On arrival at Melia Tortuga we were allocated a ground floor room towards the corner of the complex, handy for the reception amenities but a walk, although not a long walk, to the beach area. The room itself consisted of a double and twin bedroom, kitchen area, main seating area, bath room and separate shower room, also as we were on the ground floor we also got a patio area with table and chairs. The rooms themselves were clean and modern looking, and just for anyone like the wife yes you do get an iron and kettle, you also get two televisions, although few English channels and perhaps a DVD player may have been useful. One concern I had before arriving was that 'all inclusive' meant a poor quality service would be provided, not at all, the meals, buffet style in the main restaurant with service in the other three, were excellent and drinks served in a professional manner, however slow at times, this is perhaps more likely due to the west African way rather than hotel policy. There are limited sun loungers, so you do need to be early to get one, especially near the pools, a bonus is that if you get to them early enough you can always pick up a spare towel, yes people put their towels out at 7am, only to start using the sun lounger after 10am. The hotel lays on a free shuttle bus into Santa Maria, it runs 6 times a day to Santa Maria, returning 4 times a day, easier to just use a taxi, €3 each way or €4 if they put the lights on. Wifi is available in parts of the hotel, costing between €3.50 for 100Mb to €40 for 3Gb, although in Santa Maria you can get free Wifi in some establishments. Top tip if you wish to get close to the stranger on the next sun lounger use the pool area, if you like to have your own space use the beach, the beach also has a cool breeze for most of the day although if you want a swim during the day it's the pool area.
- 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