Tailor-Made Holidays to Sao Tome

Planning a Tailor-Made Holiday to Sao Tome

Sao Tome and Principe are off most people’s radar when it comes to travel, and planning the right trip takes time and lots of research.

24 years ago, my wife, Sarah and myself started Archipelago Choice and pioneered exploratory tailor-made holidays to the Azores islands.  We travelled the length and breadth of the 9 Azores islands, in search of lovely places to stay and exciting things to see and do. After 24 years, we’re now at the point where our friends in the Azores consider us as locals!!

In 2022 we celebrated our 24th year in travel, but we also received our 5th prestigious award for our tailor-made holidays from the British Travel Awards (BTA). This BTA award celebrates the knowledge and time we invest in exploring each destination we offer. It might sound a little ‘big headed’, but I don’t believe any travel company has invested as much time and energy in exploring Sao Tome and Principe.

For some time we’d wanted to add tailor-made holidays to Sao Tome and Principe to our portfolio of destinations as we felt it would be a good fit considering we were also specialist in holidays to both the Azores and Cape Verde islands. In 2015 Sarah and I travelled to Sao Tome with our two children for a 3-week adventure. We travelled the length and breadth of the islands – we hiked, swam, snorkelled, visited plantations, went birdwatching and stayed in as many hotels as possible and had an amazing time… it was an incredibly immersive experience. Over the past 5 years, my colleagues Emma and Max have also travelled extensively around the islands adding another 7 weeks of in-depth exploration.

There are companies who say they are experts and specialist, but in reality they offer a very small range of hotels and experiences. If you compare websites, you’ll see they all offer the same 4 hotels; Bom Bom, Omali Lodge, Roca Sunday and Praia Sundy. Don’t get me wrong, these are all lovely places to stay… BUT, the islands of Sao Tome and Principe offer much more and a true travel specialist will know this, as we do. In fact, we’ll have stayed everywhere and experienced all we offer. Now, in my view, that is a true Travel expert.

A tailor-made holiday to Sao Tome and Principe is the way forward and it’s worth considering the following points when starting to plan a trip:

  1. How long do you want to go for? – It takes time to get there and flights are the most expensive part of the journey, so the longer you go the better value the flights are.
  2. What do you like to do when away? – Sao Tome and Principe have great beaches, yet the islands have much more to offer and it’s important to see and experience as much as possible.
  3. Are you getting the best advice? – As mentioned above, there are experts and there’s us at Archipelago Choice and our philosophy on travel.
  4. What is your budget? – Sao Tome and Principe will probably be a once in a lifetime trip, so plan well and expect the trip to cost between £2800 pp and £4500 pp.
  5. What type and style of accommodation do you prefer? – There are some wonderful places to stay… for a price! However, there are some smaller, charming eco-style hotels and lodges that are also worth considering.

If you’re trying to decide who to travel with and are overwhelmed by the choice, please use Archipelago Choice as your benchmark for knowledge and service and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

We’d love to hear from you, and let’s go travelling, because with Archipelago Choice ‘we’ll always look after you’.


MD – Archipelago Choice.

t- 017687 21050

e- ian@archipelagochoice.com