St. Helena Island

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St. Helena Island

The long-delayed opening of its first airport, in 2016, has made this ultra-remote island way more accessible. Getting there used to take five days aboard the spartan RMS St. Helena cargo ship; now you can get there in about six hours on an Airlink flight from Johannesburg. The Mantis St. Helena opened in November in the capital city of Jamestown (population: 629) with 30 basic-but-cozy rooms set in a trio of restored Georgian buildings.