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“Great Apartment - perfect position in hotel”
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Spacious Contemporary Living
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Spacious Contemporary Living
Master bedroom
Pool side location
Furnished terrace
Open plan living / dining area
Fully equipped for 4 people
Main bathroom
Twin bedded 2nd bedroom
Main swimming pool
Adequate sunbeds & shaded areas
Pool bar area
Ideal for adults & children
Beach front Grille bar
Beach bar seating area
Comfortable relaxing areas
Tastefully landscaped gardens
Pleasent surroundings
Effective night time lighting
Beautiful beach sunsets
Tortuga Beach & Spa Resort
Golden sandy beaches
Ideal kiting conditions
Perfect windsurfing seas
Adventurous quad biking tours
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal

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Angela W
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6 reviews
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“Great Apartment - perfect position in hotel”
Reviewed 17 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016
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Could not fault apartment it was in the perfect place within the hotel grounds just near the main pool and pool bar and breakfast room if you paid for all inclusive

We opted for getting our visa on arrival in cape verde, on entering the main building go left where a sign indicates visa do not join the passport control line. We did not get charged for our visa (still don't know why but we were not the only ones) the cue for taxis were quite long so I am please I booked a private transfer from England for £33 airport to santa maria return.

The only issue we found was that you could not walk at night due to there being no street lights and no paths. You had to take a taxi everywhere even though they were readily available and only cost 4 euros each way from the hotel to santa maria.

You can change English money to escudos once you are there either at the airport or at the hotel all places take both escudos and euros even mixed currency payment. If you pay by euro you may get escudos for your change but just us it for tips for mix it in with you next payment. I would get any escudos if I returned I would just pay in euros.

There isn't much at the supermarkets just the basics like milk, butter, water, fizzy drinks, biscuits but bread is not that easy to find although there is a small bakery in santa maria who also has small cakes and pastries etc this is on the main street after the Italian with the terrace turn the next left and the bakery is on the left. There is a small supermarket with a sign 'wind shop' the owner is a very nice 'character' and you can get eggs and other things from him but he did not have bread when I called in but it was early afternoon.

Restaurants in santa maria are basic menus but the food is really good and fresh though not really cheap between £10-20 each with drinks depending on number of courses.

The hotel was fine; though you have to be up early to secure a sun bed. People were sunbathing at 8am but towels were being put on sunbeds from 7am with most covered by 8am. I left my credit card with the hotel to open an account as we did not pay for the all inclusive option we had a few drinks at the pool bar and the beach bar where we only signed for one round of drinks all week. On leaving we settled the account and were only charged for the drinks we signed for. Good days!!!!! Every other 5* hotel I have stayed at they have been waiters who come around and ask if you want a drink but not at this hotel you have to get up and do to the bar so I would not class it was as 5* even though it is a worldwide hotel.

It is cloudy but the sun is still hot and there is a wind across the island which is nice we did not require any jackets of wraps at night but you may if you are in your senior years. You will need mosquito spray at night and there are a few flies around during the day.

The sal/cape verde people are lovely and friendly and they really want you to have a good time and come back and visit again.

There is a lot of building work happening in cape verde - sal but it does not affect your holiday at all they are building new hotels and new roads. You must remember that they have very little on the island and they do what they can to make items for the tourists but there are also people walking around on and near the beach from Senegal who are selling hats, sun glasses, wraps etc but they are selling the same things as some of the shops owned by the cape verde people so make sure you get the best price and shop wisely.

If you want an English breakfast go on the beach at santa maria and there is a small surf bar next to the barracuda restaurant which does from toast and jam to a great bacon butty or bacon and egg butty or full english breakfast etc. There coffee is lovley. 3 euros for a bacon butty or 3.50 euros for bacon and egg butty or 5 euros for English breakfast.

I hope you find this of interest I that tried to help with all the questions I had before I went. I can say that it is mainly a beach holiday.

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rafpengue
Florence, Italy
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“Very confortable”
Reviewed 20 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Very Good location, close to the seasiside and to the center of S.Maria. Sports Activities were available in a very short distance from the apartment

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Travelling group: Teenagers
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Overath, Germany
Reviewed 21 February 2016 for a stay in February 2016

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Heidelberg, Germany
Reviewed 15 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

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yorkshire
Reviewed 4 April 2015 for a stay in March 2015

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