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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Based On 4916 reviews

  • 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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twin room in main section

Twin room sleeps 2 with twin beds and an open-plan bathroom with enclosed toilet.

superior family room

Superior family room sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children with a double bed and a separate lounge with a sofa-bed and cot space.

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Omg its huge

My reviews are always the truth and I will tell you as it is. The hotel itself is huge probably too big. Our room was in the furthest block away on the complex and we got lost a few times. The room itself was OK, but no tea & coffee facilities so take your own kettle etc. The maid cleaned everyday. The hotel itself was clean and the staff friendly. The beach was clean and lovely sand, but because its windy you get sandblasted and the sea is very rough. Take note it is in the middle of nowhere about half an hour drive from the airport and roads well dirt track are bumpy then when you get about 10 minutes away from the hotel there's proper tarmac roads, the rep does tell you this when you get on the bus. Now the bad stuff. The food, its very repetitive. The restaurants were full of flies when were there. There are a lot of cats at the pool restaurant but if you ignore them they just go, some people were feeding them. They cook some of the food in bulk then leave it out uncovered, even the uncooked food is uncovered. Recipe for upset stomachs which we had along with numerous other people going by the queue at the doctors. The themed restaurants rules are men to wear collared shirts and long trousers, wrong they let men in with t shirts and shorts and flip flops. The swimming pool, we was told do not reserve beds and the staff will take towels off, wrong. We went down at 8.10 and yes towels on beds and no bodies on them and no staff removing them. 2nd rule no diving, wrong, people diving. 3rd rule no inflatables Yes right. 4th rule no ball games mmmm well this is broken by the animation team coz they encourage water ball games. Excursions are expensive and they're not anything special. The weather was very hot and it was nice not to have a too long flight, but the plane was cramped. We mentioned to the rep at the airport about the food situation and she said they are trying to get sanitisers at the restaurants, they need more than that. Would we go back, not to that hotel, perhaps we may go to one of the other islands. We was in two minds about rui hotels as was very disappointed in their hotel in Dominican Republican, at least the food was hot especially if you wait for the freshly cooked stuff. I hope rui and Thompson get the food thing sorted as this was the only thing that really put us off I HATE FLIES ON MY FOOD.More

fen-tigers, Cambridgeshire

Almost perfect

Beautiful hotel, extremely friendly and courteous staff. Lovely large bedrooms kept amazingly clean on a daily basis. Food was fantastic and yes it was a little repetitive, but aren't they all? There was something for everyone each meal time. Delicious cocktails on an evening but the ones served at the pool bar were just sickly sweet with very little alcohol content. The only thing preventing me from giving an excellent rating was the location. We knew before we travelled that the hotel is isolated and we were more than happy with this as we wanted a totally relaxing break. We were very disappointed by the fact that it was impossible to go into the sea. The beach was simply stunning, endless white sand and beautiful blue ocean but the red flag was flying constantly. We witnessed foolhardy people ignoring the flag every day and every evening at dinner there was someone new with their arm in a sling or bandaged legs etc. It simply wasn't worth the risk. The Touareg is advertised as 5* with watersports included when in fact no one could make use of the watersport facilities. It would be so easy to float some breakwaters and make a safe zone for customers. In general a great hotel in an amazing location with wonderful staff, shame more thought didn't go into planning the beach area.More

fivepowers, Wakefield, United Kingdom

first visit

long flight but was ok, but the hotel and staff more than made up for it, one of the most chilled out places we have been, will defiantly going back there, both myself and my wife loved the place we've already booked again for next yearMore

phil e,

Good value for money

Just returned from two weeks at the Touareg, we didn’t pay a 5 star price and didn’t expect a 5 star hotel. What we got was a decent hotel (immaculately kept), good food and efficient service; we were happy with this. We stayed in room 4107 in the AO section. I’ll not repeat what others have said, I did a lot of reading here before I went and there were a few things that were not mentioned, at least not that I saw. If you want AO best book ahead, they were full when we were there and people were obviously disappointed at not getting an upgrade. it’s not much dearer to do this at the time of booking. The wifi isn’t good but the photo shop on the main square sells sim cards for phones ( if yours is not locked to a network) and tablets, 3g was fine. The red flag is up nearly all the time, apparently it was only amber for 15 days in the last year. The red paths around the hotel are very slippy when wet, be careful. The top floor balconies are uncovered so if you want shade you need to be ground or first. Lack of shade and the sunbed wars; I’m ginger hair, fair skin with freckles, and burn in a flash, getting shade is essential for me and was a problem here. The umbrellas are static so you have to move your sunbed around to get shade but this is not always possible because you'd be in someone's space or there would be a hedge in the way. Some umbrellas will provide shade in the morning, others it'll be afternoon, never both. Sunbeds are not supposed to be reserved but they are, one day we went to area where we wanted to be (for a little shade) at 7.30 and there were beds reserved, we sat there all morning and the towels were never removed. People are getting up before six! The sunbeds are too close together, if I’d been in the general section I’d have wept. The beach umbrellas were wrecked and needed to be replaced, they offered no shade. There is so much unutilised space around the grounds, squashing everyone together is not necessary. We would not return for this reason only. Hope this helps someone, pm me if I can answer any questions. P.S If you don’t like cats don’t go, if you do like them... pack some kitbits :-)More

dawnie1, Scotland

peaceful relaxing holiday

Stayed in adults only. Santa Monica part of this hotel. Negatives first.... entertainnent is poor, insufficient lighting especially round bar area. Airconditioning is not great but in conjunction with the ceiling fan its adequate. a la carte restaurants....apart from one all are self service buffet. And in our opinion the food is not as good as main buffet. The boa vista is buffet although main meal is served to you.....this was good. african one was poor the meat was tough asian was poor, food was bland and dried out. a la carte that is exclusive to adults only was fantastic we could not fault the food or the service. But your allowed one visit per week in here. The main buffet quality and selection of food was always superb. Always hot and was very clean The resort itself is immaculately kept and maintained. Rooms are spacious and clean. The adult only section has its own pool and bar The beach is vast, lovely soft sand but a warning the sea is rough and unless you are a strong swimmer do not go in. Due to the location and boa vista itself there is not alot of trips to do but if you are looking for rest and relaxation then it is ideal. I would recommend this holiday and adults section to anyone looking to relax Staff and hotel make this holiday, the above negatives would not spoil a holiday but are directed to the management to encourage them to make small changes which would make this hotel a five out of five not a four.More

timtom66, Fareham, United Kingdom

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Riu Touareg
Rated: 4.5 /5 based on 4916 customer reviews
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