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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  • Official Rating: 5 Star, local category


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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
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 pool

With 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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twin room in main section

Twin room sleeps 2 with twin beds and an open-plan bathroom with enclosed toilet.

twin room in adult section

Twin room sleeps 2 with twin beds and an open-plan bathroom with enclosed toilet. This room comes with a liquor dispenser, minibar, exclusive use of the adults-only pool with free Wi-Fi and exclusive use of the gourmet restaurant, with 1 visit per stay.

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Terrific touareg

Just returned from a fabulous 2 weeks in sunny and very hot Cape Verde . After we booked the holiday I started reading the reviews and I've got to say by the time we went I was dreading it due to all the negative reports . My advise don't read the reviews judge it for yourself . We had a really good flight ok no entertainment but most people had iPads or kindles r iPods anyway . The airport is very small but we got through quickly with no problems. The transfer to the hotel was not as bad as described a little bumpy in places it's only 25 mins . The hotel is spectacular very large but doesn't feel like it when you are there . Check in was easy with a lovely glass of fruit cocktail ,our luggage was delivered to our room as we got there . We stayed in room 6221 it was fantastic beautiful views of the pool and beach and sea. The hotel is quite spread out but it's so easy to find your way around . We ate in the main restaurant and the three specialist ones all were very good but our favourite was the Asian . We had no trouble booking these as long as u give three days notice . We celebrated a birthday and anniversary while we were there and the hotel put champagne and beautiful flowers on the table it was a lovely touch . I have never stayed in such a clean hotel the lady who cleaned our room did lovely sculpters with the towels every day . Every member of staff were always so happy to help u and with a big smile . The animation team were the hardest working team and were always so funny from the daytime activities to the shows in the evening and of course the dance they do on the bridge over the pool and after the show I'm still singing the song now !!!!! After the show it's fun to go in the. Karaoke bar and see the rui version of happy . We didn't go into the nightclub . The beach and the waves are a sight to see and not to be missed we had a fantastic holiday and can't wait to go back soon versi'happy' it More

Julie S, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Magical place, wonderful staff

I came with a friend for 10 days from 6th October. Had a lovely view of the island as we came in to land. The hotel was like a mirage as we approached it on the coach, it looks like a giant sandcastle. The gardens are unbelievably well kept, we always made sure we said hello to the gardeners, they work so hard in the heat of the day. The beach is beautiful, pull a sun bed up to near the edge of the sea and just watch the waves, or the crabs disappearing down holes whenever any one gets close, or the birds dodging the waves in pursuit of food. The pool is great, have a swim when it starts to get dark it is a lot quieter and warm, its vey pretty with the lights to, take your own thermal cup filled with your drink of choice and enjoy having the swim up bar to yourself. Try out the art room too, we did some painting on a canvas and have our own painted memory of the island. We can't paint but the staff help you and it's great fun. If you turn left on the beach and keep walking you will come to another beach in the next bay which is often empty so you can have your own secluded beach(it's worth the walk). If you go on a trip with Giggling Gecko's, take a christmas present for a boy and girl 0 to 5 years old as they are having a christmas party for the children at the kindergarten and need presents for all the children. They also need Calpol, paper and pens. Take paracetamol to give to any member of staff you would like to give a tip too as they are really expensive and it is something different, they never expect a tip though. The chefs work really hard and they get very few thank you's, they really appreciate it when they are acknowledged. Do your visa on line before you go out to make it easier when you arrive at the airport, you only need euro's, if you buy anything outside the resort they will give you the change in escudos(it is a closed currency so you can't exchange it here). You can use their currency in the hotel though. The plugs are european. Give the member of staff that cleans your room any left over toiletries when you leave they will be very grateful, if not, they take any left over water, toiletries etc you leave at the airport to people who need it the most. The thing that will stay with me is the the wonderful staff, they are all so cheerful and happy. I am totally smitten and will be back. I have tried to write things that haven't been mentioned, I hope you find it helpful.More

