We have just returned from fantastic two week stay at Melia Tortuga. The rooms were of a very high standard and large, with two bathrooms, lounge and a huge sea facing balcony. The hotel grounds were magnificent, the beach beautiful, with hardly anyone on the beach. Slight issue over rocks on the stretch of beach by the hotel but there is a beautiful beach 10 minutes walk away called Ponta Preta. Well worth a walk and a drink at the beach bar here. The staff were very friendly and eager to please, especially the entertainment team - who became best friends with our children!
Cocktails were freshly prepared by the bar staff, therefore quality varied but once you found a talented bar person and you got to know them, you were guaranteed that your mojito will be made to your liking. Sunset cocktails at O Grill is recommended.
The food varied from being okay to excellent, but difficult to maintain a high standard every day for 14 days - though overall, the food was generally good. As an obseravtion, evening meals could be improved. The restaurant needs some soft furnishing as it can get loud during busy times. The trick is to find out less busy times. Lunch at the O Grill bar was our favourite. We did not eat at the Aqua Restaurant as on the days we looked at the menu, they did not have anything for the kids. Ideal for couples, after 9 pm.
I would definitely recommend this Hotel for those wanting a relaxing holiday (use the top pool for some peace and quiet as the bottom pool has loud music and kids!) by the beach, with nothing much to do. There are several trips available and well worth a trip round the island to get a feel for Sal.
Top Tip - Visit the town during the day and at night. A strong friendly No will keep the vendors at bay. Well worth going for drinks to some lovely restaurants on Santa Maria beach with stunning views. There are also several trendy bars for after dinner drinks if you wish to mingle with locals and surfer types. Taxi ride into town is 4 Euros and there are plenty of taxis for the midnight return to the Hotel in time for bed time drinks at the Sway bar!
We will deinitely go back to Tortuga in the future as we were really well looked after by friendly staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An oasis of tranquility and unmistakably luxurious, MELIÃ Tortuga Beach is in a class of its own on the sun-drenched Island of Sal in Cape Verde. An idyllic location, impeccable service and exquisite resort facilities make it the perfect choice for couples and families looking for an unforgettable Cape Verde holiday experience.Discover an all-inclusive 5-star resort that has everything, including a gourmet selection of fine-dining and buffet restaurants, a distinguished selection of bars and the stunning Beach Bar and Grille where you can enjoy drinks as you watch the best and amazing Cape Verde Sunset. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Melia Tortuga Beach Cape Verde/Ilha Do Sal - Santa Maria