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Went to this hotel to celebrate my friends 50th Birthday. Not a bad hotel but very large. We had requested adjoining rooms & the receptionist very kindly managed to locate two rooms next to each other. Luckily we had a fabulous sea view too at no extra cost. We had to pay â¬2 each per night government tax? If you are not aware of this then it can be a bit of a shock. All inclusive couldn't complain, lots of choice food wise (plus drinks) we used the two specialist restaurants whilst there, very nice food too. Couldn't fault food choice. Lovely surprise on my friends birthday, a nice bottle of bubbly waiting for her in her room + 2 glasses. Also the same in the African restaurant where we ate that night.
Whilst there (February) it was very very windy, I was quite cold in the shade on the beach. I was cold too in the evening because the hotel is quite open at the back so even sitting inside it was chilly! All in all I found the hotel 'okay' but I would only go in hot weather due to the openness of the hotel. I don't like being cold. Had I have had my winter coat I would have worn it every night, no kidding!
Hope to go back to Cape Verde another time (not the top of my list) but when the weather is hot! So I can sit in the shade on the beach instead of freezing.More
Relazing in paradise
All I can say is wow!
The hotel is 5 mins from the airport - bonus !
Check in was quick & easy, rooms ok
My husband said the bed was uncomfortable-but I thought it was fine.
Thank goodness for the wind- you don't realise how hot it is .
Just like paradise - on the beach you can walk 40 mins without seeing any one else.
And then you get to Morabeza beach bar - this is something else !- a must visit!
I will definitely be going back before all the hotel chains buy up the island !!More
Return already planned
Have just returned home from a week (15-22 April 2016) at the Riu Karamboa. 2 females aged 37 & 45
Firstly take some form of entertainment for the 6.5 hr flight to Boa Vista, due to the runway being so short only small aircraft can be used, hence being crammed in, this is my only negative about the entire holiday.
On arriving in Boa Vista, Cape Verde airport the first thing you notice is just how small it is and that it has no roof. In all my years of travelling I've never seen anything like it, the whole immigration process took no more than 10mins and as we were showing our passports we could see our luggage going round on the carousel. The Karamboa is approx 3-5 mins from the airport but if you want to take a taxi to the hotel it will cost you â¬5 euros (Â£3.80 approx). On your return, there is a very small duty free shop and I mean small. Just to give you an idea my friend purchased 200 Mayfair cigarettes in Gatwick duty free that cost her Â£33.00 in Boa Vista airport they were â¬24 euros (Â£18.60 approx) but their duty free is very limited.
Once we arrived at the Riu Karamboa we were greeted by staff with a nice cold fruit cocktail which was really appreciated. We were given our key/wifi code/towel cards and had to pay a tourist tax of â¬2 euros per person per night but this is capped at no more than â¬20 euros and a receipt is also given. You are then asked to place stickers on your luggage and a bellboy then brings your luggage to your room. I emailed the hotel before our arrival asking to be close to all amenities due to mobilty problems and we were allocated room 166 on the ground floor central to everything.
Our room was clean with typical Riu decor. I mention this as alot of reviews comment on the outdated decor, I have stayed in numerous Riu hotels around the world (Turkey, Jamaica, Mexico) to name a few and the decor is ALL the same!! There is a small fridge under the sink unit, now if the position of the fridge is going to cause you alarm please reconsider this hotel (please note my sarcasm) as I overheard this complaint during my stay....really!!!! The bedrooms are open plan, but tbh how often do you spend in your room for it to be a problem. The rooms have air conditioning and a ceiling fan. The rooms are cleaned daily and you are often left some lovely towel origami on your bed, very thoughtful touch.
The beach is beautiful but the sea is very rough and the red flag is more often than not flying. If you are taking children the sea is definitely a no go (being a mother myself) The weather is gorgeous but I can't stress enough the importance of using a factor 50 for the first few days. I myself never burn and only ever use a factor 10 or 15 however a few hours on the beach and both my friend and I both burnt, between us we had taken factor 15, 20, and 30 with us but ended up buying factor 50 from the shop in the hotel. When there is no cloud it is scorching but yet again I can't stress enough when the cloud is out you WILL burn, especially if its breezy. Pool towels are given in exchange for towel cards and can be changed as often as you like. For the reviewers that moan about the quality of the towels they are exactly the same as any other towels in any other Riu establishment, trust me!!!
