This just-built hotel looks a bit like a sandcastle – appropriate really, given it fringes one of Boa Vista’s best beaches. This stretch of sand is exclusively for hotel guests, so it never gets overcrowded. Although it's a hotspot for nesting turtles during the summer months.
The hotel grounds are just as impressive. Glossy lawns and courtyards surround the buildings, creating a real sense of privacy. In terms of accommodation, you can opt for standard double rooms, family rooms or suites. There’s also an adults-exclusive area with a swimming pool and à la carte restaurant.
Adult zone aside, it’s the pool scene that really sets this place apart. There are four large pools, plus two separate children’s numbers. The main pool comes with islands and walkways, and weaves it way around the central terrace.
The hotel has plenty of restaurants, too. As well as the main buffet one, you’ve got the option of Cape Verdian, African and Asian eateries. And for al fresco lunches, there’s the poolside restaurant.
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Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, late breakfast, lunch, dinner and adults-only gourmet restaurant. Selected imported, local alcohol and soft drinks. Coffee and snacks at set times.
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This huge pool features 2 saltwater sections, a fresh water section and a whirlpool on a raised terrace all separated by walkways. 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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AA few little things, toiletries replentished once during our stay, having to stand at the bar for soft drinks and wine, this is unusual for a Riu normally self service, you have to take your own towels or room hand towels to use in the gym, gym to small for this size complex, the wind can get quite bad (take pegs to hold your towels on loungers), it also got cold on a night maybe the time of year (once the sun was down) and finally get a room on the top floor if you are ablefter a 23 hour delay due to a sand storm in boa Vista which resulted in a very brief overnight night stop at Gran Caneria eventually arrived at the smallest shack airport I have ever seen. Be warned you have to stand in a long queue in the sun most of the time to go through security, and you need to do you visa online before going otherwise you have another queue to stand in. Once through security very small baggage collection, then loaded onto a very old looking smooth road. Don't forget your 2 euros per night, per person payable to the hotel on check in, the complex shops are expensive so take what you need with you. The hotel is an oasis in the middle of nowhere, it's really beautiful set on a beach. The complex is lovely, big and very clean, however lots of cats everywhere which I dislike and they have no fear of jumping on people or pinching drinks and food, the problem is people feed them and this encourages them, but you find this in a lot of resorts. The staff work hard, however not all where very Friendly, often they only acknowledged you when they had to. We paid the extra for the adult only area, this has 24/7 security, on arrival you get a silver coloured band which is your access to the area. The adult only has its own pool, bar with WiFi, food at specific time and you don't feel on top of each other as there is lots of separate areas with Sun Lounger. We went in March and to get a good spot you had to be up early, there was always Sun Loungers free but usual prime spots taken by people who only turn up for an hour to lay on them, not sure how this might be at the height of the season. The rooms where clean but open plan except the toilet, it wasn't nice as could hear each other on the toilet! Free safe and four spirits on optics, and soft drinks in fridge replenished every other day. We had a room on the ground floor and found this noisy on a morning as the cleaners and men replenishing the drinks arrive between 7.30-8 am, one morning it was like having a room above the back of a pub with the sound of bottles being tipped into containers. The meal time where as expected, we have stayed in a number of Riu Hotels and the food is good but it is busy and can get chaotic at time. They have Themed Restaurants but we only got in two, and had to booked days in advance. A few little things, toiletries replentished once during our stay, having to stand at the bar for soft drinks and wine, this is unusual for a Riu normally self service, you have to take your own towels or room hand towels to use in the gym, gym to small for this size complex, the wind can get quite bad (take pegs to hold your towels on loungers), it also got cold on a night maybe the time of year (once the sun was down) and finally get a room on the top floor if you are able-bodied. Probably unlikely to go back here, but go once for the experience is my advice. More
