The pool here is monster-sized and comes with all sorts of extras, like a swim-up bar, whirlpool jets, and sunken sunloungers. It’s also the setting for scuba lessons and aqua aerobics classes.
SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Over at the pool, beginners can give scuba diving* lessons a go. As for dry-land activities, you’ve got art classes*, beach volleyball and tennis.
- Daytime activity programme
- Beach volleyball
Tennis courts have floodlighting and equipment available to hire.
- Scuba diving
Introductory scuba diving lessons are held in the pool. PADI scuba diving courses are also available to purchase.
RiuArt and activities are held several times a week.
FOOD & DRINK
On the food front, you’ve got an international buffet and a trio of themed restaurants to pick from. The latter specialise in Asian, African and Cape Verdean cuisine.
The half-dozen bars here are all pretty grand. The swim-up number comes with a triple-domed roof, while the Morabeza bar features stained glass and spiralling columns.
- Barlovento Cape Verdian restaurant
Cape Verdian speciality restaurant. It offers two dinner sittings, and reservations are required.
- Buffet restaurant
Santiago is the hotel's main restaurant. It's set on a beautiful terrace and offers a great range of dishes.
- Buda Asian restaurant
Asian speciality restaurant.
- Las Dunas African restaurant
A lovely poolside restaurant with an selection of African dishes. It offers two sittings for dinner, and reservations are required.
- Morabeza bar
The hotel's lobby bar.
- Lambada bar
Relax in the lounge with a drink freshly made at the Lambada bar.
- Praia bar
This little poolside bar gives you the option to enjoy your drink in or out of the water.
- Brava bar
The hotel's plaza bar.
- Mogambo karaoke bar
HEALTH & BEAUTY
The Renova Spa* offers up massages and beauty treatments, as well as an adults-only whirlpool bath and sauna.
- Whirlpool bath
The whirlpool bath has a sauna adjacent for over 18s only.
Trainers and gym clothes are essential when using the gym.
- Renova spa*
A nightclub and a karaoke bar are among the after-dark options. There’s live music and shows every evening, too.
- Evening entertainment programme
Evening entertainment runs daily with live music and shows provided by RIU.
- Pacha Nightclub
- RiuLand Kids' Club
Daytime entertainment for 4-7 year olds with a separate club for 8-12 years at RiuLand.
The giant pool snakes through the grounds, with add-ons like sunken loungers, a built-in whirlpool bath and a swim-up bar. It’s edged by a terrace laid out with sunbeds and thatched parasols.
Praia de Salines Beach is the hotel’s back garden, and has soft sands that roll out for miles.
- Outdoor pool
This great feature pool has an adjoining whirlpool bath for ultimate relaxation.
- Childrens' pool
The childrens' pool is heated in winter.
- Pool towels
- Reception area
Open 24 hours
- Gift shop
- Money exchange
- Free Wi-Fi in lobby
Pick up a free Wi-Fi signal in the lobby.
- Internet area*
- Greener and fairer hotels
This place sponsors BIOS.CV – an organisation that’s behind the protection of whales, turtles and birds in Cape Verde. Their members study, train and educate locals and tourists on conservation.
Items marked with * incur extra charges which are payable locally
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