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).
Unique to Sundy Praia’s villas, their specialised footing uses a ‘screw-in’ mechanism instead of concrete, which minimizes the impact on the environment. Conscious of the energy intensity of washing and drying linens, bedding is changed every three days and we encourage our guests to reuse towels. To reduce single-use items, we provide shampoo and shower gel in refillable containers, and have reusables shower caps upon request.
We focus on using local ingredients in your meals. The tropical fruit you enjoy during breakfast or in an evening cocktail comes from the island’s forests. Local fishermen catch the fish we serve, and on a boat trip you’re likely to see this artisanal fishing in action. Our HBD horticultural colleagues grow much of the certified-organic vegetables, fruit and herbs used by the chefs.
Waste from Sundy Praia is separated into six streams: glass; plastics & metals; paper & cardboard; uncooked food scraps; cooked food scraps; and landfill. While you won’t see the separation in your villas, rest assured that our housekeeping team members separate it behind-the-scenes and it is picked up by our HBD Waste Management & Recycling Team. For example, 100% of the glass waste is given another life by crushing it into 'glass sand', which is then used as a construction aggregate in maintenance projects.
During a swim or boat ride, gaze back to the waterfront and you’ll see that Sundy Praia is intentionally hidden within the beachside rainforest. We’re proud that Sundy Praia has not affected the natural beauty or ecosystems of the beach.
To celebrate Príncipe’s culture, local groups, such as Tchabeta and Deixa, are often invited to perform for dinner guests at Sundy Praia. Energetic and unique, their song and dance are memorable and fun additions to the evening.
The bright, tropical details around the hotel are sure to catch your eye. The accent pillows and restaurant and bar team’s uniforms are sewn by a local tailor, using African fabrics. The Oca Sundy restaurant features hand-woven pendant lampshades made by an artisan in São Tomé.
By choosing to vacation at Sundy Praia, you’re already having a positive impact. If you want to do a little more, you can choose fish and vegetables over red meat to reduce the carbon footprint of your meal.