Everything’s done on a grand scale here – there’s a mammoth main pool and a quartet of restaurants. Plus, TripAdvisor reviewers have crowned this place the best hotel in Cape Verde.
This hotel’s beachfront spot guarantees you a stretch of pancake-flat sands. Sea views can be seen from the main pool and from some of the roomy suites.
The lead role goes to the diverse pool scene – although the speciality restaurants are attention-grabbers, too.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
24-hour All Inclusive
Food: Buffet meals. Late breakfasts. Snacks. Coffee and cake. Cape Verdian, Asian and African restaurants. Gourmet à la carte restaurant, exclusive to those staying in the Adults-only section, 1 visit included.
Local and imported alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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Outdoor freshwater pool
Large in size, the freshwater pool here comes with the added luxury of in-water loungers, a whirlpool bath and swim-up bar. Plus, it's heated during the winter months and towels are on hand from 9am 'til 5pm.
Spa and wellness centre*
You'll find the spa on the beachfront, offering an extensive selection of treatments including massages such as Swedish and deep tissue, facials, body wraps, nail treatments and waxing. The Turkish bath and sauna are for adults only.
Evening entertainment programme
The party kicks off at 7pm with live music. Then there's a show at 9pm followed by a karaoke session. A live orchestra performs one night a week alongside dance shows and cabaret.
Rooms ► View all
family suite with balcony or terrace
1 bedroom family room with balcony or terrace
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Great chill holiday resort
Me and my boyfriend stayed here for 12days via first choice in January. The odd bad review I read on here before booking was purely moaning about the island itself having nothing to do, as It's not developed so if your going you need to be prepared for a hotel resort based holiday! People should learn to research where they choose to go on holiday rather than leave negative unfair reviews on the hotel! I've stayed in riu hotels all around the world and this is as good as any other. It's a massive resort complex. But with plenty of pools and beach so u don't really notice how many people are actually there. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The new infinity pool was my favourite spot to spend my days soaking up the beautiful weather. It was kept spotless and more quiet to read my book than the main pool where activities were going on. The beach was so clean and unspoilt... But it is windy so we went down to just watch the massive waves come crashing in, as aposed to sun bathing down the beach! All the staff were friendly and doing a good job. The food and drink was plentiful. Breakfast was my favourite meal of the day in the smaller pool front restaurant where I sat outside. Even with bucks fizz on Sundays. Then the Asian a la carte was my favourite evening meal. We managed to get reservations for there twice in are stay which were both really good meals. The main Buffett dining room in the evening was the only time where I noticed quite how many people were at this hotel and it wasn't really my cup of t. The food itself was good and plenty of choice. I just didn't enjoy the hussle and bustle atmosphere of a restaurant on that large of a scale, so opted to sit outsidewhere it was quiter and more relaxed atmosphere... only problem being by the time u had got through the ques and inside tables... your food was luke walm. We had massages which were good and a nice treat. We used the gym most days (not something I normally do on holiday but seen as there's no where to walk outside of the hotel, 12days all inclusive and very little walking can take it's toll and i started feeling a bit lethargic) - this was good And nice how it overlooked the beach, however got very busy! And I constantly had to wait to get a turn on the treadmill as there's only 2... in a hotel where there's thousands of people. We went at different times but it was still the same. I had my fitbit on and tried walking round apartment blocks outside instead but with nothing to look at it got a bit boring so I would say this is something the hotel should focus on- expanding the gym to acomdate the demand of people wanting to use it. The lobby bar etc were lovely places to sit after dinner and have drinks. Wi-Fi worked well around the pool and in the lobby. I would go back to this hotel, for what we payed it was good value for money and if u just want a chilled holiday with good weather and to read books and sleep like i did u can't go wrong! There are a few improvements that could be made but saying that it doesn't come with the same price tag of a five star hotel like this in the Caribbean etc. So u get what u pay for! I would recommend and go back again:) thanks to all the staff for your hard work xx More
Travelled with young family. Weather perfect every day ( unlike the Canaries at Easter). Shirt transfer time, drinks on arrival and quick check in. Pools great and staff too. Excellent food all day and night and even sushi at the Asian restaurant. Restaurants had to be booked 3 days in advance. Really liked Italian, quiet and spasghetti carbonara a hit with the children. Don't forget insect repellent and enough sun screen as shop very expensive.( Bring Euros). Shame the clientele thought it was okay to steal a small child's Frozen hat ( which was even named) straight from under our noses in the pool and a pool ball too. The staff were honest and trustworthy with phones, IPads and credit cards left in room. Red flag beach the whole time but it didn't stop us playing by the edge for hours, a stunning beach. A great holiday to relax, chill out and not do a lot else. Batteries recharged and will return.More
