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 and locally-grown coffee is provided in each room.
Our Roça Sundy food concept is rooted in celebrating Príncipe, operating sustainably and nourishing you. Each menu is carefully crafted to highlight Príncipe’s culinary traditions and to maximise the use of local ingredients. For example, we use cacao grown under the rainforest canopy and transformed into chocolate by our very own Paciência Organic. A signature Roça Sundy touch is hand-picked edible flowers adorning the colourful dishes.
Waste from Roça Sundy 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 room, 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, uncooked food scraps are composted for use by our horticulture teams.
HBD Príncipe is leading—alongside the Príncipe Regional Government, UN Habitat and the community itself—the voluntary resettlement of 133 families to a newly-built village called Terra Prometida (Promised Land). Each family was involved in selecting the model and location of their new home that will be equipped with running water, electricity, a private bathroom and indoor kitchen.
We refurbished heritage buildings to create Roça Sundy, with its construction therefore associated with a lower carbon footprint. The use of the buildings of a former cacao 'roça', or plantation, acknowledges history while giving new life to Sundy.
To raise awareness and encourage proper disposal of litter in the Sundy community, we sponsor a monthly clean-up and manage the waste disposal as well as providing fresh fruit, bread rolls—from the Sundy community bakery—and natural juice to participants. While there is still litter in the community, the amount has decreased significantly and increased awareness of where and how to properly dispose of waste and recycling is evident.
If you’re asking, “What can I do to have an even more positive impact in Príncipe?”, we offer you a suggestion. Using the fan or opening the windows of your room to allow the rainforest breeze in, instead of turning on the air conditioning, uses less energy and reduces the carbon footprint of your stay. But remember, by choosing to vacation at Roça Sundy, you’re already having a positive impact.