We recently spent two weeks in an apartment in this complex. We booked the apartment by email through its English owner, Steve, and were impressed by the speed and helpfulness of his responses. The apartment itself is modern, well equipped and very comfortable apart from the fact that the air-conditioning wasn’t working as it required a gas recharge - Steve was unaware prior to our visit that it didn’t work at all. There was a sufficient draught when the French windows were open to keep the bedroom cool but that did let in a few mosquitoes – note there is an insect screen which can be pulled down and which was effective once we knew about it. Visitors to Boa Vista should be aware that there is apparently an ‘off season’ from May to September – visitor numbers drop as people go to the shorter haul Mediterranean countries. Apart from the owner/occupier of one of the townhouses whom we saw only once on the first day, the complex was completely empty. As a result, the on-site coffee shop did not open once and, whilst we’d booked a self-catering apartment, we had been swayed in choosing it by the belief that we would be spending a few days lounging by the pool having the odd burger or pasta available without effort on our part. The swimming pool is beautiful and was cleaned thoroughly every day, despite no-one using it, but beware that it’s as salty as the Dead Sea – lovely for floating, hard to swim in and do avoid getting the water in your eyes. The wind fair whistled through the complex and it was a little chilly to sit on the sunbeds if you weren’t directly in the sun. Several of the restaurants recommended by Steve always seemed to be closed, possibly due to it being the ‘off season’ but we had great pizzas at Ca Luisa, beautifully prepared fish at Blue Marlin and Alisios and tasty, large portions at Ca Nixa. It was 800 metres to the bakery and about a kilometre to the main town with the mini markets and local fruit and veg market. The beach opposite the apartment isn’t really suitable for swimming but we enjoyed searching the rock pools when the tide was out and watching the kite surfers. In contrast,the beach by Alisios is sandy and the sea much calmer and suitable for swimming. Other than water sports, there is very little to do on the island. Should you decide to have one active day, the walk to the swiftly disintegrating wreck is just over 8 miles return, as long as you go directly there – there are no signposts and no path – just make your way to the cemetery and then head diagonally to the right in a seaward direction across scrub and then sand and you should spot it. It’s in the Cabo Santa Maria – we were disappointed by the amount of rubbish on the beach there. Overall, things didn’t go completely to plan for us but we went for a relaxing holiday and we came back relaxed!
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