Meet our new CEO, Philippe Baretaud

Johannesburg, South Africa – 27 August 2018


Adrian Gardiner, Chairman of the Mantis Group, Wilderness Foundation Global and Stenden University, South Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippe Baretaud as Chief Executive Officer, Mantis Group.

Following the 50% acquisition of the South African based company by AccorHotels in April 2018, Philippe will be responsible for leading the strategic vision for the Mantis Group, which today is a collection of over 30  properties worldwide, including award-winning, privately owned five-star properties located around the world, across all seven continents.

Beginning his career in 1985 in the French public sector, he joined AccorHotels almost 30 years ago in 1989 with HOTELIA, a former provider of retirement homes. In 1998, he was part of the hospitality development team in France, and a few years later he joined the Group’s development team in the United Kingdom, where he became Development Director of Accor UK.

Five years later, Philippe moved to Dubai to lead the Group’s development in the Middle East.  In 2011, he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Head of Development for Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2014, Philippe was tasked with reinvigorating the Group’s presence in Africa as Senior Vice President and Head of Development Africa & Indian Ocean. A few years later he established the Group’s presence in South Africa, including the set-up of the Johannesburg office, which today provides support for AccorHotels’ African operations, development and technical services.

Philippe holds a MBA from ESCP Europe and a Degree in Law from the University of Lille, France.

AccorHotels Signs Strategic Agreement with Mantis Group

Leading hospitality Group acquires 50% stake in Mantis Group, the South Africa-based hospitality and travel conglomerate AccorHotels has today announced a strategic partnership with the South Africa-based Mantis Group, a collection of award winning, privately owned, managed and branded five star properties and lodges located around the world, across all seven continents. From boutique hotels, eco lodges, game reserves and luxury houseboats to adventure tourism as well as a bespoke tour operating division, the agreement reinforces AccorHotels as a leader in curated one-of-a-kind experiences and resonates with the Group’s conservation platform with Planet 21.

This strategic partnership is accompanied by the launch of Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA), a non-profit organization (NGO) which aims to amplify both Groups’ commitment towards preventing the accelerating decline of Africa’s wildlife and bringing together three internationally renowned conservation organizations – Wilderness Foundation, Tusk Trust and African Parks.

Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO, AccorHotels said: “Mantis is a pioneer in customized one-of-a-kind travel services in some of the most imaginative hotels across the world. With this strategic partnership, we are reinforcing the Group’s footprint in Africa and we have access to a brand with strong roots and heritage, recognised for its commitment to preserve the environment and its prestigious credentials in the hospitality space.”

Founder and Chairman of the Mantis Group, Adrian Gardiner, commented: “AccorHotels is one of the fastest growing hotel and travel operators worldwide. This agreement presents an attractive proposition for the Mantis Group to utilize AccorHotels’ robust distribution channels and world-wide reach to further develop the hospitality concepts and sustainability projects we have worked so tirelessly to grow. We are excited to embark upon this new chapter alongside AccorHotels where we will act as ambassadors for the development of both our Groups’ portfolios and offerings.”

The Mantis network features 28 managed properties, plus a global network of branded hotels and residences, including boutique villas and flagship properties such as Founders Lodge – a South African game reserve located in the Eastern Cape, Mantis St Helena – a boutique hotel on the remote island in the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Draycott Hotel in London, synonymous with Old World elegance and quintessential British luxury. ­­­­­

Celebrated for its far flung experiences for the adventure curious, the Mantis Group also owns and operates a number of unique luxury houseboats and a lodge under the Zambezi Queen Collection brand.

This strategic partnership will strengthen AccorHotels’ leadership position in Africa and will combine the vision of embodying conservation and education into its operations.  Highlights of Mantis’ success in conservation include the support and sponsorship of initiatives for the Wilderness Foundation Africa, Tusk Trust and various other conservation NGOs. Mantis strives to conserve the biodiversity of the landscapes that host its properties and share the ecotourism benefits with local communities via job creation. Education, also a core value of the Mantis Group, is exemplified in “Worldwide Experience”, which offers international students the opportunity to take up conservation placements throughout Southern Africa. The Group has a partnership with Stenden University, a hotel management institution in South Africa that educates students in hospitality and disaster management and also offers practical experience via internships at Mantis properties and is the only institution in the world that offers a course in Conservation and Lodge Management at a private game reserve.

