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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Just returned from a week staying at this hotel and honestly cannot fault anything. We were a group of seven but never failed to get sunbeds together or wait for a table in the dining room. All staff are so friendly and helpful and always a smile. Food excellent with something for everyone as there was loads of variety, and cleanliness of rooms and public areas is excellent. We went on 4x4 Jeep half day trip booked thro Thomson which is fabulous, also went out on quads but booked these through the guys on the beach who were cheaper than Thomson, this was also awesome, remember to take a thin scarf or similar ( like a bandit would wear) to put around your face as the sand and dust gets in your eyes. Nothing outside the hotel but perfect if you just want a relaxing time sunbathing or taking part in the many activities run by the hotel. Take a few pegs to stop your towels blowing away on the beach, and lots of high factor sun cream - the constant winds can be very deceiving.More
Stayed in Feb 2014 - lovely, windy, but a closer Caribbean!
Flight We flew with Thomson, and before I left I read very bad reviews about the flight - I didn't think much of it as I thought that maybe it was just people being picky, but they were right. The staff on both flights (we had the same crew from London) were terrible, they were so unfriendly and made the flight a bit awkward - a smile every so often isn't much to ask for. Check In This was quick and painless, we also upgraded to adults only once we were there which was about £300 for two weeks. Worth very penny if you are a couple travelling alone, the other pool was quite noisy with kids, which is fine if you have kids and are used to it, but when you want a quiet break, its not ideal. Room The adults only room was lovely, spacious and very clean. It comes with a minibar that they keep stocking up for you and it has a great open-plan feel so you don't feel claustrophobic in your stay. The room includes a safe at no extra cost, and as were used to paying quite a lot for a safe on holiday, this was a bonus. The TV has lots of american channels so you can have it on in the background and not have to watch the news whilst your getting ready! The bed was terrible, it was so soft we didn't feel like we had any support and I woke up many times during the night feeling uncomfortable - however, some people may like soft beds, in which case, this place is for you! The cleaners were friendly, however they do come very early in the morning sometimes, and if you're someone that doesn't like being woken up on holiday, I would suggest you put the do not disturb sign on before you go to sleep and take it off again in the morning when you want it cleaned! Pool area and beach The pool area was lovely, people lay their towels down in the morning which is annoying because if no-one laid their towels down, there would be plenty of beds available all day - some towels were on by 8am which is ridiculous. We found beds in the pool area at all hours in the day, there was only once that we retreated to the beach after not being able to find a bed. The pool area is clean, and the bar staff are very friendly. There are lots of cats though, and as someone that does not like cats at all, it wasn't pleasant, but you get used to it. The pool in adults only is meant to be heated, and it is marginally warmer than the other pool, but the heating needs to be turned up! When you're paying for ti to be heated, you don't want to hear 'it is warmer than the other pool'...yes, but only very slightly, and on such a windy island, for the people that like being in the pool on holiday usually, it's not a warm or inviting experience. The beach is perfect, exactly like it is on the pictures. You will never see the green flag on the beach though (we didn't even see the yellow flag) and the sea is CHOPPY, believe me. Food and Drinks The food is fine, not amazing, just okay. The buffet restaurant serves the same thing every day in different forms, which you expect to some extent, but it can get tedious. There is no show cooking which is quite disappointing, having stayed in other Riu's where the show cooking is fantastic, that was disappointing. The African A-La Carte is okay, just lots of grilled meats which is fine but we didn't like it too much. The Asian restaurant was super busy all the time, but we weren't overwhelmed by it although the sushi was great. The Boa Vista restaurant was FANTASTIC. The fresh seafood was fab, and the stews and puddings were also great. This restaurant was the least busy, which was ideal for us because we loved it and went as often as possible. The Adults only A-la carte was delicious. The service was great, the wine was the only wine in the hotel drinkable - pity (but understandable) you could only go once per week! Drinks were as expected, wine was terrible, I couldn't drink it, but the cocktails and spirits were nice. Trips We went on the half day 4 x 4 island tour, and Sal Rei trip. The half day tour was enough - I wouldn't recommend the full day, we were shattered and our bottoms were a bit bruised after a half day and we saw all the attractions of the island - good value for money. Sal Rei was also a good trip. We saw lots, but also encountered the pushy, guilt tripping tourism that you get when abroad - nothing unusual and it didn't ruin the trip. Overall, a relaxing, windy, luxurious trip - on a budget. If I were to go again, i'd probably try June, just for it to be a little warmer.More
