Exciting things to do on St Helena

St Helena has attracted adventurers for years. The fishing is fantastic. The fauna and flora are fascinating. The views are spectacular, and it’s hard to believe that so many different eco systems can exist on one small island. Whether you’re a history buff, an avid diver, a hiker or you’re simply looking for a unique destination to explore, this remote island in the Atlantic Ocean offers a wealth of things to do.

Welcome to St Helena! Your comfort is assured – Mantis St Helena offers excellent accommodation in one of the island’s Georgian buildings with a newly built wing. Now you just need to decide what you’ll choose to do while you’re here!

Download the itineraries below for great ideas and activities that will make your stay the holiday of a lifetime. These are just a fraction of the possibilities on the island. For further ideas, read our blog about St Helena here, or visit St Helena Tourism.

Suggested General Itinerary


Itinerary for Hikers


Itinerary for Divers


Itinerary for History Buffs

all photographs courtesy of st helena tourism.

Mantis Signs Strategic Partnership with Accor Hotels Group

At a press conference on 5 April, Mantis Founder and Chairman, Adrian Gardiner, announced a partnership with Accor Hotels, which saw the world-leading travel & lifestyle group acquire a 50% stake in Mantis.

Gardiner said, “There are numerous synergies between the two groups – both operate global hospitality networks offering rare and unique experiences, and both have a focus on conservation. This partnership  will strengthen the Mantis offering, as well as ensuring future growth and resilience in an ever evolving and increasingly competitive market.”

Sébastian Bazin, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels, and Adrian Gardiner, Founder and Chairman of Mantis, at the announcement of the new partnership.

Accor Hotels is a world-leading travel-and-lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4 000 hotels and resorts and over 2 500 of the private residences around the globe. Accor Hotels operates in 95 countries under luxury brands including Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel, Onefinestay, Pullman and Swissôtel, the popular  boutique brands of Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter and Adagio; and economy brands including Ibis, Grand Mercure, The Sebel and Hotel F1.

“Accor Hotels is one of the fastest growing hotel and travel operators worldwide,” Gardiner continued. “This agreement allows Mantis to utilize Accor Hotels’ distribution channels and world-wide reach to further develop the hospitality concepts and sustainability projects we have worked so tirelessly to grow.”


Olivier Granet, Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer of Accor Hotels Middle East and Africa (MEA), said, “Mantis is a pioneer in customized travel services in some of the most imaginative hotels across the world. This partnership provides us with access to an indigenous African brand with a strong heritage, ecological focus and noteworthy credentials in the hospitality space. This will undoubtedly accelerate Accor Hotels’ expansion across the Middle East and Africa, adding to our existing network of over 200 properties with more than 150 hotels in the pipeline across the region.”

Included in the announcement was a briefing on The Community Conservation Fund Africa, a foundation to be established by Mantis and Accor Hotels in partnership with  renowned international conservation organisations The Wilderness Foundation Global, Tusk Trust and African Parks.

The initial funding of $600 000 will be sponsored by Accor Hotels and Mantis. The official launch of the The Community Conservation Fund Africa will take place in May 2018.

More about Accor Hotels

With an unmatched collection of brands and a rich history spanning close to five decades, Accor Hotels, along with its global team of more than 250 000 dedicated women and men, has a purposeful and heartfelt mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome. Guests enjoy access to one of the world’s most rewarding hotel loyalty programs – Le Club Accor Hotels.

Accor Hotels is active in its local communities and committed to sustainable development and solidarity through Planet 21, a comprehensive programme that brings together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth.

Read more on the Accor Hotels Group website.

Looking for accommodation in Port Elizabeth? Check into The Windermere

Visitors to Port Elizabeth in South Africa will love the new-look The Windermere by Mantis. Accommodation here is just five minutes from the airport and even closer to the best beaches!

Expect comfort, space and exceptional service in a relaxed, yet discreet environment. The recent upgrades include new carpets in all bedrooms and a revamp of the dining room.

Guests are welcomed at the front door and taken through to the outside lounge area where they fill in their registration cards while enjoying a cup of tea, coffee or juice and cake with our compliments.

After a walk on one of the nearby beaches and a swim in the warm Indian Ocean waves, relax, kick off your shoes, lie by the pool, sit on your private terrace, or chill on the patio while enjoying complimentary afternoon refreshments from our snack corner.

Understated, with elements of contemporary chic and extra-large bathrooms, our 10 spacious bedrooms are equipped with the little luxuries and conveniences demanded by the discerning traveller.

Look forward to a lovely breakfast to start your day. Other meals served here are light and easy, and if you want a gourmet experience, we recommend the exceptional dinners and lunches served at our sister hotel No. 5. We are happy to arrange transport to No. 5 by Mantis, where guests can also enjoy a spa treatment.

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