You’re in safe hands when you book a Riu hotel, and the Riu Touareg in Cape Verde is no exception! This 5* property takes up a spot on Cape Verde’s stunning beach laden landscape, and has become a popular choice with those seeking relaxation among beautiful surroundings.
So, if this striking hotel has caught your eye, you’ve come to the right place. We have all the lowdown on the Riu Touareg, from the rooms to the pool scene, and most importantly, the dining choices.
In a nutshell
This hotel has a majestic feel about it from the minute you step foot on its impressive grounds, and it all comes down to its huge Moroccan castle-like exterior. Everything is well-kept to the highest standard from the poolside plant pots to the freshly cut grass lawns and the glossy-looking walls.
With six pools and a beach within grabbing distance, pulling yourself out of bed on a morning shouldn’t be a problem. Equally, your dining options are just as appealing. Extensive buffets, nightly specials and worldwide favourites are just some of the things you have to look forward to.
Made for seclusion
With only the sound of the waves disturbing the surrounding stillness, every inch of this hotel has been designed with relaxation in mind. Enveloped by sweeping sands as far as the eye can see, you’ll feel like you’re miles away from everything.
If you’re not fussed over lively resort centres, this hotel is the ideal place to stay with everything you could possibly need on one giant complex. Plus, its sense of solitude presents the perfect romantic setting, making it a top choice for honeymooners and wedding parties.
Themed restaurants to varied buffets
Food is a big part of the Riu Touareg, with the chance to try something new every night.
The main buffet restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and comes with a range of different stations. Fresh bread, vegetarian options, a salad bar and homemade cakes will have you licking your lips in no time.
There are also three speciality restaurants and a snack bar to take advantage of. The restaurants are by reservation only, so you’ll need to book in advance to secure a table. The Cape Verdean themed eatery lets guests try some of the country’s finest recipes, while the Asian spot serves up all your favourite Chinese dishes in a buffet style with sushi on hand too.
You can also grab barbecue food at the poolside restaurant and there’s a gourmet a la carte, but this is reserved for those staying in the adult-only section of the hotel. Guests will be able to enjoy one visit per stay, but again, book early so you’re not left disappointed. This is more a sit-down affair where you’ll get to choose from a menu.
Drinks on offer
There’s a good selection of drinks on offer which are included in your All Inclusive package. Despite the hotel serving non-branded alcohol, guests can still take advantage of the local beer, spirits and a menu of cocktails, which includes fruity favourites like strawberry daiquiri and pina colada.
Hot drinks like espressos and cold drinks such as Sprite are also available from the bar. What’s more, drinks are served all day long so there’s plenty of opportunity to stay hydrated when the weather is at its hottest. Self-service drinks are also available so you can help yourself if you don’t want to wait at the bar.
Decorated in an African style with dark wood furnishings and terracotta touches, rooms here are a great place to retire after a night of dancing. Equipped with air-conditioning, a TV and a balcony or a terrace, you’ll have everything you need in one space.
However, if you fancy treating yourself to an upgrade, you can also book a room with some added perks.
Choose a family suite and treat the little ones or go all out and stay in an adult’s area with a junior suite and a sea view. Not only will you bag yourself a beautiful setting with this room, but you’ll also get to enjoy your very own whirlpool bath.
Other rooms on offer are – junior suites, suites, family rooms and adults-only rooms.
If you like to stay active on your holidays, this hotel has enough activities to keep you going all day long. There’s nothing like a little healthy competition with the hotel’s organised beach volley ball, mini-football and basketball games.
But that’s not all you can fill your time with, Cape Verde is an ideal spot for watersports too. That said – the Riu Touareg takes full advantage of its fantastic waters with plenty of snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing and scuba diving opportunities.
But don’t worry if you’re a beginner, the hotel works with experts, and even offers a complimentary taster session, which is great for those who haven’t dived before.
A pool scene to be proud of
With six pools to choose from there’s ample sunloungers here, which means no getting up at the crack of dawn to secure a bed. The main pool – the largest one – overlooks the beach and comes with in-water sunloungers, a bar and an adjoining whirlpool. Three of the pools are saltwater and one is exclusive to the adults-only wing of the hotel.
The adult-only pool also comes with a whirpool, bar and free Wi-Fi, which are also exclusive to guests staying in the adults-only section. There are two children’s pools as well which come with slides, a great way to keep the youngsters entertained for a couple of hours.
With a large outdoor area comes a good share of facilities. Guests can take advantage of a range of amenities as part of their All Inclusive package. Included in this are things like the kids’ club, children’s playground, the gym and the hot tub.
There are also a wide range of facilities which incur an additional charge these are –
- Wi-Fi in lobby
- Internet room
- Gift shop
- Wellness centre and spa treatments including massage
- Beauty salon
- Baby facilities
Around the clock entertainment
You’ll find entertainment all day long at this first-class hotel, whether it’s the entertainment team getting everyone involved in the hotel’s organised sports, the nightly shows or the fantastic RiuLand Kids’ Club.
After your evening meal, head for some poolside entertainment at plaza bar. Rehearsed dances, cabaret acts and live music all add to the already energetic atmosphere come night-time. Over in the adults-only section of the hotel, things are a little more mature with Champagne parties on the agenda.
There are two other bars, the lounge bar and lobby bar. The lobby bar is where you’ll find the self-service station if you fancy a late-night snack. Also, if you’re a fan of karaoke you can practice your vocal skills every evening with a sing-along just by the plaza bar.
This hotel is ideal for anyone who likes a relaxing holiday in the sun, but we think its best suited to couples and families. As much as the Riu Touareg caters to families with its mini-disco, kids’ club and children’s pools, adults are just as important here.
Over 18’s have their own little hideaway when they book into the adults-only section. Equipped with an exclusive restaurant, pool and bar, this grown-up getaway is perfect for adults seeking a sense of isolation, away from the hotel’s main guests.
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Boa Vista, Cape Verde Islands, Cape Verde