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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  • 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.

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Fantastic time at Riu Touareg

Just come back after a superb week in Cape Verde. We were looking for a weeks holiday where we could chill out and relax in the winter sun and this hotel ticked all the boxes. Lovely staff, great facilities, beautiful beach with wild sea (not for sea lovers, red flag every day) and great food and drink. A big however we stayed in the quite of the adult only section of the hotel which was quite and calm, the main hotel was a lot busier with lots going on and lots of children and real family hotel, so be warned it is a family hotel and if you want peace and quite go for the adult only section. (Nb there was a waiting list of people wanting to move into the adult only area) Have booked to go again in MarchMore

Wfec,

Riu Touareg ooh la la

Our first time to the Hotel and the Cape Verdi Islands and an ALL inclusive Hoilday deal. Initially, we had spent the first full day in the mainstream 'Mauve' section of the hotel and its pool and restaurant areas. It did not bode well from my first impression at all given the online photography lent the idea this was an absolutely first class hotel, but the amount of beer drinkers, tattoos and football shirts led me to believe I was in Benidorm not Cape Verdi. A early morning beach stroll enabled us to enter the complex off the beach at the other end of the complex from where we were asked to leave the area because it was exclusive area. A smaller but private pool, separate bar and lounge facilities abound..This is what I booked! Within 2 hours of marching up to reception we were relocated in the Adult section and our perfect holiday began..I cant tell you what a difference that made. We had a very excellent, relaxing and enjoyable Holiday. The Beach, the restaurants, the Gym, the Spa, the staff everything got better and better. We cant wait to go back! The alcohol is not strong, the food is abundant, the entertainment for us was not to our taste but lots of people enjoyed themselves...theres many things that could be improved a little but you could say that about almost anything these days...one thing though..6 hours on a tight 757 is not fun...make sure you book extra leg room and when theres a dispute the (thomson) reps will NOT back you up in a logical argument...ooer! The Hotel was marvellous...the island as desolate as desolate can be.. and the locals are poor beyond belief. Things are changing there now...im not convinced the Turtle population will see it for the better.More

Brad C, London

Couldnt Ask For More AMAZEING

Stayed from the 16/10/14 till 27/10/14 and when landed a little wait to get pass port stamped and you are stood out in the sun so make sure you arnt wraped up and got some water with you , got bags and out but to the hotel was ready and waiting a 30 min trip on a dirt drack witch was quite an experience lol then was on the new road to the hotel . Was greeted at reception with a cold drink and checked in , 20 euros each for tax to be there and was given room key and your bags can be taken up to your room if u wanted , the place is amazeing and big to we was in 6113 and there in 3 levels and theres 9 blocks of accommodation. Food there was so much choice and theres 3 speciality resturants that u can book 3 days in advance the African , Asian and the cabo verde , they were all amazeing the choice was unreal , the restuant for breckfast you had full English , continental and waffles n pancakes n cereal Lunch we was always at the pool so went to the snak bar witch had the same stuff but the choice you could very it a lot , and tea time in the restaurant was unreal I would say have a scout around 1st and make your choice as there's so much. The pool bar and sunbeds is clean n tidy and theres sun beds and thers seeting in the pool area were the bar is , plenty of beds to be had and you didn't feel squashed , if want to be adults only then you can up grade to the adults only bit but there was afew of them were we was in the pool but theres always a pool that you can relax in . The Staff need a lot of the credit they are so helpful and friendly and keep it all running like clockwork, the work rearly hard and are always happy to help, AC and fan in rooms and fridge but no kettle we sent on 3 trips , one to sal rey wich was very good and the quad bikeing was AMAZEING we did the 2hr and should have done the 4 hours as it was so enjoyable and did the monster truck trip wich I would say do as you see it all from a diferent prosective . All in all its a very special place , and yes will go back Just amazeingMore

