Nestled among the desert sand dunes of Cape Verde, this 5 star Riu hotel is nothing short of impressive. Surrounded by the endless white beaches of Boa Vista, you can well and truly escape reality at this luxury All Inclusive. Resembling a sultan’s palace with its grand architectural design, you’ll feel like royalty once you catch a glimpse of its highly rated facilities.
The Riu brand has a first-class reputation across the globe, ensuring a lavish experience. There’s no shortage of opulence here with underwater sunloungers, a swim-up bar and bubbling hot tubs. And that’s just on the outside, the interior comes equipped with three themed a la carte restaurants and a cutting-edge spa.
Channeling Cape Verde’s Portuguese and African heritage through its decor, expect dark wooden furnishings, quirky paintings and unique fabrics. However, don’t be fooled by its timeless interiors, there are still plenty of mod-cons with free Wi-Fi, a mini bar, air conditioning and hydromassage baths. Upgrade to a suite and get lost in your queen-size bed or lounge around in your comfy living room. Fashion fanatics will be in awe of the super-size dressing room and there’s 60m2 of space to revel in.
That’s not all, when it comes to room types you’ve got endless choice from double standards, junior suites, triples with sofa beds and family options.
24-hour All Inclusive
All you can eat is no exaggeration at this hotel with its 24-hour status allowing holidaymakers to overindulge in endless international fare and carefully crafted cocktails.
Buffet Restaurant: With the option to go back for seconds (or even thirds) this buffet number is a top choice for fussy eaters or those who like a mix of foods. There’s no speciality here, just international delicacies.
Barlovento Cape Verdian Restaurant: Reservations are required at this authentic eatery and there’s two dinner sittings every night. The menu will showcase the best of Cape Verde cuisine over four courses.
Buda Asia Restaurant: Take your pick from meaty noodle concoctions, fried fish and spicy curries at this tasty restaurant. The menu changes every evening, so keep your eyes peeled for the latest creations.
Las Dunas African Restaurant: Positioned by the poolside, this evening dinner spot will serve African meals such as piri piri chicken, kebabs and cajun jambalaya.
Morabeza Bar: This is the hotel’s lobby bar where you can escape the Cape Verde sun and opt for a refreshing fruit juice, hot coffee or ice-cold beer.
Praia Bar: Beside the water, this is your go-to for cold beverages in the sun. Enjoy everything from slushy daiquiris to house wines and fizzy pop.
Lambada Bar: Check out the cocktail specials at this inside spot, lounge around on super soft sofas while sipping your favourite tipple.
Brava Bar: As the hotel’s plaza bar, witness top-notch entertainment with first-class spirits and highly recommended draught beer.
Keeping you entertained until the early hours
Admired for its larger-than-life pool overlooking the ocean, days consist of unwinding on submerged sunloungers and being waited on hand and foot. Float to the swim-up bar, take a dip in the connecting whirlpool or check out the smaller option ideal for toddlers. There’s no shortage of sports facilities either, with a tennis court and water-based activities ready and waiting. Scuba diving lessons are available to purchase, or if you prefer to stay above the water, there are pedalo boats by the beach.
Entertainment-wise, there’s an onsite Pacha nightclub for revellers, nightly family-friendly performances and karaoke evenings, too. Kids won’t be bored either, with the RiuLand Club providing non-stop amusement for ages 4 to 12 years.
The Renova Spa comes at an extra charge, but it’s worth every penny with its adult only seclusion and cleansing saunas.
An entire island to explore
Tiny beach bars and snorkeling opportunities will captivate you along the enchanting stretch of Praia de Salines. When you’re done admiring the underwater world and toe-sinking grains of sand, check out Boa Vista’s many draws. It’s an up-and-coming holiday destination and a favourite of the 10 Cape Verde islands. You can’t visit this hotspot without exploring its volcanic peaks in a 4×4, and we advise you island hop to the other archipelagos along the way.
Its year-round climate means there’s no perfect time to go, making it a winning winter destination. Watersport enthusiasts flock from far and wide to surf its wild waves with its Atlantic current providing top water conditions.