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 luxurious 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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|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
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.
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Useful if traveling with little ones - very good holiday overall, a few lows, weather hit and miss.
Seen as this hotel has had mixed reviews I thought I'd add some observations ... Definitely no where near as bad as some people claim! They are obviously very fussy. On the whole this hotel is very very good, if you have stayed in a Riu before it's typical. Flight - very disappointed with thomson. Families not boarded first so with a 16 month old getting settled before the hoards was difficult. Allergy Info was ignored so my mum couldn't gave her flight meal. No entertainment, it's a 6 hour flight so this is disappointing. Arrival - not sure who on earth could slag this off, one of the best arrivals I've experienced. We had pre brought our visa and we're through passport control within 15 minutes. Cases were already there. 10 minute wait on the coach and arrived at hotel within 5 minutes! Brill ! (Worth noting that there's flights that came over the hotel were not a bother at all) Check in - quick, easy, efficient, our party of 6 were in our rooms within 15 minute of walking in. Definitely not "cattle" Rooms requested close together and ground floor. All accommodated. Rooms - basic, a bit dated. But fine, clean, comfortable, spacious. Cot bed was good quality and bedding changed daily. "Wardrobe" is in bathroom which was strange but helped creases drop out! Pools were fantastic, if a bit cold. Sun beds always available. (Towels were removed if you put them down and weren't using them before 9am) Kids pool area is seperate from main pool, 1 in shade and 1 not. Both good sizes. Food - Asian restaurant was a pleasant change. Cape Verde restaurant if you don't like fish not worth it. Main buffets were very good, always hot and a good selection. I won't comment too much as everyone's Tastes are different but very impression if somewhat repetitive choice. There is a section just for kids with a little microwave, soup, pizza, pasta etc all at their level so they can reach. My 1 year old loved the toasties. You can hire a kettle from shops near reception to make formula, 50 euro deposit and 2 euro a day. We didn't do this as bottled water provided foc in rooms and reception. Free wifi in reception only (you can pay to have it in the room) Trips are a waste of money in my opinion. We did trip to South of island, my parents North. The thomson rep sold them well but in fact u spend 3 hours looking at nothing as the island is so bare. The sunset dinner is merely a shack on the beach.... It's lucky my parents did there trip first as the thomson rep told us the excursion to South was fine for my son who was 16 months .... NO WAY. It's a jeep, and it's bumpy. No room for pushchair. Completely inappropriate. Rep - jaz does a walk to sal rei which people had raved about on here ... Not sure why, it's a walk down a beach, again, not appropriate for kiddies or pushchairs. And takes longer than they say. Disappointed in reps - didn't tell us it was a bank hol over here so trips not running, told us to ask for help if any probs (we tried to book speciality restaurant for my dads 60th and couldn't, asked jaz who advise it wasn't her job! Wow!) Jaz also excelled herself when she (in all fairness) helped to organise a bottle of champagne for my dad for that evening, but then told him about his surprise ...... The weather was hit and miss. The locals in the tour told us that the climate has changed since the volcano. It's very windy. I probably wouldn't come here again. It's very expensive for what it is, but the hotel is stunning. It's just u can get to the Caribbean for the same price !!! The kids club are for 4 years up so nothing for little ones, this didn't bother us and although the staff love kids I wouldn't class it as a family resort Hope this helps and is objective if you thinking of coming here More
Not really a 5 star - could be so much better
I am a very experienced Trip Advisor reviewer and am not a Moaner! However, Riu Karoumba is billed as a 5 star hotel and certainly does not merit that rating for the following reasons:- Originally allocated rooms a huge distance from reception, restaurants and amenities we were appalled by the quality of our accommodation - bedroom ok, very small separate living area and worn bathroom. Corridors and public areas were very worn, walls scuffed and cracked, we had arrived after 3pm and the only food available was in the pool bar - processed chicken nuggets and chips in an open air restaurant as birds swooped around!!!! However, we were moved the next day to rooms nearer to the resort centre which were bigger, double sinks in bathroom, larger living room are etc. and we did feel more positive, however we still have major issues:- Wine is on tap and tastes vile ! It Is not cold so we had to drink acidic white wine with ice cubes. Alcoholic drinks are poor quality and we tried gin, whiskey and Brandy. There is a VERY limited selection of cocktails no Margaritas or Mojitoes. Absolutely no Prosecco or sparkling wine available to order. Beds are old and hard, bedding consists of one sheet and a throw. There are no duvets and as we stayed during inclement weather we needed additional blankets. Bedding was only changed once dusting our stay and the standard of cleanliness in our room varied from day to day. The hair dryers are totally