Just stayed for 7 nights. Hotel was so clean. Staff amazing. Great entertainment for 3 young boys. Exercise classes volleyball football kids entertainment all day long you will never be bored. If you want to see the town get a taxi to sal rei (10 euro) go to the office bar and ask for Archie. He will take you around town just give him a tip and buy a souvenir from his shop - his knowledge of the real Cape Verde is amazing. More
Lovely location only concern is food
Took my parents on their first holiday abroad to Cape Verde in June 2014 having told parents how lovely the other island was that I had previously stayed at.
The RIU chain have the same set up in respect of lay out, furniture and activities. You could be in any RIU hotel in any other parts of the world and not realise it.
My own gripe was the food and other guests etiquette, the food was very repetitive at times and it is all well and good that you can go to the speciality restaurants if they weren't already full up.
In addition manners of some guest were less that what is expected, touching of food with their hands and then putting the food back (gross) and pushing in when their is an orderly queue and when challenged about their behaviour being abusive.
Yes I suppose if you pay for all inclusive this is what you get. We'll no it's not, I have stayed at other hotels and staff challenge poor behaviours to prevent these types of carry on from continuously occurring.
Finally if you want a holiday and relaxing by the pool and beach and not much else this is the place for you. There are not many excursions to do so can be a bit boring.
Having been to the two main island now I don't think I will back!!!!! More
What To Chillax This is The Place To Go
We Returned from the Riu Karamboa on the 20th October, We had stayed there two years ago and decided to go again for two weeks this time, For us this in itself is unusual as we generally try different hotels this is the fist time we have ever returned to the same hotel and second time did not disappoint.
A lot has been said regarding the flight with no entertainment so we downloaded some films onto my iPad to while away the time and shortly after finishing our second film we were descending into Boa Vista, (tip try to sit on the left hand side for a great view of the Karamboa as you land)
The check in process was seamless with a coachload arriving at once I must compliment Siddy who checked us in as when he told me we were on the second floor he must have sensed my disappointment as I had emailed the hotel to request a high floor, within a minute of arriving in our room Siddy phoned to check we were ok and the room was satisfactory, it was perfect what I hadn't realised was the second floor was the high floor as the ground floor was numbered 0 !!
Our Room (2288) was in the very end block so although it was a walk away it was very peaceful with great views of Sal Rei and if you stood at the corner of the balcony you could see the sea!
There has also been comments about the attitude of the reception staff, we had absolutely no problems with any of them indeed when I asked to change a 2000 note for some smaller notes for tips Gilberto with a great big smile picked up a pair or scissors and made to cut the note in half!!! we had great fun with him for the rest of the holiday it was a pleasure to meet him.
Even though we had been here before we couldn't get over how big the hotel is and yet we never had any issues finding tables at lunchtimes even when it was very busy.
The food was really good each evening there was a joint of meat on and I the Pork Crackling was superb, we booked into the A la carte restaurant's every other night these were also very good our only disappointment was we only got to visit the African once as this was just as good as the Asian and Cape Verdean.
Two years ago we found it too windy on the Beach and the Red flag was up all the time this time round it was fine the yellow flag was up every day except the last two so we spend most days on the Beach as it was easier to chase the shade than around the pool and most days the shade was needed it was sooo hot! when we came off the Beach we had no problem finding a sun bed so we refresh in the pool and use the swim up bar which unlike Cuba & Mexico was never packed or rowdy, just nice to unwind after a hard days sun bathing! Credit must go to all the bar staff at the pool bar as they were just brilliant, so thank you to Carlos, Erik, Valdemir. and the others that I did catch there names.
At lunchtime we ate at the Pool snack bar as there was always a reasonable selection.
in the evenings we would settle down to watch the shows some of which were very good I liked the Rock show (most of the songs I had on my iPhone!) Debbie loved the 60s night we did miss the African show which we were told was excellent, their was a couple of comedy shows that after a couple of large VATs were ok!! (Ronsie and Mr Zee get my special mention at the main bar they were great fun)
The wifi in the lobby was ok one night and then slow the next it did get busy there most evenings.
We when on Four excursions the Turtle watching on our first week was the last week of the season to do this and we were very lucky to see a Loggerhead Turtle laying her eggs as we got there.
We also did the free walking trip into Sal Rei with the Thomson Rep it was a great walk along the Beach took about an hour then around Sal Rei the shop owners do hassle you a bit but as the place is so poor and underdeveloped I didn't mind, and it was no where near as bad as Egypt.
Tip if you go on this trip get a taxi back as it is too hot to walk back.
We also took on the Quad Biking trips the two hour one to Santa Maria and then the four hour one to the Santa Monica Beach, we found these both to be fantastic ways to see the island which is very barren and the sights of these two beaches are well worth it, the ride back from Santa Monica beach was though sand dunes this was really amazing.
So for the first time ever we returned to the same hotel and will go back in another couple of years, The hotel is Amazing the Hotel staff Amazing the Food was Amazing and most of all Boa Vista is Amazing!! so if you want a holiday where there is not a lot to do but Chillax you will not go wrong here .
Thank you to all at the Riu Karamboa.More
Mitchcrees, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
After reading all the reviews I was nervous but decided not to listen to the downsides and make my own opinion, all I can say is this hotel is awesome!! Every single member of staff work so hard, the hotel is awesome, food wise there is plenty of choice and always hot! When going make sure to try the speciality restaurants too! We took crayons and colouring books for the cleaners to give to their children and family....definitely want to retire to this hotel!! Don't listen to the bad comments, wait until you get there and make your own judgment More
Karen P, Newark upon Trent, null, United Kingdom
Perfection in the sun
The hotel is absolutely stunning! Come back from a 10 day honeymoon here and I don't get what people complain about.
Admittedly it seemed to be a very 40's+ hotel when we were there at first and then families with small children started to arrive on the second week of being there. But nothing to stop us from enjoying ourselves.
Food was varied if you don't scoff on everything in the first few days or put some imagination into it and make a Propper meal. Cape Verde and Asian restaurants were gorgeous! Highly recommend them.
Plenty of Sunbeds available by the pool and on the beach. Few people try to sell stuff on the beach but say no and they walk on by no problem.
Definitely take a walk or a taxi to Sal rai, it's gorgeous and shallow water for kids to play in with the sea. There are some beautiful beach bars by there and one is 350 escudos for a filling tuna steak sandwich with chips, dirt cheap!!
Entertainment pour their hearts into the performances and can be a good time, especially the grease night :-D
Loved every second of being here and Thomson staff in the hotel will do everything they can to help you and make your trip as special as it should be. Huge thanks to Mark!More
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