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. that you'll get access to if you stay in the adults-only rooms.
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Based On 7143 reviews
- Official Rating: 5 Star, local category
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Food & Drink
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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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junior suite with balcony or terrace and whirlpool bath
twin room with balcony or terrace
Twin room sleeps 2 with twin beds and an open-plan bathroom with enclosed toilet. An African theme comes courtesy of earthy tones and striking patterns. This room comes with air-conditioning and a shower. There is also either a balcony or a terrace.
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Terrible odour of drains and a beach to dangerous to swim in
Stayed for 2 weeks, very major problem and are all the toilets which use recycled water to flush. The room we upgraded to escape the bad odour of the first room we stayed in was no different . The smell if you flush the toilets from the cistern was horrific had to spend two weeks filling a bucket from the bath to flush the toilet to stop the room stinking like a sewer as it was on a clean water supply. Plus another major set back was the beach where you could not go into the water, it has a permanent red flag as the breaking waves and rips made it to dangerous to enter. Food was nothing special even the themed restaurants where disappointing. More
Just returned from the riu Touareg hotel it's just amazing loved everything about this place.its about 45 mins from the airport driving through a little like shantytown town then onto a dust trap where there's nothing but lots of goats wondering around.the first site of the complex I thought wow.on arrival we had welcome drinks served in this massive reception area,a porter carried our cases to our room.we only booked 2 weeks before but was so lucky to have a room central to everything overlooking the pools and beach.my friend and I had a family room with a huge double bed plus a sofa bed.we had three wardrobes plenty of hangers a mini fridge with is filled every day with 2 bottles of water.the safe is free there's a hairdryer in the bathroom with free shower cap soap and a shower gel dispenser no shampoo.make sure you take some as no shops around and shop on complex really expensive 950euros shampoo 16euros sun cream 750euros nail varnish remover.the rooms are cleaned every day plus clean towels which I have to admit aren't nice fluffy ones you'd expect in a 5* bedding is changed regularly.they have specialty restaurants which we expected to be waiter service but it's self service these are 7pm and 9pm sittings.the grill one is not really a grill as no steaks it's much the same as the main restaurant so is the Italian the Asian one was different plus they had a Cape Verde restaurant which we never tried as a lot of fish.the holiday is 24a/i.i honestly couldn't fault the food and I'm really a fussy eater,yes people say it's repetitive but there's so much to choose from they think of just about everything.right down to Nutella,hp sauce the porridge is lovely pancakes,waffles you name it,it's there.every night there's a big joint of meat lamb pork beef duck gammon,fresh prawns mussels Yorkshire puddings,the fruit and salad are great.you won't go hungry here.all staff whether it's cleaners gardeners bar staff waiting staff are immaculately clean and tidy very friendly and polite and can't do enough for you yet they work so dam hard.they work tirelessly keeping the place clean it's the holiday makers that are too lazy to put fag packets or dog ends in the bins they even dump they're empty glasses in the bushes.they just get up leave sun beds with all they're rubbish and glasses under them,I felt so sorry for the staff.the grounds are so well kept everything so green.you get clean beach towels every day.we were lucky to see whales in the sea 2 days running,sea has a strong current so red flag up all the time lifeguards on duty all day,the beach is amazing just miles of white sand and turquoise sea.entertainment outside starts with a couple of singers then 9-10pm is the main show 10-midnight is the karaoke bar then midnight -2am nightclub.for the amount of people there as it is huge we never heard any noise at night.what I really liked is the management greeted you at night into the dining room and they held a managers beach party once a week where the manager was there making the punch,then each manager was introduced from main man down to head of restaurant bar housekeeper they got up and danced one by one with a guest or member of staff.we made so many friends it's definitely the most friendliest places I have ever been to.unless you do the trips you are stuck on this complex as there's nowhere around.there are a couple of stalls on the beach selling handmade jewellery wooden ornaments paintings key rings and fridge magnets.i didn't want to leave this place and can't wait to go back.the worse thing was Thompson plane no leg room no entertainment on board going out and coming back the same toilet was out of order so long queues as 3 toilets for whole of plane.going out we had to pay for tea or coffee with our breakfast yet returning it was freeMore