The partnership agreement is subject to regulatory approvals.


AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,300 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe. Benefiting from dual expertise as an investor and operator, AccorHotels operates in 100 countries. Its portfolio includes internationally renowned luxury brands such as Raffles, Sofitel Legend, SO Sofitel, Sofitel, Fairmont, onefinestay, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman and Swissôtel, the mid-range boutique hotel brands 25hours, Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter and Adagio, and very popular budget brands such as JO&JOE, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis budget, as well as the regional brands Grand Mercure, The Sebel and hotelF1. AccorHotels provides innovative end-to-end services across the entire traveler experience, notably through the acquisition of John Paul, world leader in concierge services.

With an unmatched collection of brands and rich history spanning close to five decades, AccorHotels, 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 AccorHotels.  

AccorHotels is active in its local communities and committed to sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21, a comprehensive program that brings together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth.

Accor SA is publicly listed with shares trading on the Euronext Paris exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and traded in the United States on the OTC market (Ticker: ACRFY) in the United States. 

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Mantis is a unique collection of extraordinary destinations spanning every continent on Earth. Whether small and intimate or vast and complex, on a sweeping African plain, bustling city, private tropical island or frozen snow scape, each is an exceptional place for guests to find themselves. While uniquely different in the experiences they offer, all are linked through a collective obsession to be extraordinary, to be rare in a world that mass-produces sameness. Mantis constantly curates, collects and discovers destinations and experiences that stir the soul, defy expectation and live in the heart forever. We will do anything in our power to advance the cause of sustainability and to promote further appreciation of the land, its creatures and our communities. We believe that the truly rare needs to be looked after and protected for future generations and are wholly committed to Legacy Creation.

Fish River Resort is Open for Golf

Mantis has re-opened the golf course at the iconic Fish River Resort as of today, 29th March 2018.

The Fish River Resort is on the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Set between the Great Fish River and the winding Old Woman’s River, Fish River Resort is 1.2km from the Indian Ocean and provides a tranquil setting surrounded by water, forests, and clean air.

This magnificent Gary Player-designed championship 18-hole course is as a must-play. It incorporates bent grass greens and some unique challenges presented by the natural landscape. Open to golfers of all levels, the course includes several drives across Old Woman’s River and makes the most of the prevailing wind conditions.

The golf facilities include a halfway house, pro shop and changing rooms. The halfway house is open from 07:30 to 16:30 and serves light meals and beverages. The Propshop operates from 07:30 to 16:30, there are a limited number of rental sets for hire and golf carts included in the green fees.

Self-catering accommodation will open on the 27th of April 2018. The rooms at Fish River all have a lounge and fully equipped kitchenette. Each self-catering unit has a private entrance and patio overlooking the grounds.


R900 per 4-ball including two carts

R500 per 2-ball including one cart


Pro Shop: +27 40 676 1002 (Wednesday – Sundays, 07:30 – 16:30)

Bookings on Mondays and Tuesdays: +27 72 864 1234 (08:00 – 17:00)


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Mantis Collection Absorbs 2018 VAT Increase

Former Finance Minister of South Africa, Mr Malusi Gigaba, announced a 1% increase in the value-added tax (VAT) rate in the official budget speech on 21 February 2018. This 1 percentage point increases the VAT to 15% and will come into effect on 01 April 2018.

All properties within the Mantis portfolio will absorb the 1% VAT increase on all published and contracted rates. Due to our diverse portfolio, we effectively have published rates valid until 30 September 2018, 31 December 2018 as well as 30 April 2019. We will re-issue the existing rates to reflect the 15% VAT of which 1% will be absorbed by the property. Mantis will in due course release the 2019 rates to which the full 15% VAT will be applicable from October 2018, January 2019, and May 2019 respectively.

For any queries please contact Mantis’ Central Reservations Manager, Liezl Meyer, on or +27 41 404 9303.

