We booked an all inclusive package with Thomson. The hotel is 15 minutes drive from the airport. It is a 5 minute drive from the town. We were given a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment, with lounge, kitchen and balcony. The apartment overlooked the main pool and had a sea view from the bedrooms. It was very clean, had iron, hairdryer, two tvs, a safe and a fridge. There is a main buffet restaurant, which we found to be good quality with a good variety of dishes. The Aqua restaurant is a la carte, you need to book in the main restaurant in the morning. The food was well presented and good quality. The O Grille is at the beach bar- this changed to a la carte half way through our stay, you need to book but it is really good, with a choice of 3 set menus. You need to decide which menu you would like at the time of booking. Good service and good quality food. There are 3 main bars, My Bar (beach), Waterside (pool) and the Sway Bar (main hotel). There is a wide variety of drinks available on all inclusive, including Cava and cocktails. Drinks are local brands but we found them to be fine. There is a late bar but only Cava and house wine is available on the all inclusive package. Drinks are available from 0900-0200. There is always food available, the O Grille makes lunch to order. The Waterside restaurant is a buffet but it is planned that it will become a la carte in the near future. The staff are friendly, some are more reserved than others but all are very polite. We particularly enjoyed the company of the bar staff at the beach bar- especially Jose. Entertainment is classier than at other resorts-live music, local bands etc. there is an animation team and a variety of activities but these are never forced upon you-this is a welcome departure from being pestered to do aqua aerobics etc. There are plenty of sun loungers around the pools and on the beach, although it was not very busy when we stayed. The weather was generally very good, 2 cloudy days out of 14 but still hot. The beach is white sand, the sea is turquoise. There are some rocky bits as you go into the sea from the Melia Tortuga but if you walk a little to the right or left it is perfect. The sea can be quite rough so swimming in it is not that advisable from the hotel. There are more sheltered areas a short walk away. We were expecting the minibar to be stocked as this had been advertised as part of the all inclusive package by Thomson. This was not the case but is down to the holiday company rather than the hotel. We had no complaints at all. The hotel deserved the 5 star rating. We enjoyed the minimalist furnishings and grown up feel of the property. The managers were visible and took time to ask our opinions. They said it is important to them that the guest experience is as good as it can be. We did not go on any trips but we did dive. We used Scuba Team, next to the jetty in the town, based on the beach. They were very good. The best dive was Choclasse- well worth a trip. We would definitely recommend this hotel and are looking to return next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 5 star Melia Tortuga All-Inclusive Resort is located in the southeast of the island Sal, only a few minutes from the colourful town Santa María and Amilcar Cabral international airport. During your stay you will find relaxation and fun right on the fabulous Algodoeiro beach, with its white sand and turquoise waters. The resort offers spectacular suites and villas with up to 4 bedrooms, private garden and swimming-pool. Set in gardens there are 2 magnificent adult pools and 2 pools for children. Experience Yhi Wellness with sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, thermal circuit, fitness facilities, massage and beauty treatments. Dining options include a variety of 4 restaurants and bars, offering a selection of international and local cuisine. The Melia Tortuga All-Inclusive is also the perfect destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing or scuba diving. Events for up to 200 people can be organised in 2 meeting rooms with natural daylight. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa Cape Verde/Ilha Do Sal - Santa Maria