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“Exceeded expectations”
Review of Hotel Dunas de Sal

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Hotel Dunas de Sal
Ranked #13 of 19 Hotels in Santa Maria
Certificate of Excellence
amsterdam
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8 reviews
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“Exceeded expectations”
Reviewed 20 March 2011

We were looking for a sunny and relaxed vacation to escape from the cold european winter. The hotel did absolutely meet our expectations. No busy all inclusive but a nicely decorated small hotel with friendly staff. Breakfast was good as well al lunch options. Dinner quality was good but the choice of fish we hoped to taste was limited in the beginning of the week. The last 2 days it was perfect.
The private beach is on walking distance, no F& B facilities at the beach.
Hotelpool is big and nice chairs and atmosphere. Water very, very cold though.
Bedroom spacious with nice and clean bathroom.

Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Kortrijk, Belgium
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Reviewed 16 March 2011

Beautiful, quiet and very clean hotel in design style. Rooms are ok, all have an outside seating looking at the pool. Breakfast and restaurant are excellent. 10 minute walk to Santa Maria, 2 minute walk to the beach (sunbeds reserved for the hotel guests).
We loved it and will return.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 26 January 2011

It could not be better! I love it! Beautiful design-style. Clean, good food, quiet. Near the beach. No crouds of people - just relax. If you do not want high music and noice, but just rest: welcome to Dunas. I will return.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2010

If you’re trying to run away from the busy resorts, this is the place!
The staff is OK, we’ve had no problems with them (except for the girl that welcomed us during the night that was obviously too sleepy to even talk)

The rooms are ok in size, but could be a bit modern and comfortable… the mattress and pillows are very bad! It was always very well cleaned and AC worked properly! Sometimes hot water could take a while, but it was probably due to the huge number of people using it as it always happened just after the sunset.
Breakfast could have a bit more variety and quality, but it felt nice to take it outside.
In the restaurant you can count with a very friendly staff and amazing chef! But the service takes forever (usually it took more than a hour from ordering to get the entrances) and it’s a bit pricey…
Same thing for the bar… but prices were a bit more acceptable!
The health club, if we can name it that, is a bit disappointing. You need previous booking, people in the reception can’t help you with the description of the massages and the health club is small, dark and because its always closed, it smells like mold
The swimming pool is what made us choose this place. And we didn’t regret! It’s amazing to spend some time by the pool drinking sangria and always listening to well thought lounge music!
The wifi should be free like in the majority of the resort, especially because it’s so slow…
It’s suppose to exist a beach space reserved for the hotel, but the sun beds and umbrellas were old and broken.
Don’t go for the all inclusive thing unless you drink a lot, because if you do the math you’ll realize that even ordering 3 or 4 drinks per day and eating lunch in the bar and dinner in the restaurant, all inclusive will still be too expensive!

Only big con: its not beach front! But a 5 minute walk will take you there!

But in the end I would defiantly recommend this hotel for those who look for rest by the pool…

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Surrey
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

I have just spent two weeks staying at Dunas and absolutely loved it. It is a small, extremely quiet, minimalist hotel. It is a short walk into Santa Maria and a stones throw from exquisite beaches. The staff couldn't do enough for everyone staying here. Kept clean through and the food was excellent. I just loved it.

The dive centre on site is great too - convenient, clean and amazing diving and staff.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Dunas de Sal
Address: Ponta Preta | Caixa Postal 12, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
Region: Cape Verde > Ilha do Sal > Santa Maria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Santa Maria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Dunas de Sal 3.5*
Number of rooms: 49
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