• Jamestown, St Helena, Ed Thorpe

About Mantis St Helena

About Mantis St Helena

St Helena is one of the most remote places on earth. 1,200 miles from the nearest major landmass, the island was only accessible to visitors by a Royal Mail ship until October 2017, when the first commercial airport was opened. This isolation has fostered a vibrant local culture and history that is best explored from your base at this charming boutique hotel. Situated at the heart of the island’s capital, Jamestown, Mantis St Helena offers its guests a blend of the modern and the traditional that is sure to delight travellers seeking to experience this unique destination for the first time. 


The hotel is composed of both contemporary and restored historic buildings, the latter of which reflect their original design with both Georgian and Victorian architectural features.


Set on St Helena’s historic Main Street in the centre of Jamestown, Mantis St Helena is the perfect base camp for exploring the rich heritage of this British Overseas Territory. History is everywhere you look here; Jacob’s Ladder, a 699-step stairway running up the side of a nearby cliff which originally served as a funicular railway, is just a few minutes’ walk away, as is the colourful port area, which has welcomed the world's ships since the 17th century. You can also easily access St Helena’s archives, museum and public library from here, and the hotel itself is located right next to St James’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in the Southern Hemisphere.

Accommodation & Facilities

There are 22 air-conditioned rooms on offer in the hotel’s newly constructed building, each boasting fabulous contemporary design. 18 of the rooms have spacious showers while four have large baths, and there are a selection of interleading rooms on offer for family convenience. The eight ‘Heritage’ suites are located in a historic building which once served as an officers’ barracks for the East India Company, and each suite has its own distinct character that reflects the area’s history.


Dining at Mantis St Helena is a wonderful affair. As well as classically inspired dishes made with fresh, local produce, the hotel serves the local ‘Saint’ cuisine, a delicious blend of British, Malay and Chinese influences that makes liberal use of fish, spices and curries. The culinary team is headed by experienced executive chef Roy MacAskill, while the restaurant itself can seat 60 in the dining rooms and 40 on the terraced areas.


Although measuring less than 50 square miles, St Helena is an island rich in history with a wealth of activities to enjoy. You can try your hand at ascending the perilously steep stairway of Jacob’s Ladder (the current record is just over 5 minutes), explore the historic capital of Jamestown or the East India Company’s High Knoll Fort, venture through the cloud forests of Diana’s Peak or discover how Napoleon spent the last few years of life here in exile. The surrounding ocean is also home to a rich array of marine life, with almost 750 species having been sighted, including the magnificent whale shark which regularly visits here.

Child Policy

All ages are welcome at Mantis St Helena. When booking with children under the age of 3, it is advised to enquire about the availability of cots.

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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