Lovely (apart from the food poisoning)
The facilities here are great. Good gym. Lovely spa. Shops and restaurants. We were only here for a week so didn't get chance to eat anywhere other than the main restaurant as you have to book 3 days in advance. The down side was that I got food poisoning on the Tuesday which laid me low for the rest of the holiday. But I would say it's the best place to be ill - warm and relaxing! The staff were absolutely lovely. Including the medical staff who we visited twice -once for my food poisoning and once to get a morphine injection for my boyfriend who slipped his disc. Down side is that there is no WiFi in the bedrooms. It is only available in the main areas. More
Manon B, 186357
I would like to sum up the RIU Touareg their staff and country in one word, Excellent. From the min my wife and I touched down to the min we left we could not fault any part of our two week. We arrived on the 8th of April and returned on the 22nd. From the moment we entered the hotel we were made to feel at home. The staff, food, accomdation, cleanliness and friendly staff were amazing. I would particularly like to thank Freddy in the adult only bar, he always made us welcome and was interested in where we had been and where we were going. Thank you Touareg, this won't be our last visit. Neil BowkettMore
When booking our holiday through Thomson's they didn't have the option for adults only section, but emailed the hotel for us to express our wishes. Riu Touareg returned the email within minutes, yet couldn't do anything until we arrived. On arrival we asked about an upgrade and was told we could go in the adults only section for around Â£365. But were told to go and look at our room first as it was in a new quiet block close to the reception and main square with lovely views of the sea. (Room 3207.)We tipped the porter to ensure our cases were taken first. On arrival to our room our cases had arrived and the room was lovely, clean, airy and had stunning views. We decided to stay where we were and went to check out the resort. After walking around the complex we decided to bathe around the infinity pool as it seemed much quieter than the main pool area with a lot less children. We enjoyed this pool area for the first week, the bar staff were amazing, friendly and remembered your drink order, be quick to tell them if you want a different drink as they see you coming and it's on the bar before you get there! (Linda would dance behind the bar with a bottle on her head daily. ) the second week the pool became a little more busy with kids and the pool had to be closed as some kid had s**t in the pool ! This left the shower or sea to cool down in. The pool was closed from lunch for the rest of the day. With the red flag up on the beach the only other option was the main pool. We stayed where we were as it didn't really matter to us. The shower and a walk to the sea sufficed. We think this pool would be better as a over 16 pool as it was deep and unsafe for children. Plus it would be more peaceful without parents shouting at their children. We quite liked the name Matilda however after hearing her parents shout her name 60 times it began to grate on us. Our evenings were spent in the different restaurants which were all equally as good as each other, these need booking before hand at reception. The gym could do to open earlier as at 8am it's already to hot to be running. It would have been used more if it opened at 6am. The spa was amazing and we really enjoy our couples massage. I also had a hair treatment at the hairdressers which is also situated in the spa. All the staff from cleaners, bar and spa were incredible. Such an amazing buzz to the place. Tips go a long way. The entertainment was ok and did get you laughing! It's not exactly brilliant yet is in its own way. The transfer to and from the airport was quick and not as bumpy as we were expecting after reading others reviews. The airport is open air and I would recommend you pack your shorts in your hand luggage so you can change. The Thompson reps were all amazing and Bobby got us suncream, after a hiccup with my husbands order at boots on the airport. We didn't do any trips yet did see whales in the sea from our very comfortable sun loungers. There were some holidaymakers fishing who we spoke to on the beach, they had quite a catch, even small sharks. One had caught a 6ft shark. Or so he said ! There are a few lucky lucky men / women on the beach with small stalls, my advice is barter !! They have some of the same things as the shops within the hotel. You can change your Euros for escudos at reception for your tips, we gave 200 escudos per tip. Then at the end of the holiday 10 Euro to the many staff members who touched us and made our holiday perfect. We have really enjoy this holiday and are glad we took little notice of the negative comments by others. Yes the loos in your room do smell a bit but it doesn't spoil your time there. (Take a loo freshener and spray)Yes the red flag is up all the time but you can venture in for a paddle. (Lifeguards are watching constantly) We did see a few rescues whilst there so please be careful, there was a death by drowning the week before we arrived. The food can get repetitive if you pile your plate up with a bit of everything obviously, but there is something for everyone. Thank you to all the staff at the Touareg and the Tui staff. Especially : Emerson pool bar Linda pool bar Andre pool bar Bobby Rui rep for the cream Paulo main bar Daniel main bar/ pool bar Pool boy Gardners (bob Marley look alike) he brought me a flower. Security even though they scared the hell out of me one morning! They were great at chasing away the goats and keeping us all safe. Can't wait to be back! More
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