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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Double Room with Balcony or Terrace
Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace
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VERY RELAXING TIME--GREAT PLACE!
Well what a great place to stay. We stayed for 7 nights (7th May 2017) to do nothing but relax and thats exactly what we did! I had emailed before to see if we could have an upgraded room as it was our 20th wedding anniversary so when we checked in I just asked and we were. The rooms are a little bigger then a standard room with a sofa table and chair. The room was fine and cleaned everyday. We also asked for a quiet room and it was the far block near the spa--perfect. Lovely gardens and the staff work hard to maintain them. The food was plentiful if you cant find anything you like there something wrong with you!! We booked the themed restaurants on arrival-3 in total- all were good Buda the best though! The main restaurant can get busy but hey you are on holiday chill and be patient! Pool snack bar was great as well.... no issues there. Plenty of sunbeds around the pool no problems with getting one same on the beach with much needed shade from the parasols. The red flag was up all the time we were there not to swim in you could jump the waves but not too far out as the current is very strong so be very careful. All areas of the complex were well kept and clean. The complex is massive so you don"t feel on top of each other. I had 2 treatments at the spa-- brilliant-- very reasonable. There was entertainment during the day if thats what you wanted so something for everybody. Wifi was no issue around the pool lobby and sometimes on the beach! The entertainment team worked hard for the nightly shows some a bit poor but they worked hard. Our only complaint would be that if you are a non-smoker like us the smokers seemed to get more area. I think the lobby should be all non smoking as it traveled down to the little section for the non smokers! The stage area also at the back outside should be split--just an idea??!! Also we had to be choosy were we sat around the pool area. Would we go back --YES WE WOULD! Had a great time and a nice rest. Thanks!More
Thought I'd give people out there a running blog on my stay rather than at the end when I forget things I've done: on arrival a ten minute transfer greeted by host with fresh juice whilst you check in which runs smoothly, suitcases taken to your rooms whilst you have some food n well refreshing drink, rooms air conditioned cool and fresh, staff absolutely wonderful friendly just phab, pool area super, spa has sauna and jacuzzi which many off the guest think you have to pay for you don't it's free massage will cost you though. First day was exceptional off on jewel off north trip tomorrow so I'll be back to let you all know if it's worth the euros ðMore
Wonderful 11 nights at Riu Karamboa
Just returned from an 11 night break at this wonderful hotel and cannot wait to go back! The rooms although basic were spotlessly clean and have everything you need - all we used ours for was a place to change and a place to sleep!! The maids make towel sculptures most days and often decorate them with one of your hats, sunglasses or headphones if any are left on the table! The hotel is large and spacious set in well maintained grounds. The pool area is massive with plenty of sun beds available for guests. There are also lots of sun beds along the beach however it does tend to be a little windy so you do get sand blasted. The red flag was flying throughout our stay so we tended to stay by the pool. The food is excellent in the buffet Restaurant Santiago, there is always a large range of meat, fish, pasta and salad dishes. We ate at all 3 speciality restaurants but were unimpressed with the Restaurant Barlovento (Cape Verdian). The Buda and Las Dumas were both excellent. All staff were friendly and helpful, they are such a happy team. The entertainment team work hard both day and night and are a credit to the hotel. The shows they put on are excellent and cannot be faulted. The hotel is a 3 minute transfer from the airport however you do not get disturbed by aircraft noise. We went on 2 trips, one to the North of the Island taking in the Shipwreck at Santa Maria along with a visit to a couple of villages, the other to the South where we went to the beautiful Santa Monica beach. The most memorable part of this trip however was visiting a local school. The children were so happy and keen to learn despite the poor conditions they have. If you go on this tour please take with you gifts of fruit, water, colouring books, pencils etc. To see the smile on the faces of these kids is well worth the effort however please take the gifts yourself, not hand them over to the reps. Thanks to all at the ClubHotlel Riu Karamboa for a memorable trip and hope to see you all soon.More
Lovely holiday beware of the cats
Lovely hotel very clean. food was really good in buffet restaurant Asian was good and Sri Lankan. Staff really friendly. Rooms good. Only complaint is when having meals the hotel cats were allowed to roam round your feet in the restaurant while you were eating thought this was really out of order. Don't mind them roaming the grounds but definitely not when your eating More
Could be better
Stayed for 11 nights with my husband in need of some sun and relaxation. Quick transfer 5 minuites from the airport, welcome drink on arriving at the hotel and efficient check in, given a map of the hotel and told how to find our room and wait for our luggage to be brought to our room. First impressions seemed ok room had a very comfy king size bed,big flat screen tv free safe and kettle with tea and coffee and a fridge,loads of storage.there was a damp smell and the fridge was leaking. The shower had excellent water pressure but found it strange just a cubicle between the toilet sand sink with no form of lighting just a tall lamp you plug in which could be dangerous. The food is very good but the 3 specialty restaurants are still buffet style even though you have to book them. They could be so much better if they had a dress code and had your main meal served to you as in other 5 star hotels. The weather is hot and the wind is deceiving keeping you cool as you don't realise your burning. Found it really cool at night with the breeze having to wear a wrap to cover up. There is some shops in the hotel but quite expensive so try not to forget anything. The staff are really friendly and polite they all work so hard. The pool is big with plenty of sun beds but they really need a good clean and some are broken and in need of replacing. There is supposed to be a policy of not reserving the sun beds before 9 am but i never saw anybody removing towels that was taken before breakfast. Also at the weekends it realy gets realy busy as the locals use the hotel and I felt they took over the pool area as they just crammed in where they could,not ideal when you have people jumping over you to get to the pool. Would I return no sorry maybe I'll try sal next time as people I've spoken too tell me it had more to do and you can walk about outside the hotelMore
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