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As sweet and moreish as its confectionary namesakes, Bom Bom Island Resort is a dictionary definition hidden gem.
The resort has 19 bungalows in total, dotted in the rainforest fringes along the shoreline of the northern coast of Príncipe island. All the bungalows have en-suite bathrooms, terraces, and direct access to the beautiful beach.
The hotel restaurant, bar and marina are on a neighbouring islet - Bom Bom Island itself - reached on foot along a wonderful 750ft wooden walkway which is pretty much guaranteed to work up an appetite for the delicious local specialities served up by the chef, or the cocktails prepared by the barman.
If you can tear yourself away from the beach at Bom Bom, there are plenty of activities on offer, including treks through primary rainforests to see the huge variety of bird species (including seven that are endemic to São Tomé and Príncipe); whale watching at certain times of the year, diving and snorkelling, as well as visits to Príncipe's atmospheric capital San Antonio or the many run-down but romantic colonial farmsteads known as rocas.
The team at Bom Bom can arrange picnic lunch under a maharaja-style awning amongst the palm trees overlooking the yellow sands of nearby Banana beach.
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