Sam U, Worcester, England, United Kingdom
We have just returned from an amazing holiday at this resort. So much so that after being back for only 4 days we have booked for next year. This modern resort is well designed and has plenty of space for everyone. We have never before been huge fans of all inclusive holidays preferring to meander around town seeking out local restaurants and bars. However this resort offers huge selection of good quality food and drinks in a climate which is pleasantly sunny and warm. We personally did not partake in the numerous activities offered but it was evident that they we well supported and enjoyed by those who chose too. Admittedly the was little to do outside of the resort but for perfect relaxation this is the place to be.More
My husband and I (25&26) spent 10 nights honeymoon here and had an amazing time The staff were fantastic very friendly and helpful, nothing was ever too much trouble. The food was brilliant we always found something we liked at all the restaurants. The hotel was stunning and very clean, with fabulous structure and gardens The animation team did a fantastic job of rounding everyone together and entertaining the children (not that we have any). The poolside was clean and there was plenty of sunbeds at all times and the poolside bars were great, always busy but never had to wait long! The atmosphere was so welcoming and inviting. We thoroughly enjoyed how relaxed everywhere was. The holiday reps were available most of the time and had trips out could be booked with them. We did do a trip to the market at sal rai - which was an experience. I can't say I enjoyed it but our holiday rep was lovely and we learned a lot about the island. We booked to go out quad biking which was amazing! The views and the guys leading the trip were fab! We also did a boat trip that was meant to be a view of the island .... it was a booze cruise more than anything. Was ok but didn't get too see much. There isn't anything going on outside the hotel .... there's nothing for miles as the hotel is set out on the beach on it's own. If chilling and relaxing by the pool is what you want the hotel is perfect! The shops on the complex were very expensive for somethings .... 10 euros for hairspray etc Overall we would highly recommend this hotel and would definitely love to visit again!More
Emma K, Wigan, United Kingdom
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just come back from a fab 10 day break with family and friends. arrived at airport and we decided to get taxis to hotel for a speedier check in this cost 30euros and was a good way of doing it. once we got to the hotel we were met by staff offering drinks and they were very friendly. we managed to upgrade to the adult only for the equivalent of £11a night which was nice as it gave us our own pool area and bar, bar in room which had four optics which was nice although we didn't really need them, the adult only restaurant was amazing and the staff were brilliant and made us very welcome. the hotel overall is very good. its very clean, there were cleaners everywhere to be honest and the rooms were always cleaned very well although they did take a fair few days before they changed our bedsheets, we only know this as our had some black dots on them so we knew they hadn't been changed but it didn't matter that much really. going back to the facilities the pool area of the adult only section was lovely and it was never too busy and you could always get sun beds although travelling in a larger group of eight we did have to put our towels out reasonably early to guarantee we could all be together but had we been in smaller group I'm sure we would have always got one without doing this. the pool area bar was very nice and staff were very friendly and good fun. entertainment on the resort didn't appear to be that good in the evening but in fairness we didn't really sit down and the watch if fully so can't say too much about it. restaurants on the resort were very good, the buffet restaurant had a good choice for all three meals and there was something for everyone for sure i.e for breakfast you could have anything from fruit, pancakes,waffles,full cooked breakfast, meats and cheeses, cereals etc etc and it was of similar standards for lunch and evening meal times. the themed restaurants were all of a similar standard the asian being particularly good and the african probably being the worst but everyone has different tastes so don't let me put you off.one thing that was a little annoying was that none of the restaurants had toilets inside them so once you had started your meal if you needed the toilet you had to leave the restaurant and go to the lobby etc which was a little annoying but not the end of the world all in all the hotel was very good and cape verdi boa vista is a very lovely place although there isn't very much to do there but then thats half the beauty of the place to be honest!! we did a quad biking tour for half a day which was great fun and worth the money 88 euros although be prepared to get covered in dust hehe but that was half the fun. we always went on the whale watching trip which only has a eight week window where they are off the shore off cape verdi, we arrived at week five of the breeding season and wow what a trip it was got to see three humpback whales pretty close up, it was an amazing site and i would recommend this trip highly if your there at the time the whales are around cape verdi. all in all i would give this a thumbs up, you will not be disappointed.More
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