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Praia Campanha, Santo Antonio, Principe Sao Tome and Principe
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#2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Santo Antonio

Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travellers visiting Santo Antonio, Makaira Lodge is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation.

In addition, while staying at Makaira Lodge guests have access to 24 hour front desk, a concierge, and room service, and you can stay connected with free wifi. You can also enjoy a pool and an on-site restaurant while staying at Makaira Lodge. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Makaira Lodge.

During your visit, be sure to check out a popular Santo Antonio seafood restaurants such as Bar Passô, which is a short distance from Makaira Lodge.

Makaira Lodge is sure to make your visit to Santo Antonio one worth remembering.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Secured parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Snack bar
Special diet menus
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Poolside bar
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Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
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English, Spanish, Afrikaans, Portuguese
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robofon wrote a review Feb 2020
20 contributions3 helpful votes
Very nice place that can seem a little expensive at first, but transfer from and to the airport and a 3 course dinner is included in the price, as well as breakfast. The dinners were prepared from fresh catched fish/seafood and very tasty indeed. Activities were offered but needed to be ordered a day in advance. However if you want to be more spontaneous talk to Pedro and he can arrange something with the locals. The only minus is that they seldom respond to questions asked by e-mail. Overall this place is highly recommendable!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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70COWANG wrote a review Feb 2020
Porto, Portugal62 contributions50 helpful votes
This is our sixth visit to Príncipe but our first to Makaira Lodge. We wish we had stayed here sooner! Marie and Fred serve up the best food in Príncipe without any doubt! The tents are very romantic and right on the beach. The atmosphere here is pure Príncipe. The view is breathtaking every day and we could have stayed here forever, really! The staff always have a nice smile and I wish I was still there right now! Thank you to everyone there!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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pantera m wrote a review Apr 2019
Mafra, Portugal210 contributions83 helpful votes
Makaira Lodge is a great place to stay, or visit. lovely staff, great snorkeling at a beautiful beach. owners extremely kind and friendly. Food and drinks at reasonable prices. for me, best place in Principe island.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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NikosItalia wrote a review Jan 2019
Brussels, Belgium300 contributions55 helpful votes
This resort currently consists of a handful of tents directly on the beach. Do not think of igloo tents but of very spacious ones with private bathroom. In terms of comfort they have more than enough. Single occupation including breakfast and dinner costed 170euro/night. It might seem high but for Principe where most commodities come from Lisbon via Sao Tome this is a rather good price. There are also lunch, snacks and drinks available at very reasonable prices. Breakfast was good but not abundant and dinner was three course mostly well-cooked French cuisine. There was almost no choice but this is inevitable for such a small resort. The main shortcoming is the that the beach of Makaira lodge is at the mouth of a small river and consequently the water is not very transparent and the sand a bit muddy. It’s OK to spend a day but not more. It certainly does not worth the effort to come to Principe and only see this beach. Banana, Macaca and Boi are the three most beautiful beaches and are all east of Macaira, one after the other (with Boi the most remote and most beautiful). Access to these beaches from Macaira requires quite some effort and perseverance. The managers (a French couple previously working in a resort in Gabon) arrived at Principe with their small yacht a couple of months ago and didn’t have the time to thoroughly explore it. They try to help finding the means to access the beaches but there is no standard process in place. Strangely, their small yacht is not used to get the resort guests to the beautiful beaches. Additionally, the bill included also a funny surprise 15 euro surcharge for the Xmas dinner (which was the less good of all dinners I had in Macaira) as well as 3 euros for the nice juice I was offered when I arrived (which I thought it was a welcome drink). Considering that the accommodation bill was 850 euros these additional and unforeseen charges show lack of professional hospitality. I was already skeptical concerning access to the nice beaches and this was the tipping point that made me consider that Makaira is not a particularly good accommodation option.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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2 Helpful votes
Laura P wrote a review Oct 2018
Hamburg, Germany17 contributions3 helpful votes
It was for me quite an amount of money to gather in order to stay in this place during 3 nights. But I can tell you, that it was a lot more worth the money that any other place I have been in São Tomé & Principe, and not once I regretted. The new managers Marie & Fred are there since Oct. 1st. As there are only 5 tents, they make every guest feel unique. The food is taking the best of 2 worlds: fresh organic local products, combined with the French delicate and generous cuisine. The place has a laidback atmosphere. You are free to come & go (lifts and travels to town or the airport are for free; kayaks are available; there’s so much to see around on foot), you don’t feel like in some sort of resort full of tourists. Fred is dedicated to renovate and improve the lodge, he & Marie welcome feedbacks and are super professional. From what I have seen around, this is by far my favorite place in Príncipe!
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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1 Helpful vote
Ivo H wrote a review Sep 2018
United Kingdom50 contributions28 helpful votes
