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“Porto Antigo Appartments, Santa Maria, Sal, much better than the all inclusives!” 5 of 5 stars
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Porto Antigo Residence
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde   |  
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Southam, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Porto Antigo Appartments, Santa Maria, Sal, much better than the all inclusives!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

A fantastic break in the last week of October. The suites are clean well equipped and well maintaned. We stayed in Antigo3 which is the last of the buildings, I read some of the reviews with trepidation but can only assume that these relate to #1 as 2&3 were superb. The pool is cleaned daily and the staff are friendly and courteous. Lots of security guards around 24 hours a day, don't think they are needed but it is re-assuring.
Make sure that you contact Blinky (blinkywalestenerife@yahoo.co.uk), she can arrange everything for you, yes she works on a commission, but her prices are better than you will pay locally. She arranged everything from Island tour, fishing sail bot day, and a really good PADI course for a 13 year old.
Don't use the all inclusives, they are far out and you will miss out on so much. A great range of bars and restaurants covering all prices.
The appartments (well #2&3) have a restaurant on the sea wall which is superb, the mostexpensive we found on the island, but still good value, 3 starters, 3 mains (including steak), 1 desert, 2 bottles of wine, 3 cokes plus water for less that £80.
A superb Italian owner who speaks fluent English (and a rugby fan).
The complex includes the old harbour (16th century) which gives the appartments their own lagoon. Pool cleaned daily, water fantastic, a superb winter break. Average temperature 29 degrees. There was rain forecast and boy did it rain (LOL) about 6 drops! The locals stood out in it for the 4-5 seconds it lasted, as usual the Britts moaned.
Also make sure that you visit Tam Tams.
Fantastic!

Room Tip: Ask for a room in block 3 (the newest) Fully equipped kitchen diner, sat TV, Sofa Bed, separate bedr...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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31 hotel reviews
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Much much nicer then the 1.000 room mega hotels on the island.

We had an appartment in this hotel, which had a very well equiped kitchen and a good airco. The hotel is at a great location in Santa Maria, with a private beach and a nice pool.

Just 2 minutes walking to the public beach with white sand and blue green water.
A supermarket acros the street and a great bakery around the corner.
Many restaurants within 5 minutes walking distance.

Very friendly staff and great service - they even let us stay in the room until 16.00 h without paying extra.

Okay ! Now going for your helpfull vote : Bring a flash light - the power can go out in the entire village.....

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bradford
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Porto Antigo 1 has the best location in Santa Maria. If you are self catering this is the place to stay. The complex is very pretty with flowers and shrubs, a lovely swimming pool and private beach. There are 3 restaurants within 2 minutes walking distance and a local shop for general provisions, a bakery and Italian deli within five minutes walk. The centre of Santa Maria is within 10 minutes walk with more bars and restaurants to choose from. Contact Blinky on Blinkys Tours on Facebook and she will help you find your way around and book any excursions you may require. This is the best way to experience the real Cape Verde.

Room Tip: 2 bedroom villa with roof top terrace.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Antwerpen
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Visiting Ihla do Sal was a great surprise: as we had the chance to take a look inside several hotels on different locations, this Porto Antigo Residence really became the 'hidden pearl' at the perfectly blue Atlantic ocean of Cabo Verde.
Ok, rooms might be a little basic, but you get all the comfort you need for a relaxing stay.
My favourite room had a cosy double bed on an upper floor: I could already imagine myself wakin' up with the window wide open, listening to the sea, watching its small private beach....
Gardens with lots of flowers, the swimmingpool so inviting, restaurant & bar just next to the sea, even one of Sal's best restaurants (Odjo d'Agua) within less than 50 meters!
A great location, also because its entrance is situated right in the center of Santa Maria: you'll find great places to have a drink, some traditional small restaurants and lots of couleur locale.
So don't forget your camera!

Room Tip: Seaview, definitely!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Ylivieska, Finland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Excellent location in the heart of Santa Maria really close to the beach. Breakfast served in Odjo d'Aqua hotel next to Porto Antigo was delicious. Rooms were clean and the area was really nice.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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South Finland
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

I visited Santa Maria over new year 2012 and stayed at Porto Antigo residence! All I can say is; if you're planning to visit Cape Verde and Santa Maria this is the hotel you should choose. With it's extraordinary location it beats the boring giant hotel complex on the other side of the beach. Breakfast is a 5/5. I've travelled rather much and this is definately one of the best hotel breakfasts i've eaten. Or what about fresh papaya, watermelon and honeydew melon, nutella pancakes, all kinds of bread, champagne, bacon, excellent coffeemachine that produced coffees in Starbucks-quality, and so on. The rooms where not luxurious, but still clean and working. The pool was okay, even though it was kind of unnecssecary because the ocean was warm and the waves interesting. As a traveldestination I do recommend Santa Maria, but I suggest you not to go on trips around the Island with the big travelorganisations . They are overpriced and the money surely doesn't go to the locals! For example, I visited all the places in Sal that you can visit with big organisations, and I didn't spend much money at all! My other tip is; please bring for example clothes and shoes to the locals. I brought some pens and other schoolstuff, but I realised that many people don't even have food for the day. It is hard to see kids working barefoot with their parents just to earn money so they won't go hungry, and if you are seeking five star hotels and quality restaurants, this is probably not the place for you!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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shropshire
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2009

I stayed in 17b owned by Ocean Club Holidays. My view was overlooking the pool and the beach and I have to say it was fantastic. The apartment was clean and well furnished and the staff friendly and helpful, although they didn't speak much english we made ourselves understood. It was quiet 24/7 security so no need to worry. In my opinion it's the best place to stay, very central to the town, 2 mins to the town for restuarants and supermarkets. Blu bar at the end of the street near the pier was lovely and a place where alot of the expats go, they really made me feel very welcome. Locals are friendly although watch the senegals they are alright but have lots of tricks to entice you to their shops, just say hello and keep walking if you don't want to buy. Santa Maria is lovely, there is alot of building going on and it will change over the next 5 years so go now to experience it. We went past the big hotels concrete jungles so glad we didn't stay there. Fine if you want to stay in the hotel all the time, but if you want to experience real Cape Verde stay at Porto Antigo.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde
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Location: Cape Verde > Ilha do Sal > Santa Maria
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Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Santa Maria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Porto Antigo Residence 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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