Royal Horizon Boa Vista

Royal Horizon Boa Vista

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Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

See why so many travelers make Royal Horizons Boa Vista their resort of choice when visiting Boa Vista. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you.

Rooms at Royal Horizons Boa Vista offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a refrigerator providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with internet access.

A concierge is one of the conveniences offered at this resort. A pool and free breakfast will also help to make your stay even more special. If you are driving to Royal Horizons Boa Vista, free parking is available.

While staying at Royal Horizons Boa Vista, you may want to check out Perola d'Chaves (0.8 mi) which is a short walk away.

At Royal Horizons Boa Vista, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Boa Vista.

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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Outdoor pool
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Restaurant
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Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
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TiphSam wrote a review Mar 2024
Tienen, Belgium3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel has been my second home since 2017. This trip was my 20th time and it's still giving me the same feeling every time: home is where the heart is and I've lost my heart at this hotel. The staff is so friendly, there is great and delicious food with every day a different theme. The evening shows are just fabulous thanks to the professional Latin dancers. Twice a week you have some live music with a nice cocktail and finger food. It's great weather the whole year and the beach is just to die for. Boa Vista is such a peaceful and magnificent island and this hotel is the perfect reflection of all of these values
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Make sure to go see the evening show at the theater at 9.30 PM, they are more than worth it
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MarketaJeanne wrote a review Aug 2023
Litvinov, Czech Republic87 contributions66 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This holiday was "No stress" indeed! Very comfortable hotel, big rooms, great service, tasty food, nice pool, top view over the Atlantic ocean. Beds and brollies always available. Tidy, well kept garden. Close to the airport yet you don´t hear any noise. Pleasant staff. Thank you.
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: get a lot of sun lotion
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Fredrik H wrote a review Mar 2020
Sturefors, Sweden139 contributions61 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Good food, great location, very nice staff and a pretty big pool. Also, nice entertainment in the evenings. On the negative side the gym wasn't really what we expected, really old, rusty and somewhat broken equipment.

All in all we had a nice week tho.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Mariana wrote a review Jan 2020
11 contributions4 helpful votes
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Truth about hotel
Recently came back from this hotel.
Please see pictures and description.
Very old hotel,the food is not fresh ( food that we didn’t eat for lunch is mixed with something different and served for dinner). Broken dishes
Very old towels, overused. Broken daybeds and mouldy mattresses. Dogs on the beach that can fight with each other.
Dirty adults pool,chlorine tablets left in children’s pool that doesn’t melt.
Rusty water everywhere in the rooms. Drinking water has a special taste, you should buy bottles from the shop.
Insects in the room, bathroom
The lift doesn’t work well and also very old and just horror.
Most of the tiles broken and you easily can trip.
Tried to speak with the management of the hotel but they didn’t want to do or change anything . They don’t work for customers but only for money.
The worst experience. Don’t recommend.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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jetsetter77Uk wrote a review Jan 2011
UK93 contributions410 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just returned from two lovely weeks at the Royal Decameron, so time for the review, as I have taken advantage of everyone else's! I'll divide it into two - for if you haven't booked and are considering a hotel, and then if you have booked and want some tips on what to take / see / do.

