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. that you'll get access to if you stay in the adults-only rooms.
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Based On 6973 reviews
- Official Rating: 5 Star, local category
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- Minimum 4/5 Trip Advisor score
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- 20kg luggage allowance on Thomson Airways
Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks|
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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adult's area twin room with balcony or terrace
These Twin rooms are located in the adults-only section of the hotel and come with either a balcony or a terrace. These rooms also have TV, air-conditioning, a shower and exclusive use of the adults-only pool.
twin room with balcony or terrace
Twin room sleeps 2 with twin beds and an open-plan bathroom with enclosed toilet. This room comes with air-conditioning and a shower. There is also either a balcony or a terrace. There is also 1 extra bed in the bedroom.
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We love the fact that the island is not over run with hotels and the airport is just a sail shade it adds to the experience. We are not a lover of all inclusive and have stayed in some beautiful places around the world but would definitely go back to the hotel did not want to go home. The Riu Touareg has something very special and that is the people that work there, they are so happy and always forthcoming with conversation and do not expect to be tipped. I had no problems with the selection of food it is nice to book a restaurant, would of liked them not to be buffet and as the staff are so friendly think it would be good for their developments in catering to do table service and give them the opportunity to earn tips.More
Alison R, 186337
This is our sixth visit to a Riu and again it didn't disappoint. The staff are excellent and will always go out their way to help you. The food was good and you can always find something to eat, even a full roast with Yorkshire pudding. We visited the Asian restaurant and had a fantastic meal especially the sushi. But you must book the speciality restaurants early, we booked on our first day at 08.00 in the morning and the booking was for three days later. We ate in the main restaurant all other evenings and the dressed code doesn't exist anymore people were wearing board shorts ,denim shorts,jeans and t-shirts which is a shame really as most guests made the effort to dress for the evening. Only once a guy was asked to leave as he came in with a vest top on. Even in the specialty restaurant you can get away with shorts and t- shirts. There are plenty of sun beds around the pools very close together and people do go down early to reserve them and disappear again. The pools were very cold and we only ventured in once there is no heated swimming pool, The red flags flew all week so we could not swim in the sea. We had read previous reviews on here so knew about this before we booked so wasn't disappointed. The entertainment in the evening was hit or miss if you have been to a Riu before you will know what to expect,the animation team work hard for you to enjoy yourselves and do not hassle you to take part in the activities if you do not want to. I didn't have any issues with the drinks and all bar staff make you feel welcome and serve you as quickly as they can. We found the Caribbean Blue cocktail and that was us happy for the week. Our room was fine, clean and tidy tip is to keep the toilet door closed. We achieved what we wanted to do relax in the sun and have some good food and drink in the evening. Personally with it being a 6 hr flight I would go for ten days as 2 days are travelling we flew from Gatwick. Unless you go out on trips there is nothing else to do other than long walks along the beach but as you can probably tell I only watched people do it. I would like to thank all the staff at the Riu Touareg, we definitely had a stress free holiday. Would I go back yes I would but I wouldn't go peak holiday times as It would be manic. More
The best place for a totally relaxing holiday
I would have given this hotel a 5 rating apart from a couple of minor problems. The first, and I should have known after reading other reviews. The toilet in the room had an awful smell all the time. Yes, it is due to the water that is used to flush it, but I wish I'd taken an air freshener to put in there. (The toilet was separate from the shower, thank goodness). The other thing is the WiFi is not very reliable. Sometimes it works fine, others not at all. Mobile calls back to the UK are very expensive Â£1.49 per minute and data is too at Â£8 per mb. Now for the positives. The hotel is lovely. Transfer time from the airport is about 1/2 an hour. Set on a beautiful beach, with wonderful staff taking care of us. We had a room in Block 1 (Adults only section) on the second floor (top) overlooking Santa Monica Beach complete with mini bar and fridge which was restocked every two days.There are no other buildings anywhere near this hotel. It's out on it own. Security guards make sure only guests from the Adult only section are allowed into that part of the hotel. There are ample sunbeds and there are also several double four-poster beds around the pool area. It also has own bar open all day and evenings. It's the only quiet bar at night. Fredy the evening barman is lovely and always likes to talk to everyone. Lidiane and Djorge (sorry about the spelling) are very friendly during the day and so is Sumay the cleaning lady. She was so happy and always made me smile. Nothing is too much trouble for them. The pool man was very nice too. Always wanting to know where one of us was if we weren't together. They speak very good English. There are champagne parties at mid day on Tuesday's and Fridays with loads of 'champagne' and dancing in the bar. Not to be missed!! The Gourmet restaurant (only for people in the Adults section) is amazing. The beef fillet and apple tart (crumble) was the best for us. This is waiter only service. You are allowed to book one visit a week. The other speciality restaurants can be booked by any guests and usually need to be booked 3 days in advance although there were times when they had places for the same day. There is Asian, Italian, Local (mainly seafood) and African (mainly meats) cuisine. All very good. The menus are always the same but there is lots of choice. The buffet restaurant is very nice but noisy. (We only ate twice in here at night during our two weeks)There is a great selection of food. Much better AI than in Europe. There is something for everyone and breakfast choice is way beyond anything we've had elsewhere. Entertainment takes place in the square but is not the best. It's usually the same people and the sound system is not great. The bars are in this area too, plus a karaoke bar and Pachas disco. We didn't go to these so can't comment on them. Football was shown in the karaoke bar one night. The 24 hour bar is in the reception area. There is so much to do around the hotel. Several pools including an infinity pool and jacuzzis as well as the fitness centre, art club and kids club. The beach is beautiful sand but when the wind whips up (as it does most of the time) You feel like you are being grit blasted. The waves are very high and strong too. Beware about going in the sea. Warning, take bottled water to the sunbeds on the beach as there is no bar or toilets on there ands is a trek back to the bars. There are lots of sunbeds and shade down there though. There are also a few stalls selling souvenirs that set up on the beach either end of the hotel. The shops within the complex are good too but some things are very expensive. Take loads of suntan lotion as this is very dear (approx 25 euros a bottle!!!). Thomson gave a swop box which was handy. We didn't do any trips, so can't give any opinion on these.More
Went for a week end of January....Lovely to be in the sun... Great food for an all inclusive, fish, clams, plenty of exotic (local) fruits, good wine, very nice service, everything so clean on an island without water resources....Looking forward to return, maybe to another island, but Kap Verde is a nice destination!More
We had a lovely time even got to go and see the turtles lay there eggs in the dark it was a lovely experience. the hotel is huge the rooms are very spacious, make sure you take everything that you need i.e. toiletries etc as they are very expensive as they are imported and also make sure you take pegs for your sun beds as it's really windy, the beach is superb the food is good also. recommend for the experience.More
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