Pulled up against a golden stretch of coast, this away-from-it-all hotel is a beach-lover’s dream. Bright turquoise waters give way to a long ribbon of sand, while sun loungers, parasols and a great range of watersports add the finishing touches.
As for the accommodation itself, it’s dotted around the hotel’s grounds in low-rise buildings. Inside, good-sized rooms team lemon-coloured walls with muslin curtains and cool tiled floors. Each one comes with a balcony or a terrace, too, so you can soak up those views whenever you like. In-room comforts like air-conditioning, satellite TVs and mini-fridges complete the picture.
Outside, two swimming pools take centre-stage. Just metres from the beach and surrounded by wide terraces, they’ve definitely been designed with relaxation in mind. Elsewhere, meanwhile, you’ll find a fitness centre, two floodlit tennis courts and a football pitch. Factor in a spa and a beauty parlour, and you’ve got plenty to keep you busy.
When it comes to food, big international buffets are the order of the day. In the evenings, everything from fresh seafood to barbecue grills and specialities are on offer. Cape Verdean breakfasts are a help-yourself affair, too, with the likes of fresh fruit, pastries, and cooked-to-order omelettes on the menu. Plus there's also an a la carte eatery, where white tableclothes and candlelight add a touch of romance.
On the entertainment front, meanwhile, there’s an open-air theatre which plays host to live music, dancing and cabaret-style shows in the evenings with an international theme.
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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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Quieter pool with kids' section, sunbeds, parasols, beach towels and sun terrace.
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For breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Tortuga buffet restaurant
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The Royal Decameron exceeded our expectations. It was small in comparison to other hotels but it never felt crowded and had everything you could wish for. The food in the Cape Verdean and Main restaurant was excellent with great choices and variation. The Italian restaurant was poor in comparison, which was a disappointment. The whole feeling of the hotel was charming with absolutely no stress and all the staff were extremely polite helpful and friendly. There was always plenty of sunbeds on the hotels beach, but get up early if you want one around the pool.More
alan6752, Woodhall Spa
The Royal Decameron is a wonderful, friendly and relaxing hotel, there was plenty to do if you wanted to join in with activities. All staff were friendly and couldn't help you quick enough with any enquiries you had. In the main restaurant the food was of high standard and plenty of variety, although could of been slightly hotter our rep told us that the French and Italians like their food warm and not hot like the British, true I don't know, but they provided a microwave for your use, I did use it several times. We only used one of the alcarte restaurants the service was good, but I don't think they quite have it right yet, but you can visit as many times as you want. The rooms were spacious and and kept clean we had room 328, a perfect view overlooking the beach and in both directions you could see for miles along the clear blue sea and golden sands.My only problem was breakfast doesn't start till 7am, a few times we were up early and you couldn't get a drink, facilities in the room would be great or the coffee machines be made available outside of the restaurant. The hotel was very clean, staff were always cleaning and that included the large sun beds on the quiet beach. The quiet beach had 4 poster bed type loungers with curtains on 2 sides evenly spaced out and the main area of the beach had sun loungers and parasols which again had plenty of room between each one and you didn't feel you were squashed together. The main pool had plenty of loungers as did the quiet pool. The beach bar was a lovely place to drink and looked out over the sea, we didn't really use the pool bar but there was plenty of seating in the sun and in the shade. In the evening it does get a bit chilly and if you go to the shows in the outside theatre it gets cold and you sit on concrete hard on the backside for an hour. The upstairs bar near reception was the main bar for the evening and had a good variety of drinks, they all did really and made lovely coffee, and had great views If you decide to do the quad bikes, which was great fun you need old clothes and a scarf to cover your mouth and nose as you do get rather dirty. Overall the hotel was great and I would go back again. One last point good for some bad for others - all football was shown in 2 bars and the TV in your rooms.More
Wendy L, London, United Kingdom
Boa Vista.... Best Vista no doubt
The island survives on tourism so most people are more than helpful happy and friendly. Airport transfer is only 10 mins. 3 miles of Tarmac, the rest is cobbled with potholes. Hotel is being painted and improved almost everyday but needs many pool area tiles replacing as many are cracked and sharp. Music is a tad loud at the main pool but there is a quiet pool but no facilities making it even quieter. Clean pool towels are available everyday. Food is excellent for a buffet with many choices, lunch at the snack bar is best with stunning views & freshly cooked fish fillet. Ice cream available at the beach bar. Trips to go on are Quad biking 4 hrs is best - take a scarf and glasses for the dust, it's gets everywhere, Santa Monica beach Wow go and see it before they build hotels and spoil it. Whale watching is well worth while. Take Euro cash for tips and trips forget changing local currency. For those who must have bacon and eggs, it's there...but not everyday! Room tip 110 and 111 is well placed, clean and a good size! I would highly recommend Boa Vista and this hotel. More
