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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- Lifts: 1 in lobby to pool only
Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
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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Beautiful place if you like sand
Very little in the way of history or tourist attraction/activities. Beautiful beaches and take the time to find the independent beach bars with a chilled out "no stress" attitude. East side not had rain for 2 years and it shows. Get there before it gets commercialisedMore
Tony T, Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
This was a Thompsons 'small and friendly' hotel. The hotel was in a wonderful position with amazing view of the vast beach and sea. The food was excellent and the service very good. The swimming pools were lovely. You could also get fresh coffee from the beach bar and the upper bar. It was a well run hotel.More
My advice..don't read any more reviews..just book it...you won't be disappointed!
Get your visas at the airport you get through much quicker than queuing for passport control on arriva, we got a taxi for 10euros with tip straight to the hotel (5 mins away) rather than wait for everyone else to get the Thomsons bus so were first at the resort. Check in was quick and we were handed a cocktail and helped with our luggage to our apartment. Having been to Mexico 5* before Xmas (mega fabulous) we started comparing as soon as we arrived, bad mistake, we were tired and hungry and the beach bar was closing at 17:00 so no food and we had to wait for the Praia Blu restaurant to open 18:30 and as they speak mostly French and Portuguese it was hard to make ourselves understood but after eating the most delicious food with a very good choice our holiday at this most beautiful resort got better each day.It is what it is, fabulous location, fantastic choice of food,we ate at the Morna (similar food to Praia Blu but waiter service in a lovely small restaurant with a bottle of cava for 20euros, we also tipped, you book it in advance).The La Tortuga restaurant on the beach had the best food of all (book in advance, leave a tip). This resort is kept meticulously clean thanks to the staff who work very hard, given they only earn around 50 euros a week we tipped very generously at every opportunity , maybe about 120euros all week(expected in Mexico but the staff here were overawed and so appreciative if given euros now and again so please give something if you can but they clearly don't expect anything and it's very humbling to see them try to give 5 euros back 'cos they think it's too much!).Our apartment with balcony no 228 was at the end of a row of 2 storey apartments overlooking the quiet pool, and it really is quiet except for the dog barking in Iberostar hotel next door which woke us up a few times but didn't really bother us. Having a balcony meant we could leave the door open at night with only the fly screen as the air con is very noisy on the balcony!,again not a problem, we had it on when not there to come back to a cool room. If you like an early morning cuppa before 7am then bring a travel kettle and plastic cups as none provided, teabags, coffee, sugar and milk available in restaurant or bring your own. You get a bottle of water then have to buy more for 2euros (some money goes towards a creche for the workers), we used about 6. The wind is lovely and warm but you WILL burn if you don't use sun cream as you don't realise how hot the sun is! The 3 pools are delightful and there is plenty of places to choose from with loads of sunloungers. The beach is massive and we spent most of our time there right by the water and not on the sunbeds but there are plenty of them and you get beach towels. We liked the Food Court (beach bar) during the day and had lunch here most days, again kept so clean and plenty of choice of snacks from about 11.30 am. There are cats around, only a few, and as we like animals we did tend to feed them with scraps, they didn't really bother us but it would be better if the management fed them properly(so much food goes to waste here) and had them spayed to stop them breeding(there may be hundreds in a few years time!).We also liked the little birds and would feed them biscuits on the balcony and about 20 would come and some would eat from my hand! We walked along the beach to a beach bar/restaurant a few times which was really lovely and chilled and saw the locals catching fish(so take some money to buy a few beers if you go!). The entertainment provided at this Hotel rivals any London West End Show having seen a few. They have their own outdoor theatre and every evening they put on a truly spectacular show that is brilliantly choreographed and the dancers are fabulous, it's mostly in French but who cares, we enjoyed every one and especially the Around the World Show. The Lobby bar is a lovely place to have a drink before and after the show. Our phones didn't work after the first day so internet was impossible but you can buy half an hour for 4 euros at reception and use the (only one) computer at the internet shop! This holiday resort exceeded our expectations by the time we were ready to leave, it had everything, if it's 5* you want then go to Mexico! this was 4* at it's best. We have to mention the staff again, they really did make this holiday extra special for us, we became good friends with a few ( Tanko at Praia Blu, a most lovely gentleman and Fernanda (Nana) at the Beach Bar (special lady) we got to know many of them over the week so a big thank you to you all until we come back next year. I do hope the management of this resort appreciate that it really is the staff who make us feel welcome and treat us like royalty while we are on holiday, leaving us with a very good impression of Boa Vista and the Royal Decameron so much so that we tell all our friends and want to come back to this lovely resort. More
Not Bad but Not Great
After a lot of effort and fuss with Thompson we managed to change our holiday in April from Tunisia to the Cape Verde Islands following the first terrorist attack there. We ended up having to pay a lot more to go to Boa Vista island and stay at the Royal Decameron which we thought was a bit off. The hotel itself is a mix of a nice modern refurbished lobby, bar, restaurant and pool area with some very tired rooms. We had a suite which did have more space especially the patio area which was excellent. The extra space inside however was just a second room with a sofa bed in it and strangely a kitchen sink and hot plates and breakfast bar which we can only assume was from the past when they offered self catering? as we had booked all inclusive. This sink smelled quite bad so we were pleased we had our own bedroom. I won't go into the very protracted "Fawlty Towers" incident when we arrived regarding our air conditioning. Suffice to say it was eventually fixed AND we got a remote control unit that worked, that is after a flooded bedroom! We also managed to get 2 hand towels, 2 bath towels and 1 flannel on 3 of our 14 days stay, not bad considering the efforts we went to just to get a full set. The room was distinctly average as you may have surmised however the hotel layout, gardens and public areas were very nice. Other reviews have mentioned the loose tiles around the pool area, these do need to be fixed. The majority of guests at this hotel are French. The entertainment we saw was set up for them, ours did not start till quite late in the evening, after 9.00pm, and was away from the bar areas so we never got to see it. The staff are a mixed lot with a few being very good but most surly and indifferent. Training severely lacking. The Italian a la carte is very good indeed and the staff are excellent, the Cape Verdian a la carte has the same excellent staff but the food is limited in choice and not as good. Both restaurants are not open all the time so check at reception which is on the night you want and book it there. The buffet restaurant is not bad either albeit the choices become the same after a while. The upstairs bar is good but windy, the downstairs one next to the pool a bit dive'ish and the beach bar utterly unfriendly with the worst staff we've ever encountered at a hotel worldwide. Rude is not an exaggeration.. Boa Vista is extremely windy and the beach is no exception. Stunningly beautiful but within 5 minutes of lying down with your sun cream on you are covered in sand. At the end of the day you will still be hearing the wind howling in your ears. If this does not bother you too much then go to this beautiful beach area and enjoy as we did. No shortage of chairs and umbrellas as most go to the pool where after 10.00am ish you'll be lucky to get sunbeds and certainly not a parasol. We had a good holiday there despite the negatives i've mentioned above after all a holiday is what you make of it and we just laughed off most of the faults. It is an island of beauty and severe poverty with a lot of development happening. The Royal Decameron is a mixture of good bad and ugly.More
Nick B, Oxted
Everything in this hotel was perfect and I just want to come back...the resort is beautiful the staff is kind and the beach is amazing...I really like everything in this place and I enjoyed my 2 weeks here...the animation program and the animators are so nice funny and very good dancers...the show every night is beautiful..I will come back soon because for me everthing was perfect....More
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