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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- Official Rating: 5 Star, local category
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Food & Drink
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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.
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
These family rooms are simply furnished with warm touches. You’ll have a kitchenette and a balcony outside for that extra bit of space. Plus, there’s air-conditioning available from May to October. There’s room for up to 4 with a twin bedroom and 2 sofa beds in the lounge.
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Thankyou to all who work & stayed at Riu Touareg x.
Firstly I would like to thank everyone who worked at this hotel and stayed their between 15th and 22nd July, I have never experience so much kindness & helpfulness in any one place! This along with the faultless service, beautiful grounds and spotless hotel, with its infectious "No Stress" vibe, gorgeous food, stunning beach and perfect weather made our holiday perfect! The airport in Cabo Verde is small but super efficient, and again spotlessly clean. The coach took us 25 minutes to reach the hotel and the journey was very nice you can see the moon like landscape and appreciate how vast and empty the island is. The road is very bumpy at first but not for long, you soon hit smooth Tarmac. The hotel is very big but all relatively flat. It's all really clean and the grounds are beautiful, not a rodent in sight thanks to the cats that are very well look after and don't bother you unless you call them or feed them! The room we had was No 5271 this was a very large room and held a massive king bed and a single for my daughter with room for her to run around still. Their was a flat screen TV (Disney channel) provided! Large dressing area, double sinks and separate Toilet next to a large powerful shower. Our room was spotless every day and we enjoyed our very good sea view from the sun trap balcony on the top floor with the sounds of the waves each day. Air con works lovely in the day however it can get a tad warm at night. Their is a large fridge undear the sinks and you can ask for free bottled water at reception at any time. The food here was brilliant we all enjoyed a variety each night & at lunch and loved the Asian restaurant. My daughter eat very well for a 5 year old so no worries their. Breakfast was my favourite as their coffee is very good quality and they even have a coffee machine serving my favourites in tall glasses yum! They even served cava one morning with orange juice. The pool area is very clean and spaciouse, beware the sunbed rule and don't leave your towels unattended before 9am he will take them! The pools are salt water and do get very warm during the afternoon sun. Take as much high factor sun cream as you can the weather here is perfect, not a cloud in the sky most days and poker hot! The pool bar serves a lovely selection of drinks with or without alcohol, as I don't drink very much I can't comment on the standard of brand but I was very happy with all of my drinks. Pool toilets were kept spotless each day by a cleaning lady also. The entertainment team are very good fun! my husband played water polo most days, and football on the beach, my daughter also enjoyed painting at Riu Art, they also do their team dance on the bridge each day and are very friendly doing a grand job of entertaining everybody who wants to play. They work very very hard and are all great fun. A world of warning however for anyone with teenage daughters who may feel flattered by the playful flirting and banter, some (not all) are self proclaimed play boys and from what we saw love to persue the girls (say no more) We purchased sun cream from the hotel shop at â¬28 for a small bottle. A large bag of chips came to â¬6 a small snickers was â¬2, post cards were â¬1 and Jewry etc varied in price. They do have some really nice things to buy so do have a look around. We were also very interested in the trips sold by our reps and they again are reasonable in price so please ask your reps about the quads and Turtle trip and do try the jet skies with the local company just to the right on the beach directly outside the hotel. My husband had a brilliant time! The beach its self is stunning, clear blue Caribbean like waters with powder soft sand and crabs dotted around. Wonderful but don't let your guard down in the waves they are lethal and the locals them selfs don't swim in them as they know it's too dangerous and they know the tide inside out so be very careful. Their are sun loungers under parasols set back from the waters edge also and showers to wash of the sand. Great beach! Have Fun! The spa is beautiful and offers reasonable treatments, even just to sit and relax by the jacuzzi was wonderful. We loved this hotel and would recommend it highly, we would also go again but for us 7 days was not long enough 10 would have been perfect and we are gutted to have come home, we miss it already. Another brilliant family holiday thanks to a wonderful hotel made even better by the people.More
AMAZING HOTEL ,we stayed for one week at the begining of june and we were not dissapointed,we smply had one week of total relaxation,in a wonderfull hotel run by staff who really care about their guests and they are a credit to the riu ,nothing is to much trouble and it is always service with a smile,however busy they are ,food and drink very good pool area and hotel grounds spotless at all times beach was absolutley gorgeous and never to crowded,there is nothing outside of the hotel to do .but we booked a trip with the giggling geckos before we went ,they are insured and excellent value for money we highly recommend them ,the only one complaint we would have is that we had to come home ::: we would highly recommend this hotel and we cannot wait to return for another week next year thanks to all at the riu for a fabulous holiday ,More
