For our anniversary, myself and my girlfriend were looking for a 5* place to go to. After exploring places online like the Caribbean or Mexico, we found out about cape verde. It was cheaper but seemed to be as good as the other two.
Reading other reviews of boa vista and this hotel as well, we were happy to book for the riu karamboa.
Bought through a 3rd party but whole package was with Thompson. We booked to fly from manchester as it was Much cheaper than from london. Initial thoughts were wow! We saw the hotel from the airplane high up and we didn't think it was the one we were going to. We had to sort out the visa when we landed for €25 each as we were unaware about this before. Transfer time was only about 5 mins so arrived in good time.
At the hotel, thoughts were that the hotel is massive! We spent the first few hours walking around just trying to find our way around. The views were brilliant and things looked really good. The hotel staff were of the most friendliest people we have ever met. One of the problems though was in regards to the room. With Thompson/3rd party, they state that the room may be a family room, but to the hotel it simply means standard double. Quite annoying when it's sort of falsely advertised. The rooms were ok, probably not 5* standard but was regularly cleaned and not any major issues.
There's a few things to do around the hotel, ranging from activities to things like tennis. Of course you have the pool and pool bar which is very nice to chill out at. But you also have the beautiful beach (which is where we spent most of our time!).
Do care to take some money for some excursions like quad biking (worth every penny) or whale watching (didn't see whales for very long but it's luck of the draw). You can book this with Thompson or with the watersports centre (which is cheaper but with Thompson they will help take pictures of your activity and such) or even if you got more money you can visit the other islands.
The food was of a decent standard. As with most all inclusive food buffets, the quality isn't always the best, but there always was a big selection. It's worth booking tables for the speciality restaurants (booking starts 8.30am) and must book 3 days in advance. Choice of cape verdian, Asian and African. It's nice to try all three which is what we did but we enjoyed the Asian the most.
Drinks are also similar to other all inclusive places, alot of choice of local spirits, beer, wines. Also cocktails which are quite nice as well.
Regular shows in the evening around 9pm, many of those are very funny and amusing.
For the price that we paid after haggling, we think it was a brilliant holiday that we had for the 7 days we were there. However factoring some extra things liked the quad biking and whale watching, it bought the cost up.
We would class it as a high 4* hotel, with a couple of adjustments could be easily 5*.
Did we enjoy it? Yes defintely
Would we go again? Only if it was cheaper than what we paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the island Boavista in the Cape Verde Islands. 2-Storey main building and 3-storey annexes. Situated on the beachfront. Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach. 7 Km to Sal Rei. 1,5 Km from the airport. Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clubhotel Riu Karamboa Hotel Boa Vista
- Clubhotel Riu Karamboa Boa Vista
- Clubhotel Riu Karamboa Cape Verde/Boa Vista