This month’s pick is: Clubhotel Riu Karamboa
Standing still just 500 kilometres off the coast of Africa is the Cape Verde Islands. This emerging destination is set on the Atlantic Ocean and has only recently entered the spotlight, after seeing more and more celebrities hitting its shores inspiring travellers to follow in their footsteps.
The two main resorts are Sal and Boa Vista where you’ll find a mixture of African, Brazilian and Portuguese influences. Sal is much more built-up in comparison to Boa Vista, but Boa Vista is home to some of the islands most stunning beaches. So, with year-round warm temperatures and beaches that resemble the Caribbean, to most Cape Verde is a travel diamond.
In true Riu style this hotel offers a grand stay with its Atlantic Ocean surroundings and palace inspired entrance. Plus, nothing says 5-star luxury quite like the hotel’s vast pool area which comes equipped with a swim-up bar and pool lounges. The hotel also organises shuttle buses to the island’s capital, Sal Rei where you’ll find hints of Cape Verde’s colonial past.
Time For Fun
Whether you like to hit the beach for a game of beach volley ball, snorkeling or watersports there’s always something to keep the boredom at bay on this hotel’s sandy shoreline. Windsurfing is a must and is extremely popular on the island – especially in the winter months due to the wind that blows over the Atlantic. Or, you could always try your hand at scuba diving with the hotel’s introductory lessons, which are held in the pool so it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner.
But if this isn’t your idea of fun there’s plenty more at your feet with the hotel’s very own gym and fitness programme, known as RiuFit where you’ll work up a sweat toning those legs, bums and tums. Do you think the fitness regime should be forgotten on holiday? Then you can always take advantage of the hotels spa, or even better soak up some bubbles in the whirlpool bath.
Time For Indulgence
Holidays and cuisine go hand in hand, so it’s time to sample some of those local Cape Verdean dishes with the hotel’s dining options. But don’t panic this isn’t the only cuisine on offer at Clubhotel Riu Karamboa. In fact, there are three themed restaurants serving up a mixture of Asian and African dishes as well as an international buffet where you can indulge in a range of flavours, which will be cooked in front of you.
Now, it’s time to fill up on the hotels wide selection of beverages, which won’t be too much of a problem with 5 bars to choose from. We suggest you start the night with a show or some live music as the hotel offers a daily entertainment programme. Then, whether you’re after a quiet drink in the beachside hangout, Morabeza Bar or you’re feeling competitive and want to showcase your karaoke skills at Mogambo, this is all possible with the hotel’s varied of nightlife. And if you don’t want the party to end here it doesn’t have to with Riu Karamboa’s very own Pacha nightclub, which is free for all guests aged over 18.
Time For Relaxation
They are plenty of room types to choose from here whether you’re travelling as a family, a couple or as friends. Each room offers all your essential amenities, including air-conditioning, a hairdryer, Satellite TV, a fridge, and a sofa-bed. But if you want to push the boat out and opt for something slightly more spacious then you can always stay in a suite? The suite only sleeps two, but offers a much more roomy stay with its double bed and adjoining living room.
- If you would like to eat at one of the hotel’s restaurants you’ll need to book in advance, but please note that you’ll only be able to do this after arrival.
- There is free Wi-Fi in public areas, so if you require Wi-Fi in additional zones this will be available at an extra charge.
- Guests can take advantage of an introductory scuba diving lesson in the pool.
- You’ll be expected to pay a tourist tax of 220 CVD, which works out at approximately 2 euro per person per night, up to a maximum of 10 days.
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