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.
Praia Blue buffet restauant
For breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Tortuga buffet restaurant
Open for lunch.
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Fab hotel and staff the best in Boa Vista
Amazing hotel , very clean , staff can not do enough for you in the restaurants and bars , guys very flirty with the ladies !! Great banter but not creepy and being told how beautiful you look every evening certainly cheered me up !!!! , food plentiful and fresh , drinks ( cocktails ) lethal !! We had a desperate glass of coke or lemonade to mix as strong !!, always different food every night , entertainment team fantastic so so accommodating and friendly !, I went to the spa and had my toes painted ( lady was so sweet and did an amazing job ) , we waited till end of our holiday to tip our favourites 5 euros each , not much else to spend money on apart from water and little trinkets , spent on duty free before we left , make sure you get your sun loungers ( towels on them around 7am) and your back around 9am or they move your stuff off , only down fall we had was that our room had a break on the seal of the door / was by the beach and we had a lot of cockroaches the size of a large ( date ) , we didn't report it we just killed them or ushered them out , and put a towel at the door , but when we got on our plane home to Manchester. We were told we could have had our room fumigated , but we just let it be , lovely little birds come by you at the bars and by the pool , we fed them we know you prob shouldn't but they were so sweet and tame !!, a fabulous holiday with great great staff , defo going to go back again . More
lynzodolly, Ayr, United Kingdom
Just back from the Royal Decameron in Boa Vista, six friends (all woman) and we all had a great time. The hotel is spotless, the food is very good and even the pickiest among us found plenty to eat. The staff are all very helpful, even when they could hardly speak English we found a way to communicate. The pool is fabulous and the beach gorgeous.All in all can thoroughly recommend.More
I want to go to Riu ..
We arrived at the Royal Decameron on the 15th November and stayed for 11 nights(returned 26th Nov) booked through Thompson/First choice.We booked the Royal Decameron as opposed to the Riu hotels on Boa vista as we'd stayed with Riu in 4 of their hotels and thought it was time for a change, bit of a mistake IMHO. Arrival Airport is great, open air with very friendly staff and swift check through immigration.Met by Bianca (the Thompson rep) and transferred to the Hotel, which is approximately a 5 minute drive away, on a minibus with the luggage in a trailer behind. Hotel Filled in immigration forms and given a wrist band, welcome drinks seemed to be a bit of a second thought. Allocated a room (ours was 828) and given a large envelope which contained air conditioner controller,T.V. remote, room key and basic instructions on meal times, restaurants etc.Not given any guidance (except being told to turn left out of reception) on exactly HOW to find our room. No sighnposts anywhere so kind of left to work out where to go by ourselves. Rooms are all built in a village style arrangement with most sea facing, we did hear of some people who'd booked a sae view room and had been given a room facing the road/scrubland behind the hotel.Room was very basic but with an odd kitchen/sitting room style arrangement attached with a door to the room next door which is locked. All in all just a bit odd.We also noticed that there were NO instructions on what to do in an emergency and our room wasn't fitted with a smoke detector (smoking is NOT permitted in rooms but the people next to us smoked in theirs as we could smell it) You can also hear people in other rooms flushing toilets and washing.Showers leak all over the bathroom floor (it has drainage in the middle of the floor) and bathroom windows face to communal paths enabling other people to see you in the shower when you have the light on in the bathroom, you have been warned !!!! Food I had decided that the food was basic but O.K. really until last weekend (21st Nov) when at least 6 people that we heard of, not including ourselves, got ill. Vomiting and diarrhoea for at least 24 hrs. My husband was too ill to get out of bed. Whilst i totally realise that this IS an island and food has to be brought in from other places and also that necessity is the mother of invention so food appears in other guises (chicken for lunch, chicken curry or chicken lasagne for dinner) which is TOTALLY O.K.but why oh why is the food not kept hot ? There's also big problem with birds in the restaurant perching on and eating food put out for guests (maybe they're guests also??!!) but when you sit down for lunch and there's a sparrow in a corner in front of you gasping it's last (we dined outside that day and the bird seemed to have a broken neck but it was still breathing) then that to me is a problem. In defence of the hotel, the restaurants are kept spotlessly clean with staff walking around whilst people are eating sweeping up around them (a bit strange really) Drinks Most bottles labelled as premium spirits but I personally don't believe it.I like a Vodka and Tonic before lunch when I'm on hol and the vodka was always somewhat weak. It did however get stronger before dinner time, so after 6 p.m. I personally think that weaker drinks are served during the day for a reason as a LOT of people started drinking at 10 a.m. when the bar opened!! My hubby doesn't drink any alcohol