Peter Neal K, Belle Mare
Lovely hotel quiet and relaxing
Just got back from the Riu in Cape Verde, spent 10 days there. Lovely weather too. There's nothing to do around as there's only five hotels on the island and this is the furthest away from the airport, takes half hour for transfer. Few shops in resort but don't expect beach front bars like Majorca etc. if you want a day out at the beach where you can swim at ease in the sea ask at reception for a taxi to sal two beach. You get dropped off at the beach bar or the town then you can walk up the beach for 10 minutes to a bar and a water sports place where you can hire kayaks eye.the sea here is a lot calmer than at the Touareg . The beach has beds and parasols the beach bar is cheap too. All I can say is food is repetitive as most all inclusive holidays are but it's edible. Good choice of fish every night too. Happy holiday More
BlondiBlondi, Bristol, United Kingdom
This was our 1st visit to Boa Vista and arrived around mid-day. approx. 30mins transfer from airport to hotel. Cobble road for half transfer but then onto tarmac for remainder of journey. Hotel is isolated as nothing else close apart from beach and sea. Queues on arrival but plenty of staff booking in and 2 full coaches were signed in within 20 mins. Staff were very friendly and helpful with directions pointed out on map to rooms and all other facilities. Porters took cases to rooms within quarter hour and we were on the beach with 90 mins of arrival. Rooms are big and spacious with lots of drawer and wardrobe space. (wardrobe is curtained off within large shower room area which allowed 2 cases to be stored without cluttering room) Free electronic wall safe is in this wardrobe area also. King size bed would sleep whole family, so big. Settee also converts to double bed. Large flat screen with sat programmes and free fridge which fitted 2 large bottles of water for the beach each day (Freely available at reception.) complex itself is enormous and widely spread so that the map is needed initially to find your way around. Main restaurant located near reception for all meals with a superb choice of foods at every sitting. No reason for anyone to complain in this area as every possible choice was covered. There is also a snack bar close to the pool serving a reduce menu for breakfast and lunches. This converts to one of the three specialist restaurants for the evening.(These need to booked 3 days in advance but do it early for the Chinese restaurant as it proved very popular). There is an enclosed children's pool/play area separated from the main pools. The main pool area comprises 3/4 separate areas with swim up pool bar serving hot/cold drinks and cocktails with seats and tables in the water. These are separated from the main pools. Steps from this area lead up to a Jaccuzzi level. Pools are surrounded by adequate amounts of sunbeds. Towels are provided fro the pool area and can be changed regularly but as people seemed to be changing them 3 or 4 times per day, we did struggle to change them at times but as we also took our own- no problem. All drinks were included but they are mainly Spanish branded (everything is imported from the Canary Isles) but again no complaints as most people tended to have the cocktails on offer. Entertainment mainly provided by the hotel team but as with all the staff, they worked their socks off at every show. I can only applaud their efforts to produce some entertaining evenings. Beach is beautiful with several areas sectioned with long wind breaks, parasols and sun beds whilst for those wishing not to use them dozens of stacks of beds to place on your chosen section of beach. Only worry we had was the surf which was quite high on several occasions but lifeguards are on patrol until approx. 17:00 and did whistle people out of the water when they considered them to be in danger. Very vigilant. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would highly recommend this hotel.More
Plonkshop, Kettering, United Kingdom
Loved everything about this place!
5* service throughout our stay, from check into check out. Got to say Flavio and the team on reception were exceptional, would give us bottled of water by the 6 pack and always greeted us with a smile. Pools were always warm, drinks refreshing and a massive selection. 24 hour bar was good also, none of the drunk yobs you'd expect! Food exceptional for such a small island that imports basically everything. Boa Vistan restaurant fantastic for sea food! Thomson reps brilliant, there for a chat, to grab things for you from town, even just for airport information.. such a welcoming team! Saying that though I have to admit I booked the majority of trips with BRima tours.. Got a flyer at the airport and found the website online. Easy to book, phoned but can do via email which is great when the Touareg has free wifi in reception! Fantastic days out and incredible value for money! Not only cheap but local guides and only me and my husband on the tour which made it extra special and a lot more personal. Can highly recommend the Sal Rei tour and both North and South trips, what a way to see the island than with someone who's lived there for many years and can show you off the beaten track! I did book the 4 hour quad biking through Thomson though which again was brilliant, such an exhilarating experience! Overall recommend everything about Boa Vista! Don't be put off by the bumpy roads and the tiny airport. Experience Cape Verde.. Such a happy friendly island! More
julieeeh44, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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