The SpaceThis Luxury 5* Hotel and apartment Complex is just outside Santa Maria town.
Opened in Nov 2014, the Apt has quality fixtures and fittings and is furnished to a high standard.
Fully equipped kitchen with full sized fan oven, hob, extractor hood, electric kettle, toaster, microwave, drinking water filter, cafetiere, iron, ironing board, washing machine, TV (+ telephone - you can speak to reception or housekeeping, ask questions or book a restaurant), DVD player (+dvds/cds), and various games. Air con. Safe. Mosquito nets over beds. Bathroom has bath with shower over.
Private terrace area through sliding patio doors from sitting room overlooking garden and pool, with table and chairs ideal for drinks and snacks whilst watching the sunset. Guest AccessEnjoy a choice of 7 pools (5 public, 2 for Level premium guests) some with fountains and jacuzzi, some with swim up bars); daytime pool activities include aerobics, fitness, dancing and water polo (note - the pool opposite my apt does not have activities, just peace and quiet!). Lots of sunbeds and parasols. Pool towels available at each pool bar for €2o euro refundable deposit. Change them as you want.
Lots of seating/lounging/sunbathing areas around the pools, some with bars.
Seperate children's pools and play areas. For families there is a creche, babysitting, childminding services and kids club (some have additional charges).
On site - 6 speciality restaurants and 8 bars, various shops and boutiques, ice cream parlour, nightly entertainment/shows either in the piano bar or at the Auditorium. Late night bar.
Self cater (small supermarket next door in Vila Verde complex or in Paradise Beach complex or several large ones in Santa Maria town) or go fully or part inclusive at the hotel for meals, either occasionally, daily or weekly - (details sent on booking and then you can decide and book when you arrive at reception - charges apply, payable to hotel at end of stay. )
Beautiful white sand beach area has sunbeds and parasols with a bar close by.
Wifi is available free in and around the very helpful and informative hotel reception and beach bar areas, and there is an ATM cash machine.
There is a gym (free), a spa and tennis courts. Various water sports like wind and kite surfing, jet skiing can be organised, as well as various tours around the island to the Salt pans and several other places and local interests such as whale watching, turtle watching, just ask at reception. Interaction with GuestsMy agent, Shirley, is Scottish and lives in Santa Maria, phone no is available for info and queries if needed, although the hotel reception can provide most. There is an information booklet in the Apartment.
Airport pick up arranged on arrival if required (15euro daytime, 20 euros night-time)) and a welcome pack supplied on arrival.
Linen and towels changed halfway if staying 2 weeks or more. Sorry, beach towels not supplied but collect/return them at the pool bars for 20 euro refundable deposit.
Any queries that the hotel or Ann cannot answer, please email or text me and I will answer as quickly as I can. The NeighborhoodVery safe environment, 24 hour security, entry only with hotel issued wristbands. Local people very friendly. A trip to town (5 mins- 3 euros) by taxi) is a must! Excellent, well trained and helpful hotel staff, mostly of Cape Verdean nationality. Many different nationalities stay at this resort, both guests and owners. Supermarket and bank for self catering supplies in next door Vila Verde Complex. Tortuga Resort (owned and run by same company next door if you fancy a change of scene). Getting AroundShort 10 min walk (or buggies are always around for a lift) through lush hotel gardens to Ponta Preta beach. Santa Maria town 5 mins by bus (1 euro) or taxi (3 euros) from reception, or 40 mins walk round the coast. 10 mins by taxi to the wind/kite surfing beach on the East coast. Hire a car, bike, beach buggy or Segway. Welcome pack included in price and airport collection by arrangement. A trip to the capital, Espargos, is worthwhile, as is an island tour to see the salt pans, protected loggerhead turtle nesting sites, plus whale watching (in season) or deep sea fishing trips and various other sights. Other Things to NoteDiscount for stays of 10 days or more.
Welcome pack, electricity, water (and drinking water) included in price.
Medical services are good and at reasonable cost. There are doctors and dentists around plus chemists and a hospital. For anything more serious you are flown to Praia the Cape Verdean capital, or flown home.
Mosquitos are around more at certain times of year for example from July to Sept, so if you are susceptible please take your own sprays/ointments etc., although the local shops do stock them.
Please do not leave doors/windows open when air con is turned on, as this reduces its effectiveness and is a waste of power.