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

This buffet restaurant is open 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 three nights a week.

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double room with sea view

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

double room

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

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Well, that was different.

Well that was certainly a different experience for us and we are glad we went. We chose the Royal Decameron on Boa Vista in the Cape Verde Islands through Thomson holidays having taken a few holidays with them previously. We booked for 2 weeks in January 2015 and although we had read a number of negative reviews we decided to stay with our choice and are glad we did as we loved it. OK it's not a real top class hotel (but it could be) and it is looking a little tired but it was, we understand, one of the first to have been built on the Island. We had booked a double room and when we got there we found we were in a room with 2 king size beds a lovely balcony that overlooked the pools plus a sea view. The en suite facilities had shower, toilet and bidet plus a separate wash area. There was a little fridge where we kept our water. The room was clean with regular changes of towels but on the down side it was a bit tired with some trim missing from the wardrobes and just a bit of black in the grout of the shower but nothing over alarming. The food was good with a variety of well cooked dishes which we were told were nearly all locally sourced (unlike the other hotels that we were advised import their food stuffs). The staff most of which we found are not from Boa Vista or Cape Verde Islands were all very friendly and most helpful as well as being very hard working and efficient although their English was a bit strained. Our room overlooked the 'quiet pool' and that is the one we tended to use most often. There were adequate sunbeds, loungers and 4 poster shade sun beds. But some of the pool surrounds were again a bit tired with a number of loose tiles however the staff were working on this as they would take over the pool area at about 5pm when most guests were getting ready for dinner and carry out replacement/repair works during the early evening, working through till about 8 to 8.30 each evening. We did experience a 5 hour power cut one evening due to an underground cable over heating and we had 3 lamps blow in our room but they were soon changed. I think they need to look a little closely at their electrics but it could happen anywhere. Oh, we also lost our water for an hour but after calling Reception it was soon fixed as was the fixed hairdryer in the room that would switch itself on occasionally (spooky!!). That again was sorted but it did take 2 attempts. The flights were good but a little cramped and I think it would be a bit hard for any person on the large side as it were. Oh and finally do not expect Tea and Coffee making facilities or complementary water in your rooms. The first bottle of water is free but after that it is 2Euros. We took our own kettle and tea bags. And don't fill water bottles from the fresh water dispensers in the dining room as you'll get told off (Health & Safety) we filled ours via glasses. Well done, Wind but Warm and delightful unexplored areas.More

RandRF, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Great hotel; pity about the Thomson flight

We stayed in the Decameron as part of a First Choice/Thomson package for 2 weeks in January 2015. We were a little apprehensive in view of some negative reviews but our experience was very positive. Our room (an apartment really) was very spacious with a large comfy bed; a modern well-appointed bathroom with bath, shower and bidet; a separate sitting room with fridge and kitchenette (not needed as all-inclusive) and 2 balconies overlooking the beach and sea. And spotlessly clean with regular changes of towels.. The food was great with a wide variety of well cooked dishes (the meats tended to be a little overcooked) but super vegetables and plenty of everything. The staff were friendly and efficient, and although their French was better than their English, not a problem. We did fine one or two of the reception offhand about the poor internet service. Our only criticism was with the Thomson flights. Perhaps the most cramped seats we have experienced over many years of international flying, and on the outward flight only charged for water was available was appalling on a 6-hour flight. Comments from other clients on another Thomson flight from Manchester confirmed that this is company policy. So - well done First Choice and Decameron. Shame on Thomson airlines.More

PepperJ, Herts

Was it bad luck?

We stayed for 2 weeks. After first days of disappointment from unclean room we realised that it´s probably just bad luck with our room cleaner. Our bungalow was just by the reception -a handy location also due to the bar nearby but probably far away from the towel storage because sometimes the room service didn´t change towels even if we asked for, sometimes we didn´t get any!!!. Another disadvantage being up the "hill" was shortage of running water - it was very slowly running. But everything else was perfect - the clear sea, spacious bars with drinks and snacks available the whole day, delicious meals of big choice served by very friendly/polite staff and peace on the beach. We enjoyed jumping in everyday waves, evening shows in amphitheatre.More

Blesku, Liberec, Czech Republic

Royal Decameron, Boa Vista - worth it's 4 stars (nearly)

I stayed for am week in August 2014 with my wife and daughter, and have nothing but good things to say about the hotel and the resort in general. The rooms were spacious and clean - cleaned every day with fresh towels if we wanted them. The staff were great, friendly, helpful and importantly, unobtrusive if you didn't want to be bothered by them. Food was very good, with plenty of choice each day, and unusually for these type of hotels, the menu varied from day to day. The fresh seafood was superb so all in all I had no complaints. The setting of the hotel is lovely, with well tended gardens leading down to the beach, plenty of shade if needed along the way. The beach was brilliant, the sea was warm, and luckily, we had no days with red flags ( which we had been warned may happen occasionally due to the wind). We were always able to find sun loungers when we went to the beach although they seemed to fill up fairly quickly some days. The bars were OK, although I had to experiment in order to find spirits that tasted anything like I was expecting, but that is often the case with locally produced alcoholic drinks. Beer was drinkable and cold so all in all, pretty good times. The entertainment was a mixed bag, often excellent but never terrible, so I had no complaints reaLly. Transfer from the airport, reception aand check in were painless, and our rep was reasonably useful so all in all, we had a great time and I wished I had booked 10 or 11 nights rather than just a week. I'd certainly go back, as the holiday was everything I was expecting plus a few pleasant surprises for an old cynic :-)More

Jim R, Devizes, United Kingdom


Excellent food excellent service, friendly staff beautiful and quiet. Perfect if you just want to relax! I would recommend the quad excursions they are very fun thus is the hotel to stay if you want quietMore

vixsherwood, Gloucestershire

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