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January cheapest time to go. Waves red flag most days green flag still too scary for mum!
big pool heated wee pools not. cant buy tobacco Marlboro only cigs available NO CIGARS ANYWHERE on island. buy at duty free on way out. euros used for currency but they try to give you there own currency when you ask for change. girls in shop try to diddle you when you first arrive but just don't accept money unless change in euros. 16 euros for paracetamol. 28.50 for zovirax. take all meds you need with you. Thomson gather all meds you want to donate and give to hospital once a year. we gave ours to staff. bar tender almost kissed me when I gave him a pack of ibuprofen. when you get 200 euros a month no one buys medication. very poor area up in sal Rae 2 miles along the beach. riu spent 70 million investing in there hotel (which is better value compared to most of the Caribbean-£1000 per person cheaper, closer travel time and just as scorching hot) but 2 miles down the road people are living in squalor under tarpaulin sheets.
we did the quad bike 4 hour tour FANTASTIC. need your driving lisc no.although we shared a quad me on back and it was awesome, took in most of island, santa monica beach 18 km of nothing apart from 200 other tourists doing safari tours quad biking and beach bugging...... ha-ha but still lovely just like Scotland with heat.
food on resort fab,drinks fab,staff fab,everything fab beds a bit hard for me and had to ask(tip) for more pillows but no probs.
safe family resort my kids got drunk and reception staff walked them back to their room kids 18 but only just. food everywhere our favourite was the Asian restaurant actually Chinese. African served rabbit stew and horse. don't mock it, it works for tescos! didn't often have chicken just not available but it was a roast one night so over dosed then. the green ice cream isn't mint its pistachio and its theeeeee best pistache I've ever eaten and I've been to Italy!
big groups of men kept arriving at this hotel why I don't know they behaved mostly and were quite polite but it was a bit strange that BIG groups of them were always around. saying that if your a group of single women get yourselves out there.
loads of gay couples around the place too and it was just so relaxed and mixed its a definite no stress island resort right enough .
we mingled and met Dutch, French, British and Italians, as well as all the staff from many of the islands, we felt looked after from the minute we landed. Jamie and Sarah and Nadine the Thompson reps were fantastic. we didn't need them for much BUT 2 flights couldn't land due to sand storms in 2 weeks and one flight didn't even leave Manchester because of the snow. much fuss was made in the hotel and poor Jamie was professional in front of everyone but what could he do. people got to stay another day or two and what a place to stay. We were hoping it would be sand storms on our day but alas no. even though I say sand storms you can still lie at pool or on beach not hindering tanning time at all, remember wind burn took factor 6 and 10 sun cream still winter in my head but we all suffered next day bought factor 20 and factor 30 no kidding you'll need it.spoke to loads of folks around resort many of them been there before(good repeat business) august/September wet season.october bug season December expensive and rocking. so I think we went at a good time. my husband and I are thinking of going back for a week in November when we shall have loads of time and maybe a wee drop of money!
we went from Manchester 10th jan for 2 weeks we stayed at bewleys hotel the night before also brilliant and they looked after our car /transfers etc. the whole thing was just lovely. WE'VE BEEN ALL OVER THE WORLD TO ALL INCLUSIVE AND THIS IS GOOD. I PROMISE YOU.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the island Boavista in the Cape Verde Islands. 2-Storey main building and 3-storey annexes. Situated on the beachfront. Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach. 7 Km to Sal Rei. 1,5 Km from the airport. Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clubhotel Riu Karamboa Hotel Boa Vista
- Clubhotel Riu Karamboa Boa Vista
- Clubhotel Riu Karamboa Cape Verde/Boa Vista