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“A nest in a paradise valley”
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Aldeia Manga
Ranked #3 of 30 Santo Antao B&B and Inns
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We went to Aldaia Manga this October and the experience was great. Nested in the middle of Valle da Paul this place has dramatic views and is the perfect place to start hiking in Santo Antao.
The rooms are clean and simple, at night we lighted our room with candles and the atmosphere was sublime.
We rented a car and we were able to reach Aldeia without taxi. The road is quite difficult but not impossible (but you will need 4x4).
The buffet at night is good but is probably the worst thing of the hotel

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

We spent only 2 nights on the extraoridinary island of Santo Antao during our month in the Cape Verdes, and if we could have done more, we would have. Aldeia Manga was marvellous - we weren't entirely sure what the alueger driver meant by "difficult" road to get there, but we soon found out, it is up the very top of the Paul Valley, and this is a truly jaw-dropping place to see. The cliffs are incredible, and when you are ensconsed in your personal hammock, or by the swimming pond you cannot help but be impressed. And the staff are very helpful, speak English and French and probably various others as well. And the buffet meal - don't be tempted to go elsewhere, it is worth every penny of the €10 it costs. Enjoy.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Vicki L
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

I was in Aldeia Manga in April just after a trip to Boa Vista island. The place is isolated in the best area of the Valle Do Paul and perfect to hike around and have some relaxing days. People there helped me to organize hicking routes around and were very handful for everything I needed. I really enjoy the peace of the place and the meals were excellent. I just recommend this special place with a wonderful view and gentle people ! Obrigada Claudio, Luisa e tudas as pessoas dem lugar.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank travellingaround000
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

We stayed 2 nights here after visiting Mindelo. It is idyllically situated and the local food provided by local staff is made from scratch and is first class. We were very impressed with the thought that had gone into developing this little piece of paradise and can only agree with earlier reviews that this is a great place to stay and a good sleep is guaranteed.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Simon_de_Montfort
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

We stayed at Aldeia Manga for three nights and used it as a base for our hiking trips in the Paúl valley and for hanging out. The place is brilliant for both purposes. Aldeia Manga is right on the famous crater trail and another nice hike in the neighbouring valley is just next door. When hanging out, we enjoyed the lovely vistas and the refreshing swimming pool. Not to forget, the food was fantastic, although we were the only guests at the time. The bungalows are simple but nice. Don't be afraid of insects though, you're in the middle of nature and Cape Verde is spiders' paradise. Anyway, we enjoyed our time tremendously and would go back at once if we could!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2011

I am an American living in Dakar, Senegal. I spent a week in Cape Verde including 3 nights in Aldeia Manga.

Overall, the place is quite unique. The location is very remote, partway up a stunning green valley. The dinners and breakfasts were good, and the local staff were very polite. The problems were that no one on the staff speaks anything but creole and the owner more or less refuses to speak to anyone, making it difficult to get advice on hikes or even what to eat for lunch.

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We arrived by ferry and took public transport to the bungalows. This took about an hour. The aluguer driver dropped us off about a 10 minute walk down a steep hill to the bungalows. Fortunately we didn't have much baggage, but if we had it would have been tricky. We were met by a very polite Cape Verdean at the door who showed us to our bungalow and provided a letter from the owner explaining some of the basics about the camp (what time for dinner and breakfast, etc.). The letter was in English only (good for us but probably not too helpful if you don't speak English). The bungalow was relatively clean, although at night there were lots of centipede type bugs on the walls and we also had two HUGE spiders. The bathroom was nice (no hot water) and a container of liquid soap and towels were provided.

The owner was nowhere to be seen, so we asked the local staff person if there was a hike we could do that afternoon. Thanks to some hand motions and pointing to a small map, we were able to conclude that it was possible to hike up to Cova Crater, which was a beautiful hike. We ended each day's hike with a dip on the pool/pond.