If you haven't booked yet. This hotel is the smaller of the two main hotels currently on Boa Vista - 300 rooms compared with 850 odd at the nearby Riu. Whilst we heard that people were happy at the Riu, we were glad we had chosen the smaller Decameron. We walked past the Riu and the beach was not at all as nice, and to be honest it looked a bit of a Benidorm horror. The Decameron was much quieter and low key, and as other reviewers have said, perfect for relaxing, reading, and doing pretty much nothing! If you are looking for bigger, louder and more to do, don't come to this one. In fact, don’t come to Boa Vista. We loved it though, as we were very tired from work and winter and wanted to spend endless days relaxing with nothing more to do than think about what to have for dinner. I don't know what people can find to moan about at this hotel. Actually I do; I heard someone complaining about the length of time the sun spent behind the clouds, someone else that the hotel wasn't suitable for disabled people whilst walking up the steps and somehow avoiding the ramp and lift provided, and someone complaining that the service in the restaurant wasn't like it is in London. Funny that, when you're not in London. Someone else said the food wasn't worth eating, which I just did not understand. There was loads to choose from. At lunch and dinner, always freshly made pizzas - you saw the guy take them out of the overn and cut them up in front of you!, pasta made in front of you, loads of salads and veg, chicken, beef, local stews, some nights there was a stand set up with a cheese carvery, another night a suckling pig was being carved, another a huge Serra fish. Loads of lovely desserts to choose from, which, unlike others' reviews, we didn't see a single fly on them. I just can't understand the moaning! Great coffee at breakfast, eggs, freshly made omelettes to order, pancakes and chocolate sauce, fruit all cut up, warm bread rolls. Honestly! We thought it was great, and they are doing really well for a small 3rd world island stuck out in the middle of the Atlantic, having to ship or fly everything in, the nearest place being Senegal. The hotel was manically cleaned seemingly all day long, which I certainly wasn't complaining about! They seem to have cleaners on permanent sweeping duty, and one who apparently lives in the toilet with a bottle of disinfectant. We also frequently saw catering staff with temperature probes testing the food, and the Health and Safety Manager was always patrolling around the hotel looking in the restaurant, taking samples of pool water, etc etc. So top marks for cleanliness!

I think the problem with this hotel, and in fact Cape Verde as a whole, lies with the tour operators marketing it as 'the Caribbean without the jet leg.' People then expect the Caribbean and its levels of service and are disappointed and complain when it’s not. Having been to many Caribbean islands, this is nothing like the Caribbean! The sandy scenery is more like the Middle East, e.g. Oman or Dubai, the sea is like that in North Cornwall, the sand is like the white sand of the Maldives, the buildings are slightly Moorish in character, the hotel is as clean as Florence Nightingale's hospital in the Crimea and the staff are like the waiters you find in Paris! So, if you are expecting the 5 and 6 star Sandals / Beaches / Couples resorts of the Caribbean, with 7 gourmet restaurants manned by Gordon Ramsey and Marco Pierre White, butlers to unpack your bags, white-gloved waiters hovering behind you to move your wine glass a millimetre to the left, and a flag to stick in the sand for someone to come and shove a cocktail in and generally pander to your every whim, spend your £3000, go to the Caribbean and enjoy. If, however, you want somewhere that is completely unique, almost untouched by tourism with beautiful beaches and blue sky and a lovely breeze, to completely relax and unwind, with a pleasant, well run SPOTLESS hotel, at a bargainous price, please do go to the Decameron and enjoy! We couldn't fault our holiday (only marginal dislike was some of the other guests!),went with an open mind, and thoroughly enjoyed the weather, the food, the bed, and have come home so relaxed we are almost horizontal. Not even January on the A14 could annoy me this morning.

If you have booked already and want some tips:

