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Brand new 5* resort with every facility,set in exotic gardens and close to beach


Opened in November 2014, this Luxury 5* Hotel and apartment Complex is just outside Santa Maria town.


This Apartment has high quality fixtures and fittings and is furnished to a high standard.

Fly screens fitted to patio doors and bedroom windows.

Fully equipped kitchen with full sized fan oven, glass 4 ring hob, extractor hood, electric kettle, toaster, microwave, drinking water filter, cafetiere, iron, ironing board, washing machine, TV (+ telephone - you can speak to reception or housekeeping, ask questions or book a restaurant), DVD player (+dvds/cds), and various games. The bedroom and lounge overlook the pool and garden. King size bed with quality linen, a good area of cupboard space, wall mirror, and bedside cupboards with touch lamps. Small safe for valuables. Mosquito net over bed. Bathroom has bath with shower over and washbasin with mirrored cupboard.

Dining area seats 4 comfortably.

Plenty of cupboard space in the kitchen, plus a cupboard for hot water boiler, washing machine, iron, board and other kitchen/cleaning utensils.

Sitting room has a very comfortable Italian soft leather 2 seater sofa and 3 seater sofa bed. Side lamps. Coffee table opposite widescreen TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs, CDs and games. Sliding patio doors leading from sitting room to terrace overlooking garden and pool, with table and chairs ideal for drinks and snacks whilst watching the sunset.


Enjoy a choice of 5 free pools (some with fountains, jacuzzi or swim-up bars); some pools have daytime activities and can include fitness, dancing and water polo (note - the pool opposite my apt does not have any activities, just peace and quiet!).

2 other private pools for 'Level' guests only.

Lots of free seating/lounging/sunbathing areas around the pools, most with bars and/or swim-up bars.

Separate children's pools, water park with chute and play areas. For families with young children there is a creche, babysitting, childminding service and kids club (some additional charges).

On site - 6 speciality restaurants and 8 bars, various shops and boutiques, ice cream parlour, nightly entertainment/shows either early in the piano bar or later at the Auditorium/amphitheatre. Late night bar.

Choose to self cater (small supermarkets next door in Vila Verde complex or Paradise Beach Resort or several larger ones in Santa Maria town) or go fully or part inclusive at the hotel for meals, either occasionally, daily or weekly - (details sent on booking and you can decide and book when you arrive at reception - charges apply payable direct to hotel on departure).

Beautiful vast white sandy beach area (Ponta Preta) is a few minutes walk through the hotel gardens and past the shops and restaurants (inc. the ice cream parlour!) has sunbeds and parasols plus a bar close by. Short walk along beach to another beach bar serving excellent pizzas etc.

Wifi is available free in and around the very helpful and informative hotel reception and beach bar areas, and there is a cash machine. Depending on the strength of your network, you may be able to receive wifi in the Apt. itself.

The hotel has a gym (free), a spa and tennis courts. Various water sports like wind, kite and board surfing, or jet skiing can be organised, as well as various tours, deep sea fishing, whale and turtle watching (in season) etc., just ask at reception.


There is an information booklet in the Apt. Also, my agent, Shirley, is Scottish, lives in Santa Maria, and is available for info and queries if needed, although the hotel reception can provide most answers. Or you can emai/phone/text me direct.

Airport pick up can be arranged (15 euros daytime/20 euros eve paid direct to driver) and a free welcome pack of basics is supplied on arrival.

Linen and towels supplied and changed mid stay if staying 10 days- 2 weeks. Longer stays attract a discount, so extra changes/cleans need to be arranged for a small charge payable direct to Shirley or there is an efficient washing machine in the apt. plus drying rack Sorry, beach towels not supplied but collect/return them at the pool bars for a refundable 20 euro deposit..

Any queries that the hotel or Shirley cannot answer, please email or phone/text me and I will answer as quickly as I can.


Very safe environment, 24 hour security, entry to the grounds is only with hotel issued coloured wristbands. Local people are very friendly and helpful, all with a "NO STRESS" motto . A trip to town (5 mins and 3 euros by taxi) is a must, to see and try the safe and busy beach, pier, lots of varied restaurants, bars and shops! Very much an African/Portuguese influence.

