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 3490 reviews

  • 881Rooms
  • Official Rating: 5 Star, local category


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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
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 pool

With an adjoining whirlpool. 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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twin room in main section

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

twin room in adult section

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

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I have just returned form my honeymoon at Riu Touareg, and don't know what everyone is complaining about! Thomson are currently the only people who fly there and in years to come it will be developed and a lot more hotels on offer, however I'm glad to have visited whilst it is still "new". Upon arrival we queued at reception, the queue was long but was dealt with fast and efficiently, being given a map to tell you where your room was and someone to deliver your suitcases. We booked the adults only part of the hotel as we were on honeymoon, and was upgraded to a suite (4118) given a bottle of sparling wine, complementary massage and a superb beach view and Jacuzzi bath! The was defiantly not to be sniffed at! the hotel is in the middle of nowhere, so don't expect to go out at night as there is nothing around but rocks, but the hotel do offer entertainment. The food.....the hotel caters very well for everyone's tastes offering meat, fish, different potato options and lots of salad or veg. we ate at the Asian restaurant and this was lovely, and also the gourmet restaurant which is only open to "adults only" guests which again is a must visit. we had no problem booking either restaurants, despite what others are saying. The hotel is very clean and the staff are always around cleaning and are very polite The beach is lovely, apart from the crabs!! there are plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas on offer, the sand is white and the water is clear, as though you would be in the Caribbean! The waves are very rough and I didn't venture in only to paddle my feet, this is the reason for the red flag and if only people would take note of that...there would be less accidents that way. All in all I enjoyed my time at Riu Touareg, not sure it would be an island I would rush to return to right away but a definite for the distant future.More

tannieuk, tannieuk

Great place, great holiday

We have had a great holiday, in this lovely hotel. The good bits Its clean, friendly, large, great food, good staff, all inclusive means all inclusive. The bad bits Its very large, there is nothing to do, if you like exploring this is not the place for you. There are two sections to the hotel, adults only and then everywhere else, I am guessing the Benidorm review writer below wasn't in adults only as the other section was much busier then adults only, particularly during our first week which was the last week of the kids hols. The brochure and the write up didn't make it clear what you get for your £125 per week per couple upcharge to adults but it is worth it. 1. Private pool 2. No kids 3. Space around the pool 4. Gourmet restaurant (which was excellent) 5. Mini bar (included) 6. Optics with sprits (included) 7. Free wifi around the pool 8. Its quiet 9. Its basically couples only, no large groups If you want to go into the other larger general pool you can but not sure why you would do that. No place is perfect and we have stayed in nicer places in Mexico but this is a close second and 4 hours closer and £1000+ cheaper. Saying that in the main with only a couple of exceptions the staff were better then anywhere we have stayed, very friendly, very accommodating and in the main with very good English. All in all a great holiday, low cost and excellent value for money but as everyone has said if you like shopping or exploring this is not the place for you.More

TerryTapper, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Don't listen to Claire239 review "TOP HOTEL"

Right where do I start! We stayed for 2 weeks in August and found everything as I expected. You need to do your homework before you travel as it's a poor country and seriously under developed so don't expect to venture out of the hotel as there is no where to go and not much to see. Right thats all the negatives so time for the positives! The flight is as the other reviews say no entertainment so make sure you pack an ipad with movies on as you will need them but I knew this before travelling so no bother all of the family were perfectly happy throughout the flight. The hotel in my opinion was a very good 4 star/5star. Check in was spot on quick and effortless. We we're give a room exactly where I asked as I emailed the hotel before my arrival. Rooms are very clean as is all the hotel there are always staff cleaning everywhere in fact I think Cape Verdeans are all OCD when it comes to cleaning lol. Restaurants are all fantastic with lots and I mean lots of fresh meats, fish, salads and desserts available and not one of us suffered from any upset stomachs as we have in the past in Egypt and Tunisia.Drinks at all the bars are really good and not watered down as some reviews are saying. Don't generally leave reviews but I felt it necessary to say how good we as a family of 4 adults and 3 children found this hotel. As already said do your homework and read your the reviews and you won't be disappointed.More

Dave E,

3 star at best, for five star money

Anyone who expects the highest standards from a so-called Platinum Hotel should avoid this Thomson establishment. At arrival guests are handed a map and told to find their rooms without escort. The food in the buffet was repetitive and often recycled, and in the themed restaurants was pretty much uneatable. Booking of tables in the themed and 'gourmet' restaurants required three days notice, and had to be booked by 08.30 when you really want to be enjoying a leisurely breakfast, not queuing in reception! When we complained to the Thomson rep he confessed the hotel was too big to manage properly; this from one of the biggest and most experienced tour operators in the world! We paid extra to stay in the adult-only area, but found during our stay that guests not staying in that part had superior rooms, and could wander into the adult-only section at will. There is a fabulous beach, but no facilities at all on it, and during our ten days two guests on the beach were injured by the very powerful waves; these events also revealed inadequate lifeguard and first aid arrangements. The design and setting of the hotel are superb, and cleanliness cannot be faulted, nor can the security. They reacted very quickly when having to separate fighting guests - not something you expect to see, however, at a 'Platinum' hotel! Indeed, some of the guests were incapable of stringing a sentence together without repeating the f-word every other word! Overall, the experience did not match the expectations from the brochure descriptions by a long way. Thomson, of course, have responded to our complaints with a nonchalant dismissal, on the basis that completed questionnaires they receive indicate very happy guests. Well, they are certainly guests who have never experienced a proper 5 star hotel.More

Richard B, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Not what l expected

We visited the Riu Tourage on the 16th August four of us booked the adult only section. When we arrived we thought we had landed on Mars as the whole area to the hotel was rubble. Reception at the hotel was clean and the staff very friendly and helpful. The rooms were average and the toilet smelt on a day to day basis, we needed to put the lid down on the loo and shut the door during the door. The adult section was small and did not cater food wise up to the other end of the hotel where families were able to choose a bigger restaurant and more variety. At the adult only section everyday was the same sandwiches, rolls fruit and cake. With tea, coffee etc from a machine. Tues Thur and Saturday the entertainment crew came with sparkling wine and entertained us and got several people up to dance. The restaurants at the Riu were all good particularly the Gourmet Restaurant, for the amount of people staying at the Riu it was amazing the variety of food they had. We booked two trips, the star gazing which was absolutely brilliant, there are no facilities like loos if you go, its just a chair and a blanket but it was amazing. The hotspots trips was also very good, visiting several different places and not for long and moving on to the next one. The beach was a major disappointment for us as we like to swim in the sea and you cannot as the sea is always rough. They told us that they have thrown away the green flag as it is never used. There are parasols and beds but not bar nearby if you want a drink of any sort and its quite a walk back to get one. Entertainment was ok, its the same team 5 nights away they do there best but its just people dancing and miming to the music. The best night was a visiting band. Overall it was nice holiday you have to make it yourself!!! I wouldn't hurry back though.More

Mollie D, Bristol, England, United Kingdom

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