Melia Tortuga Beach Resort and Spa

The Melia Tortuga Beach Resort and Spa was built to impress. Located directly on the beach, the hotel has plenty to offer its guests, including two pools, four restaurants and a packed timetable of activities. Each pool has a different character, depending on your mood, as one is relaxed and the other is sport-focused. A couple of children’s pools are also close by. Should you fancy some rest and relaxation, Algodoeiro Beach is on the doorstep of Melia Tortuga Beach Resort and Spa. It boasts a wood-decked lounge and a colourful coral reef, making it the perfect place to soak up the sun. If you’re looking to explore, Santa Maria is only four kilometres away.

Overview of Cape Verde

Located 500km from mainland Senegal, the 10-island retreat of Cape Verde is home to endless glistening beaches and sapphire-coloured seas. It’s known by many as the ‘alternative Caribbean’ thanks to its island-hopping potential, sandy beaches and clear waters. Holidays to Cape Verde are increasingly popular with those seeking winter sun, thanks to the year-round warm climate. The conditions are also prime for hiking in the mountain ranges, and Sal, where you’ll find the Melia Tortuga Beach Resort and Spa, is a beautiful location. First discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century, the Cape Verde islands were the first European settlement in the tropics. However, there are still African and Brazilian influences aplenty on these dazzling islands.

Things to do in Cape Verde

The Melia Tortuga Beach Resort and Spa is located on the island of Sal, which means ‘salt’ in Portuguese. The island is characterised by its volcanic landscape, colourful buildings and white-sand beaches. Sal is one of the most popular islands in Cape Verde. Here, it’s sunny for around 350 days a year. The island also receives strong winds, which make it a heaven for water sports enthusiasts. The island is equally popular with loggerhead turtles, who visit annually to nest and lay their eggs. Laid in June, the eggs begin to hatch around August, and you can even book a place on a group tour to watch this magnificent piece of nature spring to life. Whether you’re heading down to the beach for a day of relaxing on the soft sands or going on a group tour to spot some beautiful turtle hatchlings making their journey into the sea, you won’t be stuck for things to see or discover in Cape Verde. Make Melia Tortuga Beach Resort and Spa your base for your fantastic holiday.

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.