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 4087 reviews
- Official Rating: 5 Star, local category
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Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
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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This outdoor pool has 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 seven days a week for kids aged 4-7 and 8-12 years.
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This hotel was such a relaxing chilled out holiday! The transfer had a great rep who clearly knew lots about the islands, the language and the history - some of the "roads" are unfinished and a bit bumpy but its all part of going to Cape Verde. Check in was such an east process as we arrived we were given a cold drink and checked in quickly. Our bags brought to room which were spotless and well air conditioned - and the toilet has a door. The fridge in room had bottles of water cold. You could get as many as you wanted from reception FREE OF CHARGE! Pool was lovely and we never struggled to get beds together. The beach is fantastic and again, always plenty of free sunbeds available. The food is excellent with plenty of choice. The karaoke bar is good fun and run by two great guys who will give you a taste of the local music if no one puts their name down to sing! Overall the place is very clean and not once did I see a dirty table or floor - the public toilets are immaculate and are clearly cleaned constantly with lots of bleach!!More
Just returned from a 1 week trip over half term with a 15 year old and a 10 year old - and they already want to book again next year!! The transfer had a great rep who clearly knew lots about the islands, the language and the history - some of the "roads" are unfinished and a bit bumpy but embrace the fact that this is an unspoilt, non commercial island and enjoy the experience! Check in was flawless ...handed a cold drink on arrival and passed through a well staffed reception very quickly. Bags brought to room which were spotless and well air conditioned - and the toilet has a door!! Fridge in room to keep bottles of water cold and a safe for your passports etc ...can't quite believe people being put out by having to collect their own "free" bottles of water from reception - which were plentiful ...so many other hotels would have taken this as an opportunity to charge!!! Pool was lovely and we never struggled to get 4 beds together no matter what time of day we turned up! The beach is fantastic and again, always plenty of free sunbeds available. We all went in the water when the red flag was up as we didn't want to swim so didn't go out beyond waist height - the waves are strong when they break and can knock you off your feet (much to my daughters amusement) but it was great fun and the water is crystal clear. The food is excellent with plenty of choice and we never struggled to find a table. The restaurant staff are fantastic and are beaming with smiles for everyone! The African and Asian themed restaurants are a must ...so good we went back twice! The entertainment is fun with lots of dances for kids to learn in the mini disco - just remember you're not in the west end and appreciate the hard work that's clearly gone into coreographing and practising the shows and you will enjoy the sheer pleasure that is eminating from the team as they entertain you. The karaoke bar is good fun and run by two great guys who will give you a taste of the local music if no one puts their name down to sing! All the bars are incredibly efficient and even at their busiest, you are not left standing around for longer than a few minutes. Overall the place is very clean and not once did I see a dirty table or floor - the public toilets are immaculate and are clearly cleaned constantly with lots of bleach!! Glasses, cups, plates etc are all collected and recycled quickly so there is never a shortage and with all soft drinks, hot drinks, white/rose/red wine and lager on tap with plenty of ice alongside - you won't go thirsty! It's hard to fathom how a 24-7, all inclusive hotel of this size can be run so efficiently whilst providing a fantastic holiday experience - but it does!! I'm not one to return to the same place twice but I will certainly be returning to this wonderful island and hotel with great staff - as said by others we were sorry to leave, wished we had booked for longer and are incredibly jealous of anyone going ...relax, enjoy and remember ...no stress!!More
We stayed for 11 days last January. First thoughts were WOW! Efficient service at airport and transfer, checking in was ok, room and entire complex was beyond clean! What lovely friendly staff. Then we went to eat, the same thing day in day out! The same cheap, revolting wine, day in day out. I lost count of the amount of times I had to ask for alcohol to be added to my cocktail! We thought we would be able to book to do things when we arrived, only to fine everything was fully booked! Even the one a la carte resteraunt. Every resteraunt served the same food, every night the entertainment felt more and more like Butlins with sun! Thank goodness we had booked for adults only. I agree with review about having to go to reception for water and mini bar only being restocked every couple of days, really not deserving of the star rating overall, but a pleasant holiday non the less. A couple of beach barbeque nights would have been niceMore
Saz196915, Braintree, United Kingdom
5* Hotel ? I think not.
Lovely island, lovely and warm for February. BUT..... 30 wait at check in. Then told conflicting information about restaurant times and how to book. Given map to our room in the Adults only section of the Hotel told our bags would be delivered to the room. Hour later still waiting for our bags. Room had a mini bar with soft drinks and beer, but was only re-filled every other day and no coffee making facilities. Water (required for drinking etc,) was never replenished had to go to reception to get bottles. The pool area was a delight apart from towels placed every where by people at 7am every morning despite signs saying they would be removed they never were, so if you want a sunbed by the pool its a 6.30 am wake up. The pool area in nice and quite with very polite attentive staff at the pool bar and the twice weekly pool party with prosecco was very nice, you guessed it theres a but, the little petrol carts the staff run around on go straight past between the pool bar and the pool, so every now and then you get a little motor whizzing past. The food is plentiful and very well cooked and presented, with a good vegetarian choice. The buffet style in all but the Adults only Gourmet restaurant (which by the way is about the only 5* thing about this hotel) Running out of the will to complete this review. Thomsons call it 5T Platinum Hotel. Personally I would rate it 4T Tin ant best it falls a long way short of 5*. Thomson reps by the way are wonderful I mentioned in a casual (very quick) conversation with one of the ladys that it was my partners @@ birthday (she will kill me if I put it here) and on the day we returned to the room to find a card and a bottle of prosecco wishing her a happy birthday.More
David N, East Grinstead, United Kingdom
Fantastic on every level!
What a great holiday! Cannnot praise the whole holiday enough - best hotel every stayed in - Big and sprawling but had that intimate friendly feel, suitable for every age group. We went for our Ruby Wedding Anniversary the beginning of February and were not disappointed. Spotlessly clean, friendly helpful staff - always smiling and the food was varied, plentiful and delicious. The gardens, pools and sunbathing areas were great - no shortage of sunbeds whatever time of day! The local entertainment team were the best ever - made you laugh and got most people joining in - the aqua aerobics every day were great fun, as were all the other activities - plenty to do if you wanted it - if not so relaxing. The break coincided with my birthday on arrival day and no sooner had we got settled a knock of our door brought a bottle of bubbly on a tray with two glasses from the Reception team - what a welcome! Have recommended this holiday to everyone and would definitely come back again. Missing it already! Lynne and Terry Barry - CardiffMore
Lynne B, Cardiff, United Kingdom
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