1. Ladies, (and men?!) if you are bothered about your hair, take your own hairdryer. The one provided is one of those tubes that just seems to succeed in making your hand hot and not drying your hair very well.
2. Take your own toiletries, they only provide generic 'hair and body gel' in sachets.
3. Take insect repellent -despite it being the dry season we got bitten the first evening there. But then nothing for 2 weeks.
4. There is a well-stocked library of English books, if you want to save weight in your suitcase.
5. Instead, I would advise packing an extra beach towel. They provide quite good towels, but as someone else has said, the loungers are very hard, so a bit of extra padding was welcome!
6. If you're with Thomson, note that most, if not all, of the trips they offer, are cheaper with 'Cape Verde Experience'. They have a folder in reception and the guy visits every day. We booked our 4 x 4 trip with him, which came to 88 euros for the two of us, would have been 130 with Thomson. Similarly, the trip to Fogo island was 20 euros per person cheaper, possibly 40 actually. Seemed to be the same trip! He took Visa. The 4x4 trip was good, with an English speaking guide. There isn't a great deal to see on the island, but it's a day out, and a bit of fun. I wouldn't recommend taking the 10 euro lunch option though - get the packed lunch that is free from the hotel instead. It was not worth 10 euros. It was just fish, rice and cabbage served in a small restaurant; the fish was barely warm, then when we had taken our fish, the plate was removed and passed to another party of guests who we were forced to share the table with. Then the rice and cabbage was taken away, and that was it! The packed lunch looked much better.
7. The hotel doesn’t make clear that water is included in the all inclusive package. When you get to the room there is a bottle of water, and a note saying 'bottles of water are 2 euros to purchase.' We assumed this meant water was not included, but then we found out that you can, however, fill up the bottle from any of the bars and restaurants at the hotel. So don't fall for that one!
8. I took some wire hangers as previous hotels have not provided, but we had 12 in the wardrobe so didn't need in the end.
9. The hotel sells packets of Cape Verdean coffee which was very good, but we noted it was about 2 euros cheaper in a little artisan shop we visited in the nearby town of Rabil. The airport also sells it at a good price, and the airport shop takes Visa. Hotel boutiques only accept cash.
10. We walked into Sal Rei one morning, which was a good walk - you need the sun cream though! It’s pretty windy and can be deceptive - the sun is very strong on your back, we both changed colour to very dark within about an hour. It's a nice walk, about 1.5 hours. We wandered round the town, not a lot to see or do, so we sat and had a nice lunch in a restaurant with a bottle of 'Vinho Verde' and then took a taxi back for 10 euros. We weren't hassled or bothered, as I had been expecting, so that was nice. A couple of people invited us into their shops but then left us alone. Note: we fancied a few snacks with out evening drink in our hotel room, e.g. peanuts or a handful of crisps (greedy I know, when you’re in an all inclusive but it was nice to sit on our balcony with a cold beer and some peanuts and watch the sun go down!) and saw that they were between 4 and 6 euros each in the hotel shop. We popped into a mini-market in Sal Rei, and got 7 packets of snacks, and 6 bottles of Strela beer for the fridge in our room, and the whole lot came to 11 euros. Incidentally, regarding the complaints of watered down beer - the bottles of Strela tasted exactly the same as the stuff on tap in the hotel, so I do not think it is watered down.
11. The hotel mainly caters to French guests as 'Look Voyages' runs most of the trips there. However, the French guests were very well-behaved I have to say, probably better than some of the English guests. They didn't seem to feel the need to drink the bar dry before 10am….. They run free exercise classes every morning and afternoon if you feel like working off some of the food - all in French but easy to work out what to do! So take your trainers if you want to go. There is also a gym there, nice and clean, mainly weights, and a couple of bikes.

I can't think of anything else at the moment, but hope this was helpful - please go and enjoy this lovely deserted island while you can! Feel free to email me any questions.
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Date of stay: January 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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MarkJules wrote a review Aug 2011
Northampton210 contributions185 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two weeks at the Royal Decameron and found the whole experience to be a complete pleasure.

The room, although a little basic, was extremely clean and comfortable. The bed was huge and it included air con (no extra charge). Our room had a view right over the beach and was very quiet. The maids were excellent and the room was spotless every day.

The hotel itself is great, firstly the staff are among the friendliest that you will meet and greet you with a genuine smile. Although the hotel is generally French, everyone goes out of their way to include you whatever your nationality. There are two teams of staff; the hotel staff are mainly locals who are wonderful people. They are very passionate about looking after you, look out for many local handshakes and much enthusiasm. The Animation Team look after the entertainment, these people are French but again go out of their way to include you. There are a range of activities planned each that the can take part in but don't have to. The cabarets in the evening are fun and cheesy.

The facilities in the hotel are pretty good too, the pool is huge and there is a separate adult’s pool too. The gym is ok, although the equipment is a little tired. Great tennis courts and football pitches.

The food is excellent with a range of salads, fish, meat, pizza and local dishes. We managed to find something different to eat every day. It is freshly prepared and of good quality. We were a little worried about this after reading previous reviews but found nothing to worry about. Breakfast and evening meal are served in the main restaurant and lunch in the restaurant by the beach. All are buffets. There is also a beach bar which is very laid back and has fish, chicken and salad available throughout the day.

Boa Vista is still relatively new to tourism and the locals are still in the honeymoon period. It would be advisable to go in the next few years before it takes off too much (although I would imagine it will still be good). Our main concern about visiting was that there wouldn't be enough to do (we are usually quite active on holiday and like exploring) but we were never bored. You can take a walk to Sal Rei which is about 4 miles (or take a taxi from the hotel. Go left out of the hotel along the beach and it is totally deserted. We also did the turtle watching and island tour excursions and, although expensive, both were excellent.

