Just returned from a wonderful week in Cape Verde/Royal Decameron. Having read many reviews with mixed reports..i genuinely believe that you have to do your research and realise that you are travelling to an under developed part of the world! So, my headline is: Fab holiday, for relaxation...here are a few handy hints :
-Private taxi from airport is worth considering as you beat the queues to check in at hotel.
-There are mosquitos (especially if the country has had rain recently)..be prepared..the shop doesn't sell mosquito spray.
-The hotel shop only sells limited and expensive sun cream (20 Euros a bottle).
-There are plenty of cobbled walk ways around the hotel...don't take your best high heels! prepare also for lots of steps.
-The hairdryers are very low voltage/no tea tray in room, but breakfast opens at 7am...food and drink avail somewhere in the hotel at all times until late evening.
-Minimal activities..as described in the brochure...and the Animation team are French orientated, so all shows are in French and local languages..so apart from the live music in the hotel bar a couple of nights each week...take a pack of cards...and relax.
-Games and aerobics/zumba by the pool daily..plus music..seek out the pool to the edge of the site...far quieter..or retire to the wonderful beach.
-No teenage scene at all..but certainly a good games room with table tennis/table football etc...that is the limit.
-a small number of young children..so no inconvenience with children disturbances by the pool or in the restaurant.
-Culture is early rising, so be prepared to stake your sunbed by the pool before 7am!
-Plastic glasses poolside..glass at upstairs bar.
-Quad biking-best off site activity..take a bandana/headscarf and wear old clothes due to dust on dunes.
-Visit Sal Rei by hotel arranged taxi 10 Euro's each way...plan your return trip!...you will face 10 taxi drivers touting for your return business as you arrive in Sal Rei..remain in control, select your driver and make an arrangement for a set time for the return driver. you will also be approached by a "guide" to show you round the old/local's town area"...no charge...just the obligatory visit to his own shop where you will find local souveniers worth investing in..
-Don't be surprised if a taxi is a flat back pickup truck..(even on airport transfer!)
-Visit "No Stress Souvenier shop" in Sal Rei (opposite the main square bar area...sun cream only 12 Euros!)
-Airport is primarily open air..on arrival have hats in hand luggage, on departure you will be left in a holding queue before passport control(in the sun) whilst earlier flights depart as the departure lounge can only host one flight!
-get drinks from the vending machines..1 Euro each , if you use the airport bar the change is given in local escudo's. Best cool place in departure area is air conditioned duty free shop!
This truly was a fabulous holiday. Food was great with many options, vegetarian options wonderful!
Staff very helpful and engaging..if you need something..then ask...we traveled in a party of 8...6 adults two teenagers..we would definately return!
- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Boa Vista Hotel
- Royal Decameron Boa Vista Hotel Boa Vista
- Ventaclub Hotel Boa Vista
- Ventaclub Resort Boa Vista
- Royal Decameron Boa Vista Cape Verde
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