The Envoy Hotel – Abuja’s New Meeting Ground for the Discerning

Mantis is the leading collection of hotels and eco-escapes in Africa and offers award-winning tourism experiences on all seven continents of the world. The Mantis Group will manage and market the brand new Envoy Hotel in the renowned capital of Nigeria, Abuja. Set to be Abuja’s meeting ground for the discerning, The Envoy hotel by Mantis boasts 59 rooms that include 8 diplomatic suites, 7 VIP suites and a Presidential suite on the 6th floor that includes a protocol room. The Envoy will be ready to welcome guests from the 5th of February 2018, with the grand launch event taking place on the 5th of March 2018.

The Envoy stands prominently on Diplomatic Drive in the heart of Abuja, one of Africa’s foremost cities where diplomats, business people and world leaders converge. Upon first impression, Guests will be delighted by the modern façade, matched by the technologically advanced facilities inside. From paperless room stationery to eco-sensitive bathroom amenities, The Envoy is a hotel of the present for the future and has been built to operate in support of the environment.

Diplomats, delegates and captains of industry will love The Envoy for its advanced business facilities comprising of a business centre, meeting room, secretarial services, fibre-optic WiFi throughout and iPADs on the ready – we are geared for all of our Guests’ business needs.

The leisure Traveller is spoilt for choice with all the entertainment on offer. While at The Envoy, couples, families and individuals enjoy continental fine dining in Larai Restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a swimming pool and various bars to choose from. When opting to stay in, guests can relax by the swimming pool and Vandos Bar and Lounge, or get active in the Pro-Fit Gym.

The Envoy’s 24-hour concierge can organise any activity – from savouring the sunset on Jabi Lake, dancing to the city’s beats in Africa’s trendiest clubs, a stroll through Millennium Park, or a lunch in a secluded garden restaurant – Abuja has it all!

The location of The Envoy on Diplomatic Drive guarantees a level of security in its own right as it is flanked by Embassies and astute corporate entities. The Envoy has taken serious measures to ensure guests’ security on the premises and has achieved a Level 2 PLUS Global Lighthouse Certification in Security as per an independent risk assessment and security audit was done in November 2017. This level of security is the most difficult to achieve as it is adjudicated on the infrastructure – The Envoy is the first hotel in Nigeria to achieve this.

Mantis is proud to be involved in the development of The Envoy which will not only set the bar for luxury hospitality and personal indulgence in Abuja but also raise the standard of eco-sensitive hotel operations in this city. Mantis’ Legacy is one of conservation and sustainable operations which benefit stakeholders and the communities in which each Mantis experience exists.

The Envoy will hold a prestigious launch event on the 5th of March 2018. Further to introducing the hotel to the business community, this charitable event will launch The Envoy as a patron to one of Abuja’s most deserving community initiatives. Information on the event will be made available on the hotel’s social media platforms and

FACEBOOK: @TheEnvoyAbuja 

INSTAGRAM: @abujatheenvoy

TWITTER: @TheEnvoyAbuja

A New Breed of Sustainable Development - uMfolozi Big Five Reserve

Mantis is proud to announce their association with the creation of the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve, a 6000-hectare tract of tribal land, currently being incorporated into the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu Natal. Opening in September 2018, the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve represents a future of forward-thinking sustainability as it blends past and present conservation models.

Named the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve as a tender nod to the early conservation pioneers who used to call the area uMfolozi, and also differentiate it from the main reserve. It is in these valleys where King Shaka of the Zulus, unbeknownst to the world, pioneered a culture of conservation before the concept was coined by European settlers, by proclaiming this area his royal hunting ground. This reserve is also where the very first steps with Operation Rhino were taken almost seventy years ago under the guidance of revered global conservationist, the late Dr Ian Player.

After extensive consultation between the tribal chiefs, their communities, and Ezemvelo (the public authority responsible for Hluhluwe iMfolozi), the uMfolozi Big Five Reserve was established. This landmark agreement, whereby tribal land is incorporated into protected government land, will increase the protected area to over 100,000 hectares and provide much needed employment.

The uMfolozi Big 5 Reserve epitomises what Mantis stands for: “Man And Nature Together Is Sustainable”. It also brings full circle, the friendship Adrian Gardiner, Founder of Mantis and Chairman of the Wilderness Foundation Global, had with Dr Ian Player. Dr Player was instrumental in saving the white rhino from extinction in the late 1950’s, at the very same reserve to which the uMfolozi Reserve has now been added.

