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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Based on 3639 reviews

  • 881Rooms
  • 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 »

Fantastic hotel, great food and service. Need a fresh water pool.

Stayed here with my wife and 6yr old twin daughters in Oct 2012. Fantastic hotel with good sized rooms. Food was varied and of good quality. We particularly liked the kids club which catered really well for all age groups having age appropriate activities broken down into two groups. The only complaint we had was that there wasn't a fresh water pool, despite the hotel staff insisting that one was, which we couldn't find and they couldn't show us. Important to us as our girls love swimming and this tended to put them off going into the pools. That said, the hotel was excellent with a great animation team, clean and well presented. Boa Vista is a great place to explore too. I hired a car and we explored the island. Plenty to see and a diversity of landscapes. Of note were the town just down the road from the hotel, Santa Monica. Great to have a wander around and do some shopping. We also visited some other small villages on the roads heading back towards the airport. Quaint, old places with churches and old monuments. But the best place by far was Santa Maria beach! Has to be one of the best beaches in the world. Miles of unspoilt white powder sand just like out of a fantasy and what's more is that for over a mile each way there was no one on there. It really was amazing!More

Harveybbad, Derbyshire

Brilliant holiday, wish we were still there

Just got back from two weeks at this brilliant sandcastle hotel, had the best time ever and the staff were amazing and so much fun. Their motto was 'no stress' and that's exactly what we got....a stress free break. They were just so happy and helpful. Food was great, especially the Asian restaurant and the whole place was very clean. Gardens were beautiful, pool was perfect and the hubbies loved beer'o'clock at the pool bar. Seen some of the negative reviews and it absolutely amazes me what some people will moan about but everyone is entitled to their opinion - as far as our group was concerned, it's 5 star all the way.More

Debby C, London, United Kingdom

Relaxing break

We went to Boa Vista in 09 and on the island tour we were taken down a dusty track to a beautiful deserted beach and we were told that in a years time there would be a hotel here. The Touareg is that hotel. The flights were, as usual awful - having to pay for tea/coffee, cramped seats, no premium cabin, screaming babies! So glad to get off! The transfer takes about half an hour, no air conditioning on journey to the hotel but there was on return. The hotel itself is much larger than the Riu Karamboa on the west coast but a similar layout. Hotel staff were lovely, rooms clean with plenty of space. Lots of choice in the restaurant, I had something different every day. Lots of space in the pool area with different zones etc. The beach was wonderful, you could walk for hours/miles and because the hotel is miles from anywhere, you feel totally safe. Our only bugbear was the quality of the build. Corridors were marked and grubby where the porters had been with their trolleys, tiles missing around the pool edge, a mirror in the foyer toilets with sealant ( like bathroom sealant) around the edges that had been left roughly piped on and not smoothed. Apart from that we had a lovely relaxing break.More

carolherefordshire, Worcester, United Kingdom

Lovely hotel, lacking fun!

Just back from Boa Vista after a 14 night stay in the Riu Touareg. It's a lovely hotel but wouldn't say it deserves it's 5 star rating. We booked a family room with separate bedroom and were surprised at how small it was in comparison to other hotels we've been to. The room was clean enough, but could have been better. Lots of bleach used in the loo, which I think was to disguise the dreadful smell of sewage that wafted around the resort from time to time. The buffet and restaurants offers a wide selection of good food, with table service for drinks. I'm a fussy eater but found plenty to keep me going at every meal for the fortnight we were there. The bars are good too, with a wide selection of drinks on offer from peppermint tea and lattes, to piña coladas and tequila sunrises. The poolside is crammed full of loungers, some offering very little shade. My recommendation is if you find a spot that suits you, get up early and pop your towels down! Some folks are there from as early as 7am soaking up the rays. One thing that struck us that we hadn't picked up in any of the reviews we read was the average age of guests was raised by the large number of over 60's. At times it felt like a Saga holiday. There were very few young children, especially the first week, and only a handful of teenage kids. This may be a bonus for some! We took bad with the number of smokers, and it's a shame that there isn't a poolside no smoking area, nor is there an outdoor shaded no smoking area in the marketplace. The staff in the hotel were fantastic and work long, hard hours always with a smile on their faces! I couldn't fault them at all. The entertainment team work hard, and it's the usual cheesy holiday resort poolside games and shows that keep you amused every day. Unfortunately, the whole place seemed to lack a bit of energy and these guys played to a tough audience almost every night. The beach is beautiful, and that's what Cape Verde is all about. The hotel is on the edge of nowhere and there's literally nothing to do but relax and soak up the sun. We took a couple of tours with a local company, Giggling Ghekos and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. My recommendation would be to book in advance of your holiday and time them so you have at least one day out per week. We enjoyed our holiday and would recommend it for those looking to relax in the sun and do nothing much else.More

16mel, Perth, United Kingdom

Great. Loved it

What a fabulous place. Top marks to Riu for the value of the all-inclusive and the quality of the resort. Food was excellent, you won't be bored with the choices and it's hot. Restaurant very clean and there is access to the 24 hour snack bar at the Riu next door if you get peckish later in the evenings. Excellent sandy beach with plenty of sun beds. Worth a trip to the salt mine with the chance to swim in a pool 28 times saltier than the sea. We loved this! Top marks. Would happily go backMore

Dave2014TA, Bromsgrove, United Kingdom

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