lovely hotel and landscape
We went as a group of 4 (2 couples) it truly is a lovely place, the food is very varied and tasty, the whole resort is kept spotlessly clean, all the staff were very happy and helpful, we couldn't fault the place at all, the sea was quite rough so we made the most of the pools, my only bad point was when we ventured out of the complex we felt very uneasy around the locals, I was very glad to get back on the tour bus and back to the hotel.More
Absolutely Not 5 Star
really disappointing, the expense of upgrading to the adult only area is outrageous and absolutely not worth the money, the bar area here is too small, Wifi was very hit & Miss, the drinks throughout the hotel are awful, no branded spirits, and the cocktails are a joke, (round the main pool they are actually dispensed from what look like slush puppy coolers), the wine is disgusting, but beers are ok, should you drink prossecco this will cost you €20 a bottle. In your room spirits are dispensed from optics in a cupboard, I personally do not agree with this, your mini bar should contain sealed miniatures, (that way you know what is in the bottle) the optic bottles are not even full on arrival, and woe betide you should ask them to come and replace them!, the mini bar consist of 2 bottles coke,2bottles beer,2 Fanta, and sprite 1 can tonic, they don't even have a packet of biscuits, there is no tea coffee facilities in room, you have to collect your bottled water from main reception, why aren't these delivered daily to the room? there is no room service (this is the first 5 star I have ever been in where this is not available, the snacks in the bar area in adults only are a disgrace, the cabinet that is supposed to keep them fresh is a disgrace, plus some thick people just walked away with out closing the lid down, (so the flies, and there are loads, had a great time) the main restaurant is ok, self service (but just like a school canteen) food is nice and fresh. we only got to eat in one of the other restaurants, the Asian, again ok (self service), a couple of the main reception staff were very rude and aggressive, entertainment was a load of rubbish, if your expectations are not high maybe you will enjoy it, i personally expect a 5 star holiday if paying 5 star money, we could of gone to the caribbean and got a 5 star holiday for less money. i really wish we had of done!More
Pandoraxxx, Stockport, United Kingdom
Good with some small issues
We spent one week in RIU Touareg in February. Overall we enjoyed our stay and recommend the hotel - particularly for those whole like all inclusive holidays spent mainly in the resort. HOTEL: This is very large and new resort - around 1,000 rooms or so - with wide range of amenities including several restaurants, pools, kids club, medical service, tennis court, spa, bars with European football. The hotel is in very isolated area with no any communities around so to visit the island one needs to book a trip, rent a car or take a taxi (all possible in the hotel). GUESTS MIX: Northwestern European mix including British, German, Scandinavian, Dutch with some French. All ages are present including families with children as well as seniors. WEATHER: As several travelers mentioned Boa Vista is windy in February, but we found the weather comfortable - warm enough to swim, slightly chilly after dark so you need something more than T-Shirt. BEACH: Endless and great for long solitary walks. The sea is indeed rough, but it’s possible to have some swim, particularly if you pass beyond the first wave. But it’s definitely not for children or waves-scared. FOOD: Good enough. I recommend booking specialty buffet (not a'la carte as hotel says) restaurants - the hotel has four of them Asian, Cape Verdean, African barbecue and upscale restaurant exclusively for guests from the adult section. Food in specialty restaurants is better than in main buffet restaurant and no surprisingly each morning you see a queue of guests trying to book a specialty restaurant - they have limited capacity and need to be booked 3 days in advance. Small annoyances in all restaurants include flies (not many - so don't worry too much) as somewhat not fully clean dishes - again I don't mean that they are dirty, but the hotel could make sure to wash them more properly. ROOMS: As expected from this type of hotel. Nothing luxury, but not bad. Some technical solutions were bit weird - we did not know how to turn off the fan without turning off whole electricity in the room. Good range of TV programs. Air-conditioning was there but no need to use in February. Also corridors in the hotel are very acoustic- this rarely causes a problem but whenever