Dinner was served promptly at 7 and included a huge variety of dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Filtered water was available for free and beer, wine, grogue, and sodas were available on an honor system basis for very reasonable prices (about $1.30 US for a beer or soda, about $8-$12 US for a bottle of wine). It was fun to dine with two other families and another single traveler and we even ended up organizing some transportation to share costs with them during our stay. Free coffee or a shot of ponche was provided after dinner.

We slept with the windows open at night, which would make it easy for someone to climb in the room and take all our stuff. This didn't happen so I'm guessing it's not much of a threat. The temperature was nice, but I was woken up by a dog barking non-stop for about an hour. I guess this could happen anywhere. There are also tons of roosters in the valley that get going at sunrise. Sleeping in isn't really a possibility, but who wants to sleep in when there are so many amazing hikes to do?

Breakfast consisted of hard-boiled eggs, fresh (usually) bread, jam, butter, local cheese (kind of like a goat cheese), fresh juice, and coffee. It was served promptly at 8:00. If you wanted to eat later, the owner's letter said that was possible, but it was NOT possible to eat before. On our last day in the camp we left at 7:30 am and the owner refused to provide breakfast (even though it's "included"). I guess I should just be glad he was willing to talk to us long enough to tell us that.

Along those lines - we waited with the other guests each morning for a chance to speak to the owner to ask for suggestions on hikes and how to get transport to their starting points. After asking the local staff repeatedly to speak to him, he eventually showed up, but stood at a distance and made it clear he wasn't interested in helping much. It was sort of weird. He did eventually arrange a private aluguer for 9 of us guests one morning to travel to the start of the Ponta da Sol hike, but this was after one of the guests went into the "staff only" area to talk to him. Other times we walked to the city at the bottom of the valley (Paul) to catch public transport. This walk takes about an hour.

In terms of lunch - I highly suggest bringing your own food with you to the camp (granola bars, cookies, etc.). There are very few restaurants anywhere near the hotel (I think the closest is about 30-45 minutes walk uphill) and there are also very few shops around. Plus, if you're planning to hike all day, you'll just want to bring something with you anyway.

Some of the guests apparently paid for their stay in advance through a wire transfer service in Germany. It's important to note that you'll have to pay for your dinners/drinks separately in cash at the camp. There is an ATM in Paul at the base of the valley (one hour walk each way). We paid for our stay in euros at the camp.

I also suggest buying a map of the island's trails in advance on the internet. There is one available online - it's not the best map ever, but it gives you an idea of the possibilities.

There is free wi-fi internet but it was reportedly really slow. They have to pay per kilobyte downloaded, so they ask that you don't use too much.

Bottom line - if you bring a map of the island's trails and think you can find your own way to the trail heads, this is a great base for hiking. However, if you don't know a little French or Portuguese, you might want to stay somewhere where the staff could be more helpful.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Senegeser
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Reviewed February 6, 2010

This place is perfect for hikers who want to explore Paul by foot. The location is right at the center of several trails, and the owner is very helpful with explaining hiking options. The remote location makes for nice quiet nights - we slept amazingly. And there's a nice natural pool to cool off in after your hike. It is not for people who are looking for rowdy evenings of wild parties, nor is it for travelers who don't like to walk (it's off the main road and about 10 minutes down a walking trail). But if you're a hiker looking for a charming, quiet place to base your hikes from, this place is great.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank africabound10
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Address: Lombo Comprido, Santo Antao 00000, Cape Verde
Location: Cape Verde > Santo Antao
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Santo Antao
Price Range: $24 - $36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Aldeia Manga 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
These rural accomodations are located in a flora of Papaya, Goiaba and Mango trees. Built out of stone and adobe, they are ecological, natural, traditional, as well as clean and comfortable.Situated in the highlands, the area offers several sunny and shaded spots where you can relax as well as swim in the 60 m2 natural swimming pond. It is an ideal starting point for walks, trips and hikes in the valley of Paul. Interspersed in these routes are local villages, where you will get an opportunity to meet the local population and have a taste of the Cape Verdian culture. ... more   less 

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