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.
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.
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.
Adults-only junior suites have either a balcony or terrace and come with a double bed, Jacuzzi® and shower. There is also air-conditioning. And as they are in the adults-only part of the hotel, you'll get access to a pool reserved for guests in this section.
Suites come with a balcony or terrace bringing in lots of natural light. They all feature African-inspired colours and patterns throughout. Other features include a separate bathroom with shower. Air-conditioning and a TV are also included.
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This is not a 5* hotel and should not be advertised as one. The brochure description is misleading and states numerous pools, it has one( apart from the adult only one) divided by small walk ways. The fight and transfer was as expected. This hotel is huge, and is impressive on first site, and looks as if it might promise a great deal in reality it delivers very little. The services are minimal . There is no porter service , no waiter service in the bars or the restaurants. The beach has no facilities , no bar and no toilets.It does have lots of broken sunbeds! The snack bars are really poor serving poor quality food , however in general the food is good but always cold. Having said hat we were not ill. We only ate in the main restaurant twice . It is so busy more like a works canteen. The pools are packed like sardines even the adult only one . At night it is very difficult to find a seat and no where were non smokers can go. We had to go back to our rooms as I am asthmatic, and the smokey environment was just too toxic. Our room in the adult only section was pretty basic. The smell from the drains is dreadful both in the rooms and throughout the complex. There is a serious issue here.We paid for an upgrade of 26 euros per night but spoke to another guest who only paid 4 euros per night ! We were denied water from the bar in the adult only section and told to get it from the room, The only problem with that was the the bar was not always filled as it should have been. We have stayed in Rius before and this one falls sadly short of the standard of any 5* that we have stayed in before, The staff are pleasant and try hard and the hotel appeared to be clean, The building work is invasive and will get worse. It is scheduled to go on until November. Not much peace and quiet I'm afraid.The complex has the potential to be a luxury hotel on the lines of Sandals but is catering for the masses and it just doesn't work . We would never go back. C'mon Riu we know that you can do better than this .More
Return trip 2 years later - disabled traveller
Following a fantastic holiday at the riu touareg in 2014 myself and my friend wanted to plan a return visit. We went with another couple of friends this time (4 of us in total aged late 30's - early 40's). We were excited to see if there had been any changes on Boa Vista since our last visit 2 years ago, but thankfully nothing had changed and the island still seemed unchanged and as laid back as before. I am in a wheelchair so accessibility is a concern whenever I travel, if anything had changed it had changed for the better. The airport is tiny so easy to navigate but this year they have the welcome addition of an ambi-lift to help get disabled or less able travellers off the plane without having to use the steps etc. A photo of the ambi-lift is attached. It is easy and safe to use and much better than having someone carry you or bump you down steps in a special chair!!
Due to the first part of the journey being a bit bumpy (the road is quite primitive being rock cobble type surface) I would highly recommend taking a taxi to the resort. If you have mobility issues thomson can arrange this for you as part of your package holiday, or you can hire one on arrival. It costs around â¬30 each way.
The resort is easy to get around in a wheelchair and as long as you've requested a ground floor room there are no steps, or places where there are steps there are slopes as an option too. The staff are so helpful and friendly and really make you feel welcome. The weather was beautiful and perfect for lazing around reading a good book.
We had an accessible room (5042) which was spacious and comfortable.
The only thing I would note from our last visit is there are little signs of wear around the pool area. It could do with a programme of maintenance and repair. Some of the mosaic tiles have come away (although there was a maintenance man in the process of replacing the ones that were out of the water) and the paintwork on the building in the centre of the pool was starting to peel a bit. None of these things affected our holiday or our immense enjoyment of the Riu hotel though.
The entertainment staff as always were brilliant with lots of programmes of activities to keep people amused who want to do something in the daytime (aqua aerobics, water polo, darts, yoga, bingo, beach volleyball, to name but a few), my friends did the aqua aerobics daily and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The beach is beautiful and there are plenty of loungers on the beach and around the pool areas.
In summary I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and stress of daily life. It is a great place to relax. There is not a lot to do if your idea of fun is sightseeing, there are excursions available at extra cost if you want to do something, but the main benefit of Boa vista is the good weather and laid back attitude.
Some reviews complain about the food but we had no complaints and found it to be plentiful and acceptable. It won't win any gourmet awards but we didn't go hungry and all enjoyed our meals. More
Thomson didnt say there was building work going. Lovely grounds lovely beach nice rooms lovely staff however food only 2 star and pool although beautiful is rammed with sunbeds cant even put your hand btwn beds. Go to beach. Wouldnt stay here again. More
Not the relaxing holiday we had expected!
