Mantis St Helena Island, is a combination of restored historic buildings and a new contemporary building situated in the capital Jamestown, a few minutes’ walk from the sea front, swimming pool, museum, Jacob’s Ladder, public library, archives, shops, bars, restaurants, transport links and tourist information office. It is the best accommodation option on the island with a historic luxury feel and some of the best food on the island.
Mantis St Helena opened in 2017 with 30 guest rooms in the heart of the island’s capital, Jamestown. Twenty two contemporary rooms form part of the new building whilst 8 Heritage rooms can be found in the restored original buildings of Main Street, originally designed as barracks for the East India Company in 1772. All rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, tv and tea/coffee making facilities. Wifi and internet access is available in the public areas of the hotel.
The hotel’s cocktail bar leads onto two outside terraces where you can enjoy breakfast, all-day al fresco dining and sundowners. Inside, a 60-seat dining area serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring local produce and complemented by a selection of fine wines. Other facilities include a guest laundry and a concierge service, able to arrange all airport and other on-island transfers, excursions and activities, as well as offering local advice to ensure you get the most out of your stay on St Helena.
If you like walking, St Helena Island is ideal for you. There are walks for all tastes, from those who like their walking to be beautifully scenic but not too difficult, right the way through to walkers whose preference can best be described as ‘intrepid’! St Helena Island offers some fantastic dives, with an active Diving club and many wrecks around the island to explore. Having water temperature around 19-26° (66-79F), and visibility of 15-25 metres there is much to discover and see on any dive, including swimming with whale sharks! Dolphin cruises allow you to get up close to pods of dolphins and many whales are often sighted around the island, making for excellent whale watching. Visits to the world’s remotest coffee plantation, the distillery and Napoleons Grave are all a must. There are also many forts and historical sights to explore.
Internet access on St Helena is slow and very expensive compared to Europe, the USA and South Africa. Mantis St Helena offers Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Additional airtime can be purchased from Reception should guests exceed their daily allowance. There are limited Wi-Fi spots available outside the hotel within Jamestown and airtime vouchers can be purchased from limited outlets.
Mantis St Helena offers the full bouquet of 17 TV channels available on St Helena in all guest rooms. There are two local radio stations on St Helena: SAMS (South Atlantic Media Services) and St FM. Both offer local programmes, news, announcements and adverts, also relaying the BBC World Service programmes. Two weekly local newspapers are published, The Sentinel (www.sams.sh) and The St Helena Independent (www.saint.fm).Delicious ‘Saint’ and classically-inspired dishes, reflecting the island’s cultural influences, are prepared daily by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Roy Richards. Delicious ‘Saint’ and classically-inspired dishes, reflecting the island’s cultural influences.