The Riu Karamboa is a five star hotel located on the western shores of the island of Boa Vista and is an ideal place to stay for pure relaxation. It’s the sort of resort where one can stay, do nothing but relax and enjoyed plenty of different varieties of food from all over the world whilst lazing on those sun-lounges on the sandy beach to checking out the night’s entertainment whilst having a drink. Cape Verde is an all year round destination with it’s all-year round sunshine which makes staying here an excellent choice of vacation.
Located a few minutes drive from the international airport, I received a very warm welcome in the lobby with the usual welcome drinks offered to all guests. With a swift check in and luggage brought up to the room, I had the chance to get cash from the ATM machine located here for local excursions offered by many tour companies which also use the hotel like TUI or if walking to the nearby town of Sal which is about a hour’s walk north along the beach.
The rooms are all air-conditioning and do have balconies to check out the view. I was lucky to have a sea view but more importantly it was the bed which made this fourteen-night stay a special one. It was so comfortable and with the air conditioning unit on I managed to get a decent night’s sleep every evening. The washrooms were clean and the cleaners were always on hand to make sure I wasn’t staying in a dirty room every day.
There are three restaurants located in this hotel. The main one is Santiago where a huge breakfast buffet is provided and there is so much on offer from Full English breakfasts to Continental breakfasts as well as a variety of fruits, yoghurts and pancakes. The restaurant also provides lunch and dinner buffets and to be honest, as there is a huge range of food to choose from, I wasn’t bored at all. Somedays I had a meat day, a healthy day, a vegetarian day and sometimes a junk food day. The other restaurants in the resort was great as well but did have to pay a small fee which I didn’t mind. There was the Las Dunas African restaurant one evening where I had a range of food from Cape Verde and other local African countries to be had. My favourite evening which I had to do twice (for a small fee) was the Barlovento Cape Verdean restaurant (which this one does need a reservation) where the food on the mainly foods from the sea but also had a varieties of other meat and vegetarian food as well. The service provided and the way the food was cooked was fantastic and I tip my hats to the guys in this restaurant.
With the rooms and food done, the next massive feature is of course the beach. The huge sandy beaches are a big bonus and there is plenty of sunbeds and lounges for visitors to chill out by the ocean. However when I came here I found the ocean waves can be two strong and every day of my visit they didn’t let up so all I can say is, enter with caution. Don’t want to get swept away to America now guys.
If the beach is not for you then there is the main pool (which also has a bar in it) where visitors can have a swim and then chill out on the bar stalls in the water having cocktails. This was simply paradise for me.
Sometimes I managed to get into the gym (as I train for marathons) to keep me fit and loved running on the treadmills, spinning on the cycle or doing the rowing on the rowing machine whilst the air conditioning was on full blast. There is a spa next door for those who want more relaxation without gaining a sweat.
In the evening there is the usual night entertainment which starts off with a children’s club before a range of musicals and plays are the main event of the night. After that (and a few drinks) then a few people head to the nightclub or carry on dancing to the music which is played over the speakers.
Like I mentioned earlier there are excursions to go on which the main one is to see baby turtles on the island or see a shipwreck but as I am a budget traveler I decided to check out the town of Sal by walking down the beach and doing some shopping and on another day I took a walk to the nearby sand dunes (south of the resort) and had some fun in the sand.
Overall I loved every minute of my stay at the Karamboa which is managed by the RIU group and bookings can be made here.
This isn’t a sponsored post or was I paid in anyways to write about this fantastic hotel and the opinions and description shown on this post are my views and not that of the RIU hotel group. I highly recommend coming to this hotel for a full relaxation holiday on the beautiful Cape Verde islands.
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