MANTIS KNOWS THE ISLAND
St Helena Hotel Development Ltd (SHHD) is pleased to announce that following its recent competitive procurement exercise, Mantis has been selected as the preferred operator to manage the 32-room hotel to be created at 123 Main Street out of three historic buildings in St Helena’s capital, Jamestown.Construction is due to start in July 2015, and the hotel is expected to open during 2016. Bar and restaurant facilities in the hotel will be open to the public.
Susan O’Bey, Director SHHD commented:
“We are looking forward to working with Mantis – a company which knows the Island and brings experience, expertise and cachet to this exciting project.
“Mantis has an exceptional reputation in the international hospitality arena and we look forward to working together as we develop a high quality hotel offering of which we can all be proud.”
Mantis Founder and Chairman Adrian Gardiner added:
“We’re so proud to be associated with this new and exciting venture on the Island of St Helena. Mantis is all about unearthing the exceptional, and we’ve undoubtedly achieved this here. Not many people have visited this remote part of the globe and now we’ve been given the opportunity to open the doors to this new destination.
“Aside from just developing a new hotel and operating the Island’s first four-star boutique hotel, we’re going to assist with training local people in the hospitality sector and also bring in our strong conservation ethic.”
SHHD will now hold detailed discussions with Mantis over the next few weeks to put final contractual arrangements in place and will make a further announcement once these have been concluded.
Mantis is no stranger to St Helena. Its Chairman, Adrian Gardiner, and other senior personnel, visited St Helena in 2013. Mantis is a family run collection of award winning, privately owned, five star properties located around the world, across all seven continents. These include boutique hotels, game reserves, eco-lodges, ski-lodges and chalets and boutique cruises – offering in-the-know travellers exceptional properties and authentic experiences.
Officially founded by entrepreneur and hotelier Adrian Gardiner in 2000, Mantis is committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property is sensitive to its surroundings in respect of the building, environment and local community. The company also offers consultancy services in disciplines including conservation, education and hotel development.