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.
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.
Stayed two weeks, fantastic staff and very friendly. There is nothing outside the complex, but you want for nothing.
The best excursion is on Quads from the beach. I shall certainly be coming back very soon.
Better than the Canaries.More
Good for couples but not child friendly!
We were travelling as a family with a sub-two year old child. The cabin crew were amazing both ways and couldnât do enough for us. We landed in the open air-air-port which was fine. We were then piled onto a very old non-air coned bus which was terrible both ways. It got so hot that they opened the main door while driving just to get some air in.
Check in was very busy and the welcome drink was very good. The check in was swift and they briefly explained the layout of the hotel and gave us a map. They say our cases would be sent to the room which was a help but they then sent us off to find our room on our own with a small baby. We were assured that it was just down and left but in such a big hotel it took us some time to find. Shame they couldnât have spared a porter to help us considering we had a baby.
The room was on the second floor with an ocean view which was great. Very spacious and well thought out with plenty of storage. We had a fridge which was a big help. The room started off with 2 bottles of water but for all additional bottles we had to collect them from reception which was a bit of a pain. For a 5 star hotel you would have thought hose keeping could have replaced the water.
Meals were of good standard but very bland after one week we soon saw the same old items coming round. After not seeing sprouts for a while we got to eat them every day if desired.
The staff in the food hall where oblivious to the residents and they would walk into you if we didnât stop and let them go. The welcome staff stood at the front door would often be on their phones texting, some welcome.
The pool area was well maintained and the entertainment staff where very good and did their best to involve everyone.
The beach was breath taking and very clean shame the waves were so big most of the time.More
111_Jimbo_uk, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Sand and Cigarettes
What everybody else has already said â more or less. I'll just note why I'm giving four instead of five.
Upset tummy for two days, and wife for almost two weeks. We weren't the only ones. There are a lot of flies. Oddly, though the plates are covered the food is not. The food's pretty good, but I don't know what else I can blame upset tummy on. Man overcome by heat at airport on return; turned out he was dehydrated because he'd been sick that morning. Don't get me wrong, they're not dropping like ... erm ... flies.
The hotel doesn't exactly discourage smoking. The courtyard (main evening meeting place where the show is) positively stinks with cigarette smoke in the evening. Ash trays everywhere (which stops people flicking their butts away). When I moved an ashtray from my table and put it on a different one, a waiter (who, granted, didn't see me moving it) brought it back. Thanks.
Poolside sunbathing congested. There really is nowhere else to drag a subbed for a bit of space and quietness. The music starts thumping at about half ten a.m. You can, of course, go to the beach, which is what I did; lots of sun beds there. The swim-up bar area is also congested. Filthy too, with people's suntan cream coming on their bodies â as well as God-know what else. One reviewer mentioned that the swim-up area is full of louts with tattoos. I can't say I saw any louts, though I did see many tattoos, some of them truly awful. Sometimes I forget that I too have a tattoo. The lout might have been me :o(
I should add, if you want to go to the adult section, pay when you arrive. They charge 26 euros per room per night. Cheaper that Thomson, but the section may be fully booked.More
No Stress... as promised
We wanted a relax vacation... and that is indeed what we got.
The hotel gave a very nice first impression, and the good impressions just continued...
Everything was very clean, well maintained, nice personel, nothing to complain about.
We did have the couples only section, and there we had nice swimming pool. The other section also had a large swimming pool, but we had the impression it was more crowded, so we were happy that we selected that section
The food was also well prepared, but we are no real 'buffet fans' so that got a bit boring after 10 days. Though we did have the option to use other restaurants. We did that 3 times (a-la-carte and times asian) and that was a welcome variation.
The entertainment-shows were ok, but also not more than that.
We took 4 trips
- the city of sal rei (not worth it according to me)
- catamaran trip (nothing extra when compared to other catamaran trips, but we always do one if we can)
- the north tour and south tour. Both 1/2 days, and they were ok. The island is ok, but not exciting.
One of the reasons for us to take these trips is to have some variation, and they are ok if that is your view on them.
The whether was always nice, but not always 100% sun (which is fine for us...)
All in all, a very nice stay, but 10 days is certainly enoughMore
Frank V, Schelle, Antwerpen, Belgium
Good Hotel - well done Riu
This is a realy good hotel. It's quite big and sprawling and built like a huge sand castle and is the same colour as the beach!
Spotlessly clean everywhere and spacious rooms - beds and pillows reasonably comfy. )I never sleep well anwhere away from home!)
The food is very good in all the restaurants, but there is no "a La Carte service" in any of them - it's all buffet style, but is not a problem - the Asian one is terrific.
Evening entertainment is about the best we've had anywhere - the team work so very hard, as do all of the staff, and they are ALL incredibly friendly and helpful.
We spent our time on the beach, as we prefer it quiet - there's lots of things going on around the pool and we find it too noisy for a couple of oldies! The beach is lovely, but we were there at a time when the sea was very rough - spectacular to watch the huge waves breaking on the shore - so it wasn't safe to go in - I'm guessing there are calmer times of the year.
There is free wi-fi in the reception area.
There is very little to do on Boa Vista, and no shopping, so be sure you only want to relax there if you are planning a visit - we were happy to soak up the sun and read!More
Items marked with * incur extra charges which are payable locally
Prices displayed in the 'top places to stay' section are the lowest prices available departing within the next 365 days. All offers are subject to very limited availability.
All prices shown are updated once every morning and therefore could change at any time during the day. All prices shown are per person and are based on 2 adults sharing unless otherwise stated. When selecting an offer you will be asked to enter in the number of adults and children travelling, the applicable price will then be displayed based on your chosen party size.
All offers are subject to availability. Thomson reserves the right to withdraw these offers at any time and without notice. For full booking terms and conditions pleaseclick here
Save up to £400 per couple on September & October holidays – Saving offer applies to new bookings only on selected Thomson package holidays booked on thomson.co.uk. Offer applies to holidays departing between 01 September & 31 October 2014 and is subject to limited availability. Savings is against brochure price. Excludes flight only, accommodation only and any other booking type. Additional supplements may apply. Saving is based on a minimum of 2 adults travelling. Thomson reserves the right to withdraw or change this offer at any time.