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2 bed 2 bath with roof terrace on Dunas beach resort and Spa

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Before you book anywhere on Sal take a look here first!

Spacious, well appointed apartment on the newly opened luxury five star Dunas beach resort. Fully equipped and furnished for four people this beautiful apartment also has a balcony and roof terrace. Ideal for couples or families the apartment is located very near to pools, bars and restaurants. Separate fully equipped kitchen with washing machine. TV in lounge and in main bedroom. 5 mins from beautiful sandy beach. Self-catering or pay to use bars and restaurants in complex also all inclusive available. Free WiFi in reception and most public areas.

7 pools some with bars. 8 restaurants, 6 bars including champagne bar,sunbeds, parasols.Spa and beauty salon, ice cream parlour and specialist coffee shop. Cape Verde activities include scuba diving, surfing,kitesurfing,windsurfing, dune safari, game fishin, horse riding, cycling and yachting. The temperature is 25-30c all year and the sea just a little cooler.

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

Why roy chose Sal

This apartment is one of the best on Dunas - its quiet yet near reception and the amenities. It over looks the nicest pool at Dunas and has views to the East at Kite beach and also to the west at Ponta Preta. Have a drink on the private roof terrace and watch the sun go down.

What makes this apartment unique

The location and size of the apt and one of the few that has a private roof terrace make this apt something special. We have a local driver with a 4x4 with a/c who will meet you at the airport, arrange trips and even suggest restaurants for you - a really lovely guy.


Santa Maria Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , en suite to master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - shower , next to second bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , large wardrobe with safe
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(7 traveler reviews)

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2 bed 2 bath with roof terrace on Dunas beach resort and Spa
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

Excellent apartment, great facilities at the hotel, lovely island

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks in April, family of 4, with 2 daughters aged 4 and 7. Roy was very helpful prior to our trip, providing contacts for airport transfers and car hire, and information about the island (shops, restaurants etc).

The hotel is really good - our kids loved the waterslides, pools and the playground, and also had fun at the kids club. Pools are good with plenty of sunbeds - although towels were a little scarce! We had a lovely day on a "Bali Bed" on the beach - with fruit and prosecco included for €25.

The vast majority of guests at the hotel are all-inclusive but we didn't find it particularly difficult getting meals / drinks etc. Breakfast at the main buffet was €24 per adult and the kids were free - dinner was €50 per adult and again kids were free. We also ate in one of the other restaurants a couple of times - each restaurant has both a small buffet / walk up station (eg pasta bar) and a la carte - there is a price for the buffet and a priced a la carte menu if you ask - we ended up just having the buffet and it was €25 per adult - again kids were free. Drinks at the bars during the day were €2 for a bottle of water or a glass of coke. We decided not to bother with any days all-inclusive - the price would have been €65 per adult and €33 per child per day.

Santa Maria is a lovely town, either €3 taxi ride (€4 at night) or about 30 minute walk. There are lots of good restaurants and we ended up eating in town most nights - we didn't have a bad meal at all. We tested the tuna tartar in most restaurants and decided the best was in Angela's, a restaurant on the front, just along from the pier!

There is only one supermarket in town - we didn't actually cook in the apartment, and only ever ate breakfast there (cereal and toast) so can't really comment on how easy self-catering would be - but there did seem to be a selection of basics.

Amy at "Surf Hub" was really helpful with car hire and other outings - we had a car for a day and did a tour of the island - salt mines were great viewed from the top of the hill (we didn't go in), the blue eye was good - best bit was the natural pool. We also did a half day sailing trip with some snorkeling, the kids had a body board for a few days and my husband had kite surfing lessons which he loved - all arranged for us by Amy.

In summary - a fantastic 2 week break, perfect apartment and hotel, and I would definitely recommend exploring the town and island.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Cath, very informative and glad you had a lovely time. Out of interest where did your husband get to with kite surfing after a few lessons ?
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Great apartment but not ideal for self catering

  • 3 of 5

Good resort for a relaxing break with all facilities on the doorstep. It is possible to upgrade to all-inclusive for a few, which may be advisable.

However, the apartment wasn't great for a self catering holiday. Simple things like a tea towel, washing up liquid, salt, pepper etc would have made the stay a lot easier to do self catering.

Otherwise a great apartment- clean, tidy, comfortable and a lovely roof terrace and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback which will be taken on board
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Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Sol Dunas resort for a week in mid March with my husband and 9 year old son.

The apartment was a good size, comfortable, very clean and in a perfect location overlooking one of the pools. It was fairly central on the resort but far enough away from the main area that we had a peaceful sleep every night.

The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating and there were plenty of choice with regards to onsite restaurants, pool bars, pools etc. For my son the added bonus was a small water park and only a short walk to the beach where there was a beach bar selling drinks only.

My only criticism was that the all inclusive, which we paid for one day mid way through our holiday was expensive at 162.50€ for 2 adults and 1 child but if you eat and drink a lot then maybe it would be worth doing and is good to have the option. Also, the supermarkets are very limited so if you visit Sal make sure you don't forget any toiletries.

Roy was extremely helpful and responded to our emails almost immediately.

All in all we had a lovely relaxing holiday and will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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beautiful apartment and resort

  • 5 of 5

stunning apartment . easily accesible to facilities. comfy beds. very new. would stay again and reccommend

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great apartment, hotel, island and owner

  • 5 of 5

I choose this apartment after reviewing the hotel and the other review for this particular apartment. My family and I like 5 star hotels but don't like to pay full price. We also are not big fans of "all-inclusive" places because it seems to encourage us to eat/drink more than we should and the quality is never the best. This apartment allowed us to enjoy the amenities of a 5 star hotel, while not paying the all-inclusive price.

