I stayed two nights at Omali during a whirlwind photo expedition on the island. From the second I arrived, I was treated like a VIP, with warm, genuine smiles and attention to detail. The doorman who saw me to my room spoke impeccable English and greeted me by name every time we passed during my stay.
The grounds are gorgeous, and make it difficult to classify Omali as an ordinary hotel. It's more of a resort with numerous suites around a central pool and courtyard. I really did feel like I was in my own little paradise when I stepped into my large room, which also featured a separate twin bed suite.
When I visited, there didn't seem to be many other guests, or if there were they were very quiet and stayed in. The whole grounds had a very intimate feel, and I was able to just relax and rest after my long days out hiking around the island. I even took an early morning dip in the outdoor pool, which was quite refreshing and peaceful with no one else around.
My first evening, I ate dinner at Omali's restaurant, which was pretty good. The fish soup in particular was a treat, but the chicken breast was way over salted. The breakfasts, however, were phenomenal. There are few places where you can have passion fruit, mango, star fruit, guava and bananas that were probably picked the day before. Omali is one such place. The other buffet-style offerings were also very good, and I'd highly recommend the quiche and French toast.
After this one stay while on business, I'm craving a return trip for relaxation with my wife. I'm certain Omali would be a perfect destination for a romantic getaway, and can't wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Omali, meaning 'ocean' and 'source of life', is the perfect location from which to explore the natural and cultural wonders of the equatorial island of Sao Tome. This stylishly decorated boutique hotel has suites for honeymooners, families and business travellers. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, air conditioner, Satellite TV, safe, telephone, coffee-making facilities and mini-bar.Hotel facilities include an air-conditioned restaurant, bar with terrace overlooking the beach, 24-hour reception, Wi-Fi internet connectivity, laundry service, meeting room, tennis court, swimming pool with poolside bar, as well as airport shuttle. ... more less
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