Stayed at the Tortuga Beach for a week in February and couldn't recommend a more relaxing holiday. From being greeted with a welcome drink upon arrival, I was impressed with the quality and friendliness of all the staff. Not a single person at Tortuga passed me all week without a smile or a hello.
Accommodation was excellent. There were 2 of us and we had a bedroom and a bathroom each if we'd wanted it! Large living space with either roomy balcony or terrace. Maid service was impeccable, every day the suite had been cleaned within an hour of us leaving for the pool.
The pools themselves are decent sizes, but quite cold, even in the blazing sun. There's a pool with a bar and music (quite lively) and a similarly sized quiet pool (bliss in the late afternoon.) Towels are provided, and we had service from the bar around the quiet pool which was lovely.
Food wise, I'd say one of the best AI's I've ever been to. Spices, the main restaurant, always had an impressive variety, certainly something for even the fussiest taste buds. All served hot as well, despite what ive read here. O'Grille, the beach bar/restaurant would cook you fresh meat and fish as you desired (and does table service at lunchtimes which is a nice change from the buffet.) Wasn't so impressed with Aqua, the a la carte restaurant - food wasn't brilliant but again, it was nice to have a four course meal and take your time over dinner.
As a whole, this place was perfect escapism - good food, great weather (but take warm clothes for the evenings, the wind makes it chilly), lots of drinks (cava - pretty good and the beer is excellent, despite it's 5.6% strength!), great staff and amazing beaches.
Come here and enjoy a blissful week of total relaxation. As they say over on Cape Verde.... "No Stress!"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 5 star Melia Tortuga All-Inclusive Resort is located in the southeast of the island Sal, only a few minutes from the colourful town Santa María and Amilcar Cabral international airport. During your stay you will find relaxation and fun right on the fabulous Algodoeiro beach, with its white sand and turquoise waters. The resort offers spectacular suites and villas with up to 4 bedrooms, private garden and swimming-pool. Set in gardens there are 2 magnificent adult pools and 2 pools for children. Experience Yhi Wellness with sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool, thermal circuit, fitness facilities, massage and beauty treatments. Dining options include a variety of 4 restaurants and bars, offering a selection of international and local cuisine. The Melia Tortuga All-Inclusive is also the perfect destination for windsurfing, kitesurfing or scuba diving. Events for up to 200 people can be organised in 2 meeting rooms with natural daylight. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa Cape Verde/Ilha Do Sal - Santa Maria