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This all exclusive hotel is lovely for the people who realy want to stay 7 nights in all inclusive and just eat and drink all day long!!! Waves are big and 90% of time there is red or yellow flag on the beach. We talked with the staff in scuba caribewho works there and poor guis work hard for 250â¬/month. Lovely staff and good fibration... If you wanna wisit this island you have better place to stay in Santa Maria. Hotel is 15mins walking distance from town.More
matija-s-man, Pula, Croatia
Would have enjoyed it more had the weather been better !!
I know you can't predict the weather; but flying 6 hours to an exotic island off the west coast of Africa you expect warm sunshine. Well i do and in the 7 days i was there, i never saw a clear blue sky once. It was constantly windy and cloudy and even when the sun tried to shine through the clouds, it was short lived and never ever humid. Some of the days were Just grey sky. Really disappointed about the weather. Not what i expected at all and that really put a dower on the holiday.
The hotel itself is huge, it's two hotels joined to make one massive resort. Lots of walking to get to the pool or beach and the many bars . you can use all facilities from both hotels.
The themed restaurants we tried were fantastic. Africano and the Grill, amazingly freshly cooked meats and fish. The Africano restaurant even had a local man playing the local instrument, which is kinda like a sitar. Really wonderful experience.
Lots of African wood carvings for sale in the boutiques shops and on display across the resort. Loved the feel of the place. Very clean. Staff are so friendly and work so hars. Never asked for tips or even expected any. Not like in other rius we have stayed in. When we were leaving i gave away clothes and sandals to the staff that looked after us. They really appreciated it.
There are 4 themed restaurants that you need to book at reception, then you have the main ones on both resorts. The food was always good, so much variety. You can't go hungry in this place. There is literally something for everyone. Drink are constant, only cocktails and spirits are ordered at the bar. Everything else is self service. At the pool bars you have to order all drinks.
It was literally too cold to go in the pool. I mean it was freezing. Considering how cold the weather and wind was, a heated pool would have been ideal . Not many people were in the pool at all during the whole week.
I found a boiling hot outdoor jazzuzi in the SPA and spent most of my time in there. Not many people seemed to know about it, so it was never overcrowded. The sauna and jazzuzi are free to use. I also paid for a 50 minute massage and it was lovely.
The beach looks better in the pictures. It is nice but the sea is rough and freezing. Only went to the beach twice. Didn't really enjoy it, as it was so windy, the sand just blew everything and on everything. There is only one gate into and out of the beach, as you walk by, the locals do try to sell you trips, they are not as pushy as other reps I've met. A polite no thanks is enough.
The rooms are OK. Basic but fine. Beds were ok. Tea, Coffee and Water in rom but no milk. We had to walk down to the bar to get some every morning. Most of the decent TV programmes or not in English. But you can select "TOOLS" on the remote and go down to audio and change to 'SIR DELMAR" or something like that and some will change to English.
We done the 4x4 jeep trip around the island. 80% of the island is sand and rocks. There is literally only one tarmac road on the island, the rest are literally dirt tracks. We visited the township where many of the staff who work at the hotel live, it is so poor, no running water, neglected buildings and rubbish everywhere. It was quite sad really. I took colouring books, pencils and sharpeners for the local children. They really appreciate any
help. There is literally nothing to see on Sal.
If you are going to relax for a week in the "SUN" the locals said the best time to go is June, July or August. We normally go to the Canaries for Easter, but i thought heading 2 hours south would be better weather, when in fact it was worse. When flying over the island you can see its covered in clouds. It was literally an island in the middle of the ocean covered in clouds.
The flight out was worse then coming home, the inward flight was much newer plane, with a bit more leg room. The outward flight was cramped. You get an in flight meal but still have to pay for snacks and drinks. No TV on plane either.
I emailed the hotel in advance to ask for a room close to restaurant and was given a room in block 1. Block 5&6 is closer to the beach and pool. There is free wifi in the reception but it does cut out and disconnect all the time but you can use it all day everyday. I still managed to rake up a Â£104 Phone bill though.
All in all it was a great hotel with good food and facilities. The island is still up and coming,so there really isn't much to do or see outside the resort. If your looking for a nice relaxing hotel based holiday with plenty of "SUN" go
during the summer months, the wind is calmer then too apparently.More
ceerkay, London, United Kingdom
Just got back from here and cannot fault it. The hotel is spotless, rooms are good and food is excellent. An alround amazing, relaxing holiday. Staff work hard and the service is exceptional. There is free wifi in reception.More
Wendy B, Warwick, United Kingdom
Our relaxing stay at a great hotel
After a very busy winter in cold old England we and are friends wanted a relaxing week in the sun and we defiantly got it . The hotel is lovely and clean,staff are very nice and there to help. Food very good and a good selection.visited local school and left some gifts for the kids(amazing to see there faces) would recommend anybody going to the island to pack some colouring books and crayons it is well worth it .
Would go here again no problem the best relax ever.More
A nice hotel with plenty of character. Stayed in a junior suite over looking the beach was had a great view.
Staff always polite and very helpful.
Had to pay â¬25's each for an entry visa, even though we had paid thru Thomson's. (Apparently this happens a lot) but Thomson will refund you, but the queuing can be a bit of a hassle.
Meal time is of good quality, but I can imagine it does get a bit monotonous if staying longer than a week. Probably a good idea to make your reservations ASAP otherwise you'll miss out.
A nice walk into Santa Marie, but not a great deal to see. Seemed slightly expensive for a drink there.
All in all a good hotel and would definitely come back.More