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My partner and I arrived home last week from a 2 week holiday at Riu Karamboa and absolutely loved it. After reading reviews we were worried we were going to be bored as weâre more used to traveling around than staying in one place when we go on holiday â we neednât have worried as there is so much to do there! Lots of activities day and night â activities in the pool (aquafit every day and âwalking on waterâ for both kids and adults â this is so much fun), daily dance classes, step class, yoga on the beach, table tennis, volleyball, art club, paella shows and more. Itâs nice to sit out on an evening and have a few drinks, although there isnât a lot to do between dinner and the shows. The shows were better than expected and I personally enjoyed the Rockstation one. Thereâs also a karaoke bar (to the left of the big ramp up to the lobby) and the âPachaâ nightclub which was open 11 til 2 I think. We went here once and the music was actually pretty good.
The beach is easy to get to, but the sand does get very hot â take flipflops. We were quite lucky as every day it was either green or yellow flag which meant we could go in the sea. Green was okay but yellow was very choppy! I heard that it was red flag most days at Riu Toureg. You can easily hire kayaks, pedalos and bodyboards for free, just in front of the hotel on the beach. There are scuba and snorkelling trips, but you pay for these.
The beach and the sea are just stunning. As youâre facing the sea, walk for about 5 minutes to the right and you may see turtles. We found that between 3:30-4:30 was the best time to see them swimming near the rocks. If you carry on that way thereâs a really cool beach bar (Morabeza) which sells amazing cocktails and also does food â you should be able to walk there in under an hour. We also saw a man fishing on the beach catch a baby hammerhead and another time we saw a puffer fish on the beach!
The hotel itself is stunning and very clean. There were a few tiles missing in the pool, but this wasnât a problem. Loved the swim up pool bar although the seats are quite slippery and I fell off the first time as I got too excited. There was never really any issue finding beds and we were a group of 7 (my partner and I, my parents, and my three teenage siblings). There were a few wasps around, but they never bothered us â again I was worried about this after reading reviews as Iâm petrified of wasps â this wasnât a problem.
Food was great with lots to choose from. Breakfast â cereal, porridge, fruit, juices, tea, coffee, bacon, beans, sausage, egg, (HP sauce!), bread, pastries. Lunch â fries, salad, vegetables, burgers, hotdogs, pizza, pasta, cheese and ham toasties, meat, fish. Dinner â similar to lunch but with lots more to choose from â the stews were delicious. Desserts were okay but nothing special â cakes, fruit, ice cream every day. We tried the Buda restaurant (Asian) and the African one by the pool. I loved Buda, but wasnât too keen on the African one. You book these at the reception desk in the lobby 3 days in advance. Drinks were okay â their version of Malibu and coke was nice, fruit punch with alcohol was too. I personally wasnât keen on the other cocktails on the menu, but they sometimes had staff handing out a âcocktail of the dayâ in the evening in the lobby â these were delicious. There was a little market one evening and there was a man handing out free bags of popcorn. You may want to bring your own snacks from home as these are expensive in the shop.
We had a room on the second floor. There arenât any lifts but I was glad to be on the second floor as there seemed to be less creepy crawlies about â my family were on the ground floor and had a few cockroaches in their room â although they often kept the door open too so that probably didnât help! The room was cleaned daily and I thought the beds were quite comfortable. We accidentally left our safe open a couple of times and nothing was taken. You collect your own bottles of water from reception.
Didnât do any of the Thomson trips but did 2 with Giggling Geckos which were good (email and book in advance, they have a website).
Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful.
Dannielle M, Valencia, Spain
Holiday so far
Currently on vacation at this hotel and have to say myself and my family are having a lovely time, but tiles in the pool, broken sun beds and the extremely poor wifi needs to be improved ASAP as will be on the buyers minds when booking again.
Sat this morning from 6.55 until 910 to download and once done it crashed!!
Need a dark rum as well lol!!
But as I said a lovely holiday so far. More
Family holiday to cape Verdi,Boa Vista.
Just Wow!!!! I have been home for 4 days and fallen back to reality with a crash.!!!!!,Yet I am still buzzing from my latest holiday.One I have to say has been the best by far.
Cape Verdi,Boa vista you are the best,the hotel Riu Karamboa was definantly a better choice over Toureg.If you like to go in the sea Do not go to Toureg,Red flag every day.Karamboa was yellow flagged most days,but that just added to the fun,please though treat the sea with caution.
We landed at our destination with much apprehension after reading a few bad reviews...but we had nothing to worry about.
