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
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
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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This outdoor pool has an adjoining whirlpool. 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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Tricky review to write....
I've been pondering a while how to rate the Touareg, and did not find it easy. This was out first visit to an all inclusive resort of this type, so had little to compare it with. There are many positives - the hotel itself is modern, well appointed, nice rooms. Spotlessly clean, we'll run, and very friendly and efficient staff. Weather in the Cape Verdes is excellent all year, and that is a huge plus. In terms of value for money it would be hard to beat - a six hour flight from UK and an excellent hotel on a stunning beach. We had a good week reading books by the pool. It was windy all week though - it seems to be much of the time - so never managed any scuba diving at the dive centre on site as it was impossible to launch the boats in the surf, so don't come here for a week of diving as you are unlikely to get it. The food was pretty good. It must be difficult to feed 2000 people each evening, and they did well. The main eating area is noisy though, and very brightly lit like an operating theatre. We ate one night in the African restaurant, and that was quieter. The evening entertainment is dire to the point of being funny, they would be better with none at all. We stayed in the adults only section, which is nice, the bar is peaceful in the evening. It is difficult to put in PC terms, but we were surprised by the number of guests, from all parts of Europe, with tattoos, high BMIs and who smoked. I guess that maybe goes with the all inclusive aspect and it was a surprise for us. The fitness and spa facilities are good, my wife had massages, pedicure etc and commented favourably. A marked jogging circuit would be a nice addition. The hotel stands in the middle of nowhere, there is nothing but sea, sand and desert around, didn't find that a problem though but if you were here for a while it might drive you daft. There is not a lot in Boa Vista generally, but the beautiful weather and friendly people make it worth a visit. Once, and only for a week, is probably about right though !More
Great week at the Riu Touareg
Me and my boyfriend stayed at this hotel for a week. We wanted a chill vacation, and basically do nothing other than relax. We got a room at the first floor close to the main pool. We had our thoughts to pay a bit extra for the adults only part, but it wasn't necessary. It was basically no families with young kids at this hotel. I wasn't bothered at least. The room included a big double bed, mini fridge, flat screen TV (barely any channels in English though), separate toilet and shower. It was cleaned everyday, and if you wanted you could get your towels changed then. The food was all good. We didn't try any of the other restaurants, we just went to the main one. They had so much to chose from, so we didn't feel that we needed to go somewhere else. I would say that the breakfast was the best though with all the fresh fruit and bread :) And about the pool, yeah, some people really put their towels there at 7am to get their chairs, but we didn't bother. And we got a good spot every time we wanted to spend time at the pool. It was the same at the beach, no problem getting a chair. Pool was cold, but very refreshing when you have been sunbathing for hours. Only thing I didn't like at the pool side was the loud music sometimes. And it was the same music every day... The beach was wonderful! Some days it was barely any people there. Sure, it was a red flag, and the waves were pretty big. But as long as you kept yourself close to the beach you're fine if you want to take a dip. It was great for morning walks in the sun as well. On the downside there are people that can't behave and throw cigarettes buts around the beach. That's nasty! We also tried out some of the activities. I tried the gym a few times, and it was all good. Not that much people and you found what you needed there. My boyfriend tried out some soccer and volleyball and was all happy with that. All over we are very happy with our stay, and the service was great! The staff was excellent and very friendly.More
What a massive hotel?!
For the first time, we booked somewhere where we didn't do too much research and luckily it wasn't necessary! I have stayed in a Riu hotel before and although they seem to all be decorated and maintained in the same way, you will still not be disappointed. We stayed for a week at the Riu Touareg and we upgraded to the adults only section, this was ideal for us as this also meant that not only were you able to avoid children you also managed to avoid the majority of the entertainment staff who, were the only downside of my last visit to a Riu hotel, I appreciate that they want to get people involved, but sometimes all you want to do is chill out and relax and not be bothered by people trying to get you to get up and either play volleyball or take part in an aqua aerobics class! Being part of the adult only section actually meant you had your own area with own pool and buffet area which lasted from 12 noon until about 6pm as well as a champagne reception with fun music on 3 days of the week, all added chilled fun. The rooms are all cleaned daily, beds made and towels changed if required. you cannot fault this place, there could do with a red more cocktails on the menu, however the bar staff aren't shy of making something "off the menu". This hotel has 881 rooms and although we were nearly full, this didn't feel apparent until breakfast, but still it wasn't too busy for us. there is a lot to do, but also a lot not to do! Enjoy people!More
Excellent, family or honeymooners!! ;-) we are here in December and loving it. Great shows every night, excelllent food for all inclusive. Tips would be hire a car and see the island because it's 45 euros each to go site seeing on a bus. Just ask a rep.where to go. The water in the pool isnt heated so you'll be refreshed. The staff are all great here, their moto ' No Stress' is spot on. One last thing only bring a small amount of euros if that. Because we had some troubles using are card at the spa. They took the wrong amount and so when it was returned to us, it's was Â£13 light due to fees and the exchange rate after the weekend..... We did get a sweedish massage though B-) All in all very good. Watch out for the killer waves most of the time it was a red flag so drive to another part of you like swimming in the ocean:-D More
This was my 3rd visit to the Toureg .Flight was ok not a lot of leg room but manageable no entertainment (so do take something to do longish flight 5.75 hours.)transfers good check in long queue but it was soon dealt with. Room good very clean and kept clean by maid,hotel is spotless gardens really nice and kept so by what seemed like an army of gardeners. Food is good with a good choice if you can't find something to eat you would have to be very "pickey"Asian very nice. Evening entertainment a bit Riu'ish but ok staff work hard to keep you happy (well done) All in all another great holiday thought it would be a bit of a let down but no really enjoyed ourselves.Thanks Riu Toureg for another great holiday.More
John F, Atherton, United Kingdom
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