A tropical volcanic landscape of lush plunging valley and mist-cloaked peaks, this lost Eden has more endemic species per square kilometer than the Galapagos.
SUNDY PRAIA LODGE Príncipe Island, São Tomé and Príncipe
A tropical volcanic landscape of lush plunging valley and mist-cloaked peaks, this lost Eden has more endemic species per square kilometer than the Galapagos. But its storybook loveliness is held in fragile balance, and this sense of urgency informs everything from the design to the management ethos of Sundy Praia, a glamorous new hotel that sits between the jungle and the sea. It’s actually a tented camp built in the lee of giant trees, comprising a cathedral-like bamboo restaurant and immense private ‘villas’ filled with lava-stone bath tubs and hammocks strung onto wooden decks. Through the dense almond trees, you’ll catch glimpses of the wide, golden crescent of a beach with paddle boards on tap and boat excursions to deserted coves. The hotel is one of four in the Here Be Dragons stable owned by businessman Mark Shuttleworth, who is committed to bringing sustainable development to impoverished communities while protecting the delicate ecosystem. It’s the perfect place to experience vivid wildlife in all its technicolor glory.