I have thought carefully about whether to post a review in respect of this resort. It wasn't my cup of tea but other people might well like it. The local economy needs the tourist income and, given all that was there before was a salt mine, tourism isn't going to spoil something that was previously beautiful.
We went for the same reason that many people do i.e. the flight is only an hour or so longer than going to the Canaries but there is a better chance of hot weather at Christmas. And we couldn't afford the Caribbean. So you pays your money and you takes your choice. If you do not normally go on package holidays and you're thinking "Well how bad can it be? It is quite cheap and at least I'll get to see the sun" then I just want to tell you that it can be quite bad indeed.
The food is appalling. Your best option is to avoid the restaurants where you have to book in advance and stick with the buffet where you can at least cobble together something resembling a normal meal. I couldn't believe I had stood for 50 minutes in a queue in the midday sun to book my meals for the whole week, only to discover it was utter filth. Think you can throw money at the problem? Think again - there isn't anywhere better on the island.
I found the staff to be absolutely fine especially given some of the guests that they had to deal with. And ultimately that is where the problem with this place lies - when you're lying by the pool with headphones in reading a book, you can pretty much ignore everyone. When you're standing in the check-in queue at the airport, you are trapped with them. Maybe it was an unusual week and there was a convention of racist alcoloholics in town? So, if you're the sort of person who likes to rant about immigrants and think Enoch Powell was right (someone in the airport actually said this to me) and you don't care how rough the drink is as long as it is plentiful then you should book immediately.
The experience at the airport upon return is not especially pleasant. I found the Thomson rep patronising and overly defensive but when I saw what he had to experience every afternoon at the airport, I understood why he was like that.
The accommodation is good. It's clean and spacious. The beer is surprising palatable.
- 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