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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There is nothing negative to say about this hotel.
We arrived on the Tuesday and check in was quick. (Tip: get a taxi from the airport rather than company tour bus... you get there about 10 mins earlier but it avoids having to queue at check in for an hour! Cost is around 30 Euros).
The receptionist noticed from my husbands passport that it was his birthday. An hour later a bottle of champagne was delivered to our room and an offer of a room upgrade the following day!
The restaurant is a self service style which is appropriate for the volume of guests and whilst it can seem a bit chaotic, there is always an abundance of food and the atmosphere is great. If you are expecting waiter service, there isn't any but it doesn't take away from the experience.
The pool is amazing... a bit chilly but it takes the sting out of the heat! ~There is a constant breeze but it didn't blow a hooly and it was welcome.
I would recommend taking some beach towels as the hotel towels are tiny.
A visit to the spa is also recommended with a 50 min hot stone massage at 50 Euros it is very reasonable.
There is a watersport centre on the beach and my husband went boat fishing and caught over 60 fish in 2 hours... amazing...
if you read the negative reviews it may give you cold feet... all I can say is that some people are never satisfied..... this is a great hotel with lovely staff and exceptional food...... I urge you to go... you will love it!More
Loobylou1200, Northampton, United Kingdom
Food excellent, staff excellent, food choice excellent. Great holiday for chilling. Only gripe - bedroom was subject to outside noise from other guests coming and going. Halls are tiled instead of carpeted and therefore echo. Try to get a bedroom facing out.More
John F, Southwell, United Kingdom
No where better
Just got back from a weeks stay in this beautiful hotel. Some people that have left reviews on this site have said its a 3 star resort???? We'll take a look at the pictures. 4 pools. 1 main Restraunt and 4 speciality Restraunts. All great in every way. 5 star all the way. The staff are really friendly and bar staff are quick. The rooms clean and tidy I can really recommend the adult only section if you have no kids with you as there's a mini bar including optics in your room. You have your own pool and pool bar. Champagne all night. The beaches are something else. The red flag is flying most days but if your carefull you can still have a paddle. When we were there we had a trip out with a company called giggling geckos. Would recommend them too and book before you get there as the trips sell out really quick. Great value for money too. The food in all the restraints and snack bars is great. The road from the airport is really rough for the first half but the last half is ok. not a problem though would go back tomorrow.More
Southportcrew, Southport, United Kingdom
Very relaxing stay - and ate too much!
We travelled as a family (children 13 & 9) for a 10 night stay in April with a view to having a relaxing break and that's exactly what we achieved.
Some of the negative reviews for this hotel point to the standard as not being 5 star and that may very well be correct, but given the location and the fact everything has to be imported into this isolated location they certainly give it a good try.
The staff in all areas of the hotel are fabulous and friendly and the service offered was great. You do indeed have to actually walk up to the bar yourself but when you get there the people serving you were some of the politest I have come across and many were genuinely good fun. We tested the wine and beer at great length and, whilst they might not win any awards, they were fine and did the job. The food was plentiful, varied and fresh - you could happily have a different meal every day for each of breakfast, lunch and dinner from what was on offer and, unlike some, we were not disappointed by the quality. Whilst you could experiment, there was plenty of 'standard fare' on offer and our children ate well. We booked two evenings in the Boa Vista and Asian restaurants which made for a pleasant change of environment from the large general one and some different dishes.
The hotel is in very isolated location on the south of the island. There is literally nothing to do around it other than to walk on the pristine beach. This was fantastic - wonderful sand and faultlessly clean. Whilst the red flag was up all week and we didn't swim in the sea, just a few minutes walking along the shore takes you away from the hotel and was a great experience in itself. It was relentlessly windy all the time we were there but it was a warm wind and didn't distract from the pleasure of being in a warm place following our winter. If you want to see more of the island you will need to do an organised tour - we would recommend Giggling Geckos to do this for the personal service offered.
The nature of the hotel means that you can slow down to a virtual stop if you wish or get involved in the offered activities run by the enthusiastic staff. Whilst the family lounged I got involved in beach volleyball, boules, darts and water polo, all of which were great fun and meant mixing with guests of other nationalities. The pool is chilly initially but 'ok once you're in' and our kids spent a huge amount of time in it. It's fair to say that the evening entertainment isn't West End quality but was well meaning and performed enthusiastically - the kids loved it.
The rooms we had were absolutely fine and, like all the public areas of the hotel, scrupulously clean with daily animals made by the maid out of the towels and bedding. The only downside from the way they are laid out is that due to the tiled nature of the floors in rooms and the corridors sound travels very easily and were you to get some inconsiderate neighbours then it could become a problem.
The flight is fairly long and devoid of entertainment but if you stock up on books, music or films for tablets then it passes quickly enough. The meals that were provided in each direction were better than we were expecting from the reviews but be beware that you have to buy drinks - make sure you have enough sterling if you want to do this as the Euro exchange rate was very poor.
Overall, if you go with the expectation of just relaxing and eating well then you will not be disappointed by the Riu Touareg.More
Keith M, Bournemouth, United Kingdom
We stayed at this wonderful hotel for two weeks in March and loved it so much we are going back again in May and although we have travelled a lot we have never felt we wanted to revisit a hotel before.If you want an excellently run hotel with amazing food and faultless service then you can do no better than this. Don't listen to these people who are not happy unless they are complaining about something!More