Our second visit to the Club hotel Riu Karamboa was as excellent as out first visit. The hotel rooms, restaurants, surroundings and general service are all very good. For an all inclusive hotel,having travelled to many countires over the last 20 years, has to be the best I have experienced so far! I would recommend this hotel to anyone.More
Sharon M, Leeds, United Kingdom
Firstly i must mention how clean the hotel is, it is absoutely spotless and constantly being cleaned. The check in was fairly fast and efficient. If your Travelling with Thompson they give you a form to fill in with passport details etc, this really speeds up your check in so might be a good idea to take a pen with you to do it on the transfer bus. When we checked in we were given a sticker to put on out cases and they were deliverd to our rooms. The rooms were nice, a double room has 2 single beds pushed together. Very clean and there was 2 bottles of water in our small fridge. The safe was free to use and easy to set up. The only minor isuue we had was with the bathroom. It is large but you walk straight from the bedroom in to the bathroom, there is no door! The small toilet has a door but the shower has just a curtain. Its not a problem if your travelling as a couple but a group of friend may find it a bit intrusive.
The pool area is absolutly beautiful, its a great place to spend your days relaxing between the sun loungers (which there are more than enough of) and the huge pool with swim up bar. The service at the bars were all fantastic, plenty of staff and you never has to wait long to be served.
I found the food to be really tasty, we stayed for a week and didnt find it too repetitive like others have mentioned. The lunch time buffett is the same everyday but the evening meals were great and varied. I would also highyly recommend the Asian restraunt, we ate here one night and it was one of the nicest meals we have had. Its a shame you have to book 3 or 4 days in advance. It meant we didnt have time to try the other 2 speciality restraunts.
There are lots of daytime activities like aqua aerobics, step class, bingo, darts etc. There is always somthing going on if thats your sort of thing. There is also evening entertainment, usually a singing / dancing show and once a week i believe they have a tribute act. The shows were ok, not really to my taste but filled in an hour or two and it was nice to sit at the back on the big patio close to the bar. There are plenty of bars so you can always get a drink and lots of self service station where u can pour your own beer and soft drink with a tea / coffee machine. The coffee from the machine was actually really nice.
The only place that lacked atmosphere was the karoke bar, i think it must have been a restraunt or somthing in the past as it is decorated in an african theme, not very inkeeping with the karoke vibe (this bar does have air con though where as all the others do not just ceiling fans)
I really enjoyed staying here and would definatly return if we could find a good deal. The only issue i had was with people smoking. There are ashtrays on most of the tables and dont seem to be designated smoking areas. There was always smokers in the reception bar and as a non smoker it puts me off sitting in there. Also just one more minor thing, there are a few tiles missing in the pool, which really isnt a problem but as the pool isnt very deep, you can stand up in almost all of it so if you just walking as apose to swimming its easy to cut yourself. Not a massive thing thing, just somthing to keep in your mind if your in the pool.
One last thing that i have to mention is the staff! They are all fantastic, so hard working and helpfull. They really do work exceptionly hard to make sure you have a fantastic stay.More
Missglobetrotter860, United Kingdom
Another good experience of Boa Visra
We have just returned from our seventh stay on Cape Verde. We have stayed at all four Riu hotels on the islands but the Karamboa is the one we return to. The hotel is wonderfully presented on the superb beach, clean and tidy, as are all Riu hotels. The staff couldnt be better without pestering you and hovering around for tips. If you cant find something you want to eat in the restaurant there is something wrong with you. However if you are looking for bright lights and partying all night you may be disappointed. Our last couple of flights have been down to five and a half hours and on time both ways. Although my wife and I are not in the first flush of youth we always opt for a room on the second floor. This entails 4 flights of stairs  but gives a little healthy excercise. Similar no of steps up to the lobby and bar. We have noticed the hotel getting more popular each year and now is the time to visit.More
David F, Worfield, United Kingdom
Clubhotel Riu Karamboa
Hotel accomodation was spreadout over a wide area. Pools need to be refurbished as tiles were missing which possibly could cause accidents. Wifi was terrible - dropping in connection constantly. Hotel staff were great in all departments eg restaurant, cleaning, management etc. Lack of good trips to choose from. Take a travel mug with you if you want a hot cuppa in your room as no kettle supplied. Pool swim bar can get rowdy - seems there is no policy to stop people from drinking when they clearly have had enough. Food quality is superb but have dinner at 21.00 to avoid crowds.Ladies take extra conditioner - helps hair effec ted by humidity.More
paulawilliams2014, Swansea, United Kingdom
not a 5 star
* thompsons flight was awful, no leg room, tv and usual rubhish food, saying that the cabin crew were great and worked really hard .
* hotel transfer nice and easy
* hotel on arrival looks amazing, bit worn on closer inspection but still really nice
* food was not great, managed to find an ok meal but spoiled by being luke warm
* rooms are ok not very 5 star tho and our toilet always smelt of cigarettes, horrible beaded wardrobe doors.
* bugs in wicker furniture my hubby is covered in bites, they were aware of this problem but did not inform guests
* beach fantastic but sea to rough for children
* look for the sunbed of shame next to the towel hut, do not attempt to reserve beds before 9am as your stuff is removed and piled up next to the hut, very funny tho watching all the sunbed hoggers.
* sal rei town is full of people who are trying to sell you stuff, we were constantly harassed which spoiled the day, came home buying nothing as we were so fed up. Better to go and visit the beach sellers as they were friendly and not pushy.
* take all you need with you the shop was really expensive â¬6 for a large bag of crisps and the sun tan lotion was so over priced.
* weather was great, be sure to take a high factor we took 30 and 50 and are both really tanned.
overall could of been so much better, wont be going backMore
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