How unfortunate that TUI (Thomson) seem to have the monopoly of flights to Boa Vista from the UK. The planes are very cramped and are geared up to sell drinks & snacks at inflated prices. Thomson do not even supply passengers with a complimentary hot drink with the in-flight meal despite a spoon & sugar being included with the cutlery!
We flew from Gatwick and also encountered problems with a couple of passengers who had drunk too much alcohol. The couple next to me had ordered a bottle of champagne and got progressively noisier as the bottle was drained. To my surprise, the flight attendant let them purchase another bottle. To her credit though recognised that there was a problem (although I had not complained) and fortunately as the plane was not quite full she moved us to other seats. Like the previous reviewer I was delighted to find that this couple were not staying at the Royal Decameron.
The hotel is exceptionally clean and ideally situated. The area around the main swimming pool is used for activities arranged by the entertainment staff and can be noisy at times. However there is a smaller pool away from this, which is ideal if you like peace & quiet. Rooms in this area are quiet at night. A guest that we spoke to had a problem with cockroaches coming into their ground-floor room. Like us, ask for an upstairs room and ensure that you place a towel along the bottom of the door just in case.
Food here is first class. There is a wide choice of hot & cold food served at every meal in the buffet restaurant as well as local wine and beer on tap. During the 7 nights that we were there was a different hot roast (freshly carved) for each lunch and dinner. There was also a good selection of cooked dishes, pizzas, fish, vegetables & salads. The deep fried cheese is an absolute must! Tables are cleared immediately, sprayed with antibacterial fluid and wiped down with a clean sheet of paper towel (not a filthy cloth). Baby chairs waiting to be used even had their tables covered with cling film to keep clean.
Kerry, the cheerful Thomson representative, was always available at published times. She kept her informative welcome talk brief and did not push excursions.
This was an inexpensive late deal and the hotel far exceeded our expectations. We would certainly consider returning in the future.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Boa Vista Hotel Boa Vista
- Ventaclub Hotel Boa Vista
- Ventaclub Resort Boa Vista
- Royal Horizons Boa Vista Cape Verde