Excellent, well trained and helpful hotel staff, mostly of Cape Verdean nationality, although all languages are spoken, as many different nationalities stay at this resort, both guests and owners. Small supermarket and bank with ATM for self catering supplies in next door Vila Verde Complex. Tortuga Resort, which is owned and run by the same company, Melia, is just next door (South West) if you fancy a change of scene.


Short 10 min walk through lush hotel gardens to Ponta Preta beach. Santa Maria town 5 mins by bus (1 euro each) or taxi (3 euros) from reception, or 30 mins walk round via the beach. 5 mins by taxi to the wind/kite surfing beach on the East coast. Hire a car, scooter, beach buggy, bicycle or Segway. Welcome pack included in price. A trip to the capital, Espargos, is worthwhile, as is an island tour to see the salt pans, protected loggerhead turtle nesting sites, plus whale watching or deep sea fishing trips and various other sights, according to season


Discount for stays of 10 days or more.

Welcome pack, electricity, water (and drinking water) included in price.

Medical services are good and a reasonable cost. There are doctors and dentists around plus chemists and a hospital. For anything more serious you fly to Praia the Cape Verdean capital.

Mosquitos are around more at certain times of year; for example from July to Oct, so if you are susceptible please take your own sprays/ointments etc., although the local shops do stock them. Mosquito nets for the beds and mosquito blinds fitted.


No smoking in apartment please. OK on terrace.

Breakages are sometimes inevitable but I would be grateful if you could let us know so that we can replace or repair for the next guests. Thank you. Your damages deposit will be refunded 1 week after departure.

On arrival, the keycard will be supplied by your taxi driver on pick up from airport, but on departure, please leave keycard in the keysafe just outside for Shirley, my agent, to collect.

Please do not leave the air conditioning on if you are going out or have the windows/doors open. It is on a timer of up to 2 hours at a time, as electricity (and also water) is very expensive here and I cannot offer the apt at the quoted prices if the air con is left on all day and night.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016

About Geraldine

Am in my 60's, having had a varied business career, from banking to farming and all sorts in between, including tea rooms, restaurant, b and b, organic farm shop, computer staff agency, campsites and fishing. Still into beef and sheep farming, but interested in emerging locations such as Cape Verde. Have been in a wheelchair since breaking my neck in a horse riding accident in 1981.

Geraldine purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Geraldine chose Cape Verde

This is a personally furnished and equipped apt., giving a first class luxury and comfortable stay for any guest, whether self catering or using all inclusive or partial hotel packages. Lovely island with guaranteed (almostl), ALL YEAR ROUND SUN. All mod cons here, but island and towns/villages retaining original African/Portuguese charm.

What makes this apartment unique

A luxurious apt having it's own private patio leading from the sitting room, overlooking and close to the pool and gardens, bar and the many facilities and amenities of a 5 star hotel, giving a brilliant relaxing or activity holiday for all age groups. 5 min taxi ride to Santa Maria with many restaurants and bars to suit all budgets and tastes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Left on Jul 8, 2016 for a stay in Jun16

Geri was a wonderful host from start to finish. She answered all my questions and she made me feel well prepared for my stay which was important as I travelled on my own. Everything went like clockwork, from the airport taxi waiting for me, to collecting the room key and to upgrading to all inclusive at the hotel. The apartment was very welcoming and I appreciated the extra touches like the water filter and washing machine and the TV film channels and DVD player. It was also well equipped for self catering even though I chose to upgrade to all inclusive. The double bed was comfy and I slept well every night. The location of the apartment was ideal as it was right by my favourite quieter pool, away from the more active/busy pools. It was situated perfectly in the middle of the complex so you don't have too far to walk, although there are little car buggies to take you anywhere you wanted within the hotel complex. I cannot fault it and I would definitely book it again or any of Geri's properties.
Jun 2016
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based on 15 traveler reviews

