We booked the holiday through Thomson,the description of its location with "stunning sea views" etc gave the impression that most rooms with balconies had sea views,they do not.Our room was in a court yard setting with all the rooms facing each other.We had no view of anything as a huge palm tree was right in front of the balcony(see photo).Our first impression of the restaurant was very good,nice staff,good service and live music.We had gone for the half board deal and very quickly realised it was very overpriced.There was a separate menu for half board which got boring so the last two nights we went to local restaurants. I`m sure if we went B&B we could have saved money.These two issues were our only complaints,the hotel,its location,the staff,the whole atmosphere was great.Having breakfast in the sun on the decking area,with the sea around you was a perfect start to the day.Then sitting on the patio bar with a cold beer, watching the sun go down over the sea was my sort of heaven.Santa Maria is small but has plenty of shops,bars and restaurants.The area can be described as a bit scruffy and old, but nice.Plenty of souvenir shops and stalls but we never had anyone hassling us.You can walk the streets late at night without a care in the world.One thing to remember hardly any restaurant accepts cards,cash only.If your happy just to be a beach bum every day,its perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built on a small promontory where the Vera Cruz Lighthouse is located, the hotel is partially built over the sea. From the hotel restaurant you can enjoy the stunning overlooking of Santa Maria Bay. We offer a warm welcome to our clientele, who can relax in a quiet, intimate and family atmosphere while enjoying the surrounding beauty of the ocean and Santa Maria beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Odjo D'Agua Hotel Cape Verde/Ilha Do Sal - Santa Maria
- Hotel Odjo d Agua