A couple of tips - watch out for Thomson's hard selling on the plane on the way, they told us to buy, buy, buy and it was too over the top. They will tell you that there is no duty free at the airport but there is a small shop that sells alcohol/tabacco on the return. By the way, normaly headphones work for the in flight movies (well mine did), this will save you buying some rubbish headsets for £2.50.

If any company tries to charge you extra for the transfer to the Royal Decameron, decline. You can see the airport from the hotel and a taxi will be cheaper. Our transfer was free however.

Don't panic about local currency, everywhere excepts euros. We didn't need much money anyway.

The visa is easy yo sort out at the airport if you haven't already got one.
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Date of stay: July 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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deananddoris wrote a review Oct 2011
107 contributions156 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Have just returned from a wonderful fortnight at the Royal Decameron. Dont let any of the bad reviews put you off. The hotel was in a lovey location, not too big, the staff were friendly and the place was spotless. Yes, the hotel is frequented by mainly french visitors - but that is because it is primarily a french resort, marketed in France and so one of the two animation teams on site are primarily french to cater for their clientelle. This hotel is not in advertised in the UK brochures only on-line, hence the limited english visitors (which is actually quite nice) The in-house animation team who all come from in and around the Cape Verde islands were very friendly and keen to improve their language skills (which puts us Brits to shame). They were all good fun and keen to interact with us. All the staff, were happy to help. As my other half put it "when they smile at you, its a genuine smile". We came to the island knowing that there wasnt a great deal to do (as the island is really in the early stages of tourism) and what we wanted was two weeks of fantastic weather and total relaxation and that is what we got. Okay the rooms are a little tired looking in places but they were comfortable and clean and didnt detract in anyway from our stay.

Top tip : Do take a mosquito plug in for your room and spray and avoid wearing perfume/aftershave or hairspray - this does minimise mozzie attacks (although one or two do get past the lines of defence).

Looking back on some of the reviews, I dont understand people who go to foreign countries and think they are not going to encounter insects or food that is a bit different. If you want bacon, egg and chips go to Benidorm or Majorca!!!!

The sea is turquoise blue the sand is golden and the sunshine is endless. We would definately love to go back at some point and just hope that the all the development that is due to take place here, wont spoil it too much.
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Date of stay: September 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Most of the rooms have a sea view or are facing that direction although there are a few that are...
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sagres82 wrote a review Aug 2011
UK1 contribution34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for the first week of August 2011, the perfect location and a brilliant hotel. Its true from reading SOME of the reviews on here... if its animation and nightlife your after, then maybe its not for you... but we were included in everything and never made to feel any deifferent because we were not french.The hotel is primarily french... but thats ok, we dont go on holiday to mix - just to relax. the beach is beautiful and the sea is lovely.. a bit windy... but we knew that before we went. All of the hotel staff cannot do enough for you and the room was kept very clean. Another thing that worried us after reading some reviews on here was the food - but we have travelled africa/egypt/europe and this was without a doubt the nicest all inclusive hotel food we have had. Absolutely beautiful.
This hotel was perfect for us as all we wanted was a beach to relax on during the day, a pool to swim in near the room and good food to eat on an evening. There really is nothing else we could ask from this hotel. For the entire trip the only rude people we came across was at the end of the trip, back in the airport amongst fellow brits. The hotel truley was a break and WHEN we return to Boa Vista we will certainly be staying at this hotel.
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Date of stay: August 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The sea view rooms are actually amazing..... but the normal rooms all have good views too!
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Katy wrote a review Jan 2014
Dondra, Sri Lanka134 contributions137 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are recently back from Cape Verde having spent 10 days over Christmas at the Royal Decameron where we had the most fabulous, relaxing "no stress" holiday it is possible to imagine. Clean spacious apartments, great food, wonderful staff and the most beautiful unspoilt empty beaches. Reading through some of the previous "terrible" reviews I am left wondering whether these people stayed at the same hotel that we did. Either that or they are the most miserable bunch of joyless nitpickers imaginable.