average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews

Estancia perfecta

  • 5 of 5

La estancia en el apto. fue perfecta. Todo en perfecto estado y tan solo a 5 min. del colorido pueblo de Santa María.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gracias Haizea, no esperamos que podamos darle la bienvenidade nuevo en el futuro.
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Well equipped in peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Excellent one bedroom apartment with very good facilities for self catering. Lounge area has very comfortable double bed - will sleep family of 4 comfortably. The apartment itself is within maximum of 5 mins walk of all the 5 star amenities of the hotel resort, but is surprisingly quiet at night. Benefits from guests having access to all hotel facilities including entertainment at no cost - you do have opportunity to upgrade to all inclusive (although personally, we preferred to venture into Santa Maria and had many good meals in the local restaurants - the Atlantis Restaurant we considered to be excellent). Sal itself is perfect for relaxation - the beach walk to Santa Maria is superb. Water Sport activities are excellent.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great comprehensive review. Very helpful and informative. Thank you and look forward to your next visit!
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Fantastic stay in Cape Verde

  • 5 of 5

This was my second visit to the beautiful island of Sal in Cape Verde. This time I stayed in a great apartment nestled in the all singing and dancing new 5 star hotel resort, Melia Dunas.

My apartment was perfect for me. Mordern, clean, great facilties and views plus whenever I wanted to I could use the hotel services and amenities. It's also so close to a few great beaches, an onsite beach and the stunning Kite Ponta Preta beaches.

I love the island so much and am definitely going to pay another visit. The apartment gets a big thumbs up too! :-). A lovely and memorable break :-)

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Sonia, it is always great to hear nice remarks from my guests, and that the info I supply is useful. A holiday should certainly be as stress free as possible. Hence the Cape Verdean oft quoted motto of "No Stress"! I look forward to welcoming you again.
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Superb Home From Home

  • 5 of 5

Always a sceptic when booking online but this proved to be one of the best the internet has to offer, both in our sixties my wife & I arrived after a 6hr flight to be greeted with a driver holding our name on a board waiting to take us to the hotel, he spoke good English and had the key to our apartment where we were met by the owner Geraldine who was on the island at the time. The apartment is spotless, tiled floor throughout with quality furniture such as a real leather very comfy 2 & 3 seater sofas, one turns into a bed but we did not use it as such, the dinning table and chairs are solid wood and the comfy bed really made it home from home. A couple of minor problems caused by the contract cleaners removing the instruction books for the cooker & safe were soon resolved and a new shower riser rail replaced the fixed shower head holder. Breakfast on the patio with the little birds waiting for their daily bread was a pleasure as was people watching as they decided which sunbed to have around the pool for the day. Personally I could never understand why they just laid there all day only to rise for food, no more than an hour on those things is enough for me, must be getting old & wanting to see what the island had to offer. With a 3 Euro taxi fare into town, a great beech awaits for activities for those who want them - glass bottom boat, jetski, kite surfing island tours both land and sea with dolphin or whale watching and of course some good bars and eateries right there on the beach. A 5* apartment in a 5* hotel on a 5* island is a must return soon Thank you Geraldine for a very warm welcome.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review Garry and Lynne, thank you so much. It was a pleasure hosting you and I'm glad we were able to put a few niggly problems right from the very start. The hob can be quite baffling, with it's lock on/lock off, + and - buttons! Very pretty and modern but...not always easy! Anyway, you certainly got around a lot, even with your scooter, and saw a lot more than most who stay here. Santa Maria has a lot to offer every type of person, whatever their age group. Finally, thank you so much for leaving the apt lovely and tidy, spic and span, hardly anything for our new cleaners to do ready for our next mother and son guests arriving that same afternoon! Thank you again, I look forward to hearing from you again. Gx
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Well kept and equipped, well suited for relaxation