In the words of Adrian “Mantis is honoured to have the opportunity to invest in and continue with conservation in the area where the monumental work of my friend and mentor, Dr Ian Player, began”

Currently, it is underutilized land plagued by unemployment in the indigenous communities. In its new format, more land will be protected for animals to roam free in and the surrounding communities will benefit economically through either direct employment at the lodges, or outsourced services such as the growing of vegetables and laundry to name only a few.

Game drives and walks on the 6000 hectares uMfolozi Big 5 Reserve will be exclusively for guests staying on the reserve. uMofolozi guests will also have the added benefit of game drives and walking safaris within the main reserve.

Two luxurious lodges (25 minutes from each other) are being built for the Mantis Collection. Named after the local chiefs who contributed their land, Mthembu Lodge will open its doors in September 2018 and Biyela Lodge will be ready to welcome guests from October 2018.

Biyela Lodge, nestled on a spectacular bend on the White iMfolozi River, will have 12 luxurious 1-bedroom Private Villas (100sqm in size) each with private pool, and two 2-bedroom Family Villas (155sqm in size), sleeping 32 guests in total. Spa and Gym facilities will also be on offer.

Mthembu Lodge, with panoramic views of the water and thickets, will comprise of 7 luxurious 1-bedroom Private Villas (112sqm in size) and two 2-bedroom Family Villas (155sqm in size), sleeping a total of 22 guests. Children aged 6 years and older will be allowed on game drives, with children 13 years and older being able to join on walking safaris.

The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed protected Game Reserve area in South Africa, dating back to 1895. Stretching over 96,000 hectares, it is located approximately 190km (2.5 hours) north of Durban, in central Zululand, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The reserve is known for its rich wildlife and conservation efforts. The uMfolozi Big Five Reserve will be on the southwestern border of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, overlooking the wilderness area.

We encourage travelling to uMfolozi by transfer which can be arranged with reservations in order to allow guests to enjoy the scenic route dotted with important battlefields and prominent grave sites. The reserve is a 2.5-hour drive from King Shaka International Airport and 1.5 hours from Richards Bay.


Whether small and intimate or vast and complex, on a sweeping African plain, bustling city, private tropical island or frozen snowscape, each is an exceptional place for guests to find themselves. While uniquely different in the experiences they offer, all are linked through a collective obsession to be extraordinary, to be rare in a world that mass-produces sameness. Mantis constantly curates, collects and discovers destinations and experiences that stir the soul, defy expectation and live in the heart forever. We will do anything in our power to advance the cause of sustainability and to promote further appreciation of the land, its creatures and our communities. We believe that the truly rare needs to be looked after and protected for future generations, and are wholly committed to legacy creation.

St Helena - a Landscape Photographer's Muse

Mantis St Helena is a brand new hotel on the mystic St Helena Island which is located in the middle of the South Atlantic. The hotel officially opened its doors on the 28th of October 2017, and Mantis Collection thought it the perfect time to commission the first professional photographer to capture its new gem. True to Mantis’ mission; Mantis St Helena is an example of the best St Helena has to offer and was built and developed in harmony with the culture, architecture, and environment of the island’s capital – Jamestown. 8 of the hotel’s 30 rooms are Heritage Rooms which are located in the East India Company’s old Officer’s Barracks constructed circa 1772. Lovingly and respectfully restored by Mantis, this building now forms part of the hotel and is the basis of the architectural style chosen when the building plans were drawn up.

When Mantis Collection’s Group Marketing Manager, Sasha Ella, and the GM of the hotel, Matt Joshua, set off searching for a photographer they decided it could not be someone focused on buildings and room photography. “We needed a photographer who could encapsulate all the characteristics of a St Helena island experience, because truly – it is like no other”. When the pair found Des Jacobs of Mpumalanga, South Africa, it was not his vast and impressive portfolio of the best lodges in South Africa that landed him this job; but rather the spark in his voice when he spoke about his great love for landscapes. “His passion was evident as our eyes picked up on minute details tentatively brought to life on stunning images of vast bodies of land, water, and air”.

Des was ready to leave the day he got the call confirming he would be photographing one of the world’s last virgin landscapes, he could have walked out the house that minute with just his hiking boots, his Canon 6D and a 17 – 40 mm lens. His flight was booked for Saturday 28th October, however, due to heavy mist causing zero visibility on the runway – SA Airlink could only fly out following Monday. The technology that allows us to travel safely to this remote island is one of the few differences between us 21st-century sojourners, and the pioneers who ‘discovered’ it in 1502.

