Hotel 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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  • 10Buildings
  • 881Rooms
  • Official Rating: 5 Star, local category


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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks
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 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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double room with balcony or terrace

These spacious rooms come with a double bed as well as a TV, shower and a balcony or terrace. Air-conditioning is also included. There is 1 extra bed in the bedroom.

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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Not a 5 star - more like 3 or 4 star!

First time visit to Cape Verde and probably the last. Flight was horrendous both outbound and return. Thomson use old 757's for a over 6 hour flight. It was cramped, uncomfortable and no entertainment. You don't even get a drink unless you pay but you do get a meal. Really an appalling journey and Thomson should be ashamed of themselves. I've had more comfort going on a 2 hour flight to Spain with Jet2! The journey to the hotel is interesting. The journey half way is on a dirt track and then road. There is literally nothing here at all and I mean nothing! Just barren land with some goats to look at. As you approach the hotel it's quite impressive because with literally nothing around it you can see how big it is! First impressions were just ok, it was very clean but definitely not 5 star! Check in was problem free and were given our room keys. Our rooms were in the block furthest away from the lobby so it was a bit of a trek. The room was very clean but quite dated! There is no tea or coffee making facilities in room. There is a fridge but no water, you have to get this from reception which is a pain! Our bed sheet had a cig burn on it and the toilet didn't flush! Not what you expect in a 5 star. The toilet was reported but it took 3 visits to reception before it was fixed. Not acceptable! The bathroom is not private at all which wasn't a problem for myself and my partner but maybe not ideal if you don't want your room mate to see you coming out of the shower. The weather was wonderful and the beach is beautiful but you can rarely swim in the sea as the red flag is constantly flying and the sea is very rough! There is no beach bar so if your on the beach you have to walk back to the pool area to get a drink. The pool is nice but can be noisy so we went on the beach most times as we could never get 4 sun beds together. The food was nice, something for everyone and you'd never go hungry. The main restaurant was like a typical self service canteen with people buzzing about everywhere. The speciality restaurants had to be booked 3 days in advance! The African is horrible and no different to the canteen. The Asian one was wonderful and we had the best meal in there by far. We didn't go to the fish restaurant. The entertainment was ok. Was just the entertainment staff miming (some better than others) to numerous songs. Nothing spectacular in my eyes. The staff are all very friendly and always say hello. All in all wasn't what I expected but had a relaxing week and if all you want is to relax, sunbathe, eat & drink and not leave the hotel it's just for you but don't expect 5 star luxury, it isn't!More

fastdaz, 186411

5 star Ha Ha

Riu Tourag review Room was fine. Very practical, lots of storage and quite spacious.  Nice African decor.  Towels are 3 star and bring your own toiletries as they are sub standard for a so called 5 star hotel. Bed comfy, showers always hot. Corridors very echoey so lots of noise from passers by. Food.... Always a huge choice. Something for everyone. But due to the sheer size of the main restaurant buffet, things were often a bit manic and the quality of the food and it's presentation did suffer. Very tricky trying to book the other restaurants due to the 3 Days in advance system.  Other areas.... Grounds are nice, well maintained, sun beds and pool area are looking tired but plenty of sunbeds.  Beach is beautiful - endless miles of sand in both directions. No trees or vegetation though so quite baron. Beach sunbeds are tired but functional. Generally a windy island so you can get a little sand blasted sometimes and waves can get very high. But still lots of people playing in the sea. No sign of life anywhere to be seen outside the area of the hotel. It's you and that book for the week. No town nearby - it's in the middle of nowhere 30 mins from the airport. About 30 euros in a cab. Staff.  They are friendly and smiley but can be rather slap dash. They just have too many guests to look after to give proper 5 star service. Check in was a nightmare ( if you book independently my advice is pay immediately when you book.  Do not take the option to defer the payment until 10 days before you arrive or try to pay on the day as no one has the slightest clue what's going on)!  Staff tend to be in a huge rush. Will listen to half of your drinks order before rushing off and getting it wrong. Service really is not 5 star. Partly due to the amount of people they have to deal with. It's a huge hotel and was incredibly busy over Christmas and new year.  But the service really suffers. If you're after a quiet week by the pool and are happy to have your drinks as they come then you'll be fine. If your expecting real 5 star attention to detail then you're in the wrong part of the world. More


First holiday with boyfriend

It was my first holiday with my boyfriend and I can say I had an amazing stay Everyone at the hotel was super friendly and welcoming, always attentive and very cautious towards all customers I have no negativity about the staff at all The hotel was beautiful... the pools amazing. . Everything super clean and very nice Highly recommend this hotel It's the perfect hotel for a get away .. if you want to be away from everything More

Liliana B,

Ripped off by Thomsons and Riu

first of make sure Thomsons don't rip you off like we have been, we're supposed to in the Adults only section according to what we were told when we booked the holiday total cost 1800 for one week. When we arrived at the hotel Last night we were told that we had not paid for the Adult Only section, even with a Gold Riu card, ( which I might add a Gold card automatically gives you a free upgrade ) but no not at this hotel !!! We said we would pay to be moved but fully booked apparently !!! so we have to fight for a sun bed squashed like sardines around the pool. I have been a member of Riu for many years but I think it's time I tried another hotel chain !!! More

Gail S,

Fantastic place for a winter sun break

Just returned from the Riu Touareg in Boa Vista the staff couldn't do enough to ensure we had everything we needed. Food in restaurants was well prepared, fresh and plentiful. An email to the hotel telling them I have some mobility problems was enough to ensure we had a ground floor room. Telling them it was my partner's 60th birthday present and our room was "dressed" and champagne was left for him to celebrate in style. The island's road are an adventure to be experienced especially the "off road" roads and tracks and the hotel's remote location means you need to be prepared to spend much of the time in this large resort - though at the moment you can take your choice on a patch of sand anywhere within a 16km radius along the beach adjacent to the hotel so if you can see someone else on the beach - it's crowded! Would have liked tea and coffee facilities in the room but it was just a shore walk to the bars or restaurants where there was plenty of choice. WiFi was only available in the main reception and bar area and sometimes it was a bit flaky. Mobile signal was intermittent too but I go on holiday to be on holiday not at the end of a phone!More

Thespesiasylv, 186298

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