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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  • 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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double room with balcony or terrace

These spacious rooms come with a double bed as well as a TV, shower and a balcony or terrace. Air-conditioning is also included. There is 1 extra bed in the bedroom.

double room

With bright colours and bold patterns, double rooms have an African feel about them. Other features include 1 sofa-bed in the lounge, a separate bathroom with shower and a balcony or terrace. Air-conditioning and a TV are also included.

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beautiful hotel but desperate to come home

I'll admit I was a bit worried about coming here after reading some of the reviews-it read like it was full of bugs, cats and thieves. not the case! Yes there are cats, if you ignore them they leave you alone. Yes there are bugs, what did you expect with a holiday abroad? Thieves? no, we had no problem the entire fortnight. The room was clean, the bar area clean, the pool clean, the spa clean and the walkways clean. The one thing I also say is if you don't like cats stay away from the Bereber pool bar at night, there was two cats"at it" and one that kept walking past peeing on the walls behind us (not great even if you are a cat lover) I have two complaints; not enough to do, by the Wednesday of our second week we were fed up and wanted to come home. Sure the TV had some good movies on and the wifi is okay in the bar, but I could have stayed at home and done those things. The second is the buffet restaurant,it was like everyone lost their minds -not a hotel problem, but lack of common sense. in the end I stopped going down for breakfast as it was overwhelming. We went on the catamaran trip which was lovely but it took an hour by mini bus to get to the coast , you will then see how little there is to do out there. As it was our honeymoon we did get a complimentary bottle of fizz and our table decorated with flowers when we booked the boa Vista restaurant which was lovely. By far the best one, however was the Kabuki restaurant. In closing this is a good place if you want to eat and drink yourself through the days and do nothing more than sun bath. if you are used to more active holidays then this isn't the place for youMore

EmmaPeplow109, rotherham


Cannot rate this hotel enough! !! Fantastic holiday. The staff are so friendly and helpful, the food was amazing every taste is catered for even vegetarian, extremely clean, grounds are very well maintained. The hotel was at capacity when I stayed (13-24 Nov) and getting a sunbed was no hassle and the hotel on general did not feel crowded. There are activities throughout the day if you want to get involved if not just chilling by the pool is great. The evening entertainment was very good. Even the cats are friendly and very well looked after by the hotel. The beds are HUGE. If you're looking for a holiday to just chill and enjoy the food and drink then book here. I will def be going back. More

essex32, Chelmsford, United Kingdom


Having read the reviews leading up to our holiday, I was apprehensive to say the least, but I needn’t have worried as we had the most amazing time. I’ll start with the flight; there is no entertainment on the plane, but as we knew this beforehand we were prepared. Myself and my Husband are both ‘healthy’ people but we had plenty of legroom and were fairly comfortable for the duration of the flight. The flight attendants were all very polite with no issues. We arrived into Boa Vista airport and were taken into the arrivals hall; the queue moved fairly quickly. There were a few people who hadn’t completed their VISA online and then had to pay €25 and queue for the privilege so my top advice would be to COMPLETE your visa online and you won’t have to pay a penny (or EURO)! The journey to the hotel was in an old coach, but perfectly safe. Yes, the roads are bumpy but you have to take into account where you are! It is a very poor country. We got to the hotel and although there was a queue, there were staff handing out cocktails and they had so many staff checking people in that we didn’t have to wait too long. We had to pay the €20 each for the visitor tax, but this seems a small price to pay. Our room was ready so we went to the room and only had to wait approximately 10 minutes before our cases arrived from reception. We were in the adult only area but spent the first couple of days by the family pools as we had a crossover with friends. We found the pools clean enough and I have to say that I didn’t find the drinks watered down at all. They are certainly strong enough when you also take into account that the weather is so hot! From the third day we were then by the adult only pool and having been by the family pool the previous two days, my only comment would be that it is much quieter and calmer in the adult only section, which is nice if you have no children with you. Our room was cleaned every day, although a couple of times the maid forgot to provide a pillowcase. There is a smell from the toilets, but just shut the door and you shouldn’t notice it. We were in room 1112 on the first floor which had a good view of the beach and sea. The mini bar was replenished daily and they do also put a bottle of still and sparkling in your room, which I understand they don’t do in the family area. You can get more if you wish from reception. The food was plentiful and varied, although I did start to understand the comments from people about it getting tedious – too much of anything is not a good thing. We started missing out on either breakfast or lunch after day 5 as we were eating for the sake of eating! Also, in the adults only bar by the pool they serve filled croissants and rolls from 12pm until 5pm. We dined in the Asian twice, but again, as they don’t vary the menu that could also get tedious. We dined in the A la Carte twice, which you can only do if you are in the Adults section, and that was amazing! The steak was just divine. Overall, we had an amazing holiday, very relaxing as there is nothing to do. We would definitely go back.More

frankyfrancisk, London, United Kingdom

What's not to like!!