useless - the old vacuum cleaner pipe type with such low power it took over 30 mins to attempt to dry my hair. Towels in the room are brown, small and often threadbare. Towels at the pool are limited to one per person which does not cover a lounger so bring your Own! Food in the main buffet restaurant is warm and tasty however this hotel is totally self-service, buffet in the main restaurant and to our surprise Also in the speciality restaurants! You get your own cutlery, food and drinks and the only plate served to us was the Main Course in the Cape Verdian restaurant! Despite being generous tippers there was no service culture in this hotel. Wifi is limited to the foyer area and when fitting here you are surrounded by cigarette smoke! Whilst we do not go on holiday to watch television the TV in our room pre-dates the 1990s and had only 1 channel. We enjoy the beach but many beds are broken and the beach area is not cleaned every day - rather a few times per week. In the past we stayed in the Riu Toureg which we believe to be much superior, but Riu Karoumba has a very short transfer from the airport. We paid approximately Â£1300 per person for a week here and whilst it was ok it was not 5 star. We have stayed in other 5 star beach hotels - Moon palace Cancun, Hilton Ras el Khameih Dubai, Sandals a Royal Bahamian, etc and this hotel is not in the same league at all. Poor quality drinks, food all self-service, rooms dark, dingy and old - no it is not 5star but if you get it at a cheap price and can live with 3 star facilities then the location and good food mean this hotel does represent value for money. Good luck, just don't expect too much'!!!!!!!! We will not be back, we found our week here very disappointing.More
A good hotel, despite what a recent reviewer said.
I can hardly believe that we were at the same hotel, at the same time and with the same tour operator as the recent reviewer who said such dreadful things about the place! Externally, this hotel is beautiful, especially when seen from a short distance away along the shore. Internally, it is kept immaculately clean and tidy by hardworking, good-natured and well-trained staff. Our bedroom was perhaps a little dated but you can't expect everything to be brand new, all of the time! It was perfectly clean, with lots of nice touches such as towel origami to make us smile. Our bedroom was spacious and well-equipped and, to our delight, we had a separate sitting room with balcony, where we had great fun feeding the amazingly tame little cape Verde sparrows who come to eat out of your hands and perch on your toes. The Thomsons staff were smiling, conscientious and available at all times. When we stupidly arrived half an hour late for the first morning's welcoming talk, the Thomsons rep good-naturedly told us to stay behind and he went through everything we had missed with us. Given that the dining rooms were catering for such huge numbers and for such a mix of nationalities, they did tremendously well. Breakfast especially was wonderful with an amazing choice of breads, cereals and freshly cooked hot items. My only complaint about lunch and dinner was that the choice was a little overwhelming! At no time was I aware of anyone being disgruntled about the food. Like ourselves, most people frequently went back for seconds and the staff turned a blind eye to the surreptitiously filled napkins disappearing outside for the benefit of the ubiquitous hotel cats - or for midnight snacks on the balcony. As with food, drinks were fully included in the holiday cost. Okay, the wine wasn't perhaps what you would buy from the expensive shelf in the supermarket but it was drinkable. We thoroughly enjoyed our early evening g&t's. Don't suppose it was Gordons, but I can't tell the difference anyway. More importantly, at no time did I see any hint of drunkenness among the guests throughout our eleven day stay. Could I also comment that the number of tattoos was probably proportionate to the population in most places today and its probably not fair to blame the hotel for that. I did have a couple of complaints. Firstly, the hotel has been designed around hot, summer weather. We were not prepared for the constant chilly wind and there was nowhere to sit in total comfort in the evening to avoid feeling slightly cold. Better if they could have provided some warmer seating areas for inclement weather. We were told by locals that this cold wind is omnipresent during the winter months. Second complaint was that there weren't enough tables and chairs in the reception area when the sun went down. As WiFi access was restricted to the area around reception, this made it really crowded. The hotel could do with extending WiFi coverage to alleviate this problem. I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to others, particularly those with children, with the proviso that it would perhaps be best to avoid the winter months if you are a sun-worshipper.More
WesterRossDaisy, Wester Ross
very good hotel, don't listen to the professional moaners
been this hotel three times and cant fault it, staff work hard , foods good and weathers good in winter, been Caribbean in the winter and the weather was a lot worse, people like james p like to find fault that's the only reason they go on holiday, something missing in there lives, look at the size of there reviewsMore
dan336, Manchester, United Kingdom
We stayed here in 2009 and have since stayed at Riu Touareg. Both hotels are really lovely and on a par with each other. This hotel is much nearer to the airport and I think the sea is a little calmer this side.More
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