We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The whole truth and nothing but the truth!!!!”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Royal Decameron Boa Vista
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Boa Vista
Croydon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“The whole truth and nothing but the truth!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

After reading the reviews on here I was quite worried about my holiday!! However it was the most fantastic holiday I have ever had. The flight was fine -only five and a half hours -bring a book or an iPad and you will be ok. I have two boys 6 and 9 and they didn't mind the flight. Got our bags very quickly in Cape Verde -lovely small airport. Transfer was five minutes in a small bus. Only one other English family with us. The hotel is a lovely size. It is much smaller than the other hotels on the island and this is a real advantage. We were in Room 205 which had a sea view and was near the pool and main restaurant.
Check in was quick and easy with a welcome cocktail presented to us. Deon our rep is very professional and a real asset. We ate in the main restaurant for breakfast lunch and dinner. Food was lovely and hot. Lots of choice. Bread baked fresh daily and the pizzas were amazing. No problems with birds inside the restaurant but if you sit outside do not leave your food unattended. Lots of cats around in the evening but we didn't mind too much.
Ok if you want to meet lots of English people on your holiday do not go to this hotel. It was about 3%English, 80% French and the rest Czech, German and Portuguese. In total when we left there were about 9 English families at the hotel. We met amazing French and German people at the hotel. It helps that my husband and I speak French but everyone there made an effort to speak English.
There is a kids club but my boys didn't want to go and in fairness I was glad as I didn't book the holiday to pack them off to kids club every day. Instead they took part in all the activities around the pool. There was archery bowling volleyball dance class darts etc... Lots of exercise classes too. If you want to take part you can. No one is pushy so you can just say no. There are two entertainment teams at the hotel. The Decameron team are in blue and white. They are there for all the guests. The team in red and white are the Lookea team and are there primarily for French guests who have booked through this team. These guests have different wrist bands. The Lookea team are ok. They will say hi to you but that's about it. The Decameron team are very professional. They are very hard working and genuinely nice people. My two boys were made to feel like absolute superstars on the holiday with this team. The shows that these guys of are much better than the Lookea teams shows. There is a show at 9.30pm on the amphitheatre 6nights a week and the show is at the pool stage on Thursday evening. Joan Carlos and Brett were particularly fantastic. The international show is the best show so do not miss that.
There is one huge pool and a children's pool plus a quiet pool. If you have noisy kids do not go to the quiet pool!!if you want a lounger by the pool you have to get there by 6.30 am. There is a security team that monitor the beds and if you don't use them they will remove your towels. I recommend you make the effort to get a bed by the pool at least a couple of days as it is great fun. What we tended to do was spend the morning at the pool and the afternoon on the beach. Now the beach is amazing. Lovely white sand and lots of sound loungers. You should have no problem getting a bed at the quiet area of the beach (on the left of the main area as you face the sea). You can bring your children there as the beds have so much space beetle them. We had a yellow flag every day which meant we could swim. The waves are pretty big. My nine year old was fine but my younger boy swam very close to shore. You really have to stay with your children at all times. Lovely breeze at the beach too.
When we returned on Monday evening we tried to book to go back next year but nothing was available!! So all in all ignore the negative reviews please. You will meet wonderful friendly staff in a clean environment with lovely people from a variety of countries. We never saw anyone drunk or being abusive. Oh we boomed the half day Hotspots tour which is definitely worth doing.
We have all come back feeling relaxed and de stressed which is exactly what we went on holidays for. If you have any particular questions please just ask and I will do my best to answer them for you.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
19 Thank Fiona0123
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,801 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    606
    818
    248
    77
    52
See reviews for
394
1,054
58
7
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (310)
Date | Rating
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
yorkshire
Level Contributor
43 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

Hotel Cleaness

Fantactic, the cleaners never stop cleaning!!! - Cleanest Hotel i have been to abroad

Bugs

Take a can of Raid with you and just spray round your door a few times and will keep bugs away - Hotel spray the area everyday but this will detour anything getting under the doors.

There are bumble bee type things, but they dont come near you really.

Food

The variety of the food here is amazing - the hotel has an Itallian Returaunt and a Cape verde Resturaunt and also the main Resturaunt - i read that some people found the food too cold, but i never experienced this plus there is a microwave you can use if you prefer food piping hot.

Food down at the beach bar is ok, just mainly pizza and chips

Pool & Beach

Pool is lovely and so is the beach - only issue we found was that you have to be up early to get a bed whethre its the pool or the beach - Get up at 7am to get a bed.

Hotel has a policy that if your away from your bed for more than 30 mins - i.e go for a walk they will remove your stuff and let someone else have the bed

Hotel Room/Beds

Massive beds, clean adequate rooms - cleaners are in everyday for fresh towels, loo rolls and making the beds. Shower is powerfull and plently of hot water

Staff

Very friendly staff - most speak French but dont let this detour you they will do their best to translate where needed

Amenities

Lots to do during the day like archery, volleyball, Tennis, bowls, aqua aerobics, yoga, dancing
kids clubs.

Trips

We went on the family castaway trip which was an amazing experience, few hours on the Catamaran, then off to a beach for BBQ, Drinks and swimming on the island - get collected at 8am and dropped back at 4pm - cost us for 3 adults and 1 child £250 - well worth it though.

Boa Vista

The hotel is a complex and they discourage you from leaving the hotel unless on a trip - once your there your there and there is nothing much to do - some say Sal is a bit livelier but it depends on what you want - Boa was perfect for us.

