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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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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Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace
Double Room with Balcony or Terrace
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Just returned from the karamboa hotel great location if you just want to chill,lovely people,great beech good food selection but sadly I had diarrhoea for 9 of the 14 days we spent there along with three others of the group of eight and still suffering symptoms five days after our return to the uk.Rooms clean but a smell of damp in some rooms not five star more like a 3.5 star needs updated if anyone has suffered these symptoms could you please write a review it would be interesting to know.More
Had a great two weeks, all staff friendly and helpful, accommodation was great no issues, bars and food were of a good standard would defiantly recommend staying here. Local bars left and right on the beach all need to be visited. More
A great 2 weeks stay
We spent two weeks at the Karamboa, Its a very relaxed hotel with great staff and entertainment (always smiling, helpful and energetic). Everybody is friendly, the food is OK and hygiene is up to par. It can be a bit crowded near the pool and beach and their is not always sufficient shade available. More parasols would be nice. Allthough the stay was very good, the hotel could invest in some maintenance here and there, e.g. the pool. Also I would advice in some new softer beds and bedspreads, we woke up kinda broken everyday. The looks of the hotel could get an update to make it a bit more modern. Wifi is good and fast and available in the main areas. Maybe adding some dutch speaking staff would be nice since the place is flooded by Dutch people. Tip: do not use the trips from the hotel offered by your travel organisation, use locals (e.g. manutoursboavista) for that since those trips are cheaper, you help locals with it and you see more of the island.More
A great holiday experience. Thank you.
Just returned from Boa Vista Riu Karamboa. After reading some of the past reviews I had to admit I was worried as to how our holiday would work out, but we had a fantastic time and my daughter wants to go back. The hotel room was large , spotless and decorated in modern African type furniture with flat screen Tv which pleased my grandson. No smells or bugs. Plenty of tea and coffee set up for use. Our room was daily cleaned with clean towels and towel orgami on the beds ,some comical and other too lovely to unwrap. The only negative was that the bathroom has no closed area apart from the separate toilet and shower curtain. The food was super with so much choice and considering the hotel was Catering for so many nationalities it was amazing. I saw cats but none in the restaurant area. There were only one or two on the terrace of which were being encouraged and petted by the patrons. The cats have their own cat cafe where they are fed and looked after. The grounds are very well maintained and the pool was lovely, spacious and relaxing. You do have to get up early, as towels were visible at 6 am on the sun-lounges. The beach towels are large and they are topped up several times a day, so there is always fresh ones available. There isv pool entertainment from aqua fit, yoga, dance, water polo and even bingo away from the pool. The entertainers dress up carnival style and invite you to join in You could do as much or as little as you want. There was a craft centre, which I have to say ,we never made it over to, so cannot say, what it is like. I did attend a cooking lesson on how to make paella and the sangria on a hot day (over, 32 degrees), was delicious. The evening entertainment was good sometimes a bit camp but there was something for everyone. Trips I would research before you go, as some trips are not worth going on. We went on both Thompson and Giggling Geckos. Giggling Geckos was very good and informative. Remember too that this is a third world island and is new to the everyday tourist, so as yet there is very little to see. I would say if and when you visit the city market have plenty of change, as most tourists look and do not buy. Take you time and have a look. The sand pictures are made by hand but many pictures are of the same prints. The one drawback is, if you are not in good health there is no lift and the hotel complex is massive and will be increasing next year. I struggled a lot as I have a heart condition. There is a wheelchair you can use and return, but a mobility scooter would have been ideal. Also be warned items such as sun-creams are 23 euros, toiletries, and medicines like paracetamol are very expensive in and out of hotel. So take plenty with you. Lilos and water floats can be 50 euros. Sweets and chocolates are all so very expensive. The staff are a credit to the hotel always smiling and anxious to help. The cleaners are the best and I thank them for all they did for us. We had a great time and would recommend a visit to Boa Vista. The beach views are amazing.More
Gail B, 186298
Relaxed chilled out week !
Only a five minute journey from the airport. Check in was not an issue smooth and quick, with a nice refreshing orange juice while you checked in. Cases were brought to your room for you which didn't take long. Rooms were nice and clean we were lucky we had a sea view. These were cleaned on a daily basis with clean towels and your bed cover made into a swan , which was a nice effect. Pool area was large and clean never had a problem getting a sunbed and didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn to achieve this. The only thing, I think is the swim up pool needed a rail to get up and down as gets slippery with all the sun lotion and also when you've had a few beers. Food was to a high standard and we ate in the Asian and African which were nice for a change and they were to a high quality. The only thing I would say is maybe a bit of work to do on the evening entertainment but that will probably get better in time. All the staff were friendly and hardworking day and night to ensure we had a good holiday. All in all a great relaxing holiday.More
steve g, 190726
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