Hotel 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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  • 10Buildings
  • 881Rooms
  • Official Rating: 5 Star, local category


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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks
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 freshwater pool

Large in size, the freshwater pool here comes with the added luxury of in-water loungers, a whirlpool bath and swim-up bar. Plus, it's heated during the winter months and towels are on hand from 9am 'til 5pm.

Spa and wellness centre*

You'll find the spa on the beachfront, offering an extensive selection of treatments including massages such as Swedish and deep tissue, facials, body wraps, nail treatments and waxing. The Turkish bath and sauna are for adults only.

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.

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double room with balcony or terrace

These spacious rooms come with a double bed as well as a TV, shower and a balcony or terrace. Air-conditioning is also included. There is 1 extra bed in the bedroom.

double room

With bright colours and bold patterns, double rooms have an African feel about them. Other features include a separate bathroom with shower and a balcony or terrace. Air-conditioning and a TV are also included.

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Lovely hotel,shame wasn't told of ongoing building work in the adult section,very noisy and wasn't acceptable

Great food choices,pools good,entertainment acceptable if your happy to stay at this hotel as nowhere to venture out. Sea gorgeous but red flag everyday cannot swim. On arrival our room overlooked the building work,asked to change next day to ground floor room,unpacked only to be told that our room had cockroaches!! Lost two days of our holls tooing and froing from rooms. Complaint put into Thomson awaiting some refundMore


A beautiful oasis on the white sandy beach

We have just returned from a fantastic 11 night holiday at this amazing Hotel. Our first view of this Hotel was from the plane and it looked like a beautiful oasis surrounded by blue skies and a white sandy beach. This hotel is the has been beautifully designed and the impressive reception is welcoming and tastefully decorated with African artwork and pottery - no expense has been spared. This continues throughout the entire complex. Beautiful gardens separate the individual apartment blocks which are well signposted. The accommodation (we had a twin room)is of the same high standard with lots of storage space, a safe, hairdryer and a fridge. Complimentary bottled water in placed in the room daily and the standard of cleanliness is superb. The hotel is currently extending at the moment so there is some building work going on however, we were not disturbed by the activity although if the room were near the actual building area families with children might find the occasional noise an irritant as the workers are there from around 8:00am to around 8:00 pm which may disturb sleeping children. Every effort has been made however to minimise any inconvenience. The quality and food selection is excellent, there is a huge amount of choice and the dining and snack bar areas are spacious. The service is second to none the staff are helpful very friendly and super efficient. Unfortunately whilst cold drinks are served throughout your meal they do not serve hot drinks and these need to be collected from the coffee bar adjacent to the restaurant. There is definitely something for everyone. There are a selection dining alternatives, these can be booked 3 days in advance and include, Asian and African cuisine. There is also a small night club for those who fancy something more lively and in addition live entertainment is performed every night, this was also very good. The Hotel is very remote so there its not possible to walk into to shops or bars however there are a few shops within the complex that sell a variety of gifts, clothes and confectionery which are very reasonably priced. Take Euros with you as these are accepted on the island, the local currently is the Portuguese Escudo which are worthless once you leave the Island. The cash points pay out in Escudo's so be careful that you don't take out too much money as you cannot use it anywhere else. There are a wide selection of excursions to choose from inc. quad biking around the Island (which is fab fun), a catamaran trip on the "Sea Turtle" which is a relaxed trip, stopping to give you a chance to have a swim (you might see turtles) and then on to lunch at a secluded little beach restaurant and then a leisurely trip home. The pools are salt water and again a spotlessly clean as is the poolside area. There is a small entertainments team who keep everyone entertained during the day (optional). Great atmosphere if you get involved or would rather chill out with a book. There is a fully equipped gym with spa facilities in a superb location with the Hotel and the gym looks out on white sand and the saphire blue ocean. There are qualified therapists if you feel like a pampering massage or manicure/pedicure. If you have overdone in the sun there is also a cooling Aloe Vera wrap treatment (recommended). The prices for the treatments are very reasonable too. The beach walks are superb however the ocean current can be fierce - flags will be clearly on display to confirm weather swimming is recommended or not. This holiday is definitely one to consider I would definitely recommend it.More