With clear skies predicted for the tropical South Atlantic island on Monday 30th of October, Des Jacobs and many other excited tourists, businessmen, and Saints set off from Johannesburg to the island of St Helena. Des described the flight as pleasant and filled with excited angst which boiled over in the conversations between passengers as the dramatic landscape came into sight. The winds were calm, and the Embraer airplane landed smoothly into the brand new airport. The airport staff serviced the passengers with the highest efficiency and an uber friendly manner. One thing Des hopes for is that the genuine and friendly service never wanes as the airport gets busier – it’s a highlight he will never forget.

Des was met at St Helena Airport by Matt Joshua, GM of Mantis St Helena. They hopped into a local taxi and enjoyed a 30-minute drive into Jamestown. “The drive was so beautiful, its given me new meaning to the words scenic or picturesque,” Des recounts checking into the hotel, and once again being blown away by the friendliness of The Saints. The locals working at the hotel are naturally hospitable, they want to assist you, and make you feel at home – it’s just in their nature!

The hotel has 30 rooms and is the most luxurious one on the island, the rooms are very nicely done. I had the best fish dishes there, I think apart from breakfast – all I ate was fresh seafood. There is nothing like that in Mpumalanga, so how could I resist? I suppose it could be put down to South Africa and St Helena’s mutual history, but I found the food to be familiar and very much what I am used to eating at home. There were some interesting twists though, like Black Pudding on the breakfast menu which I just had to try, and was pleasantly surprised by!

Walking out the hotel and up and down the hilly streets of Jamestown was my favourite part the day on the Island, there was always someone coming up to me and having a chat. One guy saw I had a camera and he took me for a quick tour of Jamestown, showing me nooks and crannies I would have certainly missed. Everyone is just so friendly and always greeting with smiles in their eyes.

For a small place, there is so much happening, and nothing stays the same which meant I always had something new to find and do in each moment. I made the most of my time there by doing what was best in the moment. When the sun is shining and the winds are calm, quickly get to the dive centre because you don’t know when next you’ll be able to explore ancient ocean wrecks and lose yourself in the undersea caves. I loved how accessible every place is from Mantis St Helena hotel – I could walk out the door and find myself climbing Jacob’s Ladder, fishing, or shooting from Diana’s Peak, wherever the moment took me.

When asked what his favourite lookout point on St Helena is, Des unwaveringly said Blue Hill. He said standing at the ‘Man and Horse Cliffs’ kept him in total awe of the contrasting yet complimentary sects of land and water in one line of vision. “St Helena is not a typical island. When I told my family I was going there they immediately starting going on about white-sand beaches and palm trees. Even when I first read about it being a volcanic island I imagined a mixture of barren, dark soil and greenery. I was never ready for the variety in the land, and the environment. With every turn I took I saw something different; I was the proverbial kid in a candy shop. There are variations of beauty there – from the barren, rocky shores, the green pastoral hills, to the desert-like areas – all so very different. The tropical weather ebbed and flowed as the clock ticked through the day, and the skies consistently reset the mood. St Helena is my muse!”

Click here to see some Des Jacob’s photographs of Mantis St Helena and the island.

Book your spot on the next Mantis St Helena Photography Experience!

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Mantis Collects some Exceptional Experiences in the UAE

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has unveiled that Mantis Collection will be managing all hospitality facilities under Shurooq’s Sharjah Collection brand. The joint venture was officiated and announced at the 38th World Travel Market London that was held in the UK from 6 to 8 November.

Shurooq is an independent government organisation that facilitates partnerships and connects investors with relevant opportunities. Established in 2009, Shurooq strives to encourage investment in Sharjah by adopting the best international standards in providing quality services that help attract investors from both the region and the world.

The selection of Mantis Collection by Shurooq came due to their expertise and experience in delivering and managing sustainable, boutique hospitality facilities worldwide. They were an obvious choice due to the similarity in the nature and scale of projects that Shurooq is building under the Sharjah Collection. The quality of hospitality options in Sharjah is expected to take a quantum leap forward with the Sharjah Collection.