steve w, Oxford, United Kingdom
Great place to relax
First impressions of the hotel were not good, it was very small looking, with not what I would call a grand entrance for a 4* hotel, also a surprise when checking in to our all inclusive hotel which nobody had told us was that we had to pay tourist tax for each night we stayed it worked out about 25 pound for each adult for 2weeks which we later found out was purely for English tourists!! When we got to our room it was a good size with 2 double beds in it was very basic but also very clean, and was kept clean everyday by the maids, the hotel needs an upgrade. Exploring the grounds was bigger than my first impression. The beach is not a private beach but at no point did I feel uneasy, to get to the beach from the pool was all down hill a few minutes walk, but there was the hotels beach bar which had drink and food so you could spend the day on the beach. There was a quite pool which was separate from the main pool which meant nobody bothered you and there was no music, the main pool was big and there is no deep/shallow end it is same depth everywhere, there was also a children's pool for little children next to the main pool. Sadly there was no swim up pool bar to get drinks from. The hotel gave you a card for pool towels which you could change for clean ones as many times as day as you wished. The shaded area had a table tennis table and darts board if you wanted a break from the sun, but be warned it was a mosquitos haven & I was surprised by the mosquitos as nobody had mentioned them for this destination, they hotel did sell mosquito repellent bands for around £5. which would last for 2 weeks, not everybody thought they worked so up to you if you buy, but good on the hotel every night they would send a man round with mosquito repellent to keep the area mosquito free and if you gave him a couple of euros he would spray around your room entrance (well worth it). There is a bar with outside terrace near reception which offers great views of the resort and beach, well worth finding is also one of the most relaxed bars on the resort. Make sure you have lots of high factor sun cream because even on windy days you will burn and not realise. Bring a few books or your kindle because you will need them to amuse you at times. In the buffet restaurant the food was always well cooked and presented, along with a good choice of food from various parts of the world to suit even the most fussy eater (hubby), if you fancy something different or being waited on then you can pre-book the Italian restaurant which is basically on the sea front with great views, or the other restaurant which was always fully booked so never tried but on the menu was what I would call local food. The hotel mainly catered for the French, but most of the staff spoke English and were pleasant, the entertainment staff were also very friendly and would encourage you to join in the daily activities. The nightly entertainment was good even if a little basic and also finished around 10.00pm then there was nothing unless you wanted to visit the night club. The hotel offered free doctor services when she was on site (reception will tell you doctors opening hours) which I think was very good as no other hotel does this, but then there were a lot of people with cut feet due to the bottom of the pool being sharp in some areas so maybe that's why the doctor was there? The hotel did offer some excursion which were mainly boat orientated or buggy rides, they also do a free guided walk along the coast line which took around 2 hours but is worth it the scenery is fabulous, and there are some drink huts along the way which are really unique (a beer is around 2 euros and a coke 1 euro) we even saw some turtle eggs which was amazing, you can take a taxi back which coast around 10 euros. We ordered a taxi (sit in the back of an open back 4x4 great fun) from the hotel to the capital city Sal Rai, cost 10 euros each way and is the only place apart from the hotel to buy any thing from. Very lovely island to visit, beaches like the Caribbean with weather to match, even when it rains it is a quick down pour then the ground dries quickly. The island is very baron and is totally a beach holiday there really is nothing to do but eat, drink, swim, read, stroll and relax, the sea was quite rough and although you could swim in it for that time of year I wouldn't have gone snorkelling.More
Desert Island Delight!
A beautiful place to relax and unwind! If your looking for anything other than this then its not the place for you. Beautiful sandy beach with plenty of sun loungers and parasols...even a quiet beach with four poster sun beds! The hotel is looking a bit tired and could do with a bit of a facelift! Rooms are large and kept beautifully clean by the maids ,fresh towels every day and beach towels are provided..but water to drink you pay for. Hotel food lovely and very varied, something different everyday and fresh baked bread was scrummy! The staff and entertainment team don't speak a lot if English but do try. There is a show most nights but not to everyones taste so take your own entertainment. Take high factor sun lotion ..it gets very hot with a sea breeze most days. All in all a place to relax we felt like Robinson Crusoe on a desert island!!More
Iain B, Benfleet, United Kingdom
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