I will place a bit more detail further below for those that may want to read it, but for now I must say that this was a bit of a disappointing holiday for us although if you like cramped flights, a hotel with construction work taking place and cats, you will be fine!
My wife and I have just returned home after holidaying at this hotel from 10th - 20th May and we stayed in the adults only section, we booked this hotel as we knew it was remote and thought (it still could be) it would be a great place to try and recharge the batteries.
Our flight out was delayed from Gatwick which was not a good start after leaving home in the dark hours and to make it worse the plane was very cramped with not many seats available to upgrade to. Given that it is around a 6 hour flight it needs to be more comfortable, but one of the main reasons for this is that the runway at Boa Vista is a short one although it is due to be extended in the next 12/18 months, so we were told.
The flight was a noisy one due to the replacement plane we had being an older version (slightly better flight back on a newer one), but on landing there was a relatively easy passport control set up in Boa Vista, as long as you have filled in your visa info online before you left. The baggage soon followed with little delay and we were on the coach ready to go fairly quickly for the 35 minute transfer to the hotel and as this was our first time in Cape Verde you soon realised that it is very sparse and dry island with the only civilisation being around the airport until you reach the actual hotel.
Sadly our first view of this very large and spread out hotel was over shadowed by the THREE cranes hanging over it, two on the adults only side and one on the opposite side. We were not informed by Thomson's of this work at any stage prior to our departure which was a mistake by them and even though it was Riu that brought the construction forward, we still should have been told. The workers start as early as 0700hrs and it goes on for 12 hours plus, the first couple of days were very bad with piling work being carried out and whilst there were a couple of "quieter" days it did get worse again about half way through the holiday.
The location is very nice, with a great sandy beach, but is a very large hotel and making it even bigger could be a worry on future services and standards. We did pay to stay in the adults only section which gave us mixed feelings as it was not really worth the extra money, but you do get a couple of extra things in the room plus the adults only pool and beach area. If Riu had any sense they should not have extended this hotel and made it one big family hotel and built a separate adults only hotel a few miles down the beach instead to properly cater for both markets.
The staff were very good throughout and the grounds were very well kept, the entertainment was not great, but we have seen much worse over the years. The room cleaners & mini bar top up service can be very early some days so make sure you place your red "do not disturb" sign on the door anytime that you are in the room.
The rooms/furniture are a bit tired in places and sadly on some days you do get the horrible drain smell coming back up and into the rooms, although we only had a couple of bad days with it during our stay.
The food was okay and there is plenty of choice for all tastes with the main restaurant being the best place to go for your meals (there is also a snack bar) and it is also the one place other than your room that you can escape the "plague" of cats that are in situ at this hotel!!!
There are some small shops, but be prepared to pay very high prices so make sure that you bring all your sun screen etc with you which I know sounds obvious, but given how many people shopped in there the day after arriving it needs to be said again.
I would personally advise anyone thinking of coming here to give it a miss until the construction work has been finished and it may even pay to wait 12/18 months as the runway at the airport is due to be extended for larger planes plus more roads are being built/replaced. The island is evolving, but we were told that only one more hotel was planned to be built at present so it will not change that much and I still believe it could be a nice place to "come and chill", but this hotel is not for me.
We did receive a refund from Thomson's due to the construction work spoiling our holiday, but it does not make up for the money and time that we gave up for what should have been a "relaxing break!More
Perfect for doing nothing!
Perfect for a week where you want to nothing but eat, drink and relax. Hotel is set on a beach in the middle of nowhere - bliss. There are trips available to see the island but there's not a lot there!
We stayed in the adults only section which had benefits including a more secluded pool, a meal at the a la carte restaurant (fantastic) and wifi by the pool (otherwise only available in the main reception area).
Food generally very good (except in the speciality fish restaurant where it was all overcooked). Plenty of choice in main and African restaurants with Asian restaurant also enjoyable. House wine not so good but beer & spirits OK. Plenty of premium soft drinks on offer.
Evening entertainment wasn't to our liking but folk generally seemed to enjoy it. Tennis courts were hardly used - you can use their racquets & balls for 20 euro deposit.
Staff friendly, rooms clean and hotel generally in good shape. There is building work going on - another 200 rooms being built I understand - & the noise from this can be heard by the pool.
Diving was good through Scuba Caribe on-site. They had new BCDs though suits were getting a bit tatty. Divemaster Lisinio took care to ensure you were OK and Reg running the office was great. Lazy diving - all you have to do is put your kit on - everything else done for you! Saw sharks, huge rays & helped rescue a distressed turtle - more than we'd seen in the Red Sea though coral not as colourful or plentyful.
We went with Thomson - no in-flight films or music so take plenty to read on the journey!
All in all, a great all inclusive destination for a complete rest.More