ClubHotel Riu Karamboa  

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
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  Snacks at set times.

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Outdoor pool

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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Relaxing holiday

Me and my boyfriend stayed for two weeks from 29th June and we loved it! Spent everyday on the beach- there were a couple of days when the green flag was up but mostly it was the amber and we really enjoyed the waves. Room was lovely and kept pristine, took my own hairdryer so can't comment on that, the tv was pretty retro but we found a couple of English channels which was sufficient while we got ready! The safe in the room was useful and the water provided was nice and pure. We enjoyed the main buffet and the three speciality restaurants, I especially enjoyed the sea food at the cape verdian one and my boyfriend loved the African one. The beer on tap was lovely and the wine was nice I had the red and it was decent enough for me! Lots of choice at the restaurants loved all the different meats and veg on offer. Pina coladas were lovely too! The entertainment team were so enthusiastic I really enjoyed the shows- I've seen reviews about them mining and being cheesy but I though they were all excellent dancers and were very entertaining! The karaoke bar was good fun too although it was dead some nights, we also tried disco pacha which was open till 2 of you want to keep drinking and dancing! The main pool was under maintenance while we were there but being beach people we didn't really notice! There were a couple of days when we struggled to find a sunbed but even on those days we were able to find some in the afternoon. One of our suitcases got damaged somewhere in between the airport and our room so we complained and the manager Sebastian gave us massage coupons to compensate us. We were happy with the way this was handled and the massages were very professional and relaxing. We did have a little bit of a showdown on the beach with a Portuguese family as we decided to use a couple of sunbeds with hotel towels on them- they had been "reserved" before 9am and they didn't actually show up on the beach till 2:30pm and then had the cheek to be aggressive towards us, even wrestling one sunbed off me while my partner went to the bathroom- very cowardly! We did the four hour quad bike tour- €75 for one quad bike between us, we booked through the scruba beach company and it was really good fun! All in all we had a lovely chilled two weeks of lovely weather and great food and would definitely return, very impressed with the staff and the resort, a five star experience for us.More

Suzy R,

No Sun Beds.

Hotel was lovely, very spacious with more than enough staff who were always happy and helpful. The choice of food was amazing with something different to choose from every day. Our room was one of the furthest from the main building, although many people disliked the walk we found it to be very peaceful, especially in the late afternoon to be able to sit and listen to the waves lapping onto the shoreline. However, the wardrobe being next door to the toilet did smell as though previous guests had made errors in judgement several times during their stay! That's where the nice things end, the beach and poolside organisation for sunbeds for guests was terrible. If you weren't on the beach with a towel by 7 am you had no chance of a bed or round the pool by 7.30 am forget your day of sunbathing! There just was not enough sunbeds for the amount of guests in the hotel. If you did manage to get a bed around the pool you were crammed in like sardines with no more than 6 ins between yourselves and the next bed, if you didn't smoke and they did tough luck. Nothing against the entertainment team but the peace was gone several times during the day when the keep fit classes were on with the load music which competed with the bar, who turned theirs up to drown it out, like being on an 18-30,s holiday at times. With so much room available to the hotel within the grounds of the hotel they could increase the sunbathing area to a better effect, come on RIU hotels sort it out.More

mickcavell, 186310

Great time at the Karamboa!

My husband and I stayed for one week at the beginning of June and had a fantastic time.The flight to Cape Verde is 5.5 hours with no entertainment, so take a book or tablet to watch a movie. Arrived to glorious weather, you can see the hotel from the airport rising like a sandcastle in the distance. Transfer only takes 5 minutes by bus. Check in was quick and efficient. Our room was spacious and spotlessly clean, plenty of storage and a safe to put your valuables. The whole hotel is amazingly clean and the staff are very friendly. I enjoyed the food a lot, especially the breakfast buffet, spoiled for choice and put on 2 kilos in weight. The beach is amazing, miles of white sand and turquoise water, we swam like demons every day. There are waves, so be careful where you stand, otherwise you will get knocked over!!! Please take high factor sun cream people, otherwise you'll burn, as you don't feel the heat due to the wind blowing.The sun loungers get taken quickly and the ones at the pool cannot be reserved before 9am. The pool is huge and busy, we just went to the beach every day. Entertainment is so so, they really try, but it is a bit cheesy at times. I had a deep tissue massage at the spa, which was so nice and relaxing. We did the 2 hour Quad bike ride and the snorkeling trip which were really good.My husband also rented a surfboard for the afternoon and got some great waves. This is a massive hotel, so do expect a lot of people. I would say that one week is enough, as there is not a lot to do on the island, which suited us perfectly. Would we return to Cape Verde? Definitely.More

Tacklerat,

My hols

Well we have just got back from this hotel and I will tell you something about it from my point a view.on arrival it was a bit chaotic to say the least the dancer at the door were a welcome but inside check in was mad but other than that the reception staff are very helpful.on to the rooms ok just a bit tired looking and not many sockets,and the mattress is hard the only other thing that would have made a difference for us is tea and coffee making facilities in your room.next the pool area well it's what it looks like in the brochure and the big one was shut when we got there for repairs and I do believe that one off the smaller ones was shut yesterday for the same thing but don't let that but you off you have miles off beach as well as the pools.the sunbeds don't believe what you read it say no towels on the sunbeds before 9am or staff will remove that never happen and when we went down on our 1st day at 8:30am all the beds were gone,my other half was down along with all the others at 6:00 am every morning. Poolside entertainment was plenty full as much as you want to do,beach parties,poolside parties as well if your bored it will not be the entertainment staff fault. Bar service was good in all the bars.restrurant staff was good In fact you could not complain about them at all there always smiling,happy and cheerful and always speak to you. The shows at night are not to be missed none of your parrot shows here thank god it was a different one every night we was there,and god they do it well it's definitely worth a watch.not much to do out and about but we knew this so if you are looking for a while nightlife or lots or bars and shops this is not the place for you,but you do have your trips out. Would I go back to this hotel yes I would I throughly enjoy myself.More

Lynn J,

Not What I Expected

Went to Karamboa last week and was a little disappointed. It does not have the feel of a 5 Star Hotel, I would say more a 3/4 Star. Its in need of a lot repairs. The pool (despite them repairing the main pool the week before we arrived, the 2 outer pools have a lot of tiles missing and my son cut his feet twice) The doors in the rooms (we got trapped in our room on several occasions because the lock was faulty and even though we reported it 3 times, it wasn't fully repaired) The Doors in the toilets in the main areas need repairing. The Entertainment Team are very cheesy and made me feel uncomfortable with their over friendliness towards women. The team also provide all evening entertainment which again, was very cheesy. Fine if you're at Butlins but not a supposed 5* Resort. The food is OK but very repetitive. Try the Asian Restaurant as that was the best meal we had but the African Restaurant was probably the worst meal. The rooms are spacious and very Comfortable and kept impeccably clean. Free Safe in the room. I can't fault the staff (except the entertainment team) They work very hard and are always smiling and willing to help you. The beach is lovely and we were lucky that there were no red flags whilst we were there. Use Giggling Geckos for any excursions. Run by a lovely Scottish couple and much cheaper than your tour operator. I'm an early riser so never had a problem getting sun beds for the 3 of us but if you like to lay in past about 8am, you may struggle to get a bed. All in all, it was a break but not the kind I was expecting. The complex is enormous and it was at full capacity when we were there. (1500 people) I wouldn't go back. TOP TIP - Take your own Hair Dryer, I can blow harder than the ones in the room.More

StephanieLNew, 794393

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