there is some noise at night -eg. guests leaving for early flights or mating/fighting cats -which are common on the hotel grounds - it can wake you up and be irritating. VISITING BOAVISTA: We took one organized trip around the island - interesting to see local communities, shipwreck on the northern coast and some dune and beach landscapes. The island is small - it is however not easy to visit other islands. European tour operators stopped tours to other islands - e.g. Fogo - apparently because airline that flies between the islands was blacklisted by the EU. It is still possible to book the trip with local agents, but we did not use it. ANIMATION: I rarely comment on it but I was bit disappointed with the hotel evening shows. The hotel runs them every night but they appear to be handled almost exclusively by local animation team. The team has good dancers but to watch it every night it’s repetitive even though in theory each show had different theme. During a week stay we had just one show with more real Cape Verde music with life singer. I would recommend more shows typical to Cape Verde culture, perhaps even Africa - although I'm aware that Cape Verde culture is very different from mainland Africa. Overall we were happy for our week stay in RIU Touareg and recommend it for anyone visiting Boa Vista.More
Tomasz S, Warsaw, Poland
A great place to relax
Our Thomson Airways flights, with the benefit of extra leg room seats, were fine – 35 minutes early going, and only 10 minutes late returning. We wouldn’t have fancied nearly 6 hours in normal seating space. Our room (a suite in the Adults Only section) was great. It was at 1st floor level, and faced south – looking out directly to the superb beach and sea. The hotel’s well-spaced layout was interesting, and we also liked the landscaping – an oasis of green. For the most part the hotel complex didn’t seem as crowded as 800 + rooms implied. The exception to that was the main restaurant, which was usually pretty frenetic. The main restaurant food was a bit patchy, particularly at lunchtime, and not to the standard of the Riu Palaces in the Canaries (which have the same on show cooking arrangements, but are catering for far fewer people). But to be fair we had expected the standards to be a level below the Riu Palaces. The on tap house wine was poor – we thought only the red was remotely drinkable. We think they got a new supply (or “bath tub”) of red wine later in our stay, which was slightly less bad. We liked most of the speciality restaurants – much smaller and quieter – and we ate there half of the time. The gourmet restaurant (Adults Only section guests) was excellent, and even served a decent red wine out of a real bottle. The Asian and Cape Verdean restaurants were good. We weren’t so keen on the African one – too much meat. The weather was pretty good. Apart from a couple of days it was sunny, blue skies, and very warm (24C or better), but it was always windy (20 mph +). Only the first day was fairly cloudy. But we did have a sandstorm. Where we were the effect was only to dim the sun, as the sun was at high level. However, in the north of Boa Vista the sand was at a lower level, and closed the airport. The Gatwick flight reached Boa Vista, but had to divert to Sal, and as Sal couldn’t cope with hotel accommodation, the plane then went back to the Canary Islands. It finally arrived nearly 24 hours late. Daily walks along the seemingly endless pale yellow sand beach were lovely. If only the wind had been rather gentler, it would have been perfect. The wind also meant every day was a red flag day – so nothing more than just paddling at the edge of the sea, and watching the waves and the green and blue colours. The Adult Pool area was couth, compared with the enormous main pool area. So we spent most of our time there, relaxing, reading, swimming etc. The staff were excellent – friendly and helpful – and our room servicing was first class (including daily and varying towel sculptures). We gave the evening entertainment a miss. But three times each week a couple of the musicians did an informal lunchtime performances at the Adult section pool bar, as we supped some chilled cava. They were good. We didn’t do any of the excursions, so our only look at the island was the taxi rides to and from the airport. The scenery was very like some of the more remote areas of Fuerteventura – another volcanic and desert / sandy island. We liked the French Foreign Legion fort look of the small airport – we wondered if Beau Geste was on the battlements to protect us. All in all we had a good and relaxing holiday. We might well return, but need to investigate if there is a time of year when the wind drops.More
Chris T, Southampton, United Kingdom
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