vikki t, York, United Kingdom

Value-for-money resort, great beach/pool, but nothing on island

Positives: The resport is really well run, check-in for example meant despite a whole coach load arriving that we were in our room with our bags within half an hour. And it is CLEAN! The attention to detail is astounding. Every other time I used the toilet by the beach and pool, a lady was cleaning it. It was spotless, no water on the floor that makes you worry if it is water or not. I have seen them scrub floors on hand and knees, brush off pillars, etc etc. The pools (feels like one big pool) is lovely and the swim-up bar amazing (it's got seating areas, and it is so relaxing to sit there with a drink. It feels like a real treat). It is a salt-water pool, no chlorine needed, and when you swim in it you wouldn't notice it. Staff are good, efficient and friendly, don't expect a tip. Weird how no-one seems to leave tips. There are a few luxury touches such as the whirlpool in beautiful setting by the beach in the spa center (free access) and the whirlpool in the middle of the pool on the island site. On the island site are lots of sunbeds and with a canopy over it, it is a great area to sit if you want to avoid too much sun. Shaded areas can be hard to find, admittedly. The beach is picture-postcard, seriously pristine and stunning, with crabs running into the sea in the early morning. Powdery sand! There are very few mosquitoes and creepy crawlies. The resport has a decent enough gym, a nice spa, kids club etc. In the buffet they regularly serve smoked salmon, or serve dried french sausages, lovely Dutch and Spanish cheeses, superb. My negatives: the cooked food can be too salty, but still bland, not enough variety. The Asian restaurant is only Asian-inspired, their sushi is not really shushi f.e.. And the speciality restaurants are really just buffet restaurants. We thought the Cape Verdian one was best. Book a speciality restaurant as soon as you get there the next morning at 8am - you often can only book 3 days ahead as the first 2 nights are booked up. The beach is amazing but the surf is too strong. Huge booming waves, exciting to look at but not safe to swim in. I bet a 'green flag' is extremely rare. The toilets use recycled water (the island is extremely dry, so it's a sensible thing to do), but it often really smells rotten (sewage). By the Bereber bar by the beacjh area there was often the sewage smell if you sat by the pool too close to the restaurant area. Perhaps it was the loos there as they seemed to be closed off. They need to sort that issue out. Sometimes we were given hand towels that smelled of sewage, probably due to where they had been stored. Towels were swiftly changed upon request though. The resort is great, but there is little to do outside. We went on the full 4x4 tour, which was OK, we saw the most interesting things, but it was all rather naf. The noon landscape was worse than usual as not a drop of rain had fallen during the summer (normally it would rain 5 times). It rained twice in the evening during our stay so on our way back to the hotel some green weeds had appeared Would suit: couples looking for serious sunshine, bit of pampering and chill time by the pool, not having to worry about carrying money around or additional spending OR families with small children who will love the pools and kids club. There are activities by the animation team, but most people will just sit by the pool, sunbathe and read. My husband and I would go back if there was another good deal on. Tip: book long time in advance, then you get the best bargains.More

DutchCleo, London, United Kingdom

Certainly not 5 star

Where to start? I have to say that all the staff are wonderful, I have travelled extensively for 40 years and have never met such happy smiley people. The rooms are adequate, although the toilets tend to reek occasionally, they are kept very clean by an attentive maid service. The restaurant food is exceptional considering most things are imported, the brochure suggests men should wear long trousers in the dining room in the evening, this is not enforced and very few do. The bars are well stocked and service is quick. The evening entertainment is generally very amateur, although the boys and girls work extremely hard. Too many sun beds around the pool area, often difficult to find shade, and do we really need blaring music throughout the day? Best to sunbathe on the beach where there is a gentle breeze and plenty sun beds and umbrellas. I suspect the red flag flies 52 weeks of the year, every review mentions red flag flying. If you intend swimming in the sea forget it. This is definitely not a 5 star hotel, at best I would rate it 3+, Overall, an enjoyable holiday, would I return? No, if you are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday this is not the place for you, although it does seem to meet some peoples requirements as I met people who had been there 2 or 3 times.More

RonWestCountry, West Country

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