Visit Príncipe in September, October or November, when the weather is balmy, and the island is quiet and calm, and take 20% off accommodation rates (excluding surcharges).
Conscious of the energy intensity of washing and drying linens, bedding is changed every third day and we encourage our guests to reuse towels. To reduce single-use items, we provide shower gel in a refillable container.
Our menus are inspired by local culinary culture and our chefs cook with local ingredients whenever possible.
Water bottle caps are collected and given to Missão Dimix, a local recycling and education centre in São Tomé, that melts and transforms them into recycled plastic products, some of which we use in Omali. Its income supports its educational activities.
We support local, environmentally conscious initiatives on the island. 100% of the charcoal that Omali uses is ecological, tree-free and created by a young ‘eco-preneur’ whose mission is to provide a tree-free alternative to charcoal. Ecoblasa is made from coconut husks and produced just outside São Tomé city. Omali also uses Missão Dimix’s recycled plastic products, such as the multicoloured coasters and nest-like soap dishes.
Transportation to and from the airport is included in your stay at Omali and utilizes a shared vehicle. Using shared transfers reduces the associated negative climate impact: transportation is responsible for ~14% of global greenhouse gas emissions, 10% of which is from road transportation.
Omali’s restaurant not only showcases local delicacies during theme nights, such as the Coconut & Bread Fruit Evening, but also invites local musicians to provide relaxing São Tomé tunes while you enjoy dinner on the porch.
If you want to go further in reducing your personal impact, you can consider the camping adage “pack it in, pack it out” and return home with any wrappers or disposables you brought with you. For example, instead of throwing away the baggage claim tags here, you can place them in your suitcase to dispose of upon your return, which reduces the amount of waste you leave behind in São Tomé. Little actions add up!