This month’s pick is: Clubhotel Riu Karamboa, Boa Vista
Boa Vista is a great holiday choice for those looking for a relaxing and unique holiday experience away from the more developed tourist destinations and can be reached from the UK in 6 hours 10 minutes*.
It’s the most eastern of the Cape Verde islands and was a former Portuguese colony. This Portuguese influence can still be seen in the cultural mix of everyday life, which you will come across on your Cape Verde holiday.
Translated Boa Vista means ‘beautiful view’ in Portuguese, when you first see the beaches you’ll understand why. Many of the hotels are situated in the Curralinho district, behind Santa Monica Beach – an 18 kilometre stretch of white sand.
The climate is influenced by the hot dry winds that blow in from the Sahara. Boa Vista has outstanding conditions for watersports such as big game fishing, diving and windsurfing. A ferry system links the Cape Verde islands together and provides a great opportunity to see even more of the amazing volcanic terrain along with the unique sights each island holds.
As hotels go, the Clubhotel Riu Karamboa takes some beating – as it frames the sandy shores of Praia de Salines Beach, Boa Vista. Looks wise this Platinum five star luxury hotel is all domed ceiling and arched windows – reminiscent of a Sultan’s palace.
The hotel has been awarded the gold certification of the Travelife Sustainability System. This is an international sustainability certification scheme around the world that helps hotels improve their environmental, social and economic impacts cost-effectively.
Time for fun
The hotel really lives up to its five star label – one of the stand out features is the giant swimming pool that snakes its way through the grounds. The pool has got a swim-up bar, sunken sunloungers and built-in whirlpool baths – for the ultimate relaxation. If you’d rather have your sunloungers on dry land, a large terrace area frames the pool and is adorned with loungers and palm trees.
The kids aren’t forgotten as they have a fantastic playground complete with swings and slides, along with a pool of their own to splash about in – this is heated in winter.
If you want to keep on top of your fitness regime you will be able to work up a sweat in the hotel’s fully equipped gym. Or take advantage of the daytime activity programme, with windsurfing and kayaking amongst the must-tries at the hotel.
Entertainment-wise there’s plenty going on with live music and shows each night. If you still have plenty of energy left head to Mogambo karaoke bar or Pacha nightclub. Not forgetting the children’s high energy evening shows that are sure to get all the family involved.
For total tranquillity head to the hotel’s Renova Spa where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage or moisturising body wrap before heading to the sauna or whirlpool bath.
Time for Indulgence
When it comes to dining you will be spoilt for choice. There are three themed restaurants to choose from Barlovento which is a Cape Verdian speciality restaurant, Buda Asian restaurant and Las Dunas African restaurant along with the main international buffet restaurant, Santiago which has an open air terrace, should you wish do dine al fresco.
If the restaurants aren’t enough to impress, you’ve got five bars to choose from. The Morabeza bar is characterised by its stained glass and spiralling columns while the swim-up bar is equally as grand with its triple domed roof.
Time for Relaxation
The bedrooms are very spacious and have been beautifully designed with an African feel to them, wicker and dark-wood furnishings. These good looking rooms come with a mini fridge, satellite TV and hairdryer.
Top tip – If you upgrade to a club suite you’ll get a living area complete with comfy armchairs, champagne on arrival and your own dedicated check-in desk.
Free Wi-Fi access is available in the lobby
The children’s pool is heated in winter
Try the Cachupa – the national dish made with maize and potato
*Flight times correct from London Gatwick