Tina N, 186220

chilled out and relaxed in the African sun

This is the first time we have ever returned to the same place, but after last years fantastic holiday we couldnt not come back. The hotel complex is fantastic, brilliantly set out and presented. The weather is great ambiant temperature at this time of year is around 25 to 30 degree. But beware the african sun is extremely strong, the direct sunlight temperature can hit 50+. There is a constant wind that hides its strenght, so its easy to get burnt. At this time of year there are no mossies in boa vista.....people claim there are as they got bit, but i got bit and watched the fly land on the exact spot on my finger where the bite flared up 2 hours later. That and my fiancee is a mossie honey trap, I take her as my mozzie deterent as they bite her before me! if they are there she gets eaten and comes out in big blisters.......she didnt get any bites. They are building more rooms and facilities at the moment, which has meant the site is quieter than before as people just transfered to the hotel in the north.....but we didnt get disturbed by the works, we were in block 2 which was next to part of the new development, and we heard nothing in the room. The issue with the fewer people is the chef has less to spend so we felt there was less food choice this year. If your in construction you may wonder where the h&s is on the sites and how the buildings actually stand up! The good thing about fewer people is the ease of getting a sun bed, or a booking in the speciallity restaurants. The staff are fantastic they cant do enough for you.......i have to mention Paris in the restaurant, he never stopped smiling, appearing with drink top ups, chatting to the quests in a variety of languages and Daniel on the bar who remembered what you drank and what you were chatting about the day before......but all the staff were fantastic. The entertainment at night though is a litle poor and hadnt changed from last year. Most night we were back in our room by 10.30 watching a film. This would be the one thing they need to sort, more things to do at night. We will go back at some point because the resort, weather, staff and facilities are perfect.....but would go vack with friends so we could make more of our own entertainment at nightMore


Mixed views

We came away from the Touareg with mixed views. We arrived having picked up a bug and we spent our time wondering whether this coloured our views on the food, wine etc. What was the case was that for less than £600 each this was a good value week in the sun. Compared with other all inclusives, the other side of the atlantic, we thought the food was a bit more limited and weighted towards "fast food", but this and our dislike of the wine (unheard of previously) may be more down to us being a bit under the weather. However two down sides were the number of people smoking, which made it less pleasant eating outside the restaurants , and that we moved room because of noise from the building work. On the positive side, the sea was impressive, the staff friendly, and the pool staff enforced the rule that unattended pool loungers before 9am would have their towels and books removed. On the latter we observed a new trick by a German couple in the pool side battle for loungers. They reserved 2 sets of loungers in different places and then rotated as their need for sun and shade changed. My best "Paddington Bear stare" led to them removing one set in sheepishly! We didn't enjoy our stay as much as we'd have liked, but given we weren't feeling grea,t and it provided a week of blue sky at 28c in April, and a lovely beach to walk for a very reasonable price, we would not count it out in future.More

PeaceFoodandaSnorkel, 186302

Plesantly surprised

We have just returned back from the Riu Touareg, I must say after reading some of the negative post about building work, we did think oh no this will be a nightmare. When we arrived at check in we were given keys to our room we traveled with out Daughter and son in law so off we went to room , found room what was at side of us yes the building site, but we unpacked thought we are not in room for long so may not be to bad, but the next morning we could hear the lorrys coming in bleeping also in our room we had bad drain smell from sink we plugged it but was to much to put up with. We went to see Thomson rep Mark he got it sorted for us so myself and my Daughter also got moved, we were moved to the 600 block which was great central to every where. We spent most of our holiday on the beach, the building work was going on but I can honestly say it didn't bother us at all in fact we were watch it go up in stages. Back to the beach we only had one yellow flag, the rest were red the sea is very very rough so take note of the flags. Food was good Asan restaurant was very nice we enjoyed very much, that was on the Saturday tried to book again for Monday shame they don't open on Monday seems crazy to me, Road from airport is very bumpy for about 10 to 15 mins then smooth again. I must say a great big thank you to ROMINA she looked after us so well in the main restaurant at lunch time what a fantastic personality she has she made so many people laugh. Hope management make a note of this she is sure an great member of staff, also all the bar staff are fantastic. Hope this has helped anyone going. Enjoy Just wanted to add we left our safe open twice what are we like, when we returned to our room both times they had put a do not disturb sign on our door how honest is that well done Cleaning staff.More


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Hotel Riu Touareg
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