Travel Blogs from Santa Maria
Browsing travel websites is a definite hobby of mine, but then so is wandering into the travel agents and picking up a pile of brochures. Much as I make extensive use of on line bookings for places that I am familiar with, sometimes there is a certain reassurance in having that ABTA bond to fall back on. I also enjoy flicking through brochures, …
- Stopped in Cape Verde Islands, traveled southwest and reached the coast of Brazil towards Cape St. Augustine
- The rest of the voyage was disrupted but claimed to continue South
So at sea for 6 whole days, what do you do?
Well I'll tell you... eat, sleep, go to the theatre, sunbathe, go to parties. 6 days goes very quickly. MSC organised a world champions quiz and everyone divided into teams, our team was UGANDA! We did not win, but we were known by all for our cheering. On ...
So at last we reached some land, and what a beautiful land it is, shame we only got a few hours.
The past couple of days the Atlantic had been behaving itself and settled down a bit, allowing for some chill time on the deck without a risk of being swept away by one of the waves that had been continually breaking over the bow for the past week. However it did decide to kick us in the butt a bit last night with some major side swell which did a ...
Luckily as I wander around like an ant who's lost his trail, I bump into the uncle from that day! He shouts "ABIL!!!" (what feels like half way across town to someone used to quiet Swedes whose idea of an emotional outburst equals sending in a complaint to the local newspaper) and from around the corner comes the big serious man, his little boy Bruno lights up as he sees me. One out of two ain't ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Riu Garopa Santa Maria
Landing on Sal, you've probably read is like landing on the moon, it is! You can't see any greenery, or buildings and you begin to think that this would have been a much more dramatic 'Lost', if you had to try and survive with virtually no natural resources other than Salt, they probably wouldn't have made it past the first episode - so I guess not...
Just got back from 2 weeks at the Garopa and thought I'd share some of our comments.
We've spent 10 days at Riu Garopa from dec 26th 2006, with my husband and my 5 years daughter.
We had booked 2 weeks at the Riu Garopa flying from Dublin with Falcon holidays , we departed on the 28th December 2006, this was our experiance; We arrived late at the airport in Sal, it took us 2 hours to collect our luggage but what took the time was getting the Visa, not really a problem to us as we were very excited but if we go again we will get one before we fly.
We had booked in July for the Riu hotel complex for two weeks in December, after reading some of the reviews on site I really thought I had made a big mistake! However the reality was very different - the island of Sal is totally barren (I expected this because I had read up on Sal beforehand) the trip in the jeeps is worth doing, because you do see the only interesting bits of Sal all in one go. A hire car or jeep would not have been a good idea because there are few signposts (except on major roads only two of these, the rest are dirt tracks, so I imagine a do it yourself could be a nightmare!)
The Hotel is not for anyone seeking good food and wine. The quality of both is terrible. Pork was regularly offered with blood dripping from the chop bones and all the fresh food is fried not grilled. You cannot buy a bottle of wine in any of the Hotel bars or restaurants. The Cabo Verde "speciality" fish restaurant is particularly bad with all the "fresh" fish fried and then laid out on large plates to become cold before you can eat it. This applies to all "hot" food and it is amusing to watch all the guests waitng for something to be fried and then the rush to get it.
Stayed at the Riu Garopa for a week in early December 2006 and were very happy with the standard of rooms, choice of food and facilities.
We stayed at the Garopa for a week at the beginning of December 2006, and overall were very impressed with this new hotel.