The first phase of the Sharjah Collection’s portfolio of projects comprises four key developments; the Kingfisher Lodge in Kalba as part of the Kalba Eco-tourism project, Al Badayer Oasis Lodge at the Al Badayer desert, Bait Khalid bin Ibrahim at the Heart of Sharjah and the Fossil Rock Lodge at the Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism project.

Shurooq launched the Sharjah Collection, the first local luxury hospitality brand at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, as part of its ongoing strategy to promote the emirate as one of the region’s leading tourist destinations. The main focus of Sharjah Collection with its lodge- and B&B-style properties being developed in Sharjah’s eco-tourism and heritage sites will be to afford its guests unique and distinguished living experiences accented with an authentic taste of Arabian hospitality.

Sasha Ella, Group Marketing Manager of Mantis Collection is representing Sharjah Collection at the World Travel Market London 2017 which is running from 6-8 November. This is a stage where numerous major products and solutions are showcased, and a meeting place for experts in the travel and tourism sector in the Middle East. It enhances the region’s share of the global travel market, which is worth billions of dollars at the international level.

Nungwi Dreams by Mantis. Another Exceptional Place to Find Yourself.

The Mantis Collection has unearthed another exceptional place to find yourself; Nungwi Dreams on the North-East coast of Zanzibar. This is a brand new hotel, building has been completed, and quite a few guests have already experienced this wonderful oasis. The hotel is open to guests while Mantis Collection oversees the transition into managing, marketing and aligning the finishing touches and services to the Mantis standard. Nungwi Dreams will officially come under the Mantis banner in June 2018, at which stage there will be an official opening.

Nungwi Dreams is built for luxurious island living and gives guests the freedom and privacy to experience the essence of The Spice Island. True to Mantis form, Nungwi Dreams is a boutique hotel with only 28 rooms comprising 2 villas, deluxe and junior single suites, and 2-bedroom apartments. Each room is spacious and well-appointed with contemporary finishes. The rooms are designed for flexible living and can accommodate families and groups very well. There is Wi-Fi throughout and satellite television in each room. The Nungwi Dreams’ guest is spoilt with East-African cuisine and fresh seafood served in the on-site restaurant. The generous infinity pool looks out over a private white-sand beach and the azure waters of the Indian Ocean beyond.

The Mantis Collection is a family-run collection of award-winning, privately-owned hotels and eco-escapes located on all 7 continents of the world. Each property in the Mantis portfolio represents the finest example of its kind and celebrates the culture, gastronomy, architecture, and nature of the location in which it is found; offering guests truly authentic experiences. Officially founded by Adrian Gardiner in 2000, Mantis is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property is sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment, and local community. Mantis’ approach in the development and management of Nungwi Dreams strives to preserve the authenticity of an island experience in Zanzibar.

Mantis has created flexible rooms and rates that encourage the Nungwi guest to go out and explore Nungwi Village and surroundings. Nungwi Village is characterised by wide, palm-lined, pristine beaches. It is home to the Mnarani Turtle Conservation Pond which protects green and hawksbill sea turtles in a tidal lagoon. There is a wide range of activities including fishing, diving, snorkelling, boating and kite surfing, spice tours, swimming with dolphins, and turtle conservation.  Nungwi is a 45-minute drive from the historical Stone Town which is the oldest part of Zanzibar City and a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Baycation with Mantis

Come on Baycation with Mantis and we’ll make you fall in love with Nelson Mandela Bay! Heralded as South Africa’s friendliest city, Port Elizabeth is more than just a gateway to the iconic Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari experiences. This town has the makings of a wonderful getaway with plenty of culture, conservation and history to delve into.

We have partnered up with Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism to offer you the best accommodation and experiences in and around Port Elizabeth with the Baycation with Mantis package.


  • 2 night’s accommodation for 2 at 2010 Villa by No 5, Villa Tuscana, or The Windermere by Mantis
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 dinner at The Jazz Room at No 5 by Mantis
  • 2 FREE Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism passes with over 70 free and discounted experiences around Port Elizabeth


Flights, car rental, transfers and personal extras

06 November 2017 – 30 November 2018


  • R5 500 per person, per package applicable to 2 consecutive nights
  • Packages bookable via email only
  • Accommodation and dinner at The Jazz Room is subject to availability
  • This offer is not combinable with any other special offers or discounts
  • All activities offered on the pass must be booked with the respective suppliers
  • Baycation with Mantis excludes the suites at No 5 by Mantis hotel
  • Please quote Baycation with Mantis  when making a booking


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Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is officially open!



