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Club Santana, Beach Resort
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Sao Tome Island
Certificate of Excellence
Luanda, Angola
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12 reviews
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“This was the second time I've choosed Club Santana...”
Reviewed January 3, 2012

... and I don't regrett! It was even better to come back, to be welcomed and to see the friendly smile of all staff.
Even if you travel to S.Tomé&Principe for business, it's near enought to go to town to handle your business, and a wonderfull "home" to go back to, to rest by the end of the day!!

Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

#1. Before you book, PLEASE CHECK that there are NO MORE caged monkeys, birds or other animals. They did have some, but they somehow got away to the surrounding forests & FREEDOM! All the tourists there were quietly saddened by this ancient form of cruel tourist attraction.

Apart from that, the place is a WONDERFUL PEACEFUL TROPICAL LOCATION... it provides you with your own individual spacious bungalow with 1 WC & 1 double room, with a porch. Bungalows are situated on the hills looking out to see, surrounded by excellently maintained green lawns, coconut and various other trees are everywhere, gorgeous local small birds and the lodges own beach, which is perfect for snorkeling.

Just a short distance across the water, you can grab a 5 minute boat ride to the island of Santa Catarina, a beautiful, tropical mini island that stands tall from the sea. Upon arrival, we were met by a large bunch of free spirited fisherman who threw us free fresh fish as a present... a few boarded our boat and our captain drove us through the undulating waves, skillfully squeezing us through the walls of the skinny cave to the other side and back.

If you have your diving certificates, you can call the local scuba diving school and get to dive under the island, through the cave all the way to the other side. Underwater photos from a fellow guest were amazing.

First time diving with the local diving school was great, dived around a shipwreck, artistic mysterious views underwater of the wreck.

Food was variable at Santana, only ate fish dishes - carpaccio and fish tartar was always delicious; cooked fish was sometimes overcooked.

Local people are friendly and welcoming, they like a good laugh.

There is very little crime in Sao Tome, a local beautician who came to give me a pedicure on the beach told me you can walk at any time of night without fear.

If you want to walk in the forest, or scuba dive and not deal with hassling hawkers, or loads of tourists, and get friendly helpful service, then Sao Tome is it. Perfect to just relax, read a book on the beach and eat fresh cocoa pod fruit. Mmmmmm.

So as long as Club Santana stays free of caged animals, then I would definitely recommend it for the quiet couple in off peak seasons. Gets more busy in European summer months. Even though we had rain, the sun usually came out in october. And it was never cold. Just take a light shirt, or pashmina, for hiking a rain jacket. The club Santana had large umbrellas that guests could borrow. Sea was beautifully warm to swim at 7am!

Feels more like the Caribbean with its lush green tropical climate and terrain and chilled out people.

Perfect for short 2 - 6 day stays, long stays would be good to explore more of Sao Tome.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

Club Santana is one of the two oldest resorts in São Tomé Island, and still remains as in the early eighties, when it opened to welcome the few turists that arrived to this increbible paradise. Sao Tome is the second smallest country in Africa, just in front of the Gabon coastline and six hours away from Lisbon, Portugal, in a direct twice-weekly flight.
All the island remains as it looked like three decades ago and that's one of the strongest atractions of São Tomé.
Although not decorated according to the lastest fashion trends, Club Santana offers comfortable and large bungalows in the middle of a beautiful garden overlooking a charming little bay. The main luxury it offers is the very warm welcome to everyone and the delicicous cuisine, difficult to find anywhere else in the island. The dramatic views from the garden are the ^cherry at the top And about the beach and vues, they are like a sherry on top of the cake. A chocolate cake, of course, because São Tomé and Principe islands are home to the best cocoa in the word!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Club Santana, Beach Resort
Address: Praia Messias Alves | Distrito de Cantagalo, Santana, Sao Tome Island CP 144, Sao Tome and Principe
Location: Sao Tome and Principe > Sao Tome Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Sao Tome Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Santana, Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sao Tome and Principe is a particularly special place, and Club Santana Hotel embodies the best of what makes this country wonderful, rendering it truly unique. Surrounded by a luxurious tropical landscape, and bathed by crystal clear waters, at Club Santana Hotel you'll certainly find the peace you've been looking for, away from the stress and busy lifestyle, and a little closer to your ideal of a perfect vacation. Paradise is waiting for you, with the serenity you desire, the greatest comfort, an excellent service and a unique hospitality. Come and enjoy the simple life of the fishermen, the rich history and the ancient smell of cocoa. We're expecting you. ... more   less 
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