3 JULY 2017
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Three Georgian buildings on the island of St Helena have been renovated by the Mantis hospitality group to form a luxury hotel in anticipation of an influx of business and leisure visitors when commercial air service begins.
It follows the announcement by the St Helena government that it had selected SA Airlink as preferred bidder for the provision of flights to and from the island’s new airport (see BTN 12 June).
Mantis founder and chairman Adrian Gardiner said: “We always seek to unearth the exceptional and St Helena is just that. Not many people have visited this fascinating, isolated part of the globe.
“With the announcement of Airlink’s tender success, it will be much easier for visitors to explore the island’s natural wonders, culture and intriguing history and Mantis is delighted to offer them world-class hospitality as well as employment opportunities to the islanders.”
The Mantis St Helena will have 30 en-suite bedrooms, eight of which will be “heritage rooms” in the original buildings, built around 1744, and 22 newly-built “contemporary rooms”.
St Helena’s new airport on Prosperous Bay Plain opened last year but the launch of regular commercial flights was delayed to establish which aircraft would be suitable for the runway.
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