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Clubhotel Riu Karamboa
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Boa Vista
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“Had a very good time!”
Reviewed 1 May 2012 via mobile

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.



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Reviewed 29 April 2012

I visited this hotel in March this year for 2 weeks with my boyfriend and we had a really nice time! We were lucky that the weather was very hot and we were able to sit out in the sun until gone half 5pm every day. I would say that the star rating is more of a 4 star however the hotel has everything you need and more. There isn't much to do so take plenty of books for day time and cards for the evening to keep busy. We went on the Whale watching trip which wasnt worth the money as the sea is far too choppy and we didnt see anything.

The hotel itself was well presented, clean and so spacious. The only thing I would change is to have table service in the restaurants and some of the bars in the evenings. The staff were always friendly and were seen working very long hours without any obvious complaining. The buffet food was nice but we avoided going about 8am and 8pm as this was the busiest period.

The beach was white and stunning which surprised me considering we were not in the Caribbean.

This holiday is perfect for those who want to be lazy and chill on the beach.

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Take pegs for your towels and plenty of toiletries as the shop sell them at a crazy cost due to everything being imported!!

I would definately recommend this hotel and even return in the future! Enjoy!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

We had a fantastic week at this all inclusive resort. Very comfortable room, great choice of food each night.
Just the right break for us to re-charge, a very lazy holiday. Windy at times but all lovely. Great pool bar and fantastic staff. A very clean hotel. would highly recommend.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

Just retuned from 2 weeks in this lovely hotel .It has been a really relaxing holiday. The hotel was extremley clean and the staff really cheeful and friendly. The food was typically all inclusive and very good. We really enjoyed the Aisan restaurant and the Cape Verde restaurant (you do need to book and your need to be up early if you want a 7 pm sitting) The entertainment team worked really hard throughout the day and night. We saw whales from our sunbeds and a sea eagle on its nest whilst on our Quad Bike excursion ( which we booked through the hotel rather than the tour operater. It went from the hotel rather than having to go on a bus. It was much cheaper too). I would suggest you pack a jumper for the evening although it was not really cold I needed something around my shoulders at night. The beaches are fabulous and the walk along the beech to Sal Rei is lovely it takes about 50 minutes. Remember that this is still a developing country so just go with their motto of No Stress and enjoy.

Room Tip: we had room 1028 a quite first floor room with excellant see view and afternoon sunshine. A nice str...
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

Yet again I will also say, read the reviews carefully. Some people arrived expecting a 5 star hotel and Ibiza style entertainment.
It was an amazing holiday. Quiet, relaxing, all the variety of food you could wish for, cocktails (and 1 type of beer!) really excellent food, just pick the time you go to eat, its not difficult to work out what times are the busiest. The quality of food is as good at the end of the day as it is at the start, constantly replenished and freshly cooked.
Our room was 2nd floor, well away from reception and totally quiet at night, though I would imagine it's noisier elsewhere. The room was immaculate and well maintained, very spacious too, no upgrade, just standard. We're fussy and we thought it was lovely.
No insects buzzing around so no need for insect repellent. We had one stray beetle that got in through our balcony door and as soon as I mentioned it they dealt with it literally 5 minutes later. Then they came back and sprayed the room again, but really there are very few bugs of any sort.
The sand is white and clean and again nothing scary or poisonous in the (rough) sea. We saw whales too and green turtles. Loved watching people tackling the waves!
Usually easy to find spaces though lots of people do reserve beds with their towels at 9am, very irritating when they dont come back until late afternoon. But we always managed to get a lovely spot by the sea just by working out the best times to go. Plenty of sunbeds, just be prepared to drag one over to your favourite spot if you want to. It was busier when we were there as it was Easter week but still didn't feel crowded.
We stayed 7 days which was just perfect as there is little to do but relax, read and talk to each other. The weather was just right if you want a tan but I used Factor 30, then 20, then 10 on the last 2 days and didn't burn but got a lovely tan that hasn't peeled. It's chilly in the wind but when the wind drops it's tropical, that's happening all day, but you're getting a lovely tan in that wind!
We are booking again very soon because we loved it. Trying the Touareg next but would happily go back to Karamboa.
Yes, the flight is cramped and long but just prepare for it! They can't use bigger planes because the airport can't handle them. That's no bad thing. Transfer takes a few minutes, you can see the hotel from the plane (bizarrely there's no airport noise at the hotel, must be the wind direction) and everything from the second you arrive is efficient.
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Room Tip: Away from reception is quiet and upper floors seem to be the best. Though all rooms are similar in...
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

Just got back from a week of absolute BLISS ! This hotel exceeded our expections by miles !
My Boyfriend and I before we booked were stalking Trip Advisor to see what everyones views were and to be honest we were both a little nervous as to some of the comments were not great......but one word of advice DO NOT BELIEVE THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS ! Everything from the Flight to the Food to Everything was fantastic ! We went on two excursions also which were the 4 Hour Quad Bike - AMAZING and also Whale Watching which again was unbelievable ! Weather was over 30 degrees each day with a cool breeze which made the heat seem just perfect. We are already planning on bring our families out next year as there is something for everyone !! Whoever is reading this and is planning to go here you will not be disapointed.

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Reviewed 27 April 2012

This is a really lovely hotel, food was good, rooms very clean and staff so friendly and happy. We had a lovely 7 day relaxing holiday. Would definitely recommend the 4 x 4 island trip, especially the morning as you get to jump in the sand dunes and visit the most beautiful beach.

Rooms are very basic, hence my "average score" although they are spotlessly clean. A bit strange getting used to no door on the bathroom area, only on the toilet. This means a lack of privacy for drying after a shower or changing clothes. We had a family room, which was simply a twin room with an extra bed put in. This meant that the room was a bit cramped and the two chairs and coffee table were dotted around the room.

Food was good, although not fantastic and very little vegetarian food for my daughter who does not eat fish, although the veggie section was clearly marked. The "serve yourself" beer, wine and soft drinks worked very well.

We visited in April which is during the windy season. The breeze varies from a light breeze to very windy but does keep the high temperatures down. Unfortunately, some days readying a magazine around the pool was impossible!

This hotel deserves a 5* rating for its friendliness, scenery, laid back life style and beautiful hotel design. It does however deserve a 4* rating for its basic rooms and food.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to anybody and would love to go back again.

Room Tip: Room 2124 was close to everything but still had a good view from balcony
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Property: Clubhotel Riu Karamboa
Address: Lote HO 1, Urb. Morrinho de Baguincho | Praia de Boca Salina, Boa Vista 4110, Cape Verde
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Region: Cape Verde > Boa Vista
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Boa Vista
#2 Spa Hotel in Boa Vista
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Boa Vista
#2 Luxury Hotel in Boa Vista
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Clubhotel Riu Karamboa 4*
Number of rooms: 750
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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