UK: The Mantis Collection is to develop a 5-star hotel on the island of Saint Helena, a British overseas territory in the South Atlantic Ocean.
St Helena is described as one of the most remote places in the world, more than 1,200 miles from the nearest major landmass. The island, which is currently accessed by the last commercially operating Royal Mail Ship, will be opening its own airport in January 2016.
A team of six from Mantis including founder and chairman Adrian Gardiner visited St Helena in January 2013 and identified Ladder Hill Fort as the location for 45-room hotel, which will also have a restaurant, spa and fitness facilities.
Over the next six months Mantis will be carrying out a feasibility and costing exercise with the aim of commencing building in late 2013 and opening the hotel in 2015.
A major priority for the project will be the restoration of the building, ensuring it is “sensitive to its history, the environment and the local community”.
Adrian Gardiner, founder and chairman of Mantis, said: “Saint Helena is unique – the waters that surround it, the forest, the potential for the hospitality industry – and I am hugely excited for our brand to be involved in this major tourism development for the island. The Mantis mantra is unearthing the exceptional and Saint Helena is no doubt one of the exceptional. We plan to add value wherever we can to make the tourism industry on this island a success drawing on our own experience, from supporting the island’s marketing plans to training its community and championing conservation work, an issue very close to my heart.”