Rui hotel 5 star? No way. We've stayed at other Rui's and this was rubbish in comparison - basic rooms and limited facilities. Don't believe the advertising re. superior rooms or good views. Don't infact go on holiday to Cape Verde until in about 10 years time - barren wasteland with hassling natives as soon as you hit the towns; got well ripped off. Windy island and not the surfing beach as promised in Thomson's brochure. Basically, spend your money somewhere else - African paradise it aint.
No doubt the best choice on Sal Island. ***** star accomodations, great staff, everyone's so nice, great food, facilities. Don't miss it.
Outstanding building construction.
It is located in the pure sand beach, near the centre of the town, but in a location ideal for a relaxing vacation.
Walking on the beach you can easily catch up the pier, where every morning fishermen sell what they have fished during the night.
The hotel comprises 173 bungalows on the beach and 60 more rooms facing the sea and the swimming pool.
Rooms are more recent, kind, clean and also quiet than bungalows.
Belorizonte hotel offers a wide range of services, such as: diving lessons, sports centre, sport fishing, tennis court and a conference room equipped with modern technology plus two swimming pools, Jacuzzi, two restaurants and three bars.
Avis rent a car services, Kindergarden.
At that time of my stay there was an internet point also.
Hotel Novorizonte is part of the Barcelo Resorts chain which houses guests in bungalow style lodgings. The rooms are o.k. with a decent shower/bath (water pressure is distressed during peak washing periods) and comfortable beds. Its just enough for two though I saw some families of 4 try to squeeze themselves into them. The closet can be converted into a bunk bed style room for two young and small children. The Hotel offers an all-inclusive meal and drink plan but is not mandatory. The meals are presented buffet style and is your typical hotel holiday grub. You can choose to pay only for breakfast and eat out the rest of the time. The all-inclusive bar serves awful drinks in plastic cups. Convenient but not recommeded. The liquor is pretty suspect. Instead try the french managed Restaurant Atlantis. The bar serves premium liquor and is nice. The food is prepared well (the tuna carpaccio is heavenly). Best of all is the wine list. From Bordeaux to Rioja. You gotta love those french. Also Americo's in town serves good sized meals. Everything can be paid for in Euros so no need to change money. In the hotel there is a nice salt water pool when you want a change from the beach and various recreational activities to occupy those nice and warm lazy days. The beach aerobics, volleyball and football start around 10:30 every morning. They are really fun and the activities staff are a nice bunch of folks. Kiki the aerobics guy had everyone laughing and in good spirits all day. There is also a dive center adjacent to the hotel that is good. The dive sites around the island are pretty. It's not the Red Sea, Malta or the Pacific but it's decent. For the adventurous and experienced the cave diving site in Buracana (north of island) is a must. If you do it you'll know why. This hotel is well situated by the beach and is within walking distance to the small town. The clean, turqoise sea is a dream.
The grounds are well kept, though there aren't many trees. There is Kite boarding, windsurfing and surfing facilities nearby. Again, the activities crew are outstanding especially Kiki, Cape Verde's version of the Energizer Bunny Rabbit. He keeps going and going and going........Two last things. Whatever you do, don't drink the water from the tap. Don't even brush your teeth with it. You'll be spending your holidays on the porcelain throne if you do. And finally have fun, expect things to be slow, no stress. Your on an sunny island in the middle of nowhere.
Any of the big hotels near Santa Maria are fine. Due to a plane delay we got a free night in the Belorizonte, which had nice cabanas with airconditioning and a pool. The food and service in the restaurant were outstanding.
Definitely recommendable though it might be on the expensive side. It's probably best to book it from Europe (package tour).
We stayed in the Santa Maria beach hotel, a good budget hotel at the eastside of the centre near the surfing beach.
Our favourite hotel is Hotel Odjo d'Agua on the beach at the edge of the centre with a swimmingpool.
West of Santa Maria are the big beach-resorts like Belo Horizonte, Morabeza, Crioula and many others.
Downtown are several guesthouses. Also it is possible to hire an apartment.
In Santa Maria is a good choice for everybody.
I was at the Belohorizonte. It's very good...
You can choose from bungalows or rooms, the staff is very professional and friendly.
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