Consider the Cape Verde Islands and an All Inclusive getaway awaits
Land in the Cape Verde islands in under six hours to soak up the sunshine whatever time of year it is.
Located off the African coast, average Cape Verde temperatures are around 27°C in August. Mild winters hover at around 23°C, making the Cape Verde Islands popular throughout the year.
The resorts here are well geared-up for All Inclusive holidays, with the island of Boa Vista boasting an extensive coastline dotted with luxury resorts.
Many hotels allow you to make the most of the water through complimentary non-motorised watersports – the colourful marine life is ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. Boa Vista’s main town, Sal Rei, is the place for souvenir shopping, with stalls and shops selling traditional crafts and colourful batiks.
Sal is a colourful island, which has charm in abundance due to its exciting blend of cultural influences. The fusion of African, Brazilian and Portuguese tradition is reflected in the buildings and cuisine.
Most All Inclusive hotel restaurants offer a choice of the distinctive local cuisine, as well as international dishes to appeal to differing tastes.
The Santa Maria beachfront, on the southern side of Sal, is great for evenings out, with relaxed bars serving cocktails and playing traditional Portuguese and Brazilian music. In Santa Maria town you can explore the Viveiro Botanical Gardens, home to over 100 plant species.
The choice of Cape Verde beaches is varied. For clear seas and rolling dunes Praia do Estroril is a popular choice, and it’s close to Praia do Rabil, which plays host to intriguing birdlife.
Or Santa Monica, in the south-western area of Boa Vista, is an idyllic spot for rest and relaxation.
On Sal, Praia de Santa Maria is a real beauty with long stretches of sand and rolling surf. For seclusion Ponta Preta is hard to beat, although it still has a small beach bar and souvenir shop.
While Shark Bay, or Kite Beach as it’s also known, is popular with watersports enthusiasts, particularly the namesake kite surfers.
The islands boast an array of marine and wildlife, and many of the beaches play host to the endangered loggerhead turtles, who flock to the shores in June to lay their eggs, hatching around August. Reputable tours are a great way to enjoy this incredible natural phenomena without harming these gentle creatures.
What's included in your holiday?
All Inclusive holidays generally include transfers, buffet meals, locally produced drinks, entertainment and a variety of sporting activities.
Once you arrive on your Cape Verde All Inclusive holiday, you won’t have to put your hand into your pocket once, unless it’s to indulge in speciality dining or a spa treatment. Most hotels offer complimentary non-motorised watersports, with scuba diving sometimes available for an additional cost.
Other All Inclusive holiday destinations
If you fancy an All Inclusive treat but want to shop around we have plenty more options.
For a classic getaway the Caribbean islands continue to be a favourite holiday haunt. Or, for somewhere a little closer to home Spain offers a delightful mix of sightseeing and sunbathing. The Canary Islands are another attractive option with year round sunshine and a host of modern and well equipped hotels.
However, if the Cape Verde islands appeal, take a closer look at our travel guide to find out more. Here are a few All Inclusive hotel choices to help you start to plan your trip.
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For 5* All Inclusive luxury, the Riu Touareg is brimming with elegance. It's set right on the beach and has a grand total of six swimming pools, which include sunken loungers, a whirlpool bath and swim-up bar. The mutli-sports court, tennis courts and gym provide plenty of options for active types, while foodies can enjoy a feast of buffet, Cape Verdean and Asian cuisine. Guests can borrow snorkelling equipment and get a complimentary introductory scuba diving lesson.
Activities are plentiful at Clubhotel Riu Karamboa, with snorkelling, aerobics and tennis just a few examples of what's on offer. The evening entertainment programme also ensures there's never a dull moment, as there are live music and shows on the agenda. The beach is just footsteps from the hotel, while you can make the most of the large yet elegant pool with it's swim up bar, loungers and whirlpool bath.
Activity-packed and stylishly decorated, the Riu Palace Cabo Verde Hotel promises 5* service and a range of amenities. The two swimming pools with swim-up bar provide a relaxing place to sunbathe and socialise, while the gym and aqua gym let you stay in shape. Kayaks and bodyboards can be borrowed, plus guests get an introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool. Plenty of choice for discerning diners comes courtesy of the main restaurant and four themed restaurants.
Guests at the Clubhotel Riu Funana will find plenty to do with two pools, four restaurants and the glorious beach just footsteps away. There's a poolside bar, one on the beach and a lobby bar plus an array of activities such as beach volleyball, aqua aerobics and fitness classes for those who like to stay in shape. There's also a gym and regular entertainment including live shows, discos and music.