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We cannot praise this hotel highly enough.
Excellent quality and choice, three speciality restaurants of which the Asian is the best.
Excellent size, temperature spot on. Jacuzzis and swim up bar.
Excellent selection and very very quick service.
Very friendly and helpful
Ours was excellent, very large and cleaned daily.
Very nice, sea current is strong so only recommended for strong swimmers.
Lots to do during the day if you choose to.
We would recommend the South trip, basically there is not much to see on the Island so take the opportunity to rest.
Santa Monica Beach is stunning.More
No stress ð
Upon arrival at the hotel we received a welcome drink and the Thomson staff greeted us upon check in. The hotel is stunning very similar to the riu funana in Sal. I'd emailed the hotel before hand to request a room close to amenities and the fantastic check in staff already had this written down for them so I was in between reception/restaurants and the pool on the ground floor. Special mention to Martin on reception who made us feel welcome and always had a smile for us when we passed. Room extremely clean as is the whole hotel. The staff are always on the go. The bar closest to the beach had the best staff members by far seemed to love their jobs but with the view they had of the beach and sea who wouldn't? We spent a few days round the pool and also went into Sal Rei in a taxi, â¬20 return enjoyed meeting the locals and walking round the market. Met a fab guy called Ramos who took us round. A must is the Morbeza beach bar it's before the town Sal Rei and it's just paradise. The sea is calmer, large beers served in jars, hammocks and sea shell's hanging up truly beautiful. Food and drinks lovely in the hotel I particularly enjoyed the soups cream of asparagus was amazing. Even the fusiest eaters wouldn't go hungry. I particularly liked on certain nights the staff are set up behind tables serving different drinks which are a change from the usual bar cocktails. All in all beautiful island, lovely staff came back with a nice tan even with the wind! The others in the party prefer the island of Sal as they like the hustle and bustle more and being able to book tours at the beach entrance with the locals. I prefer Boa Vista- beautiful view More
Went for two weeks in May. It is very windy and on cloudy days it does feel cold but beware you will still burn.
The rooms are basic but nice enough and clean.
The food was brilliant in fact one of the best all inclusive's I have been to. I was in heaven with the lovely breads gazpacho soup, beautiful smoked salmon and coo
ked salmon steaks and when twice there was a huge Tuna fish on the carvery, heaven. Lots of shellfish and blue cheese and cured ham I could go on!
The staff a bit stand off- ish and not too friendly.
Drinks plentiful and lots of choice.
The kids entertainment is a bit repetitive and the people doing the shows were great. Not impressed with the four singers all on chairs singing like bad karaoke before the main show.
All in all I loved the place the grounds etc I would go back.More
Bring your sun cream
Karam boa cape verde
When we finally landed and went through to passport control I must say that it's true that the airport is an open one as in outside and one of the smallest I've ever seen. Right next to the airport is the hotel, it's that close you can see the guests eating at tables.
The transfer time was a massive 4 mins so no sooner are u on the coach then you're off. Suitcases are left outside to be picked up when u have your room key and check in was smooth.
We had already emailed them to say it was our wedding anniversary and wife's birthday and could we have a sea view, so they gave us a bigger room right at the far end of the hotel with a great view. And it was very quiet. On the day we received a bottle of fizz and a card.
The room was spacious with air con fan and a decent sized bathroom,so no complaints. We wanted more pillows and they came later on. Water in the fridge with more at the reception bar,you just have to ask, the room was cleaned daily with enough towels shower gels etc. There's also a room safe with the usual 6 digit code
The hotel reception is neat tidy a treat for the eye.lots of seats drinks machine and a host of cocktails at the bar to be made. There's a touch screen desplay which shows you the vast size of the complex, it's massive, beautiful and clean.
On some reviews the wifi is hit and miss or so I was lead to believe but believe me I was able to watch football send receive emails text and listen to the radio with no problem at all. The only down side is that wifi is only available in reception but the hotel is vast and the signal is very strong there.
DON'T place anything on loungers before 9am as they'll be removed. To be honest there are plenty of them available. So long as your there in the morning to claim a lounger you'll probably be able to get the same one everyday. My wife and I had to use another lounger not far from where we were but a day later we had it back.
Oh and don't be fooled by the wind as it masks the heat of the sun. It's seriously hot but you just don't feel it as it's so windy. You have been warned.
Loads of loungers on the beach if you choose but be aware of the warning flags to know if it's ok to go into the sea. Lots of people have been injured through strong waves and it's very windy.
I've no real issue with cats but there are some that I've mostly seen in the breakfast area and lunch area but they never bothered me but don't feed them as there fed twice a day, and for some it's an anoiyance having them around.
There is a gym complete with a multi gym. i.e. chest press, lat pulldown, arm curl and tricep pulldown attachment,2 bikes, 2 treadmills,2 x trainers,2x benches, dumbells and 2 fitballs. Never near big enough for 2 thousand guests in a hotel this size but I managed to get a good workout for 1hr everyday bar 2 days I had off.
Food wise even if your a really really fussy eater there will be something for you as the choice is wide ranging,if not repetitive but massive choice there is. You also have 3 other restaurants that you can use as often as you want, you just need to book at reception. They say 3 days in advance but so long as it's no more than 3 you can usually book the day before as I have. Restaurants being cape verdian,African and Asian.
The staff can't do enough for you here and we even got phone calls from reception asking if everything was ok, and as usual it was.
Lots of activities for you to if you want quad biking, wind surfing, tennis, games on the beech and in the pool.
It's an underdeveloped island with a sister hotel 30 mins away drive and not much else. Endless soft sandy beach which is nice. But go out onto the beach turn left and walk for 25 mins and you will come to a nice little restaurant called Perola d chaves in a small cove that's just the nicest spot and great food.
I can imagine in 10 years from now they'll be more hotels here and not so much untouched or underdeveloped.
All staff are cheerful happy especially the bar staff that continually serve you drinks with a random bottle balanced on there head, as you do. .
5ð in my opinion yes and I'll be coming back.
The hotel is lovely, but not a 5*. Food was okay, very repative and the Chinese was awful. The drinks were very nice just no kettle in the room. The majority of the staff were lovely, but the management (European) were very condescending, and one in particular a tall blonde man was like vulture around the female staff in dinner service wich was off putting. The staff here on a very low wage. All in all not worth the money we paid. Although most of the staff there best to be really helpful, this hotel just lacks the 5* sparkle I expected. Entertainment is awful! Karaoke, which was the best bit only lasted about 2 hours maximum. Would not visit again. Also be careful in Sal Rei, lots of pestering men, quite forceful.More