Cape Verde is a third world country. Boa Vista is a lump of sand covered rock in the middle of the ocean with no naturally occurring fresh water and an environment that is inhospitable to pretty much any kind of agriculture. The result of this is a lot of things that we pampered Northern Europeans take for granted are a rare luxury over there. For people on Trip Advisor to moan about the tap water when most of the locals queue every day at the desalination plant (the only source of fresh water on the island) to purchase their daily ration of water which they then transport home for up to 5km in barrels on their heads displays a degree of ignorance and entitlement that I find breathtaking.

1. Water
I chose not to drink the tap water. Other members of our party however brushed their teeth in it every day with no ill effects at all. I would say that it should be treated with no more circumspection that you would for tap water in some parts of Europe - Greece for example. On the plus side the water is incredibly soft - my skin has never been as clear and velvety as it was after a few days of washing and showering in it.

A 1.5 litre bottle of mineral water is provided in your room on arrival. Further 1.5l bottles can be purchased for €2 which seems perfectly reasonable (£1.80 for 500ml on the Thompson Air flight over anyone?). There is a notice on the water dispensers in the restaurant saying not to refill bottles from them but this is purely for reasons of hygiene - people do tend to swig out of bottles so, please, who wants the necks of them jammed up against the dispenser? If €2 really is make or break for you then the hotel has no problem at all with guests filling glasses and then decanting in to bottles.

2. Accommodation
Between our party of five we had three rooms - two apartments (631 & 632) and a studio (422). All were immaculately clean and in good order. The beds were large and comfortable and the linen and towels were spotless and fresh every day. I had trouble with my aircon when we first arrived but that was user error ☺

The TV channels are a mix French, German, Austrian and, randomly, Algerian. There are a few English language news channels, including good old BBC World News for those who travel 3000 miles only to sit inside watching television.

WiFi internet access is available in the reception area and in the pool bar area. The telecommunications on the island are expensive; even UK mobile carriers put Cape Verde in a special charge bracket due to the cost of delivering the service. My carrier - TMobile - wanted to charge me £20 for 3mb data and £2.50 per minute to make or receive a voice call. Put in that context the €7 per hour charge for hotel WiFi suddenly seems a complete bargain. The hour does not need to be used all at once and if you are there for a week or ten days €7 is probably ample to quickly check your mail every day and make the odd Skype call. If you are in a group you it is perfectly possible to set up your smartphone or iPad as a WiFi hotspot thus allowing more than one device to use your connection simultaneously. Remember though, you are supposed to be getting away from it all!!

3. Language
The native language of Cape Verde is Portuguese. The non-customer facing staff (cleaners, gardeners etc) pretty much only spoke Portuguese - what else would you expect?, having a multi-lingual requirement for housekeeping staff would be beyond ridiculous. The majority of the clientele in the hotel are French so unsurprisingly the customer facing staff - reception, bar staff, waiters, entertainment - spoke French as their main second language but most also spoke reasonable English and all had at least basic English. Considering the predominance of French guests was perfectly understandable and for complex transactions there was always someone to hand with fluent English so it was never a problem. There is no need to speak Portuguese but just out of basic courtesy I would suggest at least learning hello/goodbye yes/no please/thank you - no less than you would expect from a visitor to your own country and the locals do appreciate it when you make the effort, small as it may be.

4. Food & drink
The food in the hotel is plentiful and varied. The best options are the Cape Verdean dishes which were usually meat or fish based and lightly spiced - delicious. The fish in particular was exceptional - Tuna Carpaccio, whole baked Tuna, grilled fish and the most exquisite fish stew. The goat curry was pretty amazing too. If you want more European style food there were at a minimum pizza and pasta options at every meal. The pizza in particular was excellent - lovely and thin. In the ten days and goodness knows how many meals I did not have the same dish twice.

The puddings were a bit hit and miss and if you don't like coconut or ginger you are a bit limited, as most things seemed to contain at least one of those ingredients. My favourites were the little meringues and the macaroons. And at lunchtimes there is an ice cream trolley.

