Having read the reviews, our expectation levels were quite high.We were not disappointed.Check-in was extremely efficient. A buggy takes you and your luggage to the two bedroom, two bathroom apartment. Wow!.The manager of the complex introduced himself at the welcome meeting and was often seen during our holiday. Every member of staff works extremely hard to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible and their cheerfulness is very infectious. O.K the bars did seem to be understaffed at times but, hey, you're on holiday- does it matter if you have to wait a couple of minutes for a drink?. Unlike some reviewers, we never had a problem getting a bed-chair.
The food in the Spices buffet restaurant was excellent- a different theme every night, something for every taste, and replaced regularly, plus show cooking.One of the best we've seen.Daytime activities were good, but no hassle if you didn't want to take part.
There is evening entertainment every night., five nights by the entertainment team,and two nights by professional acts. You must see Patrick De Santos (Sunday) He's a singer/ guitarist with an incredible vocal range, who can sing anything from Beethoven to Bob Marley (check him out on You Tube). A-ma-zing.
There is not much to do outside the hotel, but so much going on you don't need it. Not a lot to see on the island, but floating in the salt-lake is a unique experience.There is a free shuttle bus to Santa Maria.
There is a good range of drinks available on the all-inclusive, but premium drinks are chargeable- charged to your room. We paid just under 5 euros for a very generous Grand Marnier. No cash is required, everything charged to your room.
N.B Don't forget to validate your details on-line for the Cape Verde visa at least one week before departure.
If you want a totally relaxing, stress-free holiday in the sun, without a long-haul flight, this is the place to go.
- 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