Riu Palace Cabo Verde Hotel

In its heavenly, beach-side location and just a short distance from Cape Verde’s top holiday resort, Riu Palace Cabo Verde Hotel is five star in every sense. Your two lagoon-shaped pools are huge. The surrounding terraces feature luxuries such as a swim-up bar, water beds and al fresco eateries as well as loungers for sunbathing and palm trees for shade-seeking. There are bright pops of African colour throughout the bedrooms, four restaurants and five bars. Your sister hotel, next door, provides a spa, kids club and shaded splash pool, outdoor stage for evening entertainment and nightclub. Fun on the beach consists of volleyball, kitesurfing, or just lying back on a sun bed and loving every minute.

Overview of Santa Maria, Cape Verde

Many holidays to Cape Verde bring you to this southern tip of Sal Island and the country’s most popular resort of Santa Maria. The golden beaches stretch on forever, lined with luxury hotels and endless opportunities to explore and play in the warm ocean. Despite its growing popularity, Cape Verde remains unspoilt and is home to luxurious hotels, such as Riu Palace Cabo Verde. It is also a favourite for wildlife, with loggerhead turtles, lemon sharks, rays and whales hanging out here, too. Year-round sunshine and warm winds provide ideal conditions for water sports, which are calling for you to have a go, down on the beach.

Things to do in Santa Maria, Cape Verde

If you can tear yourself away from the blissful Riu Palace Cabo Verde Hotel, colourful Santa Maria is less than 10 minutes in a cab. Water sports are in abundance, especially kitesurfing on Kite Beach, and you can book boat excursions for island hopping and wildlife spotting from the pier. Nowhere is far on Sal Island, with the capital Espargos and salt-water lagoon at Pedra de Lume both less than half-an-hour’s drive away. Meaning ‘salt’ in Portuguese, much of Sal’s colonised history and trading legacy is due to its salt-water lakes and mines.

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.