...but we intend to go back sometime...

What else? The 15 kg baggage allowance on the STP inter-island flight was a joke..most people had large hard luggage with wheels and did just fine...but your advise shouldn't change because if it's a full flight maybe they are stricter...

So yeah, thanks...we had a great time..




Mr and Mrs Berry
October 30, 2017

'Dear Derek

We really enjoyed our trip. São Tomé was interesting and the guide you recommended looked after us very well. The Omali Lodge was very comfortable and clean. With a bit of help from TripAdvisor and the guide we found some interesting places to eat at night.
Bonbon was beautiful and the cabin we had was right on the beach.  There were some lovely walks around the lodge and the snorkelling was good. We went into the main “town“ for lunch a couple of days and there was a festival one day. There are a few other hotels/lodges that have opened on Príncipe and you may want to think about an itinerary that gives clients a few days at each with perhaps a shorter stay in São Tomé.
The TAP flight on an A320 was challenging! There is a rumour though that they may be putting a bigger aircraft on the route.

Thanks for your help.

Kind regards



Mr and Mrs Edelman
October 11, 2017

'I did enjoy the islands and my trip.

The Omali had a nice atmosphere and grounds. The food was good, but a little pricey. There was usually someone there who spoke English. It was too far to walk into town, although if your timing was right, there was a free shuttle. I used the guide you recommended while at the Omali. His English was good and he tried his best to help me see what I wanted. . His tours were usually about 4 to 5 hours. 

I did 4 dives with Joao Santos of Tropic Ventures. He was very helpful. The best dive I made was a shipwreck dive I did with him. The half sunken ship was swarming with large schools of many types of fish- one of my best shipwreck dives I've done from the fish point of view. Two other dives with him at Santana Island were done when the weather conditions weren't the best, and were scary.

I liked the Pestana Equator about the best ( although the BomBom was close). All meals were buffet and had numerous choices, so the food was good. The grounds were beautiful. The director, the dive master and one or two of the staff were the only English speakers. The director was especially helpful. 

Bom Bom was very beautiful, but no diving and no diving at a nearby plantation either. I did two walks and two car tours, all of which I enjoyed. They were reasonably priced.

So, thank you for your help in making this a good trip.

Thank you,

Brad Stolz'

Mr Stolz
July 6, 2017

'We LOVED Sao Tome & Principe - particularly touring around the islands.

Would ideally have stayed in more places outside those hotels/resort and done more walking, but it was really good.

Thanks for arranging it all - great trip!'

Ms Macpherson and Mr Light
June 13, 2017

We had a lovely holiday. Principe and Bom Bom in particular were lovely. But so was getting a public bus across Sao Tome.

If there were things to be improved, one would be finding a better flight schedule. The trip back, landing at 4am in Lisbon was a bit gruesome.

But overall a great holiday.  Thanks you



Mr Pitt-Watson and Ms Barnes
March 2, 2017

'We got back yesterday and it was a great trip.  The journey is long though but overall TAP are good. When we got to  Principe we were given Room 3, the best hut right on beach.  Principe is something special we could have spent longer there

A great holiday thank you'



Mrs Hughes and Mr Ford
October 25, 2016

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