Hoteliers fall for island’s cliff-top fortress

Ladder Hill Fort has been chosen by visiting hoteliers as the ideal site for them to create luxury tourist accommodation.

Adrian Gardiner, founder of the Mantis Collection, said: “I think it’s one of the most exceptional sites I have seen in the world.”

He told radio interviewer Darrin Henry he would like to see it with between 30 and 35 guest bedrooms, and ten self-catering units, serviced by the hotel. There would be a breakfast room overlooking the sea, a small spa and a fitness centre.

“I’m hoping by the time we get on the ship we will have shaken hands on a deal that just needs to be put on paper.”

Mantis Collection chief executive Graham Moon said impressions of the island had been “overwhelming and positive.”

He went on: “I have travelled all over the world and the only place I can compare St Helena to is the Galapagos Islands, which are one of the greatest tourism products in the world.

“St Helena has this potential to draw people, but the existing tourism product needs to be aligned to what the airport will bring. I think we need to enhance the adventure, active and natural side of the island; the historical element is an added bonus.”

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