Ascension Island is a unique place, well off the beaten track and the Obsidian is the only hotel on the island. The visit there is very personal as it is such a small place you are treated as an individual and with other guests there it has a real family feel. Many are on the commute between Saint Helena and the RAF base at Brize Norton as there are only two ways to get to Saint Helena and this is one of them! There are many Saints on Ascension Island and as many will testify they are a welcoming and friendly group who are very loyal to the Queen and this is very obvious to those passing through. A car is essential to get the best out of the visit there, the Fiesta's are best on the windy roads as the 4X4's need a bit of reversing around the steep and tight bends in the mountains, unless one wants to go off road where the 4X4 is obviously best. There are various levels of accommodation to suit individual budgets. Our room had a fridge that was useful for packed lunches, being a sleepy place there are not many food establishments so sandwiches fitted the bill. We have stayed three times now and enjoy the unique experience that Ascension Island offers in the best (only) hotel on the island. Transfers to the ship and airport are well organised and each time we visit we find more to see and do.