On arrival we were welcomed with a glass of juice,then given directions to our room,granted it took us a while to find our bearings,but once we found our room we could not have been happier.We are a family of four with a teenage daughter so when we discovered we had a suit 3 seperate huge rooms we were over the moon,all fully air conditioned to boot.It was beautiful.Very clean and fresh.
Once settled in,after a day or so,we fell in love.The beach is glorious,very vast white sands(which during midday get very hot) ouch ouch,so don't forget flip flops,the sea was so warm it was lovely.It is a little choppy but it is not the Aegean after all it is the Atlantic.They have a few water sports on offer ie...pedlo and kayak all free.Very relaxed beach,just a very short walk from hotel if you need refreshments.If you dont like the sand the pool on the hotel as every you could wish for,it was very poipular but just not for us,we like the beach.Also the hotel provides you with a fresh beach towel every day,you have to collect it from the little building but wow those little things mean a lot.
Animals on the beach....well you have a few dogs from the nearby villages that come on the beach every day but they are lovely,they just want stroking,we named the black one Billie Bob.He is adorable.Also the little sparrow birds are so cute and so friendly,we tried to bring them bread every day from the buffet,they love it.
The food is amazing,plenty to choose from,even for the most fussy eaters,buffet style was amazing so much to choose from,Drinks well they just keep flowing,soft,alcoholic whatever you fancy and its not watered down.The service in the buffet is amazing.
Every night there was a differnt show on,and wow what a fab performance it was every night.
The trips out of the hotel were amazing,it was nice to get out and explore Boa Vista from the protection of the hotel,all i can is just Wow!!! You need to experience it.We had a ball.
Weather wise we went from 3rd August-17th August,just a gentle breeze whigh was very welcomed,warm at night not cold like i have seen on other reviews,just dont burn as the sun is very scorchio!!!! I never wear factor 50 but i had to here and i still burnt through it.I soon went down to 10 and 15 though,and came home with a fab tan,but my top tip would be...get a base tan before you go ha ha ha.
All in all i wish i could get on the next plane to Riu Karamboa in Boa Vista..it was amazing i loved every single minute of it.....oh and the towel art is amazing!!!!!! xxxxMore
jlowe1971, York, United Kingdom
Fantastic overall holiday
we travelled for 2 weeks from 6th-20th august and we had a fab time! It is a great place for relaxing and even when the hotel was nearly full it did not feel too busy. It is spaced out really well.
I didn't think the tiles were too much of an issue but after seeing a little girl in so much pain from cutting her foot I was concerned.
The food was good and a good variation, especially with the additional restraunts to visit too.
We went out on quad bikes and we loved it and we went to the sunset dinnner! we would recomment both.
the MASSIVE downside to our holiday was the flight. For a long haul flight I have been on better easy jet aeroplanes with a better atmosphere from the staff too.
A big contrast to the amazing service we recieved from all staff at the Riu.More
465rachelv123, Skipton, United Kingdom
Just returned from a fabulous fortnight in Boa Vista. Beautiful weather, beautiful beaches and a beautiful hotel.
Rooms were spacious, comfortable and cleaned every day. Food was lovely and always with plenty of choice. The dining room was huge, but staff were always quick to find us a table and provide drinks. It was nice to be able to choose different restaurants too.....the Asian restaurant being our favourite.
The beach was lovely and we were able to swim in the sea. Be aware of the yellow flag, as this means there are some under currents and the waves can be strong enough to knock you over!
We enjoyed relaxing around the pool. Although it is a big hotel there were always sunbeds available, but if you want a certain spot it is worth saving your sunbed by lying on it before 9am, which is a lovely time of day as it's not too hot, because the pool staff remove towels etc from any beds if they are left out before 9am. Loved aqua gym and it was very popular at midday! Especially entertaining with Akon and K2 (who was comical throughout each session!!)
The animation staff worked tirelessly throughout the day and evening and were very friendly without being pushy to make you join in.
Nighttime entertainment was good - it is not the west end and was a little bit cheesy in places - but it occupied us for 45 minutes each evening!
I would recommend this hotel if you want to relax and do nothing all holiday. There is nowhere to walk to, apart from along the beach, and we knew this before we went. However, a big must is the quad biking experience! We went on the 2 hour trip in the first week, loved it so much that we went on the 4 hour trip in our second week. A little out of my comfort zone but very exhilarating and we got to see lots of the island and some fabulous beaches.
Thankyou Riu Karamboa.More