Helen Zille, Western Cape Premier, officially opened the Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis on Friday 20 October 2018.

“The linkage between Val de Vie and Pearl Valley and the development of the land has a far-reaching effect on the community and the economic growth of the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley. The hospitality industry has the ability to beat poverty and offer people crucial jobs,” said Helen Zille. She further added that: “The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is a visionary and beautiful hotel. Thank you for driving economic development in this valley and giving people a sense of hope.”

The Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis is a luxury establishment situated on Pearl Valley which forms part of the award-winning Val de Vie Estate; internationally recognised for its polo facilities, world-class amenities, and the acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Pearl Valley. Set in the picturesque Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Pearl Valley Hotel by Mantis affords guests easy access to the best food, wine and cultural experiences in the Cape Winelands.

The hotel has 38 fully equipped rooms of which 23 are one-bedroom suites, one is a wheelchair friendly one-bedroom suite and 7 are two-bedroom suites. Guests can look forward to all the classic comforts and conveniences expected of a luxury hotel along with the exceptional service that has become synonymous with the Mantis Collection. Pearl Valley has a fully operational restaurant and bar at its Clubhouse where guests are welcome to indulge in the chef’s signature dishes or enjoy a supreme selection of single-malt whiskies and award-winning wines. The hotel suites are easily accessible from the Clubhouse, located 100 metres away, by golf cart or a leisurely stroll.

Pearl Valley Hotel is developed, managed and marketed by The Mantis Collection; a family run collection of award winning, luxurious hotels and eco-escapes located on all 7 continents of the World. Each Mantis property is set off the beaten path and is an authentic celebration of the culture, gastronomy, architecture and nature of the location in which it is found.  Founded by Adrian Gardiner in 2000, Mantis is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property is sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment and local community. The diverse portfolio of handpicked properties link up to create exceptional journeys.

Pearl Valley at Val de Vie Estate distinguishes itself as the epitome of luxury living, with a variety of facilities that allow for a unique and unforgettable experience. Hotel guests will enjoy the world-class security and services that make this superior estate a hallmark of Winelands’ society.


Founder's Lodge gets new Leadership

Mantis Collection is proud to announce Michael and Leoni Mare have joined the team at Founder’s Lodge to lead as the new management couple.

Mike and Leoni have been married for 21 years and have worked together in the Marine industry since 2003, managing yachts as Captain and First Mate/Pursue, respectively. Together, they bring a unique combination of skills and a wealth of experience. Mike is a qualified mechanical engineer/Yachtsman and Leoni has years of experience as a Personal Assistant, ISO 9002 Document Controller, and stewardess on luxury yachts where she organised every detail of their guests’ experience.

“Both carried out their duties with professionalism, honesty and integrity at all times. The vessel was always kept in a clean, tidy and well-maintained condition. Both Mike and Leoni were very popular with our guests and generated many repeat bookings, testimonials and client recommendations.” Peter Scriven: former employer (2003 – 2006) and owner of the Arabian Sunset Charter Yacht.

This dynamic duo joins Founder’s Lodge to preserve and grow the guest experience. Their keen photography skills and eye for detail are a welcomed plus in the marketing department.  Mantis Collection’s Sales & Marketing Director, Ignus Le Roux said ‘Michael and Leoni’s wealth of experience make them key additions to Founder’s Lodge and we look forward to seeing them adding value to the property”

Founders Lodge is a character-filled 1940’s manor house, situated on a private 400-hectare reserve directly adjacent to the malaria-free Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve.  Used as the Gardiner family’s personal holiday home for 20 years, it has been newly renovated to accommodate guests in exquisite 5-star comfort. The Lodge is geared towards personal, tailor-made experiences – many based on the activities and adventures that the Gardiner family and their friends have enjoyed over the years. The reserve is filled with plains animals only, to allow guests the opportunity to explore the ruggedly beautiful landscape on foot.  Guests also have direct access to game drives at neighbouring malaria-free, Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve, where they can look forward to thrilling encounters with Africa’s famous Big 5.