A stylish boutique hotel, Omali Lodge is the only 4* luxury hotel on São Tomé and it sits right on a lovely beach just outside the São Tomé Town centre.
Omali means “ocean” and “source of life”. Set in beautiful grounds with attentive staff and comfortable rooms, Omali Lodge is the perfect choice from which to base yourself for a few days to explore the wonders of the São Tomé Island on your way to Bom Bom Island Resort on Príncipe.
With just 30 stylish suites, Omali Lodge has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere and with coco tree gardens and charming, smiling staff.
Omali is set in a fabulous location near the Obo National Park, opposite the white sands of Lagarto beach and only 5-minute drive from both the city and the airport, and thus the ideal base from which to acquaint yourself with São Tomé. From here, 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.
Rooms are suitable for both couples and families and all overlook the swimming pool and are well appointed with all the expected modern amenities.
The restaurant, with terrace overlooking the beach, is renowned for serving some of the best food on the island, where both international and local flavours are on offer using with fresh and natural ingredients. The poolside bar is perfect for cosying up with a book, chatting with fellow travellers and reflecting on the day’s activities. There is a tennis court for those after a little sport and while there is no spa, steam rooms and in-room massages are available.
Outside the hotel, São Tomé has an unspoilt landscape with black and white sand beaches, spectacular scenery, waterfalls, tropical rainforest and widespread cocoa plantations. The surrounding crystal clear sea lends itself well to snorkelling and diving while jungle hikes offer a glimpse of the island’s rich birdlife and vegetation.
With its African, European and South American heritage, São Tomé is a cultural melting pot just waiting to be discovered. Guests enjoy familiarising themselves with the local culture at the old city centre and its lively central market, a visit to the plantations presents an understanding of the nation’s colonial history and venturing to the local village of Malanza could result in a trip with local fishermen into the heart of the mangrove forest.