Royal Decameron Boa Vista  

This beachfront place takes advantage of its location, with sea views from the pools and restaurants.

This low-rise hotel is on one of Boa Vista’s best beaches. It’s a sandy number that has a bit of a Sahara Desert look with long and tall dunes.

Every room comes with a balcony or terrace with views across the manicured gardens. On the dining front there are themed buffet nights and an à la carte serving up the catch of the day.

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  • 300Rooms
  • Lifts: 1 in lobby to pool only

Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and à la carte dinner.  Selected local-brand alcohol and soft drinks. Beer and wine served by the glass with meals.  Snacks at set times.

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Saltwater outdoor pool

Quieter pool with kids' section, sunbeds, parasols, beach towels and sun terrace.

Praia Blue buffet restaurant

For breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Live music and dancing

Open-air theatre with nightly cabarets at 9.30pm, plus themed nights with a themed meal twice a week. There's also live music and dancing which take place by the pool 3 nights a week.

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double room for up to 4

Double room sleeps up to 4. This room comes with a mini-fridge.

double room with sea view

Double room with sea view sleeps 2, with a double bed. This room comes with a mini-fridge.

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Just got back from a 2 week stay. Far from the idyllic and stress free holiday we had so hoped for. 300 plus rooms yet only 98 sunbeds around the main pool area. Empty umbrellas on the beach with no sunbeds. Were told the hotel plan for the sunbeds was sufficient. Absolute rubbish. If you were up after 7a.m you had no chance of a bed. 90 minute rule of inactivity of the beds and the security remove the towels. No they do not!! Was told by Deon our first rep there were beds on order. not true. So our 2nd rep Bianca told us about the hotel plan. So basically nothing will ever get sorted. It is all for the french people and anyone else gets completely shoved out. Dancing entertainment every night gets very boring as good as they were. Bar service appalling. One staff and about 20 in the queue and poor drinks. One free bottle of water on arrival then you either pay 2 euro each time for another or queue for 20 minutes just to get a cup of water. Pathetic. We had to ask for coffee cups each morning. They ran out of plates. Yet the staff seem to be walking around getting the french guests drinks for them. Plastic glasses werent collected. Just on odd occasion so they were blowing all over. Flies were a nuisance. Towel station opens at 7a.m yet on 2 occasions they had no clean towels?? Thomsons advertise a disco from 11p.m until 2a.m yet at one of the nightly shows the entertainment manager advertised that in the disco on that night from 11p.m until 12a.m there would be one hour of english 70's music. wow! Yet it opens daily from 11 until 2?? They also advertise a kids club yet when friends we had met had the holiday from hell due to the lack of facilities in the kids club and all french orientated so their kids could not go in and when they did, the staff brought them back after an hour due to running out of activities. Ridiculous. We booked this holiday in May 2013 and was not informed how french orientated it is. We asked to move after 4 days and was told it would cost us as much again as what we had paid {£2200} then the extra for the better hotel. what?? Just pure greed. So we had no choice but to get up at 6.30a.m every single day just to get a sunbed as we had gone for a sun holiday and having no sunbed at this place we can describe as faulty towers means you have nothing else to do. Not good enough for what we pay. The resort and beach is fantastic. We would go again but to another hotel but our first time has been totally spoilt. The reps and managers do not really care. Our first rep left after 4 days then the other rep is leaving in a week or so due to pregnancy. Thomson so need to sort these issues out as so many people cannot be wrong. The flight has no entertainment and the airport however quaint it is, has hardly any shade so you get so uncomfy before and after your flight. Such a shame as we were so looking forward to this holiday.More

scward1970, Wakefield, United Kingdom

Fantastic location. Shame about the hotel.

The hotel is in an excellent location, a simple trot down to the amazing beach on the western coast of Boa Vista. The weather is almost guaranteed to be great as they only get a few days of rain every year. And that's where the good points end. The room we initially were assigned was a little dated, but, knowing that Cape Verde is an up and coming destination, we overlooked that. What we couldn't overlook was the small puddle which quickly became a large puddle from the hot water tank/boiler each room has. It had obviously been leaking for some time as there were marks all down the wall and a significant amount of mould had grown at the bottom of the door to the bathroom (both sides). Our rep, Deon, got a room change sorted for us. Great. The second room wasn't much better décor wise, but, same reason as before, we overlooked it. It did, however have a fantastic view of the sea - great. Shame about that night. There was a sink which had a very drippy tap which kept us awake, well, it was either that or the poor springs in the mattress which kept us from sleeping. We told reception about the tap the next morning and figured that it would be fixed. Or not, when we left, 11 days later, it was still dripping. The housekeeping wasn't the best - we often had to ask for an extra towel but one day, we came back from the beach to discover no towels in our room at all, the maid had dutifully taken our towels to wash, but had left us nothing. We called reception at 1 to say that we wanted to take a shower and could they please send us towels. Nothing after an hour, so we used some pool towels to dry ourselves on. Went to lunch, still nothing. Waited until 5.30 then spoke to the rep about it. She took it up with the hotel. Still nothing. At 6.30 - a whole 5 and a half hours later, a maid turned up with the towels. Blimey. The food is, well, not exactly what I'd expect from a 4 star - the meat was mostly chewy and very repetitive. Ice-cream only served at lunch, "wine" only available in the restaurant. The choice of non-alcoholic drinks wasn't great either at a lot of the bars. The bar staff understand French perfectly - as the hotel is about 85% French occupation, a lot of them do not understand English, but those who do, understand you perfectly. It does seem a little odd, ordering a Pineapple "juice" and getting a Cappuccino coffee in return, but once you order in French you'll get on really well. The tiles around the pool have a number of loose or broken tiles - be careful, one French child was walking to the pool, tripped over one and landed on his elbow. Ouch. It's almost as thought they need to close the hotel, spend a huge chunk of cash on it and get things up to the true 4 star standard that they claim to be. Full credit to Thomson though, they have listened to us and appreciate our issues with the hotel (I've not listed them all here). One last word of warning - if you are flying from the UK to Boa Vista, it's on an ancient 757 which has NO entertainment system on board, take you tablet, phone or a good book to read - but, if you do take something electronic, make sure you have it fully charged, it's a 6 hour flight with no power source available to you.More

