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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We had a fabulous holiday. We have been home for a week. The staff could not do enough and were always smiling and happy. It exceeded all our expectations. The room was spotless and I looked forward to seeing what Magdalena had done with the towels, fresh flowers, bed covers every day, she always surprised us. The beach was the best, pool had loads of sunbeds, there was more than enough to go round, We had great view from our room, great food and great beach. How could you not enjoy. There are cats around but never did they go into the indoor restaurants although they were about in the African one. I always said I wouldn't go back to same hotel twice as too many others but in this case we cant wait to returnMore
Rosemary P, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Exactly what we wanted
Travelled as a couple and stayed at this hotel for 7 nights (10th - 17th April 2014). We were after a relaxing, no stress, friendly hotel and it is exactly what we got. ROOM - We stayed in room 9201 in a double family room, it was incredibly spacious, big bed, seating area, balcony, double sink, large wardrobe, walk in shower and separate toilet. The room was extremely clean and well maintained. HOTEL - Very big, well laid out and maintained to a high standard. Everything is very new (2011) POOL - Saltwater, warm and lots of choice. It never felt too crowded and there were big and small pools. BEACH - Heavenly white sand and turquoise sea, which mostly had yellow flag (strong swimmers) but always fine to walk in. FOOD - So much choice in the main restaurant but in addition there are three speciality restaurants. (Make sure you book in advance, we would suggest on day of arrival as the Asian restaurant is very popular.) All buffet service but presented and laid out in a very good way. Could not think of a better way to serve all inclusive. DRINK - good local beer (strela), lots of cocktails. good service and many bars STAFF - very friendly and couldn't do enough. They seemed to be working non stop. ENTERTAINMENT - plenty to do for children and activites throughout the day but you weren't hassled to join in if you didn't want to. goods shows on the night for adults, basic hotel entertainment but better than the usual. This is a very good ALL INCLUSIVE hotel and ran very well. There is nothing else to do on the island so if you want to go and relax this is the place. Only improvement would be offering free wifi or internet access. It is expensive. Make sure you book early for the African, cape verde and Asian restaurants (included in all inclusive). We did not go into the adults only section but were very impressed with the normal section. (it was easter half term but only a handful of well behaved children). Take plenty of suncream, particularly on the beach. The breeze is very nice but watch the heat! All inclusive holidays are not our usual thing as we like to explore but as a one off to relax in the sun this was brilliant. couldn't think of an all inclusive hotel being better organised. We paid £1860 for two people booked through thomsons (about £930 for the hotel, £930 for flights, transfers). It is worth travelling to Cape Verde, just for the beaches. It may start to get busier on the islands as it becomes more popular.More
Jameshel, north east
Just returned from the Riu Touareg, It does everything on the can! Total relaxation, sun everyday, with plenty to eat and drink. We stayed in the adult only section of the resort and if like me you just want peace and quite this is for you. As far as food goes, plenty to choose from, and if you get bored with the main buffet you have the option of booking any one of the 3 speciality restaurants. Evening entertainment, was ok, I have seen better but without the enthusiasm shown by the entertainment team. Couple of things I had not really seen in previous rooms: 1. There is a FREE safe in the rooms. 2. Dress code, there really isn't one, in the main restaurant smart casual was the norm including jeans, however people tending to dress more smartly for the themed resaurants. Excursions - we did a Thomsom trip to Sal Rei, ok!! was worth seeing the capital, but was continually harrassed to buy goods. Would I return - yes, one of the most relaxing holidays I've had.More
Jeff33071, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Great experience - just a few small niggles.
My wife, baby and I took our first family holiday at the Rio Touareg , following a10-month period of occasional UK-based weekend breaks, since the baby’s arrival in Jun 2013. We loved the resort, weather and friendliness of the staff and thought the food and drinks were of a good standard. The plus points have been well-documented in the other reviews, so I’ll just highlight a few things that we assumed would be complimentary but were not: • Kettle in the room (essential to heat up our baby’s food) • Iron / Ironing Board in the Room • WiFi In the case of the first 2 things, there was a rather bureaucratic process of having to lodge a 50 Euro deposit and then pay a couple of Euros a day for their hire. Perhaps I have stayed in too many business, rather than “holiday” hotels, but this seemed ridiculous, given it was a 5* hotel and most 3*s elsewhere would normally have these things as standard in the room. Although internet connectivity should not be a massive consideration when you are on holiday, I had hoped to relax by the pool with an Ipad and listen to some music, watch a few videos etc but a combination of the WiFi being restricted to a small number of “zones” around the hotel and the extortionate cost (5 Euros for 30 mins) made this impossible. I’m of the opinion that WiFi / Internet connectivity should no longer be considered a luxury in 2014 and, in essence, is a utility along with water / heating. Therefore, I always get ticked off when I encounter this kind of policy and in turn feel much greater affinity with those hotels / airports etc that make it complimentary! However, these are just small gripes in the grand scheme of things and we did have a terrific holiday at the Riu Touareg!More
Who ever wrote the review about stuff being stolen must be pretty stupid. What's the first thing you do when checking in? Pay for your safety deposit box. A silly mistake for someone quite well travelled. The hotel is remote and I'm sure petty criminals do not operate in such an area. Perhaps flashing expensive equipment in full view of people is a bad idea. More
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