I have thought carefully about whether to post a review in respect of this resort. It wasn't my cup of tea but other people might well like it. The local economy needs the tourist income and, given all that was there before was a salt mine, tourism isn't going to spoil something that was previously beautiful.
We went for the same reason that many people do i.e. the flight is only an hour or so longer than going to the Canaries but there is a better chance of hot weather at Christmas. And we couldn't afford the Caribbean. So you pays your money and you takes your choice. If you do not normally go on package holidays and you're thinking "Well how bad can it be? It is quite cheap and at least I'll get to see the sun" then I just want to tell you that it can be quite bad indeed.
The food is appalling. Your best option is to avoid the restaurants where you have to book in advance and stick with the buffet where you can at least cobble together something resembling a normal meal. I couldn't believe I had stood for 50 minutes in a queue in the midday sun to book my meals for the whole week, only to discover it was utter filth. Think you can throw money at the problem? Think again - there isn't anywhere better on the island.
I found the staff to be absolutely fine especially given some of the guests that they had to deal with. And ultimately that is where the problem with this place lies - when you're lying by the pool with headphones in reading a book, you can pretty much ignore everyone. When you're standing in the check-in queue at the airport, you are trapped with them. Maybe it was an unusual week and there was a convention of racist alcoloholics in town? So, if you're the sort of person who likes to rant about immigrants and think Enoch Powell was right (someone in the airport actually said this to me) and you don't care how rough the drink is as long as it is plentiful then you should book immediately.
The experience at the airport upon return is not especially pleasant. I found the Thomson rep patronising and overly defensive but when I saw what he had to experience every afternoon at the airport, I understood why he was like that.
The accommodation is good. It's clean and spacious. The beer is surprising palatable.
- 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