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 luxurious 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, Icecream|
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.
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Fab, fab, fab!
Went to this hotel for our honeymoon, was absolutely amazing. Lovely man at reception upgraded us to a suite which was fabulous. The food in the buffet restaurant was really lovely every day we only visited the Buda restaurant which I would highly recommend. Will hopefully return soon cannot fault anything.More
I_Love_Holidays324, Manchester, United Kingdom
5 star hotel
I stayed here 18th july - 25 july Everything in this hotel is amazing. The location its just perfect, good variety of food, the staff is lovely and there are a lot of activities to do! I'm looking for a blonde english girl thats was in the same hotel when I was there because I didn't had courage to talk with her and I regret about that right now. If you know something please answer! By the way I'm portuguese so the english its not good, sorry for that.More
LuÃs G, Porto, Portugal
Great hotel. Scuba diving. Turtles. Food. Spa.
We have just completed 2 weeks at the hotel and found it really good. Lovely location but fairly isolated there is not much to see or do outside but the hotel more than makes up for that. We found it relaxing with many sun beds around the pool areas, there is no need to put towels out at 6am, they take them away before 9am anyway. Volley ball aerobics, water polo, and lots lots more. NO hassle form the animation team at all. The food was excellent. So much of it and a good choice very nicely presented. I would advise to take paracetamol and tummy upset stuff. Don't get me wrong the food is excellent it's just that the oil they cook in can give you a bit of trouble for a 2-3 days till you get accustomed. No one in our party was sick or felt sick. If you go to the Turtles night be aware. It takes over an hour on a very bumpy long duty desert drive. If suffer from travel sickness you will need to take tablets. Also what they don't tell you is there NO toilets. You leave at 7.30 and get back around 1am in the morning. Having said that we saw one turtle that had just laid eggs and the rangers tagged and measured the Turtle. You could then touch it. They take all the eggs to a hatchery and you watch as they bury them again. Take some money as they ask if you would like to sponsor a Turtle or a nest. 5 euros a turtle and 25 E's a nest. For some reason our reps never told us this and we only had 20 E's on us. I am in to Scuba diving and the Scuba Caribbe dive school is on the beach. I found it to be fairly professional and all the dive sites are within 20-30 mins run on the boats. They do a 2 dive in the morning leave at 8.30 get back around 12.30-1.00pm so not too much time away. Then they have a single tank dive afternoon at 2pm back at 4pm. The price quoted does not include the cylinder the weights lol 1st ever but hey ho. 5 dives 230 E's. The Spa is great but don't be too hasty to book up as they come round every day with the book offering 25-45% off treatments. So don't bowl in on the fist day. Go down onto the beach and turn left and walk for around 20 mins and you discover the most beautiful beach bar ever. 2 Euros for a beer and around 5 for a cocktail. It's gorgeous GO. Also go for the BBQ sunset meal its 5 mins in a bus from reception and great location with food drinks and Cape Verde drummers and dancers and a fire eater. All this around a bonfire on the beach Great night out. If you do the Quads then the best seems to be from the rep's. The Scuba school run them but the feed back was not as good as the organised rep's tour. If you go to the local towns be prepared to be hassled into coming in to shops.All in all we had a great time and the only reason we would not go back to that particular hotel is because we have been there seen it done it. But we are glad we did. Any questions let us know.More
We spent nearly two weeks at Riu Karamboa in July and have nothing but good to say about our holiday. The room was excellent the food was even better. The pool was luxuriant and warm. We went there before about five years ago and the staff are still as good as they were then. The only downside was the entertainment petty good but not the best.More
Don't worry about the odd bad review. This place is fantastic.
Just returned from 2 weeks in July 2015. Prior to going was somewhat concerned about the odd bad review, particularly comments such as bland food and dated rooms etc. Don't believe a word of it. We can be quite fussy about cleanliness, food, drinks etc and we found the hotel to be fantastic. As numerous people have commented, the staff are amazing. They are so friendly; everyone from the gardeners, cleaners to the waiters and reception staff. Lord knows what they must think when rude visitors snarl at them or complain about minor inconsequential rubbish. Tipping did not seem to be a regular thing out in Cape Verde but we did make a point of seeking out the odd friendly barman, waiter or even toilet cleaner to reward truly impressive service. In the case of the toilet cleaner it was the lady who effectively lives in the toilets down by the beach bar making sure the facilities are constantly spotless. Cleanliness elsewhere was very impressive. The pool is thoroughly cleaned every day, the food is clearly very clean and hygienic and toilets, public areas everywhere are kept immaculate by an army of cleaners. Our room was also cleaned very thoroughly every day. Rooms are very nice with loads and loads of storage shelves and drawers. The wardrobe is very big and doesn't have a conventional door; rather a line of hanging beads. The bathroom was modern and very clean. Shampoo and soap etc was replaced every day. How anyone can claim the food is boring is beyond me. There is a main buffet restaurant and three speciality restaurants. The buffet has everything. Literally everything. All manner of breads (hot and cold), pastas, pizzas, potatoes, dozens of different salads, prawns, cold meats such as parma ham etc, a daily roast joint, numerous pies and stews, fish, vegetables.... I could go on. It was late July so the restaurant did get quite busy but the army of staff coped very well and efficiently. Dirty plates were all taken away almost immediately. We enjoyed the Buda Chinese oriental restaurant and also the cape verde restaurant but did find the fish restaurant a bit quiet, confusing and a little lacking in atmosphere. Drinks everywhere are brilliant. As per Canaries and Spain they tended to be quite generous with the alcohol. Pools were lovely and actually quite warm. Pool beds don't have to be reserved at some unearthly hour thanks to a very sensible policy of removing towels prior to 0900 if left unattended. The entertainment staff worked tirelessly throughout the day. It's not high pressure stuff and if you don't wish to participate there's no pressure whatsoever to do so. The same staff who lead the aerobics, dancing, air rifle shooting, football etc during the day also seem to be largely responsible for much of the evening entertainment on the big stage. This evening entertainment is very very impressive. The staff spend hours each day practising and preparing the sets and are clearly rightfully proud of what they achieve. I did hear the odd visitor complaining that the entertainment was not good. This attitude annoyed me. You are not on Broadway. You are in a remote hotel on a small island 300 miles from Senegal. What do you really expect?? Wifi is very good indeed and extends across the entire public areas around the reception and stage area. We found it very fast. The beach. What can I say? It took our breath away. The sand is so smooth and clean. The water is a lovely light blue colour and is actually remarkably warm. Have seen some reviews pointing out the fact that it can get rough and dangerous. We must have been very lucky because we had mostly green flags throughout our stay.This meant that we were able to take advantage of the free pedalo's and kayaks. Didn't do any of the Thomson trips as found them a bit pricey. We wandered down to the Scuba Caribe centre in front of the hotel on the beach. We did lovely 2 hour quad trip at 55 euros (that is per quad- one drives, the other sits behind) and because we enjoyed it so much went back to do the 4 hour trip for 75 euros. You do get very dusty but it's great fun and we saw some amazing deserts and more amazing beaches such as Santa Monica beach. We also did the snorkelling trip which involves a boat trip out to a nearby island and then a45 minute snorkelling experience which was great for the kids. That trip cost 25 euros pp. All in all a fantastic trip and a thoroughly relaxing holiday. Don't worry about the "International Airport" only half a mile away. There are only about 2 flights a day and you never hear the planes.More
Rob J, Ferndown, United Kingdom
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