Firstly I'm surprised at some people's reviews as they obviously have not done their research. We had a lovely holiday, despite it being cloudy for 5 out of the 7 days. Yes it is rated 5 star, but be realistic. This island only opened to mass tourism this decade, virtually everything is imported and obviously still relatively new to international service standards, so don't think your 5 star will be like the Ritz Carlton. Firstly most TUI UK flights are on a 757 which is a brilliant aircraft to cope with the length of journey flying wise and the small runway at BOA. However these are approx 20 years old and nearing retirement so don't expect comfort or inflight entertainment so take a good book or film on your tablet and upgrade to extra legroom. The Thomson package includes your 25 Euro entry visa, if you don't get that sorted before you travel you will have to pay on arrival at airport . We were a last minute booking so had to pay the money in cash on arrival. Just give the receipt to your rep at the hotel and they will refund you. You also pay 2e pppn local tax at the hotel . The transfer is about 25 minutes, take a pen as you will need to complete your hotel registration card on the bus. Check in is easy despite the majority of the flight staying at both RIUs. We were in the new block 9. The furthest block which is no more than a 5 mins walk. The room was nice and the only issue was the electric supply kept tripping out when too many lights etc on. This was a bit of a nuisance. The maid was in every day and sheets changed mid week. The infinity pool is nice and relaxing. The wifi is pretty good in all the public areas. It seemed to be busiest after breakfast. The main buffet has lots of choice, we really enjoyed it. If you don't like peak time queuing and selfish folk, go approx 9.30 for breakfast 14.15 for lunch and 21.15 for dinner. You have 4 a la cartes to chose from and are booked up to 3 days in advance over 2 sittings. None are waiter served so just think of them as alternative buffets. The Berber grill isn't great, and also too many cats begging for tit bits. The Italian was the best and Asian pretty good. We didn't do the Cape Verde one as it was quite fishy and didn't hear many good reviews. The all included drinks are ok, slightly watered down, so if you want a strong drink go for the Caprihna cocktail. They are great. The majority of the staff are delightful, especially the girls. They are so polite and friendly. The main reception staff are ok, they don't really seem to fully get you or come across that they will see your requests through to their conclusion. We didn't really get involved with the animation team and avoided the 9pm main show. It all looked pretty amateur. Most guests seem to be in bed by 11/12 apart from the karaoke bar. Shame there wasn't a couple of nice evening bars with live music as that karaoke bar of brits screaming out My Way or Delilah really isn't great. The gym is good enough for a quick work out and we had a brilliant massage so that's worth doing if it's cloudy. In summary we had a really nice time. The hotel is catered for the masses, but of a good standard. It's a nice place to chill. We probably wouldn't go back but try Sal next time.More
Just got back from a fantastic week here. Drive from airport was just under 30 mins. which wasn't as bad as some of reviews i have read on here. The hotel is massive but never felt over crowded and the grounds and pool areas were always clean and well looked after, the odd goat that walked round pool area were soon chased off and the cats never bothered us once. Our room (6214) was cleaned every day and over looked the beach. We had 2 bottles of water left in room every day. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and do an amazing job serving people, cleaning and keeping you entertained. Food & drinks were always good and plentiful. The beach did have a red flag every day as sea was very rough but didnt stop us from spending time on beach and we did see a few people going into sea by dodging the waves. Please dont listen to all the bad reviews you read on here as we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be going back next year.More
Another lovely holiday
We have just returned from another very relaxing holiday in the Riu Touareg and it remains one of our favourite hotels. First impression was the friendliness of the staff in the hotel throughout. We arrived amongst a large crowd of holidaymakers booking in, yet the staff remained calm, friendly and very efficient until the last customer was served. Indeed, the entire staff were so courteous, and even the cleaning and maintenance staff would always welcome us with a smile and a "hello", just in the passing. The catering was excellent, with the food varied and delicious and the bars served up some lovely cocktails, etc., on demand. The animation team were very entertaining throughout, including their shows in the evening, which were always well attended. It may not be for people looking for non-stop "all action" holidays, but for people like us who just want to relax and be pampered for a week or two, it is perfect. Roll on next year. W. P. TurnbullMore
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