We had a fantastic Christmas holiday at Royal Decameron and the recent negative reviews are unfair.
The buffet food is varied and changes daily - excellent seafood selection for my partner and me slightly more picky (great vegetarian/chicken dishes). Fresh fish every day - we have never seen so much meat on fish. Very impressed.
Our room number was 713, which was one of the furthest out from the hotel, so lovely and quiet.However. if elderly or less mobile, requesr rooms closer to the main area. Rooms were slightly dated, but nothing to complain about and the cleanliness was amazing. The shower was powerful - a massive plus in my books! The bed was huge.
The pool was the cleanest we have experienced. It was a salt water swimming pool.
The cleaning staff were like something out of Cinderella! Scrubbing and mopping external stairs/everywhere DAILY. Amazing.
Sunbeds were amazing!
-They charge 2euros per bottle of water even though it is an all inclusive. You can get cups of water all day. They don't wish you to fill water from the taps (there are signs) however we discovered, this is only for hygiene reasons if you put the bottle opening onto the tap, if you hold away they didn't mind you refilling.
-A lot of people are commenting about it being a windy hotel. If people had done their research, its not this hotel or island, but all of Cape Verde is windy, this does not detract from the amazing all year round weather. It simply means you get a suntan without sweating. The downside of the wind is that the waves and undercurrent are dangerous most of the time. The beach is stunning and although there was a red flag up our whole visit, it did not deter a lot of people still going in.
-The entertainment was fantastic. Although doesn't start until 9.30 and baring in mind the hour time difference being 10.30 UK time.
-The hotel is prominently French. The staff's local language is Portuguese, they speak excellent French, and can communicate in English. The entertainment staff are dressed in blue and speak a good mix of all languages and don't pester. There are other entertainment staff dressed in red.... these are are the French's travel company's reps for the hotel and they outnumbered the hotel entertainment staff, but they mainly/only spoke French. (which was fine by us) During our stay, 70% of the guests were French, 15% German ... a handful of Swedish and lesser English.
-We had issues with Gatwick on our outgoing journey (British weather) our Thompson rep Bianca was there to meet and greet and available at convenient times in the hotel.
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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