mrgub, Birmingham, United Kingdom

2nd time round, just as good!

Went to the Royal Decameron back in May for 10 days and enjoyed the holiday so much we went again in early October for 2 weeks. This was the first time I have returned to the same hotel and it didn't disappoint. The staff recognised us and made us feel really welcome. Yes we did have a couple of issues with the rooms, eg air con not working, but any problems were always fixed quickly. The food was lovely and I was always eating too much - but then that's the point of AI! Deon was great again, catching up with a good friend, the hotel will be sad to see her head off to her new hotel in Maderia next year. The animation teams, particularly Blue, were pleased to see us back, and actually participating in the activities this time! Juan Carlos and Andrea stole the shows in the evenings with amazing routines and costumes. My travel buddy is off doing her own hols next Easter so I may go back again on my own just for a quick break in the sun and do some whale watching which I missed last time round!More

KateBath, Bath

Relaxed & chilled out

We’ve recently returned from a very nice relaxing holiday at the Royal De Cameron, The trip to the hotel is only a short hop virtually across the road to the hotel – on arrival we were met with a nice cool drink whilst our bags were taken care of and delivered to our room shortly after, we paid the tourist tax of €20 each and for security we took the option of a safe which was an additional €20 – This was literally the only money we spent as everything on the complex was totally inclusive incl cocktails, coffees, cold drinks and all the food including the two specialised restaurants – one Italian and one Cape Verdian. Wi-Fi is an additional €7 per hour if you are keen to hog your computer/ phone whilst on holiday. The complex is very good with two main pools, one quiet pool and one with a few more activities going on, the hotel rooms are very spacious with two double sized beds a mini fridge, air conditioning and a good sized bathroom all with a good sized balcony. If you visit you will notice people constantly cleaning up – your room is cleaned daily and you have the added option of also taking large towels for the pool and beach. We couldn’t fault the food available and there was always something to suit our appetite including some delicious deserts, the hotel also had specialised evenings with nice displays on a fish table, a cheese table etc. Most of the staff don’t speak much English but do try to accommodate you – but please don’t worry as the staff you deal with (reception, bar) speak very good English; the staff were always friendly and very helpful. You will find the usual holiday bind of fighting for sunbeds in the morning - but the beach which is exceptional is always a nice alternative (be it a little breezy) We visited the main town Sal Rei (€10 each way by taxi)– but unfortunately there’s not too much there, which is really sad as the local people are so nice and friendly – if you overlook the fact they see you as a meal ticket that is. If we had one complaint – it is that this hotel caters mainly for the French and tends to do almost everything with the French in mind, others may disagree but everyone has an opinion. Overall we would definitely visit this Island again, the resort the people and of course the lovely weather was perfect, we felt sorry for the locals but you can find that anywhere you go, unfortunately the country is very young in tourist terms and has very little history to show – however it does try hard to leave an impression and you can only praise them for that, I can see this country improving and its infrastructure only getting better – which just might spoil it.More

Northy_9, Manchester, UK

Good place with excellent staff

Boa Vista island is beautiful place which makes you feel great immediately after landing. The hotel is just 10 - 15 min. drive from the airport. The reception team is perfect and all of them speaks english (which is not the standard in Boa Vista at all). The room we had was a bit far from the lobby, but with great view of the ocean. It was 2 bed "apartment" with very basic equipment (minibar, flat TV with only 4 french channels, small kitchenette) and two balcony (not the european 4 stars standards). The resort is all inclusive with good variety also for vegetarians. The biggest plus is the staff of the restaurant and reception (animation team are great dancers, but to be honest, If you are not the dancing fan, you will get bored after two shows). You can ask at the reception (locals knows it best :)) for the information about the island or taxi to the Sal Rei ("capital city"). It was definitely great week escape from the reality :).More

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