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Cape Verde Hotels with magnificent views

Hotels far from the madding crowd of mass tourism on the outer islands

It s possible to fly to other islands from Sal and take a short taxi drive or ferry to find yourself in a completely different world. These are our favourite smaller, less expensive hotels with wonderful views over the sea and better service. They are ideal for relaxing in a sunlounger and looking at the ocean. All have 20 rooms or less. It is possible to visit two in a week or all three in two weeks.

Hotel Jaguar Fogo

The Hotel Jaguar is built around a swimming pool in the upper part of the town of Sao Felipe with a view over scrublands to the sea far below. It is painted in vibrant orange and yellow to match the sunshine.

Its rooms are well furnished and mostly have baths. You can see Brava, when the clouds disperse on a fine day. It is well run by a Portuguese lady and offers Fogo wines from the volcano and a nice restaurant with mostly Portuguese style food. Sometimes there is fresh fishon the menu.

W from Boston liked the restaurant
"The rooms are clean, well appointed and comfortable. The bathrooms are large and modern . The restaurant was excellent with lots of choice. Try the Pudim de Cafe desert ... it is to die for. It is a combination of the traditional Cape Verdean pudim (pudding) with the excellent and flavorful local coffee Cafe de Fogo. "

price £30 per day per person in double room.

Hotel Jenny Sao Vicente

Perched on a hill above the harbour. It has fine views yet is not far from restaurants and bars. It is built around a small, cool courtyard but some rooms face the sea. The owner's ancestors were Cornish aristocrats called St Aubyn, but he has lived in Senegal and speaks better French than English. It is clean, correct, reasonably central and with nice views and an attentive manager.

F from Bristol liked the staff

"Near a good restaurant with live music in the evenings. We found all the staff very friendly and always ready to help in any way . l.Breakfasts were a delight with homemade produce and a credit to the staff."

price £35 per day per person in double room.

Hotel Bluebell Santa Antao

In the street that climbs up from the old fishing harbour and the small beach. You can wander around the sleepy town or take a taxi to the quaint little settlement of Fontanhas, which time has passed by. The manager is Belgian and keeps the place clean and humming. It is small but has a restaurant

J from Liverpool liked nearby restaurants

"Clean and comfortable, an ideal base for a walking holiday in the north of the island.The Chez Teresa restuarnt across the road is worthy of a mention as although it has only a small menu the food is excellent and the tiramisu to die for. All the restaurants served excellent fish meals but a special mention must go to O Veleirobar and restauranr for a superb fish soup and the ever friendly welcome of Fernando the barman."

price £30 per day per person in double room.

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