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Boa Vista Cape Verde`s Desert Island

Hotel accommodation in Sal Rei town

Hotel da Boa Vista

A basic and simple hotel without any pretensions to special comfort. It overlooks the main road out of Sal Rei to the airport. Just £250 per person per week. It has air-conditioning in all rooms, usually functioning.

It has been much improved since it was bought by the owner of the Pontoon in
Sal. It is cheap but cheerful and just a short walk from the fantastic Estoril beach and the cafes, bars, shacks, windsurf and dive spots on it.

Migrante Guest House

Poor value at the price for a basic pension in a noisy street

Very small and very expensive. It is built out of an old house in a back street in Sal Rei, this has only 4 rooms.. It has an inner courtyard with rooms on two floors overlooking the yard, with rampant bougainvilleas. There is no aircon and the tiny rooms have small windows so it is stifling in summer. The manager, an Italian speaks good English. It has no restaurant but across the road is the Marie, which will serve meals to guests who pre-book only. Price £300 per person per week. Without air conditioning it can be stifling in summer.

V from Italy found it charming but boring

"There are only four rooms all set on the first floor and leading from an open air communal patio area- the whole atmosphere is of staying in someone's home. Sal Rei itself is very quiet and not much to do"

Orchid Pension

Gerry from Antwerp has converted his home on the beach in Sal Rei into a guest house with a leafy, shaded garden where parrots sqwauk contentedly. Gerry arrived in Boa Vista as a lad in a sailing boat and has lived there ever since, taking a Cape Verdean wife. He has his own yacht in which he hopes to take tourists on day sails to Sao Nicolau. He is knowledgeable about Cape Verdean life and often has ministers staying in his pension.

The rooms are small and basic but have balconies with hammocks and a view over the inland sea to Sal Rei island. Most of the furniture has been locally made in African mahoganny and the house has something of the feel of an old yacht with burnished wood and swinging hammocks. It is close by the windsurfing and diving spots on Estoril Beach and not far from the cheap local bars and brasseries in Sal Rei. T from London felt secure and could hear the sea when the a/c was off.

"It was perfectly pleasant with nothing to complain about. We had a ground floorroom with balcony, sea view and comfortable hammock; in fact the sea is close enough to see and hear from the room. The room was spotlessly clean and tidy with a small fridge and noisy air conditioner, flat screen TV, fan and desk. The pension forms a small leafy courtyard surrounded by a high wall and, so feels very secure although close to Sal Rei. Other inhabitants are a tortoise, 2 large talking parrots, dogs, cats and fish. Breakfast is in the courtyard and being vegetarian we had to make do with bread and cheese and coffee - typically Dutch. The fresh fruit was excellent but not, of course, local"
Room Type Low High
Nights on B&B per person 7 14 7 14
Double b&b pp(2) 257 £514 £295 590
Single b&b pp (1) 345 690 414 828
Suite 2 beds, b&b pp(2) for 3 enquire 310 621 333 667
High Season Christmas, Easter, July, August to September 15
All prices are subject to change.

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