and I found the lack of fresh juices absolutely laughable. WHY do we have to BUY fresh juice from the shop ?? This really isn't the middle of no where so WHY don't they serve fresh juice instead of some flourescent watered down horrible stuff or something that bears NO resemblence to juice and is labelled as mixed fruit !! Why also do we have to BUY water at 2 euros for a litre and a half ?? This is ALL INCLUSIVE surely the clue is in the name (we were aware that we would have to buy water but it still sticks in my throat that this is common practice in this hotel).Be warned that there is now a notice by the water machines in the restaurants asking that you absloutely do not fill bottles from them and we saw no evidence of people doing this. SPA Stupid prices ( approx 50 euros for an hours massage), receptioist looked exceptionally bored and totally disinterested.Didn't book anything for that reason alone. Pools There are 2 pools both saltwater. the large pool where all the animation stuff takes place and the smaller quiet pool where you can still hear all the animation stuff and music from the big pool.Towel games are played and to get a bed by the quiet pool be there by 7.15 a.m at the latest. the bigger poll takes a bit longer to have beds booked but I saw a chap out at 6:15 one morning when I went for a walk. In case you're wondering, yes i did play towel games as well, if you can't beat them join them is my motto. Towel are obtained from a small both next to the gym by the big pool which supposedly opens at 7 a.m. I had 3 days when the towel guy turned up at 7.20 or not at all, NOT good Royal Decameron. In summary. this trip was booked to enable myself and my husband to get a bit of R n R before i go into hospital on the 9th December to have some fairly extensive surgery on my back. I came back more stressed than I was when we left and with a poorly husband to boot!! I wouldn't ever book to go here again and disliked most of the time I spent at the Royal Decameron intensely.More
seagull6, Newcastle upon Tyne England
Far from a 4 star all-inclusive!
Firstly the positives. The beach was exactly as described and pictured in the brochures. Miles and miles of beautiful white sands. The pool areas too were very much as described; clean and well appointed. The weather was exactly what we expected and on the whole, the staff at the resort were polite and helpful. Other than this, we were very disappointed in this holiday. The rooms were tired and dated with little storage and no drawers. The shower was little more that a trickle and the toilet seat did not even fit the bowl. Incredibly, the room safe was charged at 2 Euros a day! The rooms were cleaned every day however and to a good standard. Our air conditioning did not work when we checked in and it took two days to remedy this despite repeated requests to our 2 hour a day rep from Thompson. The food was quite frankly; awful! It was the same thing almost every day and was nowhere near four star standard.. Considering this was supposed to be an ‘all-inclusive’ holiday, snacks were not available all day as described in the brochure. Once lunch service had ended at 2 O’clock, we were supposed to have snacks available until 5 O’clock, but this was not the case. The snacks available were in fact leftovers from lunch and were only ever available until about 3.30 in the afternoon. Meaning that if you ate you lunch at 12.30, it could be six hours until could eat again... Disgraceful! This continued to be the case throughout of stay despite repeated complaints to our rep. The resort was very Franco-centric with little or no entertainment laid on for British guests... Again, something which was never explained in the brochure. It was also frustrating having to queue for up to ten minutes every night to get a drink because of the lack of staff. Overall, despite the fact that this is a lovely resort, there were far to many negatives for us to ever recommend this place to anyone else!More
chriskennedy1965, Manchester, United Kingdom
not as good as last time
We last visited this hotel 18 months ago and unfortunately, this time, need to give it a lower rating. As many point out on Trip Advisor, Cape Verde is relatively new to tourism so it is unreasonable to expect the same standards you would in some places, and there is still much that is good about this hotel-the welcome, cleanliness and speed at which our problems were resolved. However I would expect things to improve over time, and, unfortunately, since our last visit, the quality and choice of the food was much worse. Very little variation and most meals were luke warm at best. The problem with birds getting into the dining area and eating the bread/cakes is still there-and staff do not seem to try to do anything about this. The pool areas have also deteriorated, in that there are several broken tiles-no doubt caused by people moving the heavy wooden sun beds, and also several loose tiles around the bar area. No problems getting sunbeds up to around 9:00 am Staff were still friendly-especially if you tried to use a little portuguese-but tyhere seemed to be fewer around, causing queues to build up at the bars in the evenings. The beach is still fantastic to walk on-although the Thomsons rep implied that it may not be safe. Don't know if other have had problems, but we didn't and everyone on the beach appeared to be there to enjoy it. We would go back to Boa Vista-but would try a different hotel next timeMore
Visaman1, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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