Wendy W,

good hotel

My wife and I visited Touareg from 29th sept for 2 excellent weeks and can give it good marks. 1st The flight from manchester was comfortable. I have long legs so paid for extra leg room. There was no entertainment on board but the meal was good and the attendants worked hard for us. The airport at Boa Vista was small and unusual. Flights can only arrive and depart in daylight because there is no lighting on the short runway, so no wide bodied planes can be used. The bus journey to the hotel was mostly down a rocky track until the proper road leading to the hotel. We were surrounded by nothing but rock. Everything the island needs has to be imported, including soil and grass for the hotels. The few locals suffer poverty but the generousity of the three hotels is slowly changing that. The hotel is the colour of sand and suddenly appears from nowhere. It was clearly as big as a small town and I expected the old French Foreign Legion to march past. To see another motor on the road is something special. 2. The hotel reception was large and the staff very welcoming. However finding the room was difficult because the hotel is very large and signing could be improved. There are no lifts, so if you have a real mobility problem contact the hotel direct before hand because they will give you a suitable room. We found it all worthwhile because our room (5123) was excellent with a good view of swimming pool and the HUGE beach. Our baggage was brought to us by a baggage attendant, so please take some smaller Euros for tips which means so much to the local's income. The room had a comfortable and clean bed andthe room was always kept clean daily. There was a good shower with hot water ALWAYS there when needed. We had trouble with our in-room safe which was dealt with. The balcony had a good view. Towels were plentiful. Tv gave Sky and BBC news. 3. The hotel is excellent and the Thomson's Reps Martin Tweddle and Sarah Boon couldn't do enough to help us to enjoy our holiday. When I lost my Specs. on the 2nd day, Martin even gave me a spare pair of his own to use. The hotel is large but in the centre there is a continental style square with one of the many 'watering places'. There are few shops. Smoking is allowed but never enough to bother us non-smokers. The evening entertainment is the result of real hardwork of the staff involved but there is a boring space between eating and the show. Do remember that there is really nothing on the island to tempt you to leave the hotel so if you like to go out somewhere else in the evenings then you will be disappointed. There are a few well behaved and well cared for cats but you have to look for them to find them. There is free wi/fi in the reception that met our needs. There is a doctor but the charge is 60 Euros for consultation and there is no real back-up that does not need a helicopter ride for help at the Canaries. (even broken bones, for there is no x-ray on the island of which more later) You MUST have GOOD insurance to cover these possible expenses. The food is extreemly good, plentiful and varied. The wine is frankly at the 'Plonk' level but acceptable. 4. The swimming pools were not used by us but looked really good and well designed but beds seemed to be never enough. The sun is hot so a sheltered bed is a must. We prefered the beach. One beach towel per person are handed out. 5 The beach is wonderful with no shortage of sheltered sun beds. The beach is HUGE and constant sand. However the waves and breakers are very dangerous and every day we were there, a red flag was flying which means entering the sea against that advise could invalidate your insurance. The breakers are a joy to watch but entering waist deep for the fun of being thrown ashore can sadly result in broken bones and to send children to play there, to my mind, down right stupid. There are plenty of swimming pool activities for them. If you want a beach where you can go for a swim in the sea this may be not for you but if you want a marvelous beach, sunshine and hotel holiday then this is mostly likely for you. We found only a few nub-ends on the beach but a beach attendant walked around with a net picking any up. No problem. 6. Finally . The weather forcasts for the island was always wrong. We were told to expect rain on the forcasts but we were there 2 weeks with no rain even threatened. They have 4 days of rain a year. There is a constant warm breeze but no sand storm, so enjoy. We really recommend this hotel if you want to be looked after, fed well,have a laid-back time. Sea activities for those properly trained and insured are available but beware. We hope to be back there next year.More

