Riu Touareg – Cape Verde

After a busy and rough few months my wife and I got the credit card then started looking for a break in March. Our options for a week with specific datas we could fly out narrowed our options ot Cyprus or Cape Verde.

Although we love Cyprus but the weather (temperature) of an African destination help us press the button on the Riu Touareg booking.

Tip 1 – The plane is very small and does not offer entertainment/films so load up iPads and podcasts. The seats are quite tight. I am 5’10 and I wish I had booked the extra leg room.

The check in was very smooth, there was lots of staff to help get people through quickly. The staff are freindly and they offer to take your suitcase directly to the room. We choose to take our own as I read on Trip Advisor it can be quicker to take their own.

We booked the adult only section, the room was clean with a mini bar which is filled every 2 days. You get 2 beers, 3 large bottles of water and 6 bottles of pop. In our room we had a 4 large bottles spirits (whiskey, rum, vodka, brandy) … it is pretty cheap stuff but it was nice to see.

We stayed mainly by the adults only pool, we tended to grab a sun bed just away from the pool, there was lots of room. We went to the main pool once and the music and staff trying to get people involved in activities, that was not for us. The adult only bar has a champagne day on a Tuesday and Friday at 12:00 with some dancing and some really nice live music.

Food at the buffet was nice (but not amazing) there is a good amount choice, the buffet experience was not the best, people rushing around, bumping into me and often quite rude. The specialist restruants were nice, my faviorte was the African restruant followed closely by the gourmet (adults only) restruant. Some of the servers are very good, some are just ok, we always tried to stay in the areas with the better servers.

The entitainment is a little 1st stage of the X-Factor, there is a difference theme every night some of it is good … some a little comical but still fun to watch.

Around the complex there is nothing but goats, so if you want to adventure out you will either need to book a taxi or go on an organised trip. The sea is very very rough and there was a red flag every day, so we did not swim in the sea.

There are cats about but if you leave them alone they won’t pester you, if you like cats they are freindly. Apparently the cats keep the grounds free of mice and cockroaches which i really like.

Overall the facilities are clean and well maintained, the staff is very friendly and helpful. We both enjoyed our holiday, we didn’t want to travel or do trips, we wanted the be feed, watered and to lay down.

On trip advisor I will give this 4 out of 5.

Travel – Aria Hotel (Las Vegas)

It took about 45 million mins to check in because of the queue. The room was amazing (39105) large with lots of space, there is a tablet that you can use to control the room, order stuff and look at amenities of the hotel which is pretty cool.

All the staff were very nice as well, everyone you passed said hello. Even the guys who are stood by the lifts to the rooms were ok … But always make sure you have your room pass or they will not let you up.


The concierge people were super cool they sorted out a couple of problems we had with little fuss and helped us book tickets to “O” we had read that it would be cheaper to book through the hotel but it wasn’t.

This seems a really weird thing to put but it is great that there are lots of lifts, we stayed at another hotel in Vegas which only had a couple of Lifts, which meant long waiting times.

Tip 1 – if you want to save some money eat in the strip. It is much cheaper, there is also a Walgreens and CVS 10minutes walk away.

I really like the layout of the hotel and Casino, lots of restaurants (all a little expensive) and the staff were all very nice and helpful. We had a problem with a free offer which we couldn’t find documentation but the staff sorted it.


The pools where nice, the only thing I didn’t like was how close all the sun beds are to one another, you do feel a little cramped in.

There was a couple of things which was a bit of a problem. There is a $150 per day for the first 4 days deposit for damages which was a bit of a shock, the “resort fee” is a bit annoying as it is quite expensive to stay at the Aria.

Tip 2 – when looking at budget before you come out most prices on sites don’t include tax or tip (they expect at least 18%)

Over the stay at Aria was very nice and the only negative is the price of food and drink, the “Resort Fee”, the deposits but everything else was really good.

We checked out online which was brilliant and meant we didn’t have to queue again. Over all the staff where amazing and did every thing to help us, the hotel is a little pricey and the “deposits” was a bit of a shock, but over I enjoyed the stay.