We spent 3 days at the Sabura on Sal. The hotel is an affordable choice for those who have to be in Sal. We decided to visit Cape Verde and our best choice and connection was to fly into Sal from New York--hence Sal. The island is ugly and does not offer neither cultural diversity nor natural beauty. The weather is nice but the water is too rough to swim--at least at this time of year, nor are the beaches inviting--certainly if you compare them to Florida. The Sabura is in a desolate, isolated location about 10-15 minutes to the town center. The hotel is across the huge RIU chain package vacation hotel. Like the Riu, the Sabura serves mainly package tour tourists plus some business travelers (TUI Belgium stations its flight crew at the hotel). While we were in the hotel, we encountered mostly package tourists from the UK, Poland, and Germany, some Dutch, some French, more of an older crowd. The people are very pleasant and quite. Overall, we got three good nights of sleep. There is no entertainment or animation but we picked this hotel particularly for that reason. The pool is clean but it was too cold to swim.
Santa Maria is obviously caught in the economic downscale and building skeletons are everywhere. The lots immediately adjacent to the hotel are empty. There is no construction noise, but the area won't win any architecture awards either--see photo.
The rooms are nicely appointed and very clean. Overall, the hotel is very clean, that includes public spaces. The buffet breakfast is adequate and the food is presented in a very appetizing way. While we were at the hotel, we did not encounter any mosquitoes and only very few flies. I read reviews about people getting sick from the food. While we were there, the food was handled in a sanitary way and always looked fresh--we only had breakfast and were not on an AI basis.
The check-in was slow--certainly after a 11 hour flight and a 14 hour lay over from New York. The staff are professional and do their best, even speaking in English.
Overall, the hotel is a nice stop over for visitors who will continue their travels through Cape Verde. As a vacation destination for Americans, the hotel, nor the location are attractive. But it allows for a gentile introduction to other islands. There are hardly any barking stray dogs that will keep you awake all night like in Mindelo. For those with money to burn, the Morabeza seems to be a better choice: closer to town, directly on the beach, and true luxury.
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