With its great dining scene and beachfront setting, it’s no wonder this hotel is a favourite with TripAdvisor reviewers. It earned yet another Travellers' Choice award in 2016.
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 7746 reviews
- Official Rating: 5 Star, local category
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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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Large in size, the 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 if you need one.
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 is for adults only.
Evening entertainment programme
The party kicks off with live music. Then there's a show after, followed by a karaoke session. A live orchestra performs one night a week alongside dance shows and cabaret.
Rooms ► View all
Adult's Area Junior Suite with Sea View, Balcony or Terrace and Whirlpool Bath
Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace
Twin room sleeps 2 with twin beds and an open-plan bathroom with enclosed toilet. An African theme comes courtesy of earthy tones and striking patterns. This room comes with air-conditioning and a shower. There is also either a balcony or a terrace.
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The hotel is amazing so dont take any notice of the bad reviews(i cant understand these) .The check in was easy we were given a nice cold drink on arriving. Our room was nice it was cleaned everyday with fresh water delivered daily. The staff and managment where amazing. Because of an incident in the restaurant Joao and Joao Vieira both managers for Riu really looked after us along with Jassie the restaurant supervisor and made us feel safe and welcome. The Thompson reps were a waste of time. The food was well prepared and plentiful with a vegetarian menu. I really enjoyed the choice of seafood. The drinks were of a good standard and always served with a smile( not like the snarlers in Spain). A really nice place to relax and chill (NO STRESS).More
Terry M, 186337
A Relaxing Stay and Great Staff
We (my wife and I) stayed for 10 days. The room was a good size and very clean (each day the cleaner did an excellent job), and the beds were comfortable. Regular deliveries of drinking water are made each day.The food is of a good standard with a pleasing choice of meats, fish, pasta. salads, fruit, etc.). The drinks are alright although I would advise you to avoid the white wine which is rather flavourless/bland. The people working at the hotel were kind and polite. The beech is lovely but I would advise against swimming as it is pretty dangerous with powerful waves. The shops on the site are very expensive ( a bottle of wine was 20 Euros; we bought the same bottle in the capital for 10 Euros). There are lots of sun beds but many are reserved early in the morning by guests. There isn't a great deal to do on the island but we knew this and were looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday - which is exactly what we got! We went on two trips, one to the capital which was o.k. and a second on a catamaran which was an excellent trip. Overall, a relaxing and stress free holiday!More
Fantastic place and people....total relaxation
Impressive very large hotel..well laid out. Food was very good and was probably one if the best all inclusives. Beach is great although the sea can be quite dangerous with Rip tides.... Its in the middle nowhere..infact you could be on MARS. So its clean...beds are shocking...my bed was falling apart..continous maintanance around the whole busy hotel...pool is having new tiles fitted each day as a few are missing but dont forget this hotel has 1152 rooms so can accomodate over 3300 people 12 months a year, so it gets alot of use! Management team are great and resolve problems....very good and very accomadating and polite. Had a great holiday and met some fab people.... Weather can be cloudly but dont be fooled...your right by the equator and it is Hot.. People will always find negatives..its easy to do...but look at the positives its a great place and you will love it.More
Great hotel shame about the miserable holiday makers
What a great hotel this place is. Disregard the negative comments being made you cant please all. Hotel is large and well maintained with staff constantly cleaning and gardening all day long. The Gardner wearing a Jamaican hat is great and constantly on the go. All staff are extremely friendly and go out of there way to help you in any way possible and make your holiday a great one. Food and restaurants are excellent with a large variety of choice, yes if you pile you plate sky high you will run out of choices but you wouldn't eat like that at home. Along with this lets not forget everything is imported. Drinks are all local spirits etc but again this is not bad and a change from the same old stuff you always drink. The pools are great, yes some tiles are missing but it doesn't help when holiday makers and there kids are pulling off tiles and pouring drinks into the pool. Sun beds are plentiful just the Brits to be honest reserving beds then not using them for hours on end. This again is not the hotels fault. I mean why does a child whos in the pool all day need 2 sunbeds? Shops on site are great and good prices, yes the crisps etc are expensive again there imported but why do you need these its all inclusive? Beach is great and lovely and clean. No bar for obvious reasons this is a nesting site for turtles. The state some holiday makers make around the pool the turtles would be extinct if they made a beach bar. Yes the sea is rough and is a red flag but its a small island in the middle of the ocean its too be expected, the same people would moan at an airport hotel being able to hear the planes. This is a great hotel and is worth a visit keep in mind this is a developing set of islands and not like visiting an established resort. Yes the plane is small but what would you rather a plane thats got all the mod cons but cant land as the runway is too small? If you want a relaxing holiday in the sun with 'no stress' this is the place to go. More
Over rated by far, also some practices were shocking!!
I had booked this hotel and location to celebrate a wedding anniversary and birthday, we did pay for the Adult Only Section this is well worth the money, when talking to different people to difference between the cost was ridiculous. When we arrived the hotel we were told to leave the bags near the coach and they would be taken to the room, we went through the booking in process and eventually found our room as the signs are poor. When we got to the room our bags were outside in the main corridor for anyone to take. The following day we went to the main restaurant for Breakfast, from then on ti went down hill quickly. Later that day I was really ill in both ways, it was none stop. It literally took 4 days for me to get over it. The main restaurant food was boring the same thing all the time not that I went many times after being so ill, watching people sip from ladles and then placing them back into the the main sauce pot for other people to use, the annoying thing was staff did see this and nothing was done about it. Sanitiser was placed on the entrance to the main restaurant but no where else. All in all for 50% of the holiday i was ill so didn't really eat anything or drink anything so paying for all inclusive was a waste of money. I did see a rep at first who was not helpful but the second guy was great, he completed a report with me and notified Thomson. He did say that it is called Boa Vista Belly and it does happen a lot, people getting ill, the doctor can offer you an injection to stop you being sick, this would've been helpful to know at the time, but being ill I couldn't get to the welcome meeting. A few helpful tips, make sure you take Imodium, go to the welcome meeting, take Euros, take factor 30, and make sure you take plenty of your own entertainment as the onsite entertainment is crap, it finishes within 1 hour and is poor. In a nutshell would I return NO, would I recommend it NO, is it a 5* NO it a 3 at best.More
Lisa B, 186216
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