There are plenty of bars here and you never have to wait more than a minute to be served. A good choice of cocktails with or without alcohol. There are also plenty of self service stations situated throughout ranging from beer, wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate.
The food here is plentiful with a great choice of where you eat ranging from pool restaurant, main restaurant, or themed restaurants. They do tell you that you have to book 3 days in advance but we never did and always managed to get a reservation for the following evening. You certainly won't go hungry, please don't be put off by the reviews that moan about repetition as I for one would like to see them turn out 10 plus different dishes a night over a two week period!!
The staff here work tirelessly and can't do enough for you all with a smile. I have to say they really are some of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of coming across, nothing is too much trouble. On average they earn â¬200 euros (Â£155) a MONTH for a 6 day a week working approx 10+ hrs a day, how many of us would work for that ?? The entertainment team work soooo hard. Nany (the boss) working so hard with his team to put on some cracking shows that at times are hilarious.
Now I will address the issue of the cats that some reviewers have mentioned. I for one can't stand cats myself, and yes there are cats at this hotel but certainly not over run with them. At no point during my stay did they bother me, rest assured if they had I would have been the first to complain. I also only saw one dog on the beach but he was no bother.
But to be honest when I go away I go to enjoy myself, soak up the sun, eat and drink way too much, take in a bit of culture, I haven't got time to be nit picking and criticising about every little thing and tbh if you have you need to remember a few things and they are a) where you are in the world and that not all countries are as privileged as ours b) how much we actually pay for these trips, when you take into account flights, accommodation and board. If you want all singing and dancing (The Hilton) believe me you'll be paying a darn sight more than what you pay for a package holiday, so dig deeper in your pocket then you won't need to complain!!!
All in all a great holiday, pack your case and go and enjoy the beautiful beach and great hotel with superb staff you certainly won't be disappointed. You can do as much or as little as you like, we chose the latter lol. We have already booked for next year with the rest of our families ages range from 9-60 yrs and know that we'll all have a ball. Any questions please feel free to ask ð
Another Good Stay
This was our second time at Karamboa.
The Thomson flight is bearable - just. There is no Premium Economy but you can pay for extra legroom seats. We didn't get the coach transfer and instead paid 5 euros for a taxi to avoid the queues checking in. We were having lunch before the coaches even arrived from the airport.
Our room 1251 was near the spa as we requested. Large, clean and good views.
Food was good but a bit repetitive after a week though plenty of choice. Main buffet has most choice but one near the pool is convenient for lunch. We tried the Asian restaurant and that was very good but sadly we left it too late to book this a second time during our stay.
The pool area is huge and there was no problem getting loungers. Downside there are a lot of tiles missing from the pool. This was a problem during the aquarobics avoiding the sharp edges of the tiles.
All the bars were good and we never had a problem getting drinks.
Downside CATS. Even in the restaurant and the staff did nothing to stop them coming inside. I even saw one spraying a table YUK. There are notices saying not to feed them but many guests ignored this. There are a lot more cats than last year and their numbers need to be controlled urgently. On the positive side there weren't any dogs roaming around that we saw last year so someone has seen sense and got rid of them.
Entertainment was very mixed. Local singers good. African dancers excellent. People miming to Grease trully awful.
I was surprised how many guests were smoking. There is a non-smoking area in reception but we often had to sit in the smoking area and put up with the smokers. For this reason and the cats we never ate outside the main restaurant.
A lovely relaxing stay and we will return.More
Hotel is perfect and clean, very nice and friendly staff and a very active animation team. The only thing that bothers me (but that's when all inclusive book) is the masses of hungry people attacking the buffets. There is more than enough for everyone.
Highlight for me was spotting the humpback wales with a catamaran, beautiful animals!More