This was our first experience with VRBO and it could not have been any better. Roy, the owner, was quick to get back with me on the MANY questions I had. I asked about not only the apartment, but the hotel, the town and pick at the Airport. He never seemed too busy to answer and explain. Roy fixed us up with an airport pick by Ildo who was fabulous - he took us shopping, helped us pick-out fish at the fish market, and drove us into town when needed. He did go on vacation to his home island while we we're there, but set us up with another driver, Marlino, who was also great.

The apartment was perfect for a family of four. The location was great, the kitchen was well equipped and two bedrooms, bathrooms and televisions allowed everyone in our family to enjoy time together and apart, when needed. (Note: Other VRBO Dunas rentals are smaller)We loved the terrace above the apartment, but would have liked two lounge chairs instead of regular chairs.(Just an idea to make a super place, even better) As the other reviewer stated, most of the other rooms had stairs to access the roof terrace, but had signs that they were not allowed to.

My husband and I love to cook, so an apartment with a kitchen was perfect. Although I did not find the supermarket as expensive as the other reviewer, be prepared to pay more food than you would at home. (Thanks to the other reviewer, we did make a point of loading a suitcase with food staples, which helped save money.) Fresh fish on the pier, though, was really cheap and made the experience of buy/cooking locally a wonderful addition to our trip. Eating out was also great. You can spend a lot - €165 one night, but we had wine, lobster, a raw fish plate and deserts or cheap - one afternoon, near the pier, we had thick, fresh tuna cooked on the grill and beer for less than €30.

The hotel was great. We enjoyed the size, the pools, the nightly entertainment and the beach. I could go on and on. Thank you Roy, Ildo, Marlino and VRBO for a get two weeks. We hope to be back the year after next.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review and am glad you had a great time. Useful tips for future guests! Roy
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5* for apartment itself and for the owner's helpfulness, not for resort

  • 5 of 5

I'll break the review down into 3 areas - the 2nd and 3rd area is important in the overall experience as you will see, but please bear in mind that my review on the resort and facilities will very quickly become outdated


Roy's apartment is very clean, spacious and has everything that you'll need. In fact, I think it is one of the best in the resort because it also has a private accessible roof terrace-most other apartments which have a roof terrace, cannot access them as the stairs are blocked off. Great for us as we weren't overlooked by anyone so could so a bit of all over tanning!

2 air con units were great (master bedroom and living space). Washing machine invaluable.

Roy himself was extremely helpful and answered all of our questions pre-departure.


This is where things get tricky.

The resort is predominantly an all-inclusive hotel resort but have a small amount of privately bought apartments, such as Roy's.

Because it is a new resort and because so few units are privately owned, staff really struggled with how to deal with us. There are no tills at the restaurants and bars so we had to open "an account" with our credit card at reception and then meals/drinks would be charged to our account for us to settle at the end. As it's mainly all-inclusive, there were no prices on the menus so it was very hard for us to keep a handle on how much we were spending....staff couldn't even tell us how much a beer was, and despite our "account", many of the staff still struggled with how to charge us, so every time we went to get a drink or have a meal, it was a painful and delayed process, to the point of dread, plus we were constantly worried about how much we were spending.

Reception couldn't deal with problems that we had, such as faulty door card or patio door-we had to ring someone who wasn't on site that dealt with estate issues.


This is where it gets really tricky.

Despite Roy's apartment having everything we needed to self-cater, we struggled to self-cater because as everything is imported onto Sal, we found the choice of food in the supermarket extremely limited and in some cases extortionate e.g. a box of granola was about 14 euros!

Santa Maria is rapidly developing so I think in time, a bigger and better stocked supermarket will be built and therefore our concerns can be disregarded, but in the meantime, do bear this in mind!

"The Villa" restaurant - sublime

Tours - DO book in town. Pete's shack has the best deals.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Just a couple of points in response to the review: Paying by cash is tricky on Dunas and it is almost essential to open an account at reception. The food and drink is reasonably priced (most places have priced menus) but is definitely more cost effective if you do some all inclusive days where you get everything on Dunas and then some days when you eat and drink off site. Paying for individual meals and drinks on Dunas is not the best way to do it plus it is a bit more hassle. Most all inclusive resorts do not offer any flexibility, we feel on Dunas that the fact that they do offer different options is an advantage although accept it is not as slick as it might be. Maintenance,cleaning etc is done by a local company (English) and they always put a welcome letter in the apt for new guests. Yes hopefully the supermarket will improve but do remember it is an African island and everything needs to be imported. On days when we dont eat on Dunas we tend to go into town for breakfast and dinner where there is a very good selection of places to eat. Best wishes Roy
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Nearest Airport
6 Kilometres
Sal International

The island boasts numerous PADI-accredited diving centres, through which divers can access any number of the 25 dive sites around the island, which include cave dives, wreck dives and coral reef dives. Sailing boats can also be rented and there are numerous day trips aboard yachts. Sal is considered to be one of the best destinations in the world for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing, with trade winds from November to March and a tropical climate all year round. The west coast experiences the biggest waves. Beginners are advised to come from April to June when the waters are calmer.

Game fishing for Marlin,Tuna,Wahoo and Shark is also popular


Rates & Availability

Santa Maria Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
xmas 2017
Dec 3 2017 - Jan 4 2018
4 night minimum stay
winter 2
Jan 5 2018 - Feb 11 2018
4 night minimum stay
half term
Feb 12 2018 - Feb 25 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee $6.45 per person per night

Dunas resort is 15minutes from the airport and you will be met by our representative in reception.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.