Riu Touareg  

With its great dining scene and beachfront setting, it’s no wonder TripAdvisor reviewers crowned this place the best hotel in Cape Verde in 2013.

This hotel looks a like a sandcastle – appropriate really, given it fringes one of Boa Vista’s best beaches.

Glossy lawns and courtyards surround the Hotel Riu Touareg, creating a real sense of privacy. There’s also an adults-exclusive area with a swimming pool and an à la carte restaurant.

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  • Official Rating: 5 Star, local category


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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, late breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1 meal included at the gourmet à la carte restaurant, for those staying in the Adults-only section.  Selected imported, local alcohol and soft drinks.  Snacks at set times.

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Outdoor pool

With an adjoining whirlpool. Towels are provided from 9am 'til 5pm. Sunbeds and a shower area are also provided.

Evening entertainment programme

The party kicks off at 7pm with live music. Then there's a show at 9pm followed by a karaoke session. A live orchestra performs one night a week alongside dance shows and cabaret.

RiuLand kids' club

Open 7 days a week for kids aged 4-7 and 8-12 years.

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twin room in main section

Twin room sleeps 2 with twin beds and an open-plan bathroom with enclosed toilet.

twin room in adult section

Twin room sleeps 2 with twin beds and an open-plan bathroom with enclosed toilet. This room comes with a liquor dispenser, minibar, exclusive use of the adults-only pool with free Wi-Fi and exclusive use of the gourmet restaurant, with 1 visit per stay.

TripAdvisor Reviews Show more reviews »

Amazing hotel staff & service!!!!!!

Amazing what can I say, hotel is wow, rooms are great with fabulous sea views, pools great, food great, everything 5 star. Staff can't do enough for you. Considering everything is near enough imported, they do very well. Spa is also a must. Take enough sun creams shampoo etc with you as it's very limited & expensive out there. Animation ok , seen much better elsewhere but overall great holiday. More

MyaR123, Oxford

Total relaxation

We came back from this hotel just over a week ago after a 2 week holiday. It was just myself & my husband. We wanted a holiday of complete relaxation & that's what we got. We upgraded to the "adults only" section upon arrival & had a fabulous room. The whole hotel is spotless, no matter where you go in it & it is massive. The food in all the restaurants is wonderful (apart from the African one) which we didn't enjoy but that is purely taste. Yes, the sea is rough but mesmerising to watch & the beach is out of this world. The staff at this hotel cannot do enough for you. They are wonderful. We were worried about going as we had read some very negative reviews but now having been, I can honestly say, they are so wrong & wonder what hotel they were actually at!!! We would go again without a doubt. There will always be negative reviews about hotels, I guess but with this hotel, I found them not correct & think some people are way too fussy & picky. Whoever is reading this review. You will have a great time there. We did. More


Wonderful relaxing Break

We had read some of the poor reviews before setting off and were a little concerned. That is until we arrived and found them unfounded. Yes the hotel is in the middle of nowhere (but most places on Boa Vista are "remote") and the sea is a little rough but the beach is one of the best we've encountered. We spent a week as a couple in late September in the Santa Monica Adults only section. Even so, we also used the main swimming pool which was hardly littered with children as it was the school holiday and we really enjoyed one of the best swim up bars I've seen (it had remote tables in the pool set back from the bar to avoid the usual melee at the bar. The theme restaurants were very good in enabling you to mix up the evening meals and the food in the main restaurant (buffet style) was one of the best I've seen at a hotel of this size. The entertainment was OK during the evening but we've never considered this to be an essential. The room was a good size with an open bathroom and a balcony overlooking the sea. It was well equipped with TV and minibar with beer and soft drinks. If we were looking for something to improve it would be the wifi connectivity; only 2 areas where this is available and really could be improved. If the Government finally gets around to development and builds more hotels, the added competition will force wifi installation in the rooms. Overall, we had an excellent week and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel. Weather is as you would expect in the tropics, a shorter flight and much cheaper than the Caribbean.More

Michael B, Wokingham, United Kingdom

Stunning Beach

The excellent Customer service begins as soon as you reach the hotel, as we queued for reception we were given a cold drink. Although there were a lots of people to check in, it was done quickly and the staff were very friendly. Great start. This service with a smile continued throughout our holiday, from the cleaners, bars and restaurants. We upgraded to the adults only part, which we would definitely recommend, the family part for us was very busy and at times noisy, the adults part was complete opposite, very relaxing. Every part of the hotel was spotless. This complex was too large for us, this is just a personal thing, the main restaurant was quite noisy because of its size. In saying that the food was very good, with a large choice. We ate in the Gourmet restaurant one evening (for adult only section), this was small and more intimate, with service at the table, we preferred this. The beach is the most beautiful I have ever seen, unspoilt, hardly any people, paradise. If you want to swim, you may be disappointed, out of the 10 days, only one day had an amber flag the rest were red flag. If you do any trips we would definitely recommend seeing the turtles, only available at certain times of the year. We were so lucky as we got to see two, one of which laid her eggs inches from us, surreal moment, something we will not forget. Overall a very relaxing holiday, on a stunning beach, with great food and excellent customer service.More

Jane&Brad, Tring, United Kingdom

Relaxing holiday

This is a hotel you go to for relaxation, pay attention to previous reviews, if you like to get out and about this isn't the location for you. Boa Vista itself is very barren and other than the stunning beaches there is very little else to see on the island. Riu Touareg is currently the biggest hotel complex on the island and the grounds are lovely, an army of gardeners and domestics keep the hotel grounds immaculate and the place is spotlessly clean. Our room was cleaned to a high standard daily and it was lovely seeing what towel sculpture the maid would leave for us, tip them well, they work very hard. How anybody can complain about the food at this hotel I don't know, there was something for everyone and the salad bar was to die for. We ate at one of the special restaurants but personally we were so impressed with the main restaurant that we stuck with that and didn't bother with the speciality restaurants again. We upgraded to the adult only section when we got to the hotel it is soooo much cheaper than booking it through the holiday company, Thomson wanted an extra £1200 for us to upgrade for the fortnight, at the hotel we paid €26 per room per night......ridiculous how Thomson can justify charging so much more. There are a few negatives which is why I can't give the hotel 5 stars - lack of toilets! For such a large complex the lack of toilets blocks is silly, none near the restaurants or main pool areas? Hardly encourages people to move from the swim up bar or get out of the pool if you know what I mean! The entertainment is beyond dire, really really bad, think school shows only worse. The animation team do work hard but evening entertainment is ghastly. A 'professional' singer came in a few times and did a lady Gaga show and Tina Turner show, she was worse than the animation team, could not sing at all it was quite embarrassing to listen to. It would be nice if Riu Touareg being a 5 star hotel would get some decent entertainment in a few nights a week. The sea is very rough and please pay attention to the flags and be careful, apparently the All Inclusive waterspouts facilities have only been in use for 3 separate occasions in the 3 years the Touareg has been opened because of the dangerous ocean conditions. If you are looking for a totally chilled out 2 weeks with fab weather and nice food you will love the Touareg, if you are easily bored and need to go off complex give it a miss. PS as a word of warning for the size of the complex yon had to be lucky to get a lounger round the pool and this was the end of September, I would not touch the place in high season as it struggled with the number of guests, can't imagine what it would be like at full capacity!More

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