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Bedrooms 1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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 a 5 min drive outside Santa Maria town.


This Apartment has high quality fixtures and fittings and is furnished to a high standard. Good sized bedroom with King sized bed, mosquito net, good cupboard space, bedside tables and lamps, personal fan.

Fly screens fitted to patio doors and bedroom windows.

Fully equipped kitchen with full sized fan oven, 4 ring electric 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 (+ good selection of 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 over.

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, widescreen TV and DVD player with a good 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!). plenty of sunbeds, parasols etc.

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 incur 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 in next door complexes 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).

All inc price: Buy 6 days, get 7th free - Adults; 65e ppp day; Kids 32.50e.

Or: High Season - Breakfast: 22e/11e; Lunch: 38e/19e; Dinner: 48e/24e

Low season - Breakfast: 17e/8.5e; Lunch: 27e/13.50e; Dinner: 38e/19e

High Season: 1st Jan - 30th Apr 2017; 21st - 30th Dec; 31st Dec 2017 - 7th Jan 2018.

Full details supplied on booking.

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 south 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, or visit the shack on the beach.


There is an information booklet in the Apt. Also, my agent, Shirley, who 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 (whatsapp is free).

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 for mid stay if staying 2 weeks or more. Longer stays attract a discount, so extra changes/cleans can be arranged for a small charge payable direct to Shirley or there is an efficient washing machine in the apt. plus drying rack and pegs 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 day/4 euros night by taxi) is a must, to see and try the lovely 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 VV Complex.


Short 10 min walk through lush hotel gardens to Ponta Preta beach. Santa Maria town 5 mins by local bus (1 euro each) or taxi (3 euros) from reception, or 50 mins walk round via the beach or down the main road (30 mins). 5 mins by taxi to the wind/kite surfing beach on the East coast.

Hire a car, scooter, beach buggy, bicycle, fat bike 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 1 week or more.

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

Medical services are good and at 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.

Mosquitoes 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, but during the evenings you may be susceptible.


No smoking in apartment please. OK on terrace.

Breakages are sometimes inevitable but please 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 in the keysafe at the apt door. On departure, please leave keycard in the keysafe just outside for Shirley, my agent, or the cleaner to collect.

Please do not leave the air conditioning on if you are going out and/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.

The hot water boiler is also on a timer (for half, one or 2 hours).

Any questions at all, do please ask.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, russian, italian, dutch, swedish, greek, czech, danish, norwegian, polish, hungarian, arabic, finnish, turkish, mandarin, Any language. I can use a translation service.
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

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 coarse fishing lakes. 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 Santa Maria

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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Santa Maria Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
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
  • Free Wifi
  • 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.
  • Bath with shower over. Toilet, wash hand basin, bathroom cabinet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large wardrobe, safe, wall mirror, bedside cupboards, lamps.
  • 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
  • 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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.8076925 based on 28 reviews

Perfect apartment and fantastic location.

  • 5 of 5

I had a lovely stay at Geri's apartment. Everything in the apartment is accurately described. The apartment offers plenty of amenities which is part of the resort. The city of Santa Maria is only a 5 minute taxi ride. Overall a pleasant experience and a fantastic holiday.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Dat, for a nice review. I am very happy you enjoyed your holiday in my apt and the resort/town etc. You found some nice things to do! I look forward to hosting you again. Gx
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Beautiful first stay at Cape Verde!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my friend for 2 weeks in July (which is low season) it was lovely and still plenty to do. The apartment had everything we needed and was in the perfect place; not too far from everything, but far enough away to have some peace and quiet. Having the freedom of self catering meant that we could stay in and cook on a few nights but you don't have to do this. We did eat at some of the restaurants (aqua was great) and you do have options of all inclusive if you want; we didn't in this case. There is a little seating area in the apartment where you can eat outside. There was an annoying person that kept flicking his/her cigarettes over the balcony which was a little annoying but this cannot be helped and staff do clean the outside areas and are very friendly. Geri was fantastic and always at hand when we needed her which made our first stay so much easier. Wonderful place and fanatic apartment. Couldn't of asked for anything else and looking at going next year.