Just returned from a relaxing week at the Riu Touareg. The hotel rooms,restaurants and grounds are kept immaculate by a friendly, hardworking team of staff. The food is plentiful and there is an excellent variety, catering for meat and fish lovers equally. People that say that the food is 'same-ish' everyday I think are the one's that pile their plates up with everything everyday, so of course it would seem that you're eating the same thing day after day. The rooms were spacious enough and good air con which you needed on at night too ( it did work at night, not as a previous reviewer mentioned) We had a couple of maintenance issues with the room but these were rectified within an hour and followed up by a call from reception to make sure things were OK. We had no issue with bugs-but remember where you are. No sewerage smells from toilet either. Quite a few cats but if you leave them alone they leave you alone. Yes,you have to get your bottled water from reception but best to do this after you had been to the restaurant in the evening then you can refrigerate it overnight. We ate in the 3 themed restaurants-all buffet except the Boavista which is part waiter/ part buffet. Food good and made a change from the busy-ness of the main restaurant. Went to the beach every day- quieter than the pool area and nice and breezy!! Plenty of sunbeds for all- on the beach as well as pool area. People can't resist reserving them though- part of the holiday I suppose. Cannot really find faults, if I was to be picky - it would be nice if the room towels were a bit bigger and softer. We wouldn't hesitate in going back but like to go somewhere different each time.More

Lynda P, Oxford, United Kingdom

all inclusive newbie

Stayed at the touareg from the 16th of November for 1 week this was our first all inclusive holiday we usually stay in much smaller hotels. The room (7206) was very spacious we were lucky enough to have a huge balcony overlooking the beach the room was cleaned to a high standard everyday the toilet did smell but i had done my research on trip advisor in the months leading up to our holiday so i packed an air freshener i also packed a travel kettle as i need a cup of tea the minute i open my eyes ! our block was close to the pool and snack bar and around a 5 minute walk to the rest of the bars,restaurants and shops (these are all in a large square). Food - huge amount of choice for breakfast and i mean huge ! every type of egg imaginable as well as the usual cooked items ( sausages not good they were like tinned hot dogs) huge selection of cheese bread fruit waffles and pancakes. Snack bar- pizzas, burgers, pastas,meat and vegetables as well as a special each day followed by desserts and ice creams and help yourself drink stations the main evening buffet restaurant was similar but on a much bigger scale.We tried the Asian and African restaurants both were very good it was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main buffets. The open air bar was always busy but you never had to wait long to be served the beer is fine although the cocktails were a little weak.Entertainment was not great the only show that was half decent was the beatles tribute but i think this was because it was something you could sing along to as you knew the songs .Shops-one sold decorative items like African masks and other ornaments as well as necklaces etc another shop sold swimwear the other two sold sweets and kids toys crisps were around 2 euros 50 i visited the photo shop to have my photos printed and to my amazement they wanted 8 euros per photo !!! Staff - very friendly they all say hello when they pass you they really do work hard.Pool and grounds-the pool was very clean but with a few missing tiles although maintenance work is carried out all the time when we were leaving our block to go home the corridors were being painted,The gardeners are constantly mowing and pruning the grounds.We didn't have much to do with the Thomson reps as we had booked a taxi to and from the airport although i did enquire about something after checking in and i'm still waiting for them to get back to me !.Cats - i love cats so they didn't bother me at all there wasn't too many and they don't come up to you unless you fuss them.Weather- cloudy the first couple of days but after that it was nice and hot but bearable because of the constant breeze.Beach-beautiful although your not able to swim as the waves are huge.We did two trips with giggling geckos and would highly recommend them it was nice to get out of the hotel and see the beautiful beaches and buy souvenirs from the locals we visited a kindergarten in Sal rei to drop off some donations for the children ( Richard and Jen of giggling geckos can advise of items to bring if you would like to donate ) Downside to the holiday - the very rude guests (not so much the Brits ) queuing wasn't something they did neither was a thank you or a smile when holding a door open for them. Would i stay at the Touareg again probably not we did have a lovely time but next time we will choose a hotel that is not so isolated a taxi to any night life/places of interest would set you back 30 euros each way we were so glad we had booked two trips so we did get to see places rather than just the hotel.More


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