From Portugal the trip takes about 3h30 and from the airport to the hotel about 5min. As soon as we left the Boa Vista airport (about 1km), between the sand dunes appeared this fantastic hotel. It's architecture is very beautiful and the green spaces are in exceptional good condition, specially if you consider you are in the middle of a desert (like most of the Boa Vista island).
All the staff is very polite, friendly and hardworking, notably the buffet restaurant employees and animation team that worked with adults and children from early morning until late night. If you are searching for an hotel with activities to maintain you occupied there's always something happening by the pool or the beach. Dancing Funaná or Coladeira, hydrogymnastic, step classes, darts, volley, diving, etc. If you prefer a more calm kind of vacations you can stay by the beach feeling the calm breeze while laying down on a chaise long (the right place for a nap of some book reading). The problem of the beach is that you don't have a bar in it. If you want some drink you have to walk a bit on the hot sun to get it on the pool bar.
The beach is very beautiful, particularly because of it's wild nature. After walking about 500m on the beach you'll find some dunes of thin sand giving a cinematic look. Despite it's beauty, the beach it's not advisable for children, because of the waves and strong sea current. The water is warm (obviously not as warm as in the caribean) and translucent.
The pools are big enough for all the people in the hotel but the chaise longs are not because most of the people reserve them early (even on the beach), leaving you only one solution: do the same to get your space.
The rooms are like the typical Riu rooms. The beds are comfortable, the pillows a bit low (at least for me) and the room has a balcony with a table and two chairs, which gives a nice place to look at the landscape.
The buffet restaurant food is mostly good and very diversified, specially at breakfast. There's always something for every taste. Some days you'll get some surprises, like shrimps and caviar with champagne. The african restaurant was OK and the Cape Verde restaurant was very good. The drinks at the bars are very good and, if you ask for alcohol, very strong.
As usual at this kind of hotels, at night you have always some kind of show, most of them very entertaining. After the show you can go to the karaoke bar or the disco. It would be pleasant if the hotel used the beach to do some parties.
The hotel Internet access is always paid. In some hotels you have free access at the hotel lobby but here you have to pay about 15€ for 2h you must use in 48h. Very expensive.
The weather in Cape Verde is my kind of weather. The temperature was always (during the day and night) about 24/25º C. Not too hot and not cold.
In conclusion,we loved the time we spent on Riu Karamboa and would return with pleasure.
- 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