I've read complaints about the temperature of the food. I would say it was restaurant hot rather than home hot which for me was just right. There was a microwave available in the food hall for guests to use if they wished although I never actually saw anyone doing so.

To accompany meals there was a choice of water and soft drinks, lager or wine. The white wine was surprisingly drinkable. The red was light and chilled and also went down very well. If you wanted you could get a bottle of champagne or wine by giving your room number to your waiter, the charge to be settled on checkout.

There are two "a la carte" restaurants, both of which you need to book with reception on the day. They get booked quickly so you need to be up there before 9am to be sure. To be honest it's probably not worth the bother; we went to La Tortuga which is the Italian restaurant down by the beach and really the only difference from the main food hall is that you ordered your main course and it was brought to the table for you.

There are three bars in the hotel. Two in the main complex and one down on the beach. The beach bar and the pool bar serve all drinks in plastic glasses for obvious reasons; the upstairs bar and the restaurants use proper glassware. On occasion you might have to wait a minute or two to be served - possibly a problem if you had a train to catch but when you have all the time in the world it's not such a trial. The draught lager is very drinkable as are the cocktails; the Pina Colada and the Tequila Sunrise especially so. If you like more traditional spirit + mixer type drinks then prepare for an odd experience - the spirits, particularly the gin, do not quite taste the same as they do at home. Nor does the tonic. We tended to avoid these at the hotel but you can get premium brands if you venture outside.

5. Wildlife
This is Africa. There are mosquitos. If you forget to bring mosquito repellant you can pick up a bottle for €4 in the pharmacy in Sal Rei -they only speak Portuguese and French in there but miming, pointing and smiling does just fine too. When we arrived the hotel shop did not have any repellant but one of the charming receptionists offered to fetch his personal supply from his room to tide me over. All the windows and sliding doors in my apartment had insect screens and I did not see a hole or a tear in any of them. You can also request at reception that your room is sprayed once a day; this plus the screens meant that I did not hear or see a single mosquito in my apartment for the whole stay. In the rest of the hotel the only place that seemed to have any kind of issue with mosquitos was the upstairs bar near the reception area but so long as you give your ankles and wrists a good squirt of repellant before dusk you'll be fine. I did get bitten once but that was a night we spent on the other side of the island and I had forgotten to spray myself before we went out.

There are also large beetles, some of which may or may not have been cockroaches; I'm not a zoologist. The daily spray of the room seemed to deal with those too - the only one I came across indoors was on its back breathing its last in my bathroom. If you can't deal with the odd creepy crawly don't come to Africa.

There are a lot of little sparrow like birds which unsurprisingly congregate around the outdoor eating areas. The doors in to the food hall have air blowers across them which are designed to keep the birds out. On the whole they work very well but the birds are getting wise to them and have been seen walking in rather than flying! I perhaps saw two birds in the food hall the whole time we were there and they were removed very quickly by the staff. All the bread, rolls, cakes etc are under nets or covers anyway. Not sure what else the hotel could reasonably be expected to do apart from serve the food in a hermetically sealed room.

5. Currency & Tax
The local currency is Cape Verdean Escudos but absolutely everywhere from street vendors, taxi drivers, shops, bars and of course the hotel takes Euro as well and seem to prefer to do so. Most cash machines dispense Escudos so if you want to use Euro stock up before you come away. If you don't leave the hotel you will only need a handful but be aware that you will need to pay a tourist tax when you check in of €2 per adult per night capped at €20 - this is a new tax introduced by the Cape Verde Government in the summer and which the hotels have to collect.

6. Security
I left iPads, iPhones, cameras etc on charge in the room during the day whilst I was out with no problem. My cash and passport I just left in a pocket of my suitcase in the wardrobe. Perhaps I'm too trusting but I felt more relaxed about leaving valuables in the room than I would in e.g. a central Paris hotel with transient staff.

7. Off-site
Boa Vista is very new to tourism and very undeveloped which for me was the beauty of it. If you want lots of high-class off-site options for shopping and eating then you should perhaps chose a different holiday destination. Ditto if you are expecting public transport, street lighting and smooth tarmac roads.

