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The perfect base to discover st helena island

Awaken your pioneering spirit, take the journey to St Helena; one of the last rarities in the world. As the dawn of air transport came upon this remote destination; Mantis came and created the island’s first premium hotel in the original East India Company’s barracks which were built in 1774.

Your stay at Mantis St Helena will be an authentic celebration of the times and culture currently unfolding on the island; a celebration of history, heritage and natural beauty, and an insight into the possibilities that are on the horizon. Eight of the 30 bedrooms are in this historic building, and the rest are contemporary rooms in the newly-built wing of the hotel.

Mantis St Helena is located at number 1 Main Street, just a few minutes away from the seafront, restaurants, shops, and other attractions. Nestled in the valley of Jamestown, the island’s capital, on the northern and leeward side of the island. Mantis St Helena gives you a glimpse of St Helena’s spectacular scenery; from clear Atlantic waters past sheer cliffs and breath-taking rock formations, through the arid red desert, through rolling green hillsides to a pinnacle of a prehistoric forest.

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The old with the new

Mantis St Helena Hotel is a combination of a restored historic building and a new contemporary wing that has been built to complement the cityscape of Jamestown. There are two sets of wheelchair-friendly rooms with adapted showers, as well as inter-leading rooms.  The bar, restaurant and terrace are wheelchair-friendly and the hotel is child-friendly.


Inspired by the Saints

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Mantis St Helena is always ready to welcome you to some of the island’s best cuisine!

Hotel Experiences


St Helena is one of the world’s most remote islands, situated above the Tropic of Capricorn, almost midway between Namibia and Brazil. This small island is big in opportunities for active exploration boasting spectacular scenery that encapsulates a breath-taking range of habitats and landscapes: from the clear Atlantic waters past sheer cliffs and stark rock formations, through arid red desert dotted with cacti, rolling green fields and flax-covered hillsides, to a pinnacle of prehistoric cloud forest, St Helena packs a lot into 120 square kilometres. The friendly locals, affectionately known as ‘Saints’, whose heritage is a legacy of British, African, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese and other influences are renowned for their warm nature that will make you feel at home.

Experiences: (see unique experiences below)

  • Museums, Shops, and Spa (Nearby)
  • Jacob’s Ladder (699 steps) (Nearby)
  • Seafront bars, pubs and nightclub (Nearby)
  • Olympic-size freshwater public swimming pool (Nearby)
  • Whale watching (July to December)
  • Whalesharks – watching and swimming (January to April)
  • Dolphin watching ( pods of 400+ all year round)
  • 22 Post Box walks – sensational hiking
  • Guided shipwreck &coral reef diving


You can only fly to St Helena Island from South Africa.

Flights leave weekly from O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg every Saturday.

Flights operated by Airlink and is a 5-hour flight with a fuel stop in Nambia. No compulsory vaccinations required to enter St Helena.

Email enquiries to

1-3 Main Street, Jamestown, STHL 1ZZ


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St Helena's most famous prisoner

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a celebration of diversity

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