The Melia Dunas Resort puts everything in the palm of your hands – whether it’s the beach, or the heaps of bars, restaurants and pools at base.
This place is so big it deserves village status. And it’s got the goods to back it up – from a fistful of restaurants to a swanky spa. The neighbouring Sol Dunas tops things up with a mini-waterpark, more pools and kids’ clubs.
You’ll need to stroll through tropical grounds to reach the sands in front of the hotel. Or you can get to Santa Maria’s supersized stretch in five minutes by hopping on the free shuttle bus.
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- 20kg luggage allowance on TUI flights
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals. 1 visit to each à la carte restaurant included per week. Snacks.
The Level Service is included for guests staying in the adults-only The Level suites. It offers extras including access to The Level Lounge offering private service between 09.00-23.00 with its own reception, free internet area, daily newspapers, apéritif, coffee and afternoon bar service, pillow menu and preferential reservations for the à la carte restaurants and spa treatments. Breakfast is served in a private area until 11.00am. Guests staying in The Level area also get discounts at the Yhi spa and selected retail outlets.
Select local alcoholic and soft drinks.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
Facilities ► View all
2 outdoor pools
The Melia Dunas offers up a pair of pools, one of which is exclusive to those staying in the adults-only The Level rooms.
Atlantis buffet restaurant
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Gelatto's ice-cream stand*
Gelatto's has a range of Italian favourites.
Rooms ► View all
Premium Double Room with Balcony or Terrace
These spacious, premium double rooms come with a balcony or a terrace for that bit of fresh air. Plus you'll also find air-conditioning and a TV included.
Suite with Balcony or Terrace
These suites have a contemporary design with a neutral colour scheme. They have a balcony or a terrace for that added outdoor space. And they have a double bedroom with a lounge area. Plus you'll also find air-conditioning included.
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The best restaurant in melia dunas is restaurang rancho. Good service best food and the best manager Antonio 👍👍😀😀 go to rancho restaurant and talk to Antonio and everything will be just perfekt!!! More
Highly recommend dinner at ranchos with Antonio guiding you through the night, looking after us and having a great laugh Food is great and the whole hotel is a brillant place for all people looking for all types of holidays.More
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if you are going to melia dunas cape verde be sure to to vist Rancho and Sahal excellent restaurants and well worth a vist look for Junior in SAHAL and Antonio in Rancho . Nothing is to much trouble for these guys service was brilliant. Junior even cooked me a plain meal as i dont like spicy food but my partner doesMore
I felt compelled to write about this hotel due to some of the bad reviews. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The food in the restaurants and the buffet were fine, I did not see any flies on the food as mentioned by previous guests. The spa facilities were fantastic, I had four treatments and would highly recommend the facials. The rooms were clean and tidy.More
Fantastic honeymoon stay - some room for improvement
Myself and my new wife stayed at the Melia Dunas for our honeymoon in Nov/Dec 2017, having been recommended the resort by friends who'd stayed here a couple of winters ago. Although the hotel/resort we stayed in was labelled the Melia Dunas, it's important to note that this is essentially a twinned/intertwined resort with the Melia/Sol Dunas complexes. In theory you can just mingle between the two although another review mentioned something about not being able to eat in Sol restaurants?! More on that later. - We booked and travelled with TUI. The plane (mid-sized Boeing 757-200) is passable for the distance (5-5.5hr flight) but not the most comfortable for that period of time, with no in-flight entertainment offered. It's not exactly a 5* start to proceedings although all of the staff were friendly enough. - Hotel Service. Sometimes slow and we do take the previous point on uniform standards. There are inconsistencies in the way staff present themselves with some uniform looking quite tatty. Our bags were taken and ferried to our room by Abdou upon arrival. We were also shown the main sights on arrival, which was a nice touch. And we received cakes and a nice honeymoon congratulations message in the room. - General. The hotel was always very clean and kept smart. As previously mentioned, there's a Melia/Sol split. We stayed on the Melia side and this appeared to be geared more towards adults while the Sol rooms and facilities appeared to cater towards families. The Sol side was also more built-up. The resort is big but we personally loved the layout and The Boulevard high street space and walk along to the beach via the restaurants/shops. For those less able, a golf-cart taxi service operated although this did appear to be quite ad-hoc! - Pools/Beach. The pools were good. We stuck to the Melia side's main pool and it is fair to say the temperature is a little on the chilly side (especially when you consider the heat outside the pool) but once you're in and splashing around it's not too bad. We especially loved the swim-up pool bar. The beach is beautiful but go the other side of the Bikini Beach jetty to avoid the rocks and go in the clear blue stuff (you'll see plenty of fish too!). - Staff. Covered slightly already but thought we'd make the point that while sometimes service is slow and occasionally disorganised (maybe it's the country motto of 'No Stress?!') it's worth bearing in mind that this type of tourism is still relatively new to the island and I'm not sure the staff are fully up to speed in some cases. That's not an excuse - it's something the hotel management need to resolve - but is worth mentioning. Gaining good rapport with the staff can be difficult because of the language barrier/staff not appearing too confident in their roles/making conversation but this was a minor minus point in the grand scheme of things. That being said, this was only a few with the majority of staff very friendly, helpful and we appreciate that as Brits we're very arrogant about making others speak our mother tongue. - Food and restaurants. Booking for the 'reserved' restaurants (Rancho/Aqua/Sahel) was easy enough in the Manhattan Bar. The Rancho appeared the most popular and we'd like to give a special mention to our host, Antonio (pictured). He was great to us and ensured we had two great meals there. Overall, the food was good-very good, perhaps without ever being outstanding. But the service we received was good and no complaints. With regards to the Spices buffet, even though it's on the Sol side myself and my wife used it with no problems despite wearing Melia wristbands. We thought we could use both although another review says that's not the case. We didn't have any issues and take the point that the quality/choice on offer at Spices is superior to the smaller Atlantis buffet on the Melia side. With regards to drinks, I enjoyed the all-inclusive nature of the holiday and the Strela local lager! - The Level. The exclusive lounge looks nice (although not often occupied) but the pool, while exclusive, is on the main thoroughfare to the beach and not particularly private. Unsure of the price difference for Level guests but on balance we didn't feel like we were missing out by not being 'on The Level'. - Entertainment. The amphi-theatre on the Sol side hosts nightly entertainment and we always had a good laugh! The Lion King show on Wednesdays was particularly good and worth watching. - Value for Money. Is it a 5 star? As said by others, probably not. However, Cape Verde is a fantastic year-round destination and the Melia Dunas/Sol Dunas resort is a great place to stay in the main. We agree with some criticisms made but do feel like some are a little OTT. Perhaps as we're not used to going 5* all the time we don't see some of the supposed deficiencies. We had a fantastic stay but a few small improvements can and should be made to avoid the resort getting a bad reputation.More
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