Three in one
All Inclusive holidays to Sal are like no other. Thanks to the islands North Atlantic location, you’ve got influences from Portugal, Brazil and West Africa creating the most unique combination, particularly in its food. From Portuguese olives and wine to African style stews finished up with Brazilian inspired cocktails, this island offers All Inclusive getaways that are one-of-a-kind.
There’s a spectacular selection of All Inclusive hotels in Sal to choose from, most of which can be found lined up along its colourful town of Santa Maria. From lagoon-sized swimming pools, huge activity lists, expert entertainment and countless fantastic places to eat and drink, the resorts here have everything you need to create an unforgettable holiday.
The Cape Verde experience
Although the All Inclusive hotels in Sal, Cape Verde have a bucket-load of activities to keep you entertained, there’s plenty of things to do on the unique isle itself.
One of the best days out in Sal and an ideal way to discover the isles hidden treasures is to head out on a 4×4 truck ride. A jam-packed itinerary will take you to see all of the main sights including pastel-washed villages, the spectacular sea-cave named Buracona Lagoon and lakes so salty that you can float in them.
Did you know Sal means salt in Portuguese? And it is exactly that which the island was once famed for. Back in the 18th century its mines supplied salt to Africa and although this industry has now long gone, its saltpans still remain. Embark on a daytrip to Pedra de Lume and you’ll get to explore the old mining village before getting the opportunity to float in the saltpans themselves.
For a day out that’s a little less active, head to Sal’s most popular resort – Santa Maria. A rainbow coloured town with Crayola-coloured stores, here you can spend your day picking out unusual yet wonderful souvenirs to take home. Think along the lines of coconut shell carvings, clay dolls and African masks, all of which you’ll find in its multi-coloured open-air market. There’s a bunch of trendy surf shops to have a browse in too.
Under the sea
Another must-do is to take a glass-bottomed boat trip out into the rich, fertile Cape Verdean waters and uncover the spectacular sea life. You’ll get to see schools of fish, along with turtles, stingrays and there’s an impressive shipwreck to look out for too.
The underwater world doesn’t stop there, if you’re visiting Sal between the months of July and October you’ll be fortunate enough to see its waters bursting with big game fish. During this time of year, fishing trips from Santa Maria take place almost every day where you could get a glimpse of anything from gigantic sailfish to sharks.
Sun-worshippers have plenty of sandy stretches to choose from on the island of Sal. Each beach has crystalline turquoise waters and sands so white that they’re often considered to be the equivalent of those you would find in Caribbean hotspots like Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
While the white sands and clear waters make the island’s beaches a perfect place to soak up the sun and take postcard-quality pictures, they’re also popular for their watersports offering. In fact, every year water sport enthusiasts from all over the world visit the Ponta Preta beach in Sal to take on its famous waves in the windsurfing championships. Known for its good winds out to sea, windsurfing your way across the coast is extremely popular here.
When lazing on the beautiful beaches you may be wondering what lies beneath the amazing azure water. Fortunately, there’s a number of snorkelling and diving trips that can show you. Although some parts of Sal are less suitable for underwater activities because of the strong sea currents, there are a handful of areas that make fantastic snorkelling spots. The area east of the pier of Santa Maria is a great spot to try, as is the shipwreck south of Pedra de Luma. If you’re holidaying here in August, you’re in with a good chance of spotting turtles during their hatching season too.
Being located in the Atlantic Ocean just off the north-west coast of Africa means the island of Sal benefits from sunshine more or less 350 days of the year. Although it is known for being a windy island, the breeze from the Sahara keeps the hot temperatures bearable. If you want to bask in the sun and go for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean you won’t be disappointed, even in the winter. The sea waters tend to be very mild throughout the year with annual highs of 27°C in the summer and mild lows of 23°C in winter. Overall, Sal is a fantastic holiday destination, all year round.
For an adults-only All Inclusive escape, look no further than the recently opened TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde Resort. Perched next to Algodoeiro Beach means you're just a flip-flop throw away from the sand. And its oceanfront setting isn't the only thing that set to impress, wait until you discover the hotel's first-rate dining scene. There's everything from Italian to Asian, plus a triple helping of bars.
Families love it here and it's easy to see why. There's a brilliant trio of pools, a kids' splash park and a super impressive amphitheatre that puts on some unforgettable West-End inspired evening shows. It's not all about the little ones though, there's cocktail bars and a stylish spa for the adults too. Food-wise, there's an international buffet and a la carte dining options.
Whether you want the beach, bars, restaurants or pools, at the Melia Dunas Resort you've got it all. Its boulevard is jam-packed with places to eat and drink — take you pick between Indian, Italian, American grills, the list is endless. There's also a piano lounge, Champagne bar, glitzy shows and a disco that goes on late into the night too. If you want to venture out, it's just a few minutes' drive away from the main town of Santa Maria and there's a free shuttle bus that'll take you there.