Mantis is an extraordinary collection of privately-owned, five-star properties, located across all seven continents. From boutique hotels and villas, to game reserves and eco lodges, from ski lodges and chalets to yachts, each property group represents the finest examples of its kind across the world; award-winning properties that celebrate the culture, gastronomy, architecture and natural beauty of the locations in which they are found, and offer guests a truly authentic experience.
Whilst each property in our handpicked portfolio is unique, all meet our superior standards, ensuring that our guests can expect top quality facilities and personal, friendly service, no matter which corner of the world they choose to explore next. Properties can be linked to create bespoke journeys, rich life experiences that celebrate the essence of place. Mantis is also committed to the spirit of conservation and restoration, and each property is built and maintained in harmony with its environment and local community.
Founded by Adrian Gardiner in 2000, the entrepreneurial spirit of our family-run group allows us to be dynamic in the growth of our portfolio, responding quickly to the demands of our customers. We offer our members the ideal sales, marketing and management solution for their boutique business, to ensure successful growth and drive long-term brand development. We also offer consultancy services in related disciplines, including conservation, education, and hotel development.
The mantis has always held particular significance for the people of Africa – to the Khoi and San, it was considered a god, perhaps because of its praying posture. Storyteller and explorer Laurens van der Post noted that the San Bushmen loved the praying mantis because it was small, recognising and appreciating the insect’s place in nature, just as they did their own. The San greeted all the animals – the mighty elephant, the lofty giraffe, the wise old rhino – but wove their stories around the little mantis, seeing the world through its perspective, and valuing the smaller details of the world.
So it is with our own Mantis Group. We began with two thousand acres of eroded and abused land, a small insignificant piece of valley bushveld, and from this grew Shamwari Game Reserve, which is now 25 000 hectares in size and has seen the re-introduction of all the large game that once occurred in the Eastern Cape. Shamwari hosts visitors from all over the world and proudly shows them what has been brought back to the wild lands. We emulated this model at the 54 000 acre Sanbona Wildlife Reserve (named for the san people and their ‘bona’ or vision). And, though the Mantis Group has spread its wings across the world, our philosophy remains to always take care of the little details, knowing that if we get them right, the ‘big things’ will follow.