  • 5 of 5

An extremely pleasant and well appointed apartment. Transport from the Airport and Check-in all very efficient and professional. Excellent "Welcome Pack" on arrival and the apartment was extremely clean and well prepared for us. We were impressed by the quality of the furniture, fixtures and fittings. The resort was quite busy, but never seemed crowded and was very efficiently and well run and immaculately kept. We had friends staying nearby and chose to have breakfast in our apartment and our other meals with our friends, dining every evening in Santa Maria. The restaurants in the small town are many, varied, and suited all pockets. We found the staff at Dunas friendly and helpful, as were all the locals. We had a splendid relaxing time, which was exactly what we needed, and from that point of view I can thoroughly recommend this rental. I am sorry that I cannot comment, personally,on the Dining arrangements at the resort but most comments that I heard there were favourable.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very informative review, it's very helpful for potential guests and I look forward to welcoming you again for your next 'relaxing break in the sun'. The airfares should come down soon too, but it is well worth waiting until nearer your departure time to find really cheap fares on Skyscanner!! Plus more airlines will be coming to the islands shortly, which is great!
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A Lovelly peace break

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week at Geraldine apartment and we just love it. The well furnished apartment was perfect, very clean and had everything we needed. The location inside the resort was also perfect, next to reception and with one of the pools just right in front. We love the resort facilities, the diary shows and the pool animations.

The village, where you can buy everything you need, only takes 5 minutes by taxi and cost 3/4 €. There are several restaurants were you can eat typical food for a very nice price.

Geraldine, the owner, was very quick to reply to our emails and provided us with lots of useful information.

I Would definitely consider returning

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A great big thank you for this - another positive review which always makes me feel that providing really good holiday accommodation is worthwhile. I am always available by phone or email for help and advice about either the apartment, the hotel and/or the local town and island.
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Amilcar Cabral
Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Ponta Preta
Car: not necessary

New 5* hotel and apartment complex with self catering facilities or full/part board daily or weekly.

Choice of 5 free pools - some quiet, some busy with organised activities, some with swim up bars. All with lots of sun beds and parasols set in exotic gardens. Separate children's pools and play areas.

Several restaurants with different themes, or buffet style with many different dishes every day. Evening entertainment. Beautiful beach a short walk through the gardens past boutiques, shops, hairdresser and ice cream parlour. Optional varied watersports, excursions etc.

Children's safe play areas and pools with entertainment and supervision if required.

Go all inclusive, part board or occasional meals. Register on arrival with credit card at reception and avail of all amenities as and when you please, or take a short taxi ride into town for lots of local colour, music, watersports, restaurants and bars.

Lots of kite surfing, wind surfing etc., with schools for beginners and experienced alike. Hire facilities. Scuba diving, big game fishing, snorkelling.

Trip to Santa Maria town 5 mins by taxi - 3 euros, or hire beach buggy, car, scooter or bicycle..

Supermarkets either in next door complexes (Vila Verde and Paradise Beach), or in Santa Maria for those who wish to self cater in our fully equipped kitchen. Water filter fitted on kitchen tap saves carrying heavy drinking water bottles.

24 hour hotel security. Entry and use of facilities only by hotel registration at reception.


Rates & Availability

Sal Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 5 2016 - Oct 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Oct 31 2016 - Dec 18 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
xmas/new year
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Jan 9 2017 - Jun 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 9 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Sep 10 2017 - Nov 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Nov 5 2017 - Dec 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
Xmas/New Year
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 6 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $122
laundry/cleaning $31

Sorry, no pets or smoking in the Apt but ok on terrace. Occasional breakages are inevitable, but please let us know asap so that we can replace items before the next rental. If you have enjoyed your stay, we would be grateful for positive feedback. If not, for any reason, please let us know, so that we can rectify the problem.
if this apartment is not large enough, please see my listing for 2 double beds apt in Vila Verde (Spacious Family 2 dble bed apt. Slps 6+baby. Very well equipped. 5 mins town). This is in the next door complex.

Thank you for choosing to stay at my apartment. I do hope you enjoy your stay. Any questions, please ask.

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Sal Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , plus hand basin.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large wardrobe, safe, wall mirror, bedside cupboards ,lamps.
  • King size bed in bedroom Double sofa bed in lounge to sleep 2 comfortably.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Be one of the first to enjoy 'THE NEW CARIBBEAN' Any queries, please enquire. Almost guaranteed sun all year round.

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