At the time of my stay at the Belorizonte, I had already stay at Riu Karamboa (Boavista island) and Riu Garopa. These two hotels were both pleasant and I enjoyed both stays. When I arrived at the Belorizonte I thought it was a nightmare, for true!
It is formed by rooms and bungalows. I stayed at a bungalow. The hotel has three pools, but only one is made of fresh water, not to mention that the floor around the big pool (near Santa Maria restaurant) hurts your feet. You have three restaurants and several bars. The beach club is ok, but some things from the bar are not included in the ‘all’ inclusive package. And sometimes the sea is a bit dangerous (the lifeguard is just useless), so be careful with small kids and people who are not very confident with the sea. But it is still pleasant, actually I think the beach is the best of the hotel. The wifi internet was supposed to work but it didn't, not even the computers at the lobby. So, no internet at all in this hotel. However, in the village there is a government building where the 'Centro Cultural' is located, with free and fast wifi, so I got used to walk everyday to Santa Maria (10 minutes) just to FaceTime with my family and check my emails.
As I wrote, the hotel has bungalows and normal rooms. Part of our group stayed at the main building and for the little I saw, these rooms are way better than the bungalows. Unfortunately I didn't. First thing: safety (in this case, lack of). The doors are so crappy that are easily broke into. The bungalows have holes that allow cockroaches to enter (I 'hunted' three only inside the room during my stay). The safe in the room doesn't work properly and it is so small that things won't fit in there (and one person can carry it away from the room easily, for sure), not to mention that you have to pay for it. Apart from the beds, which are normal, all the furniture is falling apart!! Our wardrobe demounted when we opened it! The desk was so unstable that I was scared that it would break! The lights in the room were buckets filled with sand that looked like dustbins! One pillow on the 'couch' was dirty with a white fluid that I don't even want to think about what could be (!!). The facilities are not properly cleaned (they just sweep!!). And the bathroom was even worse!! The shower doors were broken so were always falling and the water sometimes was boiling sometimes was freezing! Terrible terrible room! There is a mini-bar which is filled with two bottles of water daily (in the Riu you have to ask the reception for the bottles and carry them to the room). But the bungalows are of a three or even two star hotel for sure.
Food & drinks:
I stayed at the Riu and the food standards there are high, with big variety of choice and also good overall quality. At the Belorizonte, being a smaller, 4-star hotel, I was expecting a little bit different. But the difference is way too much. The variety is terrible, I don’t know why they bother having two restaurants if they have the same horrible food in all of them. The supposed 'fancy' restaurant Salinas (à la carte menu) that you receive a voucher for, is simply disgusting and everybody from my group got sick after eating there shrimp, cocktail sauce or pasta. I had diarrhea and vomits, so on the last three days all I enjoyed from the all-inclusive was melon and some cold salads. The drinks were ok but they don’t know how to prepare cocktails properly.
Night shows & animation:
At night there is always some kind of show with Cape Verdean people at the Salinas restaurant, but very amateur, they just put on some music and then the animation team dances with the guests. At the Riu there are shows a lot more well prepared and with themes like Grease, Shrek, Mamma Mia, etc. At the fresh water pool and at the beach there is animation (spinning, aqua sports, break dance, volleyball, football, etc) several times a day with very kind and funny animators. The team does a good work in this point, amusing even the smaller kids.
It is an old, bad quality hotel, and the food is terrible (don’t forget if you’re staying in the all inclusive package you’ll be paying to eat ALL the meals at the hotel, and restaurants in the village are not cheap), but if you just want to go to the beach and the pool to enjoy the Cape Verdean sun and kind people, it is ok. If you want the best, go for Riu brand hotels, which are way ahead of the Belorizonte in what concerns security, food quality and variety, comfort and quality of the rooms. If I return to Cape Verde, I’ll definitely go for the Riu, it is for sure worth the extra money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the white sand beach of the Santa Maria beach, bathed by a calm, turquoise, crystal water sea stands the hotel Oasis Atlantico Belorizonte. Being in first line on the beach, this is the ideal place for those who look to rest from the daily stress and who try to enjoy some relaxing holidays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oasis Belorizonte Hotel
- Hotel Oasis Belorizonte Cape Verde/Ilha Do Sal - Santa Maria