Sun Cream/Sun

The sun cream at the shop is £25 a bottle - Take Plenty, we went through 6 bottles (5 i brought with us) and i would recommend a high factor as the sun is hot but its breezy so you dont realise it and then you are burnt.

Room Tip: 447 and 446 - near reception and a great sea view
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Service
Helpful?
9 Thank gladwinwales
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2014

I travelled to Boa Vista in May 2013, and stayed at the Royal Decameron for 2 weeks.
The hotel was beautiful, spacious and not over crowded. The rooms themselves were to a lovely standard, and were cleaned thoroughly everyday!! The staff were always so helpful and friendly, especially the waitresses in the main restaurant.
For us, the best place to sunbathe was round by the smaller pool so we made sure we put our towels there first thing every morning, this was only because we found the beach very windy and ended up being covered in sand!!
Boa Vista, especially the Royal Decameron, is the place to go if you want a relaxing holiday and a get away, you can travel by taxi to the next town Sal Rei, which is only a short journey at 10 mins. Sal Rei has many shops to browse around, stunning views, and a lovely port and fish market to wander around. The only downside is that you get pestered by the local shop owners, but that is the same all over the world.

We will definitely be coming back to stay at the Royal Decameron!! This hotel should have a far higher rating than it currently has, and is an amazing place to stay especially for such a reasonable price!

Room Tip: Ask to stay in a room that overlooks the second, smaller pool, this means the pool area and sunbeds...
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
5 Thank lauren d
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Having chosen to visit cape verde as a post christmas get away we found this hotel and thought it looked ok for what we were after.

We were blown away! The reviews were very bland and didnt do it any justice! The staff were beyond helpful assisting wirh anything they can. The food was incredible! So many options and choices each night. The hotel was so lovely and had the most beautiful grounds and view onto the beach. The pool was nice and relaxing was just such a lovely chill out week! The only thing we were disappointed was all the entertainment and activities were in french and wasnt even attempted to allow the english to understand. But all in all had a lovely relaxing week and would 100% recommend it to anyone wanting to visit the islands.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
6 Thank chels5112016
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

I was a bit put off before going by all the negative reviews but having been I can assure you for myself it was a wonderful hotel, food especially was top notch
Just a few negatives and advice because that's why you read reviews to learn from others.
1) bring your own towel, if you lose or it stolen the hotel towel its 20 Euros fine (stealing towels is quite common)
2) hotel Thompsons rep was really bad, WiFi is expensive in the hotel and she forgot to mention several other options of getting WiFi cheaply till our last day.
3) if u want to get out of the hotel and do something don't go with Thompson's there very overpriced if you want to explore the island I recomned using the family run business The Giggling Gecko much cheaper and nicer.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
Helpful?
8 Thank Harry T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Prague, Czech Republic
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

I would say that most of the things were just great, so I decidet to write just the 3 negativs. 1) not enought sunbeds by pool and on the beach. ( but i guess that is everywhere) 2) bottle of water cost 2 € ( i would expect to be free) 3) wifi you have to pay for it 7€ an hour. ( in lobby could be free) otherwise everything was just perfect. I would highlight beautiful Beach infront of hotel and + clean ocean.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Lucisek
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Back from 10 days in Royal Decameron on 10 July. Beautiful location if you want to do absolutely nothing and get away from it all. Room 412 overlooked the awesome beach with amazing sunsets. Predominately French tourists with handful of Brits which was fine. All evening entertainment (shows) were in French but not a problem. Food good if a little samey. Our tour rep (Deon- Thompsons) best tour rep ever. Great fun and very knowledgable. Definitely give Italian restaurant a try as much quieter and nice location by beach. Wifi expensive but minor point. Staff friendly enough. All in all would recommend. Don't expect to see anything much outside hotel. Capital village worth a visit. Friendly people there too.

Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
5 Thank Mary-Ann L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Boa Vista hotels
4.9 mi away
Marine Club Beach Resort
3.8 mi away
Aparthotel Por do Sol
Aparthotel Por do Sol
#4 of 5 in Sal Rei
4.0 of 5 bubbles 35 reviews
3.9 mi away
Hotel Estoril
Hotel Estoril
#5 of 5 in Sal Rei
3.5 of 5 bubbles 89 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.3 mi away
IBEROSTAR Club Boa Vista
IBEROSTAR Club Boa Vista
#1 of 11 in Boa Vista
4.0 of 5 bubbles 1,857 reviews
1.5 mi away
Clubhotel Riu Karamboa
Clubhotel Riu Karamboa
#2 of 11 in Boa Vista
4.5 of 5 bubbles 6,846 reviews
11.4 mi away
Hotel Riu Touareg
Hotel Riu Touareg
#1 of 1 in Santa Monica
4.5 of 5 bubbles 7,309 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Royal Decameron Boa Vista? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Royal Decameron Boa Vista

Property: Royal Decameron Boa Vista
Address: Boa Vista Island, Boa Vista 4110, Cape Verde
Location: Cape Verde > Boa Vista
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Boa Vista
#4 Spa Hotel in Boa Vista
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Decameron Boa Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 300
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Hotwire, Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, Evoline ltd, TripOnline SA and HotelQuickly so you can book your Royal Decameron Boa Vista reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Royal Decameron Boa Vista Hotel Boa Vista
Ventaclub Hotel Boa Vista
Ventaclub Resort Boa Vista
Royal Decameron Boa Vista Cape Verde

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing