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Hotel Riu Touareg - All Inclusive

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Second year in a row we went to Cabo Verde in April, last year we stayed in the RIU Palace in Sal, a magnificent hotel so we increased our expectations , unfortunately RIU Touareg is not able to fulfil these. This is a huge hotel, with one large central pool max 1.20meter deep, and then on one side of the hotel a deeper square pool where you can swim. There is also a 3rd pool only accessible for residents of the adults only part. Rooms are clean, however in our room the shower gel dispenser was missing, reported this to the reception but it was never fixed during our stay so had to purchase shower gel. Anyway, we have put our expectations so high because of magnificent food and fine beverages we had in the riu palace last year, but in Touareg everything is just average. Food is fine but you won’t get a whow feeling. Cocktails are made with local alcohol (you get fine fresh cocktails with the “real” brands in palace). Staff is super friendly, no remarks there! We had a very nice stay in Tuareg, but for those enjoying a good drink and fine foods, I can only advise to spend some extra bucks for the palace on island SAL (note: a RIU palace will be opening in November 2018 on Boa Vista too)

My wife and I returned to the Touareg for the 3rd time in March ... we first visited back in 2013. I’m pleased to say that the Touareg is still absolutely top class. Immaculately clean, great food and drink, terrific in every respect. There is nothing around the Touareg whatsoever except for miles of the most gorgeous beach so you go there to relax and re-charge. Totally recommend this place still.

Just returned from a weeks holiday there was 12 in our group. Each one of us had the most wonderful time at the Rui Touareg. The staff are so friendly and polite the hotel is kept spotless. The food was great something for everyone, we all went to the Italian restaurant and totally enjoyed the food there as well. Never had a problem with the sun beds as there is plenty to go round . The beach is absolutely wonderful white sand and a beautiful blue ocean . We will be back!!!

We've just come home. We loved every second. Don't expect to go in the sea, it's just too dangerous but the pools more than make up for it. The resort is spotlessly clean, the staff are amazing. The food was great with something for everyone. Would definitely go back and getting to watch a humpback in the bay for an entire day was the highlight of our holiday.

The hotel is huge! It needs to be as there is pretty much nothing else to see on the island. We stayed the whole week on the resort, we only left to do a quad biking trip which we booked on the beach. Lots of pools, bars and restaurants. The staff work really hard and the whole place is very clean and well run. Check in can take ages as 5 coaches of people are all queuing up! The speciality restaurants are booked up quickly so it’s worth booking those when you arrive. The WiFi only works in the main areas so there were people checking phones at dinner and breakfast. Keeps the noise down in the restaurant I suppose as everyone is glued to screens! The beach is the best bit, always room to find a lounger. The pool loungers have people’s towels on by about 7:30! However, the beach has loads of room and is close to the bar at the new pool.

Toilet did not flush for 2 days so we got a suit with sea side view. Adults only require a special upgrade for 25 Euros per person and night. Do not expect top quality food an an all inclusive. Wine is terrible, red and white, as in not drinkable. Get your own wine if you like wine, tastes like vinager in all restaurants/buffes. All restaurants are buffes except Kulinari - where the wine also is ok.

We have recently returned from 1 week all inclusive. We had a wonderful family holiday travelling with our two children of 20 and 12. The Cape Verdean people are wonderful. I don’t think we encountered one miserable person! The flight (as many have commented) is boring as there is no entertainment on the plane, so take something to do. The transfer from the airport to the hotel took about 30 minutes and was a bit bumpy! The roads aren’t quite the same as ours! Check in took about 30 minutes but reception staff were happy and helpful. We didn’t realise but you have to pay a tax at this stage. I think it was around €22 per person. The hotel is spotless everywhere. Our rooms were 3127 and 3128 and were clearly new and freshly decorated. They were a bit of a walk from things but actually we didn’t mind this as it kept us active. There are two pools you can use (if you’re not in the adults only section). One is the large main pool which gets very busy and loud, although is a beautiful area. The other is the infinity pool which has a little bar and is right on the beach. We stayed on the beach every day. The beach is absolutely beautiful. The photos I’ve seen don’t do it justice. We walked for at least two hours a day up and down the beach playing in the huge waves. It was paradise and goes on and on. The red flag was up every day we were there but it didn’t stop people going in. We went to knee height and got pushed over but had so much fun in it. There are two buffet restaurants. The main one in the courtyard and the African one near the main pool which is more informal. We used the African one twice but didn’t feel they could cater as well for our daughter who is Coeliac and needs a gluten free diet. The main buffet was very good with a big variety to chose from. They catered for our daughter although there was probably some cross contamination as they used the waffle machine to make her gluten free waffles without cleaning it out. If you have a low tolerance to gluten you must ensure they make it separately. There are three more restaurants, Italian (which was very good), Asian (also very good) and the Cape Verde restaurant (which we wouldn’t rate highly). There are only two things which stop me from giving this hotel 5 stars. The first is the entertainment - it’s not great. I do understand the entertainment team work really hard but it was just not for us. The second is the quality of alcoholic drinks. The red wine is awful, the cocktails are made from slush machines and must be absolutely loaded with sugar. We ended up drinking lager as this wasn’t bad. If the management could sort these two things out I’d be giving a 5 star rating. The weather was hot albeit breezy but take a cardigan for the evenings if you go in March. The layout of the hotel has really had some thought given to it. There is a lovely courtyard area off reception with the restaurants and bars and entertainment all around it. It feels like a little village and is beautiful. All in all we loved Cape Verde and have booked to go back next year, although it is to another part of the island.

We booked a 5* holiday with Tui who seem to be the top operator at this hotel. The positives are incredibly friendly, attentive and efficient staff. Particularly the case in bars and restaurants. There are too many to name but we never had anything less than fantastic service. This is a massive hotel. Apparently, it is Riu’s largest hotel in the world with 1200 rooms. As a result, there are generally at least 2500 guests in the hotel. There is nowhere else to go in the vicinity so everyone is in the hotel 24/7. Despite this, service at the bars was instantaneous. I have never been anywhere where there are staff cleaning the toilets every minute of the day!! The negatives are the surroundings (there is nothing on this island and nothing in the vicinity) and the volume of people. Check-in for example took over 30 minutes as there were insufficient check in points available. Check-out was quick but Tui were determined to get 2 flights out of the airport in quick succession and this caused us on the second of the 2 flights issues. The issues were all being checked into 5 coaches (30 minute queue at the hotel) and the Amsterdam flight taking preference at check-in at the airport. Their flight had left by the time we checked-in. A further 1 hour queue at check-in and security. Tui need to sort this. This isn’t 5* service. The hotel infrastructure is amazing but there is insufficient availability in the specialist restaurants. We tried to pre-book by email but this wasn’t allowed. When we checked-in, there was only availability on 3 of the 7 nights. SUMMARY: Great hotel, great staff just too big and too busy. Tui aren’t dealing with the volumes well.

My family and I came here on Saturday 30th for a week over the Easter holidays. The hotel was amazing, from the staff to the buffet to the pools to bars to the entertainment it was all absolutely fantastic. Everyone in the hotel work so hard to make sure you have the best stay, and we truly did. We will definitely be returning to Boa Vista and hotel Touareg. Thank you for the fantastic memories you have given our family.

Me and my partner stayed at the Touareg last Sept and had a really fab time. Being very honest we found very little if anything that wasn't to our liking. Yes the hotel is kinda in the middle of nowhere and not within walking distance of the nearest town, but that's stated quite clearly and we were prepared for the isolated location. It really is very big and quite vast but we found this quite impressive. Our room was very good indeed, we requested a particular block one of the newly built - and on check in this request was met. It really isn't that far from the main areas tho and the walk in the morning to breakfast and the wobbly walk home in the evenings were very pleasant as the grounds are well kept and very attractive. The main buffet restaurants although very large had some of the best buffet food weve had, you really can eat something different every day for lunch and dinner, plenty of choice and stuff being cooked constantly. The service in the buffet was prompt and we were always met with a smile by the waiting staff. They ask you what you want to drink. bring it to you and let you get on with it and check to see if you want more. We did all the speciality restaurants and enjoyed them all - the lasagne in the Italian was superb and the much maligned on here Boa Vistan restaurant was more than superb - they take your order at the table and bring it to you - once id ordered the octopus stew I thought maybe I made a mistake but I persevered with my choice and can honestly say it was one of THE nicest things I have ever eaten. All of the speciality restaurants were good and although we rebooked a few for a second time towards the end of our stay, we stuck with the main buffet because of the ease, comfort and choice, The evening entertainment on the main stage was funny more than fabulous, with a different show every night, the best of which being the history of Boa Vista show....... and whatever you think of the shows theres no denying that the animation team really do earn their money and work hard,,,,,,yes its not west end ,,,but youre not in the west end, yo'ure on holiday,,,,, if you enjoy watch,,,and don't if ya don't!!!! The karaoke bar is the coolest place in the evening heat and it does get very busy. It tends to start filling up towards the end of the main show, so to get a seat ya gotta get in early ,,,,tho a lot end up standing ,,,,,,, again, karaoke isn't everybodys cup of tea but hey youre on holiday, go if ya like it and don't if ya don't,,,,,,,,,,,,,, We did a couple of trips, the best of which was the catamaran, We did the half day trip but enjoyed it soooo much we wished we had done the full was one of the highlights of our stay, and ill never forget lying at the front of a speeding catamaran with a glass of bubbly, the sun shining down and the wind from the speed cooling us.....we thought it would be jam packed but for us there were only about 15 or 20 peeps. so plenty of room on the boat and they kept you topped up with much enthusiasm. Service at all of the bars was fairly swift and the choice was more than enough for us - yes the cocktails were premixed but they went down just fine,,,,,,, also gin and Fanta lemon was a first for me and now a firm favourite lol ,,,,,,,The only thing that would've been nicer would have been to have more of a choice in the evening after dinner but wasn't a problem - we just found different places to sit!!!! the nightclub was fun and was pleasantly surprised there was an actual DJ playing and mixing as opposed to a generic playlist on a loop. There was never a time when we found it difficult to find a sunbed whatever time we chose to go,,,,yep some places more busy and you did see some peeps at same spot daily but we never found it a problem to find a place. You can walk and walk walk on the beach and the areas set aside for beach sunbathing were kept clean, Yep you have to be careful with the waves but that in itself was really summat to see. We didn't come across or talk to anyone while there who who had a bad experience and at some point in the future we will definitely go back. Not an all action holiday but just fantastic if you really wanna get away from it all, sit back and relax. We had a great time!!

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Hotel highlights

  • Pool bar
  • Nightclub
  • 4 outdoor pools
  • Health club

Hotel Riu Touareg - All Inclusive places you 18 mi (28.9 km) from Praia de Cruz. This 881-room, 4-star resort welcomes guests with 4 outdoor pools, a poolside bar, and a health club. Praia de Santa Monica is also within the area of the resort, which is on the beach.


All of Hotel Riu Touareg - All Inclusive's 881 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including balconies or patios, refrigerators, and ceiling fans. Guests can expect to find flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Hair dryers, safes, and phones are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Hotel Riu Touareg - All Inclusive, guests enjoy 4 outdoor pools, a nightclub, and a children's pool. A multilingual staff is on hand to assist with luggage storage and tours/tickets. Other amenities at this all-inclusive resort include a health club, a spa tub, and outdoor tennis courts.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

85.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 8753 reviews