thehut, ludlow

Fabulous holiday amazing staff

We travelled as a couple from 29th sept for 2 weeks - break down review Airport We arrived on time 6 hour flight from Manchester, food on plane was as expected and flight was straight forward. Security did take quite long but we were last off the plane but it wasn't horrendous in fact it was okay! Transfer met by our rep (Martin I think) we had not fit onto big bus so had a smaller wth trailer but this was fab as nice bus and air con! Rep was informative but also let you take in the view - not much to see but lovely difference to the same built up areas you see on usual holidays/at home! Check in Check in wasn't long as people had already been but Martin advised us that you could go to the bar to pass some time whilst waiting for the queue which we did and it was lovely to chill out with a nice cocktail - we were here for 2 weeks so no rush! Bar staff lovely right from the start! When we went to check in around half an hour later this was no problem the gentleman who checked us in was very informative gave us the wifi code (as mentioned on previous reviews wifi is always on just a little temperamental but we still managed to use it to FaceTime home and message home which is a godsend as calls are around 3-6 euro a minute!!!) he gave us a map and explained exactly how the restaurants and booking alacarte worked. Room We were in block 9 which I believe is the furthest block. We found our room lovely and clean, our cases followed us up about 20 minutes later! The room was spacious and comfortable, the bed large which I find lovely when your in a hot country you like your space! Shower was powerful enough and I liked the two sinks! Our mini fridge worked fine and was nice to have 2 bottles of water waiting for us! ( you can get as many more as you like from reception at any time!) toilet is in a spare room which was fine a little smelly like chemicals but just pop the lid down and it's gone! Safe I especially liked that the safe was free as don't understand when you have to pay how strange! Straight forward electrical safe you enter your own passcode of 4 numbers and press # we locked ours once by accident and didn't know what number we had but in but the maintenance man came straight up and sorted it Food Fish is amazing! Especially the salmon in the foil where the large joints of meat are! We did always find something to eat however I do feel like the hotel is big enough to have more selection as on a night both sides have the same food but this is to save queues so I can understand why they do this. Asian restaurant is lovely as it is so different to main buffet we found Cape version and African were very similar to main buffet Doctor Unfortunately when I was away we did need medical attention - it was a Sunday so I had to pay €110 rather than the in hours Monday-fri €60 but I think if your poorly you'd pay anything and I had insurance so wasn't worried! tablets seem to cost €20! I saw Dr matla originally and she was great at calming me down and good English so put at ease - saw Suzie (I'm so sorry I didn't get your doctor name) following this and she was equally as great! As much as an unpleasant thing this is they make it pleasant! Entertainment We found the entertainment fab! I mean there isn't anywhere to go so you may as well enjoy it but they work so hard! At breakfast they would be practising and then do pool activities then kids disco then show I would like to see the negative reviews work as hard as them! Pool Pool was great however people reserved sun beds in shade but didn't even go all day this is not the hotels fault just greedy people! The beach is quite a walk but the waves are breathtaking! People ended up with strapped up limbs off the sea but come on there was a red flag and they still went in?!?!?! Please bare in mind that you can let it wash up to your feet but there is a front wave which is nice but the side wave takes you off guard! Trips We done both the North (2 hr) and South (4hr) quads amazing views and I especially liked the 4 hr as we went to a village and I saw a school and how they live (eye opening)!quads are powerful so if your nervous probably best to double up! Overall staff are a credit to this hotel and it really is a lovely place I think 10 days would be perfect as 2 weeks is a little long but we are young in early twenties so everyone is different I'd definitely go check it out if your thinking about itMore

fayelucy1993, sunderland


Arrived here on 1st October and didn't have a bad day the whole 2 weeks. Weather was very hot in the day and still too hot in the evenings as was also very humid. As our air conditioning didn't work properly the full time we were there it was very hard to get comfortable. We did report this 4 times and tho they did send someone to look at it, it was never fixed. This is the only negative about the whole holiday We have visited this hotel previously in January and it was much cooler in the evenings then and a cool breeze as well Our room was on floor 3 with a lovely sea view and was very clean and maid did a good job as well. The open bathroom facilities being so open are not my favourite but Rius in Cape Verde are all like this. Would be nice to have door or curtain to make it separate from the bedroom area. Grounds and pools are kept exceptionally clean and tidy. Pool bar very busy area but other pools are not so chaotic. Pool towels can be changed daily and more than once which is also very useful. Buffet and Specialist Restaurants all of a decent standard tho we didnt use the Boa Vista one. repetative but as are all AI holidays. Staff pretty good but some a lot friendlier and helpful than others All in all a lovely breakMore

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