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.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Boa Vista Hotel Boa Vista
- Ventaclub Hotel Boa Vista
- Ventaclub Resort Boa Vista
- Royal Decameron Boa Vista Cape Verde