Framed by sand dunes and hugging Praia de Salines Beach, the ClubHotel Riu Karamboa is a total retreat.
The ClubHotel Riu Karamboa has a real desert oasis feel to it. Looks-wise, the spacious property is reminiscent of a sultan’s palace – expect domed ceilings and arched windows.
Everything from the suite rooms – with their separate lounge areas and dark-wood furnishings – to the sprawling pool area lives up to the hotel’s 5-star standards.
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- 20kg luggage allowance on Thomson Airways
Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks|
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Snacks at set times.
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This great feature pool has an adjoining whirlpool bath for ultimate relaxation.
Evening entertainment programme
Evening entertainment runs daily with live music and shows provided by RIU.
Barlovento Cape Verdian restaurant
Cape Verdian speciality restaurant. It offers two dinner sittings, and reservations are required.
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suite with balcony or terrace
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Nice week away
Have stayed at AI hotels in Europe and the Caribbean so am bound to compare. Felt the Karamboa came up lacking. Large well built hotel in very spacious grounds. The areas left to sand (which I totally get: lack of rain) and the miles of exposed black hosepipe for the established and new planting give this eight year old hotel a somewhat unfinished/work in progress look. Large lobby/bar area with free WiFi but this was somewhat intermittent and dropped out a lot. Very large free form swimming pool with masses of loungers. Wide beach with rondels and small palm trees. No plastic tables by the loungers anywhere. The red flag was up the whole time we were there so no swimming. Nice natural beach to walk along. Good size bedroom but didn't like the open bathroom concept. Water in shower went from cold to hot without warning. The only toiletries provided were a shampoo dispenser and tiny tablets of soap. Not even a pad and pencil by the 'phone. No towelling robes. The only mirror in the bedroom was on the wall behind a six drawer unit with the large TV on top, rendering it virtually useless. The 'fridge held just water. No cans of beer or soft drinks in case you want to enjoy a drink on the balcony. I found all of the above very surprising considering Riu is a worldwide brand. The main buffet was fine and as expected. The wine was drinkable. The three 'a la carte' restaurants (two of them buffet style) made a nice change of atmosphere from the slightly manic main buffet. A shame you can't finish the meal with a coffee. I feel Cape Verde falls between two stools. Not short haul as in Europe. Graded as Medium Haul so no seatback entertainment, which we knew and were prepared for. But our six hour flight turned into seven and we couldn't help thinking that for the sake of another two hours (watching a good film!) we could be in the Caribbean with hotter and more reliable weather. All the staff, as you would expect, very cheerful, helpful; nothing too much trouble. Don't get me wrong. We had a very pleasant week but won't be returning.More
best relaxing early year break ever
We just pooped into our local Thompson travel agents to see what was available and ended up booking a week here! The hotel and entire stay was fairly near perfect and we enjoyed it thoroughly so much so were hoping to go back with the family in tow! The hotel is 5 mins from airport and having already had our visas sorted out not much of a wait in the small and basic airport. I was initially worried about aircraft noise but this is not an issue as sometimes your aware of one or two landing or taking off but it in no way impacts on the resort. The hotel is huge but we never felt this as we always found it easy to get a table , food , drinks and even sunbeds! If you wanted the same ones each day or were fussy then head to the pool at 9 but there wasn't a need really as you have the beach as well. It was pleasantly warm and windy but for me this was ideal as it kept you cool, but you can get sunburnt easily as you think its not as warm as it is! The beach was lovely and we did get to swim the first day, rest of the week red flag days, we expected this and so it didn't bother us you could still walk along the beach and paddle in the shallows. On 2 occasions the full red flags were out and it was obvious that it could be dangerous to swim but never ceased to be amazed at the life guards having to remind people! even letting their kids go in! The safety aspect on the beach appeared well covered as always a life guard. There were a few guys selling nick knacks on the beach but they were polite and if they knew you weren't interested didn't hassle you and hotel security guards ensured only residents entered hotel but you weren't really aware of them. The rooms initially appeared dark as furnishings were all dark wood but once you go curtains opened etc perfectly good, bed was firm but I slept well we asked for more pillows they were promptly delivered we also had a minor issue with the shower stand and by the time my husband reported it and got back to the room it had been fixed!! Staff couldn't do enough to help. Had 2 treatments at the spa and they were wonderful. The food was really good and always lots of choice porridge for breakfast in Cape Verde seemed somehow wrong but it was soo good! I like cats and so didn't mind them they were not encouraged anywhere near restaurants and I liked that they made an active attempt to manage their feeding and numbers pro actively and responsibly. The shows in the evenings were by holiday standards good although we did only go to 2! Didn't visit any other bars except the one in reception and theatre. The Cape Verdean restaurant was really good and we enjoyed our meal there, even though I don't eat seafood there was more than enough choice to keep me happy. Only slightly irritating thing and it wasn't the hotels issue really is when on occasions children used the pool bar area as a play ground, I know it is shallow water and they have lots of ledges to jump off but I was waiting for an injury or accident to occur, and when a couple were being splashed by kids jumping in the barman did ask them to move and play in the pool. On that note there was entertainment and activities by the pool, I am not a joiner and usually like peace and quiet but I have to say as the pool was so big it didn't bother me at all and they offered all sorts of activities which I'm afraid we didn't do. The Thompson reps were brill and we did the city tour which we really enjoyed , not a lot to it but did what it said it would can recommend the fogo coffee and wine and enjoyed shopping in the little supermarket. Also liked the fact that you could walk to places along the beach from the hotel lovely little bar restaurant along the beach which collected us from the hotel and returned us when we visited for a meal on the last night. really nice. All in all just waiting to hear when off work next to book again!More
Janice M, 187046
Week in the sun
Just spent a fantastic week in this wonderful group of islands. This was our 4th trip to Cape Verde and first time to the Karamboa hotel. Must say this was the best stay of the 4 times with excellent customer service, great choice of food and lovely facilities. Weather could not have been better and sea quite calm considering slight windy conditions. Free upgrade was appreciated with lovely views of beach. All in all a lovely break and very relaxed. Even the flight was good and on time. Great job to the Thomson team again. Many thanks. More
Great food and nice clean hotel.
Just returned from a week at the Karamboa and thought this was one of the best all-inclusive hotels we had stayed at. But to start at the beginning. We flew with Thomsons (not a lot of choice there as I believe they are the only airline flying direct from UK). Small plane but not too uncomfortable. I'm 6' 2" so usually whinge all the way about not enough leg room if I can't get the front seats. The island its self is pretty barren and nothing much to do there. This hotel is great if all you want is a chill out. If you like swimming in the sea again not for you. The whole time we were there the red flag was flying and the Atlantic waves were crashing in. Also the wind blew continuously. This is both good and bad. Great in that it kept the temperature down to a nice and comfortable 25c but bad if you forget you are not far from the Equator and the sun can be vicious. The Hotel. The place was huge. It was also very clean and well kept. The room we were given was large and comfortable with a good LG 40" tv, although there weren't too many English channels. I think we had a room upgrade because we told them it was our anniversary. Most of the rooms face to the sides of the resort so don't expect great views from the balcany. There are a number of rooms that face out to sea but these are limited. Also if you have a problem with stairs insist on a ground floor room as there are no lifts up to the 2nd floor. The food was very good for an all-inclusive hotel and I would say as good as many of the buffet restaurants we have encountered on the cruise ships we have been on. Most of the hot dishes were presented on small serving dishes which meant they we continually being topped up so you never has cold or dried up food. The choice was varied and we never eat the same thing twice. ( apart from breakfast that is as I like my eggs and bacon ect.) There is also the option of eating in the bookable restaurants. We tried both the Asian and African venues and enjoyed both. ( you must book these 3 days in advance so be sure to book close to 8am or you may find the 1st sitting booked.) The staff at the hotel were very good. They all seemed to walk round with a smile on their face and nothing was too much trouble. The entertainment team were also a happy group although it was very tiring just watching them dance and jump around all over the place. They had their own area around the pool which meant you could easily move to a different spot around the pool and be away from the noise. the choice is yours. The evening entertainment was varied. they have a quite large theatre setting with a good size stage, however some evenings I enjoyed the shows they put on, at others, well lets just say not my cup of tea, So all in all a great Hotel for a chill out week away in the sun. (Some reviews have said not really a 5 star hotel. Well if you are comparing to a 5 star London hotel then no but you are not paying Â£1000/night and Â£300 for dinner so the choice is yours. When compared to 5star all-inclusive holiday hotels then it does well)More
It was cattastic, I mean fantastic holiday :)
The main reason we picked this hotel was not only for mostly great reviews but also because of the colony of cats living there, and the fact that they are being fed every day and are also getting vet treatment, such as being neutered - what a responsible thing to do. Never mind the few grumpy reviews complaining about the cats-the recent one called "at least 25 cats" made me chuckle. I would advice this kind of people to lock themselves in a tower with lots of cleaning products. Seriously. Cats are beautiful, intelligent creatures, they are part of nature - and nature needs our loving protection now more than ever. As for the hotel - there isn't much to see outside of it but the whole area is pretty big and rooms are simple but nice and clean as being cleaned and checked on every day basis. It's a perfect place to just chill and enjoy the sunshine-to get away from it all, it gets a bit windy but it's enjoyable. It's quite cold in the evening so best to take some warm clothes too. The hotel staff are all friendly, polite and hardworking-they certainly deserve pay rise! Food and drinks are great, even though the vegetarian dishes could be a bit more imaginative and I did miss not having mushrooms (I know everything is imported so please don't take this in bad way) - but I am not big eater anyway and there are plenty of salads available as well as lots of fresh fruit plus you don't have to worry about cooking, yay! All is taken care of, basically. It's family friendly, too. I think everything else is covered in more detailed reviews. Do I want to come back? Definitely yes! Would I recommend this hotel? Big yes- especially if you are true animal lover and want to have proper relaxing holiday. Hope to see all the kitties doing well when I come back! Especially my 2 most favourite ones; a small gentle tabby and her bigger black and white furry friend. Such a cute pair. Miss them already.. Sending my very best wishes and love to all the cats there as well as all the hotel staff. Bye for now... Namaste <3More
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