The rooms are luxury safari tents with comfortable beds and good if slightly small showers. The location is amazing is unbelievable. A stretch of white sand fringed with palm trees and no one on it. Exactly what everyone’s idea of a desert island beach should be. So far so good..... The staff are pretty pleasant but other than the managers don’t really speak English. As I don’t speak Portuguese I’m not in a position to complain about this but it can lead to problems. We were in half board so I can’t comment about other reviewers comments about the price. The food itself was fine but nothing special. The wine though was a massive let down. The prices were about double those on Bom Bom which was irritating in itself. Then most of the wines weren’t available. When we finally found a wine that was available, it was undrinkable. It was a vinho verde which, as the name suggests, needs to be drunk young. This was from 2011 and was flat and oxidised. The next night we had a red cE30 which appeared to have been boiled. Whilst the beach was amazing, the staff didn’t come up with any ideas for any excursions. Fortunately, we were exhausted from climbing Parrot Mountain so didn’t mind not doing anything but others could get bored. It would be really easy to make this a wonderful lodge but as it is at the moment, it isn’t.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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1 Helpful vote
anonymouse----.. wrote a review Jan 2018
sheffield21 contributions12 helpful votes
Stopped off for lunch as walking along the north of island- 2 Toasted cheese sandwiches and three drinks +Euros 30! Incidentally - none of your reviewers have commented on the little village at the West end of the beach where the lodge is - this is Principe reality - the local population live in huts, with the family pigs running around in the rubbish piled up at the edge of the village that joins the beach.
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Date of stay: January 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from MakairaLodge, Director of Sales at Makaira Lodge
Responded 2 Feb 2018
Dear Neurosurgeon_10, First of all, Makaira Lodge team thank you for your review as we are always happy to receive some constructive feedback to be able to better our services and guest satisfaction. We are sorry to have disappointed you with our service price, however we hope you've enjoyed our beach restaurant and all it's environment. In regards to our neighbour village, it is indeed Principe reality. However we are very happy for their existence as we benefit from being able to always buy fresh fish from them on a daily basis as well as proudly employ more than half of it's residents (which is a great achievement as you can imagine, everything was taught from scratch, from European cooked dishes, the handling of washing and drying machines, the discipline of having the rooms clean on time and to European standards, the list is long but I am sure, anyone that has visited the island can understand). We also do activities with the children and distribute gifts that our guests leave for them in a responsible way, they are the future of the island and we do not want them to have a western world mentality as that would spoil the beauty of Africa, we simply hope to help them have a better future (as you may have noticed the local children even when they don't have much are ALWAYS happy).
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Anita V wrote a review Jan 2018
3 contributions3 helpful votes
Warm welcome and beautiful and well equipped tents right on the beach. Fantastic food quiet and really relaxing. Had an amazing turtle watching trip, and Carina the manager, you could really feel her love for the animals and the nature. And we loved Nikita the cat. Very god value for money. They also had a sosial profile, employing half of the lokal village. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karen L wrote a review Jan 2018
Godalming, United Kingdom147 contributions14 helpful votes
I'm almost loathed to write this review.... It is the kind of place you don't really want to share.... you want it to remain like your own private place... We were picked up by the team and two of us went off on the round the island tour on the little 4 wheel buggy - Principe is as close to something from a bygone era as you will get - it is like something from Jurassic Park.... The Makaira lodge is an oasis.... you are welcomed with a drink and after some basic info i.e. the generator goes out at midnight till 7am you are taken to your accommodation. The tent lodges are just off the beach (which if you are on the beach you'd hardly know they were there) are beautifully furnished - you can sit on your terrace and watch the sun go down or simply listen to the sea roll in. The restaurant served exquisite meals in a very relaxed setting, with no feeling that you were being rushed or that anything was too much trouble. It truly is a place to completely relax and unwind If like me you are a little afraid of the dark the solar night light is a god send and if also like me you have an over active imagination the patrolling guard brings comfort - although seriously it is SOOOO dark lord only knows who'd be about :-) I don't think that I can do justice to the beauty of this place in words so I've added some photos but honestly if you want somewhere extraordinary where you can totally switch off and enjoy some of the most beautiful landscape, as much as I am loathed to share it this is the place to go.... enjoy....
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Date of stay: June 2017
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: there isn't a bad one :-)
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Drybzie wrote a review Sep 2017
11 contributions4 helpful votes
Makaira Lodge offers a unique opportunity to reconnect yourself with the beauty of nature. There are few places that are still able to offer the unspoilt beauty and tranquility of this special Lodge. The luxury tents deliver in every way and are located on a pristine stretch of sandy beach and emerald green water on this incredibly beautiful and unspoilt Island of Principe. And it's feels as though it's all yours! Should you want action, as i did, there is an array of action packed options . I scuba dived, fished, kayak'd, watched whales and swam. Stanley was a great guide, extremely knowledgeable and relaxed. He helped me to catch some memorable fish, the main purpose of my trip. Stanley and Karina do an outstanding job of managing the Lodge and looking after your every need. They have the place running seemlessly. The food is fresh, simply stylish and delicious. The staff are friendly and courteous. This was a dream week for me. I feel content, connected and relaxed, and I can't wait to come back again for more.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Makaira Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Makaira Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Banana Beach (1.8 km), Kaxí Tetuga Museum (2.7 km), and Judo Global (4.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Makaira Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Makaira Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Makaira Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Makaira Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fofokices, Bar Passô, and Romar Bistro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Makaira Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Makaira Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Makaira Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Makaira Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Makaira Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Makaira Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Makaira Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Afrikaans.