We've just returned from a week all inclusive stay. All inclusive is a must as the closest restaurants/supermarkets are located in Santa Maria which is a 10 min drive away (taxi €3). There is a buffet restaurant which had a variety of foods, which we thought were very good, my main gripe was they didn't serve diet coke/coke zero at the restaurant. Bottled water was available from all bars. Aqua restaurant was a choice of 3 set menus served by waiters, again good food. O Grille was located at the beach with beautiful views, snacky food was available at lunch (sandwiches/pasta/burgers) and again a choice of 3 different set menus at dinner with waiter service, only complaint was smoking was allowed inside the restaurant. The staff were friendly and helpful although a little sparse at busy times. The beach was great, plenty of sun loungers and a life guard on duty. There was never a problem with getting a sun lounger at the beach or pool but it wasn't school holidays when we went. The pools were freezing! Towels were available for €20 deposit and could be changed as often as wanted. The rooms were clean and modern, the first floor rooms had a batter balcony. The kitchen had a fridge and microwave, which was handy as we had a baby. Santa Maria is worth a visit, especially the Thomson tour on a Saturday morning. The hotel operates a free bus service 3 times a day. I didn't use the spa as usual it was way overpriced! Security were present but I felt safe at all times. Wifi was available but was chargeable which was disappointing considering it was a 5 star resort. All in all a great resort/ island and we'll be back.
- 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