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“Personal Service Makes a wonderful Holiday "Perfect"” 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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“Personal Service Makes a wonderful Holiday "Perfect"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I have stayed at this complex before and had a wonderful time some 3/4 years ago, but now porto antigo 2 and 3 are finished I was so amazed at the change and the beauty of the place.
I stayed in no 4.0 in PA3 and was totally overwhelmed by the breathtaking view and the fact that this apartment was litteraly "sat on the beach". The apartment was so clean, had sat TV and a bedroom, and bathroom and fitted kitchen with fridge freezer.
The location and its close proximity to the town and all restaurants was second to none, and the watersports on offer again within a short 2/3 mins walk makes this the perfect place for me.
The "personal advise and help" from the owner made this like staying with friends.
He has obviously worked hard with his agent who kept the place spotless.
The people of Cape Verde are wonderful and the fish restaurants a dream, be sure to try the local dishes

Room Tip: Contact the owner direct, and do not use the agents
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 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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Faro, Portugal
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed in a studio in Porto Antigo 2 for two weeks over Christmas and New Year 2012/2013
The location is superb and probably the best in Santa Maria in my opinion.It is right on the beach. It is in the town and very close to many great restaurants and beach bars.

Although it was a studio it was plenty big enough for 2 people and had everything we needed.
Our balcony although not on the ocean side of the complex had great sea views.

It was clean and well maintained. The kitchen was well equipped for making basic meals but lacked an oven and microwave so with only having a gas hob it could be a little restrictive for some people wishing to fully self cater. We were happy to eat out so for us it wasn't a problem.

The management company were very helpful and supplied extra beach towels and bath towels when we asked for them.

The pool area and gardens were pleasant and always clean.
Security was good with 2 guards always visible.
Whilst it isn't 5 star accommodation I would definitely stay there again and would have no hesitation recommending it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stayed in Apt 4. It had one bedroom, a living area with kitchenette, bathroom with shower and a patio right on the beech. The apt was reasonably well equipped, with all necessary kitchen equipment etc. It was clean and plenty big enough for us both. The air con was not very effective in the bedroom and the supplementary fan too small - but this can be easily fixed.

The towels were very poor, and we did not receive the twice weekly clean and linen change - but this was down to the management company and not the owner - action is being taken to address this by making it clear to guests what they should receive. Security at the complex is good.

The apt is probably among the best placed in all in Santa Maria - right on the beach with easy access to the many restaurants and facilities of the town - which itself is the best place on the island to be - at least you are able to get a feel for the people (all friendly) and their way of life instead of being in a faceless all inclusive.

One tip be very careful when using the cash machines most were fine but at one bank (green corporate colours) the cash machine did not pay out but our account was debited - so make an initial withdrawal of the least amount possible first - that way any loss will be minimal!!!!

Despite this small problem we had a really relaxing time with good weather, food, and facilities - would definitely go again. To use this vila contact Bev at SmartMove Cape Verde.

Room Tip: Apt 4 is right on the beach with stunning views along the coast.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Southam, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Amsterdam
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81 helpful votes 81 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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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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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