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.

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