A cab from the hotel to Sal Rei costs €10. The cabs are Toyota pick-up trucks which as well as being optimum for the terrain can also carry 10 passengers so if you are on a budget you could easily share.

In Sal Rei you will find a basic range of everyday shops - supermarket, pharmacy etc - as well as a lot of souvenir shops selling in the main trinkets, wood carvings and fabulously colourful bags and sarongs. There is not much variety in the stock from shop to shop. You will find yourself approached on the street and invited in by the shopkeepers but I never once felt threatened or intimidated. If you find the attention unwelcome a firm "no thank you" or "later" is all you need.

We ate out of the hotel three times and on Christmas Eve we went out on a catamaran for the afternoon. Had a lovely couple of hours cruising punctuated by an hour or so at anchor swimming off the boat. Snorkels and masks were provided but there is little to look at and we just ended up bobbing about in the unexpectedly warm ocean around the boat.

Other options which we looked at but didn't end up doing were sea fishing, quad biking and 4x4 touring. I had been hoping for the chance of a camel ride but the camels which were on the island a few years ago have been taken elsewhere. All activities can be booked through your rep at the hotel but it is slightly cheaper to go direct or to use the tourist information office in Sal Rei.
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Date of stay: December 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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calcium666 wrote a review Sep 2011
Peebles, United Kingdom38 contributions43 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
just got back from two weeks at this hotel, some of the reveiws i read had me a little worried before departure, but am pleased to say i can hardly fault this hotel, island.
we came here to get away from it all for two weeks and thats what we did, before we came we knew that outside of the hotel there isn't alot to do in boa vista so the hotel would have to be good.
pleased to say that the quality of the food, the service, the beach, the bars the pool, and the english bookcase were great, the hotel was always kept spotless the staff very attentive friendly and relaxed, the animation team cape verde were great the evening entertainment was spead over two weeks so there were no repeat nights, even the french animation team who are there for a french travel company not the hotel involved all the guests.
we went on a couple of the trips and would highly recommend the trip to fogo you when else will you enjoy a glass of wine with lunch in the crator of a volcano! the thurtle watching was equally good, the 4*4 was good but a lot of sitting in the taxi maybe worth cutting one bit out so you can spend longer at each site, and you can't beat sipping champagne on a yacht in the sun. by doing these four trips it made it all the more enjoyable to spent the rest of our fortnight lounge on the huge unspoilt beach soking up the sun all day with a cool breeze on your face.
one peice of advise take more sun tan lotion than you think you'll need and more inscect repelant as both are expensive on the island.
the only downside is that the rooms whilst spotless, are basic and appear to be of a lower standard than the service from staff and quality of the food, etc but then again the service is that good that it would be hard for them to compete
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Date of stay: September 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Answer from Djibril CAMARA
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Hi dear Christine, We were closed since Covid but we are opening this 16th December 2022.
donatellac564 asked a question Aug 2019
Gargnano, Italy93 contributions14 helpful votes
Hi, are there any excursions? Which kind? Thank you
Answer from SRRosengarten
Hamburg, Germany249 contributions74 helpful votes
Yes, boat trips, turtle watching and sightseeing
lola asked a question Aug 2019
Boa Vista, Cape Verde2 contributions
Can anyone tell me what the spa is like? What do they offer? Thx in advance
Karen H asked a question Apr 2019
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Hi, is this hotel suitable for children age 6
Answer from Monicafresh
Auronzo di Cadore, Italy38 contributions65 helpful votes
Yes of course!the animation team is very good!
TiphSam wrote a tip Mar 2024
Tienen, Belgium3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure to go see the evening show at the theater at 9.30 PM, they are more than worth it "
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MarketaJeanne wrote a tip Aug 2023
Litvinov, Czech Republic87 contributions66 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"get a lot of sun lotion "
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Trevor N wrote a tip Jun 2023
Central Portugal, Portugal16 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just make the most of everything this resort has to offer and you shouldn't go wrong."
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Rotující S wrote a tip Mar 2023
Prague, Czech Republic4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Better choose the Iberostar Boa Vista hotel. It's right next door and you get more experience value for your money."
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ParisVic wrote a tip Aug 2019
Paris, France15 contributions15 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Some rooms rather far from the main buildings"
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