Hotel 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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  • 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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adult's area junior suite with balcony or terrace and jacuzzi

Adults-only junior suites have either a balcony or terrace and come with a double bed, Jacuzzi® and shower. There is also air-conditioning. And as they are in the adults-only part of the hotel, you'll get access to a pool reserved for guests in this section.

family suite with balcony or terrace

Suites sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children with a double bed and a sofa-bed in the lounge. There is also air-conditioning and a shower. Natural light is provided via a balcony or terrace.

TripAdvisor Reviews Show more reviews »


Just returned from here, a three star at best. Staff are wonderful, hard working and very friendly. Food very average, meat very over cooked, every restaurant seems to serve the same food regardless of theme. Singers are great before the main entertainment but the main entertainment is very holiday camp. Nothing to do on the Island, no culture or places of interest. Shower ceiling plaster board was dropping and in a state mentioned it three times and nobody came. Rooms are comfortable apart from that, no tea or coffee facilities or iron which would of been appreciated. A very clean hotel, would suit families not wishing to venture out, great temperature stays around 30 degrees although often cloudy. All in all not bad but not a platinum hotel.More


Just what we needed

After reading some of the reviews on here about this hotel i was a little nervous upon arriving. The flight was good the only thing i would say was if you are a tall person like my husband pay for extra leg room seats as it was quite cramped due to being a short haul plane as the runway is to short for a bigger plane. The journey the other end was bumpy but it was to be expected but it only lasted for about 20 minutes then smoothed out for the last 10 minutes. We arrived and the welcome was lovely and check in was quick. We was told we could not check in till 3pm but when we arrived our room was ready at 12pm. The room was lovely air con worked well. No bugs in our room which was a bounus. The cats around the hotel was no problem at all and very friendly. The building work was not loud at all and could not really been seen unless you was on the beach or you walked to where it was. The beach was out of this world never seen such a pretty beach. The red flag was up and the sea was pretty rough but the life guards was on the ball if the waves started to get too big. The food was lovely couldnt fault it and we booked to go to the Kabuki resturant which was lovely, evening entertainment wasnt really to mine and my husbands taste but they made a huge effort. we booked and amazing excersion to go and watch the turtles lay their eggs was pricey but definatley worth it! The only negative i can really say is we brought some suncream from the shop which was 28 euros and within 30 minutes it was stolen from our sunbed whist we went to get a drink. Overall we both had an amazing time and would go back again. :)More

Hayley N,

Staff make it great

The Tourareg is clean and VERY freindly. The food is of high standard. The entertainment teams are fantastic although the evening entertainment is a bit guff. I think the rooms are sufficient. Although there is a bad smell when you flush the loo. The pools are nice but need some repair, as does some of the parasols and some of the wooden slats above the covered bed area at the pool. The smell that comes from flushing the toilet is also present at the pool. Yuck. Whilst we did have a good holiday here I wouldn't say it was fantastic. I would not say it should be a 5 star. More like a 3. The reception area looks beautiful when you walk in. But when you have a proper look the seats are all dirty looking with sweat and oil. There is a few things that need replacing really. The beach is amazing.More

carol L,

Brilliant fishing

I was apprehensive about an all inclusive first time, more of a back pack round the Greek islands person. But this place is brilliant. For me, fishing from the vast expanse of white sand makes it, and catching interesting fish every cast (which the locals are keen to swap for local trinkets as they love to eat fish) was a distraction from the all day bars. The main restaurant serves excellent food and there are several themed restaurants with interesting ethnic dishes...all highly recommended. We upgraded to a junior suite in the adults only area and the room was perfect, fabulous sea view and personal mini bar and optics!!! Evening entertainment for those who like it but unobtrusive. Will definitely go back...with fishing tackle!!!More

Charlie G, 504202

Not a 5 star

Flight horrendous, freezing cold, limited leg room, no entertainment. Trip to hotel rough due to half of the journey is over unmade roads, more about this later. Hotel is not 5 star. It stats it has speciality resturants but they all similar and are buffets, we were expecting waiter service which we have had at previous hotels we have stayed. Food reasonable but more of the same each day. Drinks are limited only one beer, 3 wines red, white, rose'. Cocktails & spirits are all local brands bought in from the canaries. For the serious part, on the beginning of the second week I slipped in the main Resturant in the evening and injured my ankle. The floor in this Resturante and others were like an ice rink and leathal, other people especially children were slipping over. Not one member of staff came to my assistance had I not been with family I do not know what I would have done. The next morning I had to get to the reception to arrange to see the doctor and they were more concerned if I could pay as it was €150 euros as it was a Sunday. The doctor sent me to the clinic for X-ray's, arranged for an ambulance to pick me up and then suffered the most awful journey back to the town where the airport was over the unmade roads causing more pain then back again. I would suggest that if you have health problems do not go to this place, they do not have the infrastructure to deal with it, had I had a heart attack I could not see how I would of survived. I spent my second week in a leg brace and on crutches and not once did the management enquire after me and although the rep arranged for ice to be delivered to my room on a nightly bases this was easy said than done. I made a formal complaint to the rep who recorded what I had said and said he would have to get the Managers comments, nothing was fourth coming. The final straw came when I was told I needed a letter of permission to fly which I could only get 48 hours before we were leaving but they needed 72 hours to arrange assistance at Gatwick but could not do this without the permission to fly letter how helpful is this. The beach is beautiful but the red flag is continual out and the sea is unsafe for children. The free water sports that they offer is a farce. It is true if you want a sun bed you have to be up early and stay with it until 8 or your towels and personal belongings will be taken away. The pool is in need of repair lots of tiles are missing and our children were continually cutting their hand and feet. The hotel complex is beautiful and the room was comfortable but a majority of the time the air conditioning was not working in the rooms and public areas and was unbearable. The building works did not affect us but I do not know how they will cope with extra people if they do not increase the facilities such as more toilets ( 1 in the lobby and one in pool area but could be quite a walk depending where you were) The entertainment and activities were okay but I think more could be done for children especially teenagers. In room TV only one English speaking entertainment channel apart from Disney channel which was sometimes English or spainish. I would not be returning to this hotel or using Riu Group I think to call this hotel 5 star is completely misleading.More

Carole M, 186299

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Hotel Riu Touareg
Rated: 4.5 /5 based on 6119 customer reviews
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