We spent a week here the hotel is nice the food is OK the staff are very friendly the bars are all good the night entertainment is terrible compared to what we are used to at other riu we have stayed at the Thomson rep was a useless we had a problem with locals on one of the excursions where they actually took money out of a females hand and would not let her pass without buying something from one of there stalls this was on a trip with a guide the guide spent all his time on his phone or talking to the driver of our Jeep when this incident was reported the Thomsons rep didn't seem surprised or helpful they are all in each others pockets from what I could see we travel 3 times a year with Thomsons but after the way we were treated here we won't be back. The beach here is nice but when going in the sea be careful as it can be calm one second then a load of big waves am 6 foot and I was hit by one it knocked me off my feet no problem and slammed me into the floor and then back out again for the next wave there are often people with fractures and cuts from thisMore
Great, if you know what to expect
The Riu Karamboa is pretty great. Sure, it may not be quite the 5* experience (more like an average 4*) you expect, but it tries hard and delivers more often than not. We went here for our honeymoon a few weeks ago and it hit the spot. It was quiet and relaxing, and it took us far from our day-to-day lives without making us feel isolated. We liked it and we'll probably come back some day with friends.
A few things worth mentioning:
1. service is good, lots of staff running around making sure you have all you need
2. food is also pretty good and varied and we never felt like we were being pigeonholed into eating a certain something at any given time; if you want something special, book one of the theme restaurants when you get there - we loved the asian one
4.the bars could have done a bit better with the drinks they served, as the beer / wines were average at best
5. great facilities, huge pool (although I do recommend the beach - just be careful if you go in the water as the current is really something)
6. room was simple (we got upgraded to a suite) but cosy and was cleaned daily.
7. the entertainment was surprisingly good, its clear to see how passionate the ones putting the shows together are (we especially enjoyed Jukebox)
6. consider that this is not necessarily a sightseeing destination; I mean sure, you can book the land rover day trip and see the island and a few very nice beaches, but that's not why you go to Boa Vista; you go to recharge, relax and rest, and for that the Riu Karamboa is a very good choice.More
alexandru201, Iasi, Romania
Just recently back after a weeks stay in Cape Verde with our Scottish friends. Overall we had a good time however there were several areas that really let this hotel down and five star it is not!!!!! Checking in at the hotel we received a nice warm welcome from friendly an efficient staff. Room was quite spacious and very clean. Good maid service throughout our stay. Best part was the swim up bar which was fabulous the cocktails and sangria were really good. Plenty of activities to join in during the day K2 and the team worked hard keeping everyone highly entertained. The buffet restaurant served good choice of food throughout the day and we also visited Buda, Cape Verde and African themed restaurants all very good. These had to be booked in advance. I like my food hot but most times it was only just warm. What was really disappointing was the wine and spirits drinks - the wine was unpleasant/undrinkable and no branded spirits not worthy of five stars. The sun loungers were not comfortable at all and a lot in need of replacing. At other five star hotels we have never been limited to one towel per person I like two. The beach was lovely but like other reviews the sea and surf not for the faint hearted. Evening entertainment was just average take or leave it. Overall not great value for money!!!!!More
caztod16, Manchester, United Kingdom
A good 3 star only.
Not a bad hotel, good location only 5 mins from the airport, quiet though I think there are only 3 or 4 flights a day. Nice beach and pool.
Thomson flight is horrendous, 6 hour flight, worst leg room in the industry, no in flight entertainment, ignorant flight crew, fluids leaking from overhead panels(worrying) and none of the flights took off or landed on time!
Room was very basic, no coffee making facility, very very poor quality beds, two singles pushed together, poor TV. Low quality soaps and shower gels, poor air con. A good 3 star but definitely not a 5 star, people who have stayed in true 5 star hotels will definitely know it's not.
If you don't expect much you will probably enjoy your stay.
Thomson reps on site were only interested in selling over priced excursions.
Noro virus had been in the hotel for 7 weeks! We should have been told.
Wouldn't go back to the island especially if the only way of getting there is with Thomson!More
mark b, Manchester, United Kingdom
Cape Verde Holiday 2014
Wow. The hotel was lovely. The staff always friendly and couldn't do enough for you. Food brilliant with lots a variety. The pools were lovely, the beach is beautiful, but the sea is not for the faint hearted!! This is the place to go if you want complete relaxation. It has everything on site that you would need, even a nightclub. Apparently, they are looking to put kettles in every room from 2015 as I do like a cuppa in the morning before I get going. I would say that this resort would not be for couples with small children as they would not be able to go in the sea at all but they do cater for children in other area's. The hotel (Thomson) do offer trips out of the resort. I would highly recommend the quad bikes. I heard good feedback on all the trips the only bug bear is they are quite pricey and the Thomson rep is about as helpful as a chocolate fireguard but don't let that put you off.
The most amazing place I have ever been and only 5 hours 30 on a plane.
CAPE VERDE rocks. Would definitely return and would thoroughly recommend to couples.More
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