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 and ideal for a week's lazing!

We stayed at the Karamboa for a week with the full intention of a total week of relaxation and sunbathing. And this we did! There is not much at all to do on Boa Vista apart from this tbh! The hotel is massive , like a huge castle in the desert. It's only a 5 min ride which is great and you're not disturbed by flights despite being so close to the airport. There isn't much to see apart from the hotel. The room is fine but we would agree that it's not really a 5 star room but it has all you need and we thought it was very clean. My husband didn't rate the air con much but it was adequate. Our teenage daughter had a bed settee as the 3rd bed, which was fine but would have been nicer if it been a proper bed. We thought the mattresses were firm, which we prefer anyway so we were happy with that. The rooms were really quiet and there was very little noise from the surrounding rooms so we slept very well. The hotel has 3 restaurants, which you need to book in advance, as well as the cafeteria type. We tried all 3 and they ranged from OK to good; they were all buffet style, but pretty similar in style. The cafeteria one was excellent with a good range of foods for all tastes. We may have got bored with the choice if we had been staying longer. The waiting staff were very efficient and pleasant, as were all the staff. There is entertainment every night on a big stage area. One night it was dreadful ( funny after a few drinks!) but another night the dancing was fab and entertaining. No doubt about it, the entertainment team worked very hard even if it doesn't suit everyone's taste every night. The pool area was popular but most beds seemed to be taken or reserved. We prefer the beach anyway and always found free beds here. The beach/ sand is superb-sandy and clean with a sweeping coastline -looks like paradise and the sea had surf but was safe. to swim in all the time we were there. The weather was cloudy but deceptively hot. Overall, we had a lovely, lazy hols and basically just ate, drank and sunbathed for a week! It was long enough for us. Would we return to Boa Vista? Probably not, as it was a long flight(6 hrs and no films courtesy of Thomson)) for a holiday lazing on the beach but we enjoyed it for what it was. The hotel is good, the staff are lovely but overall it needs a few tweaks to rate with the top all- inclusive hotels around.More

Catherine K, 1071013

NO STRESS! Fabulous holiday!!

Right firstly.. If you've booked DO NOT panic about the bad reviews.. If you haven't then book!! Me and my boyfriend stayed 28th July-8th Aug. I was really worrying about food poisoning, closed pools, chips every day and crowds of cats. The food absolutely FINE yes a few things were repeated but what to you expect? They are a huge hotel. The choice was vast and they have 3 themed restaurants the best is the African one! I did get an upset tummy on the second to last day but no sickness just take some tablets with you. I did my best to stay away from salad and ice and just checked everything was cooked. I had a bit of salad the day before tho so may have been that. All pools opened and they are lovely! Loads of room but sun beds were a bit of a pain and that is my only negative. We got up at 7am to put towels out and could always find one but is a bit annoying on holiday! The place is spotless, drinks are great and I can't speak highly enough of the staff. So polite, helpful and friendly and they work sooo hard!! Nothing is too much. They are non stop and amazing at what they do from cleaners to entertainers. Lots of activities and dancing but not pushy which is good. The place felt really safe. The beach is right there and it's stunning so if you can't get by the pool get a sun bed there or just take your towels! It was green flags for 10 out of 11 days so quite calm. Get there early am about half 5/6 and the baby hammerheads come in shore to feed!! The cats didn't bother you unless you showed them attention only seen about 3 really. Air con in room was fine, lovely shower and nice spacey room. Take a pair of shorts in hand luggage if have early flight as rooms aren't ready til 2ish. Also take everything with you as everything is important so bits and bobs very expensive. Walk right on the beach about half an hour to Bahia bar which is lovely! Nice sun beds and lovely tuna steak!! Keep going again another half an hour walk to sal Rei or get a taxi (10euro) it's the capital and a lovely local shown us round. The beach further right or left out of the hotel is a little quieter. We did the turtle excursion and the south quad bike tour with giggling geckos and I would definitely recommend!!! I'll post a review on their page. Go with them just email them not Thompson it's cheaper!! The hotel is big but easy to find your way around. The night entertainment is what it is but the staff were amazing! Give it their all every night we were so impressed! Never waited more that a couple of mins at any bar either. I can't recommend this hotel enough, it's not a uk 5 star but the country is very poor and 3rd world. As long as you know that and take some meds incase you get an upset tummy you will have the best time. People have too much to moan about don't listen to them! We will definitely be going back. Loved it. More

gemma b, 186233

Relaxed but dissapointed

The hotel as many other reviewers was modern and spacious although on occasions within first few days electric tripped out. The Island itself is just a big dust bowl with this huge hotel plonked on the coast. If you are going as a family then you'll have a ball playing in the pool and sea and also enjoying the entertainment. Outside of the hotel I cannot say there is an awful lot to experience..expect dust and sand. There are day trips/excursions which are extra of course and on reflection reasonably priced. My wife and I went snorkeling and quad biking which were both excellent. Down on the beach there was water activities such as kite surfing, wind surfing, scuba diving, pedalos, etc. I was disapointed as I was told by Tomson rep there was surfing when booking March and April! My fault as I should have researched better. Food, same old same old pretty much every day and the themed restaurants not much better as I could have done better on my bbq at home. These are not cheap holidays and I expected a lot more. But if you're not fussy you'll have a whale of a time. If like my wife and I you are then this is not the holiday for you. We booked a week, I was ready to come home after 3 say I was bored was an understatement and actually looked forward to coming homeMore

Andrew M,

Be aware!

My parents have just returned from a 10 day stay at this hotel along with another couple. Whilst the hotel seemed to be amazing everyone in their party become seriously ill over the last four days of the trip requiring medical attention in their rooms for severe diarrhoea and sickness (one requiring intravenous drips). On the return one of the party is now being treated in hospital for what has been diagnosed as E-coli poisoning. Their advice if travelling to this complex is to make sure you have medical insurance, you may just need it! More

EVWLONDON, 3184378

Karamboa Riu Hotel, Boa Vista

Wonderful Hotel. The staff are the Hotels best asset. We were looked after in the restaurant very well. Rooms were exceptionally cleaned every day. Attention to detail was great. Couple of things we did not like: No tea/coffee making facilities in the room (we are English though!) so this might not be an issue to all. Sun beds around the pool were a nightmare to get. If you didnt get up before 7.00am you could not get sunbeds at all!! We went on beach all week as this was glorious but again if you didnt get up early (7.30 ish) you would not be able to get a sun bed. It does say staff will remove towels put down before 9.00am but this does not happen. This was the main downside to our holiday as one or the other of our party had to get up early and who wants to do this when on your Hols?More

sue123114, 186225

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