My family and I spent two weeks over Easter in the Hotel Pontao. Having travelled abroad annually for the last thirty years I can honestly say this was the worst holiday I have ever had. I really did not find it a safe environment for my children and feel extremely guilty to have put them through it. The hotel staff were pleasant and made a fuss of the children. The hotel itself was extremely basic and inadequate in many areas e.g. cleanliness, only 5 sun lounges around the pool, no generator in power cut - not much fun I can tell you especially when you can hear the generators of the other hotels and see their lights! We stayed B&B, the breakfast was good but there were often flies around the food which was left mainly uncovered. During the fortnight we were there they dug around 2 sides of the hotel - so we had building works nearly all around the hotel by day and noise from the Pirata nightclub opposite four evenings a week - still can't find in the Cape Verde Experience brochure where it indicates that the hotel is situated opposite a nightclub. The children were so sleep deprived we ended up wrapping them in towels on sunbeds on the beach and letting them sleep there. The beaches themselves were idyllic to walk along but the sea was extremely rough and not suitable for the children at all. The wind was not pleasant either as you felt you were in a constant sand storm. Santa Maria is very basic, a few nice restaurants with superb fish but again not much selection for the children. You do get hassled and I can honestly say it's the only holiday I've been on where I didn't feel safe unless my husband was with me all the time. You feel like your being watched all the time. The landscape is very barren - I can only describe it as an unattractive desert that is constantly being whipped up by the wind and desposited over everything in its path. I wouldn't go back and wouldn't recommend it or the Cape Verde Experience. Can understand how people staying in the all inclusive hotels would have a more cocooned, safe and relaxing holiday.
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- Also Known As:
- Pontao Hotel Santa Maria
- Hotel Pontao Cape Verde/Santa Maria, Ilha Do Sal