Mantis Collection is restoring three old Georgian buildings on St Helena in the South Atlantic. The group expects to complete restoration in September, confirmed Graham Vass, Development Director for Mantis St Helena.

Once complete, these will form the Mantis St Helena, a luxury hotel comprising 30 en-suite bedrooms and dining and bar facilities. “We’re so proud to be associated with this new and exciting venture,” said Adrian Gardiner, Founder and Chairman of Mantis.

Prior to the airport being built, a Royal Mail ship was the only way visitors and St Helenians could travel between the UK, Ascension Island, St Helena, Namibia and South Africa. Once regular commercial flights are instituted, the ship will be decommissioned.

More tourists are expected to flock to the island when the winner of the tender for commercial flights is announced in May and flights are expected to commence before the end of 2017.