in Santa Maria (cape Verde Isl.) , Cape Verde Islands
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ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 1, Standard family room, ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 3, ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 4, ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 5, Lobby, ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 7, Espargos main restaurant, ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 9, Mandalay Asian restaurant, ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 11, ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 12, ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 13, ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 14, ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 15, ClubHotel Riu Garopa photo 16, Larger twin room, Junior suite
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Please note it can be windy on Cape Verde and watersports are only available when weather conditions allow. Beach access is through the Funana side of the complex due to a turtle conservation area in front of the Garopa.
It is essential that you register to validate your Cape Verde visa at www.thomson.co.uk/editorial/legal/cape-verde-visas.html
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In the UK, this holiday is only available from the Thomson Group.
All rooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fan, open-plan bathroom with shower and enclosed WC, TV, phone, mini-fridge, hairdryer and balcony or terrace. Twin rooms sleeping up to 3 adults have twin beds, 3rd bed is a sofa-bed.
We also offer Standard Family rooms, Interconnecting twin rooms, Larger twin rooms, Suites and Junior suites.
Standard family rooms are Twin rooms sleeping up to 2 adults and 1 child up to 12yrs with cot space. 3rd bed is a temporary child bed.
Interconnecting twin rooms sleep up to 2 adults and 3 children with 2 adults and 1 child in the main bedroom and 2 children in the 2nd bedroom. These rooms must be booked in pairs.
Larger twin rooms sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12yrs with twin beds and a sofa-bed. These rooms are slightly larger than Standard family rooms.
Suites sleep up to 2 adults with double bed and separate living room with sofa.
Junior suites sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children up to 12yrs with a sofa-bed in the open-plan living room, hydro-massage bath - open to the bedroom - and enclosed bathroom with shower.
Your guide to Santa Maria (cape Verde Isl.), Cape Verde Islands
"Santa Maria’s dazzling white sands, brightly painted Portuguese houses and laid-back ambience will sweep you right off your feet."
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Giving it an overall rating out of 5:
All turrets and towers, the stylish Garopa has a great location, right by a powder-soft beach.
There’s something a bit Star Wars about this hotel. With its sandstone colourings, it’s reminiscent of Luke Skywalker’s rock home.
Step inside though and the desert-rock look switches to full-on North African. Take the lobby. There are giant wooden columns on grand pedestals. Enormous tusk-shaped sculptures. And dark-wicker sofas and clay urns as finishing touches. It’s a similar story in the buffet restaurant. Here, bold mosaics adorn the walls and intricate kasbah-style lanterns hang above.
There’s a distinct African note to the rooms, too. Think candy-pink or blue wickerwork furnishings accented by warm neutrals. Add to that air-conditioning and balconies or terraces and they hit the mark.
Everything is rather smart outside, too. The hotel opens on to a colossal terrace dotted with palms, sunloungers and parasols. Nestled in the middle is the huge lagoon pool, crowned by a swim-up bar under a dramatic Sydney Opera House-esque roof. Peep in here and you’ll see it doubles as the Mambana restaurant - you can try out exotic African curries here in the evening to the sound of the waves.
Beyond all this, you’ve got the beach. A sweep of powdery sands, it features a beach bar and sunloungers. You can walk along the sands to Santa Maria, too - it’s just over a kilometre away.
One last thing. The hotel sits right next to its sister, the Riu Funana, and their grounds virtually merge into one. It means you can use many of the Funana’s facilities.
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