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Cape Verde`s best rated boutique hotels

The Hotels in Cape Verde that guests rate best.

It s possible to reach the hotels and apartments where guests have reported the best welcome and the best experience. Some are in remote locations, on empty beaches. You may be the only tourists there.

It is possible to combine stays in up to two of these hotels or apartments in a week. Black Point is on the main arival island of Sal. Reaching the other hotels can cost between £200-£300 in air fares and taxi rides per person, but part of their appeal is undoubtedly the tranquility of their location.

Bluebell, Ponta do Sol, Santa Antao

On the northern coast, in a fishing village, which has lost its fisherman, this small hotel has excellent views over the ocean. It is up the hill from the very small beach of Ponta do Sol and a long drive over the mountains from the ferry harbour of Porto Novo, which can bring yu from the neighbouring island of Sao Vicente. It is larger than most of the others in this list, with 23 rooms. It also has a restaurant with fine views. Betty the Cape Verdean who runs it can also organise transport from Porto Novo and trips into the mountains. Prices £30 per person per night for a double room with air conditioning.

Botanic, Tarrafal, Santiago

Famous for its beautiful gardens and large swimming pool , this pension is a newly built villa with only two double bedrooms. Margit and Bernd, a German couple, share their family home on the edge of the small fishing village of Tarrafal on the north coast of Santiago. it offers very comfortable rooms with german style beds and bathrooms. Breakfast in the garden is also German style with ham, cheese and fruit as well as home-made bread and butter. On request, Margit will prepare a supper for guests, but there are also a number of small restaurants in Tarrafal. From Praia airport by taxi takes about three hours Price is £55 per person per night. .

Goa, Calhau, Sao Vicente

A newly built and unattractive-looking apartment block in the eastern fishing village of Calhau it is about an hour away from Sao Pedro airport by taxi. Stanislaus and Raphaelle do not offer a restaurant but will advise on the best local places to eat. Stanislaus makes a fine Cairpiroska and if Raphaelle can be persuaded to, she is a superb chef. At weekends there is a grand buffet at Calhau organised by the Hotel Chez Loutcha in Mindelo, with much local music and wine. The rooms with views over the fine beach are very large and airy and offer large, comfortable beds., Prices for longer stays are £30 per night per person in a double room or £39 in a suite.

Seaside, Sao Felipe, Fogo

This old Portuguese colonial mansion in the capital city of Fogo has been converted into a small pension. Mike and Monika a German couple have restored the fine building which looks out over the sea towards the island of Brava into a small pension offering excellent German-style breakfasts and a beautiful inner courtyard. There are good restaurants nearby and the beach is a reasonably short climb down the cliff. It is a short taxi ride from Sao Felipe airport. Double rooms are £20 per person per night.

Black Point, Santa Maria, Sal

About 50m-100m from the best beach in the Cape Verdes, this is an apartment block with balconies and terraces covered in bougainvillea. It is close to the best bars and restaurants in Cape Verde and an ideal base for a iving or wind/kite surf holiday. Only 15 minutes from the airport with directy flights to Europe, it could equally be the starting point to explore the other islands. It is very professionally run and the italian manageress takes great trouble to ensure that everything works. Apartments are for 2 - 8 people Prices vary accordimng to the season and rthe number of people sharing but start from £20 per person per night.

Don Paco, Mindelo, Sao Vicente

A new Spanish owned hotel close to the port of Mindelo, it has a fine view across the harbour. It is medium sized with 44 air-conditioned rooms and aims to attract local businessmen. As there are few of those around right now, it also forms a good base for tourists wanting to explore the cultural life of Mindelo and take the ferry to see the mountians of Santa Antao. Its prices are higher than average at £44 per night per person for a double room or £49 for a suite. But children up tor 12 years old can stay in the room free. It has a restarant and evening meals are a more reasonable £15. Flat screen TVs offer mostly Spanish programmes.

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