Melia Dunas Resort

This five-star peach of a property enjoys a lovely beach-front location and a plethora of bars to explore. That’s right, the Melia Dunes is quite a property. It lies within a big complex that features another hotel too, and you’re only five minutes’ drive from Santa Maria here, so exploring the local area is a doddle. The pool is huge, there’s an adults-only option, and over at the neighbouring Sol Dunas, there’s a mini-water park, more pools, and a kids’ club as well. There’s all this, plus three smart restaurants, and top-notch evening entertainment in the champagne bar.

Overview of Sal

This small Cape Verde island is a colourful spot, with a great selection of cuisine and some picture-perfect white-sand beaches. The music has influences of African and Brazilian, and there are some amazing beach bars where you can sip on a cocktail and take in a sunset. The Melia Dunes hotel is right in the middle of it all, with bars and restaurants on tap whenever you want them, and there’s always Santa Maria to discover if that’s not enough. Holidays to Cape Verde should always include a little time spent in this truly wonderful part of the world.

Things to do in Sal

If you like your music, the eclectic Sal International Music Festival in August is a must. Held on Santa Maria Beach, close to the Melia Dunes, it features everything from local bands to world-renowned DJs, with a delicious barbecue thrown in for good measure. On quieter days, you can wander the four miles of Santa Maria Beach, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, go and explore the delightful islands of Fogo and Santiago. Windsurfing is on offer down on Ponta Preta Beach, and the salt flats at Pedra de Lume are well worth a trip too. In truth, wherever you find yourself on Sal, you’ll be surrounded by a unique energy that feels a world away from hectic real life. There are so many places to hunker down and take in the view, the water is welcoming, and the weather is idyllic. If you’re in search of heaven on earth, look no further.

Resort Summary

Named for the salt mines carved into its landscape, the island of Sal – which means ‘salt’ in Portuguese – is one of the most sought-out islands of Cape Verde’s 10-part family. Its trademark look is characterised by beaches that look like they’re straight out of the Sahara Desert, its volcanic landscape and colourful buildings speckling city streets.

The beaches aren’t the only thing to marvel at – Sal is full of natural wonders, from spooky mirages to salt-soaked pools. Strong winds make it a haven for watersport junkies while soft sands bring in a fleet of loggerhead turtles every year. Couples looking for quiet beach days and those with other interests won’t have trouble enjoying it either.