Tips: go on some tours (you must try and island tour) But I would not recommend blinkys as we didn't have a great experience when we complained about the turtle tour (as it was that poor) and basically got ignored after that which was a shame as we wanted to book another trip which we missed out on because of this.

Also you MUST visit bikini beach which is on the beach next to the hotel complex (don't be put off by the name) yes it is a 'club' but through the day you can eat there and the food is out of this world and caters for families and has a little pool there. The staff are lovely also and we did go there often for lunch.

The entertainment in the hotel was great and there is something on every night or you can venture into Santa Maria on an evening.

All in all a fabulous holiday and fabulous apartment. Thank you Geri! X

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A lovely review from a lovely guest. Thank you Jess, it will be very helpful for future guests and I look forward to welcoming you again next year (or when you need a top up of sun, sea and sand)!!!! I hope you liked the 'pink' replacement kettle that we gave you...? Unfortunately, it was the only colour they had in stock!!
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Relaxing, comfortable, lovely grounds

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is great, spacious for 2 people, fully equipped. right next to one of the quieter pools, good selection of DVDs/books available and check in was very easy.

Melia itself is lovely - total 5* resort. We didn't use the services there beyond the pools and the occasional drink (reasonably priced - £2 for coffee/small beer/tea) - we would have had a meal on site but found it too difficult to find prices/hotel staff kept giving different information with the check in guy just saying 'very expensive' so we decided against. Not a problem as it was just for our first night but it seems the only way to find out prices is to go and order.

The hotel is quite out of the way and obviously set up for all inclusive but once we figured out the area we were glad we had not gone for that option - there is a free bus from the hotel at 9, 10, 11am and back at 4, 5, 6pm. Taxis always available and we thought that taking a taxi a couple of times a day was a fair trade off for staying at such a lovely place. Also, the Ponta Preta beach restaurant was a handy find - 15 min walk there for times when you don't want to go into town for food. Food in town ranged from roughly 15euro for a meal and drink on the main road to 5 euro for a meal and drink in the local eats which were very good.

Cannot fault the weather in April, each day was bright sunshine, night times are quite draughty so long dresses/trousers and a jacket were more suitable.

Overall, this place is perfect for a peaceful, relaxing holiday and will be my choice of accommodation if I visit Cape Verde in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Super review, thank you Rosie. Very informative and helpful for future guests!
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Fantastically relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at Dunas.

We flew with Thomas Cook, had an uneventful flight that arrived on time. Took a few minutes to clear passport control, Thomas Cook sort the Visa for you as long as you've entered your passport details at least 10 days before arrival. (included in the price of the flights). Baggage reclaim took about 20 minutes but that was no problem, on exiting the baggage hall we were greatful to bypas the long Thomas Cook transfer bus queue and be met by a friendly taxi driver who took us to the hotel. Transfer time was 20 minutes and cost 15 Euros.

We only took Euros and never bothered to change any into CVE as we could pay everywhere in Euros. Occasionally we got CVE in change but just used it to buy things.

Checked in at reception and were given a band (for security). We chose not to upgrade to All inclusive and are glad we did.

The apartment is clean well stocked and comfortable. There was never anything we needed that we didn't have.

There was a loaf of bread some Butter and Milk in the fridge when we arrived which was lovely. We unpacked and went to explore around the grounds. The hotel is large and takes about 10 minutes to walk end to end. (its actually 2 hotels in one but if you're not utilising the restaurants you wouldn't know.)

We went to the supermarket located in the Villa Verde resort next door. its right in the middle of the resort and about a 10 minute walk. They had everything we needed for breakfast and lunches. Go in the morning to get fresh rolls/bread/croissants they tend to sell out by the afternoon. Milk, coffee, tinned goods fruit veg meats. (ham cheese etc). Its closed on Sundays.

We spent our days by the pool by the room as it was the quietest and had the least kids! We found that as it was a busy period (over Easter) we had to put our towels out at 0830 and were usually by the pool by 0930. The water is cold but it was actually fine once you were in! There was a constant breeze which was very welcome as it was 28 every day without a cloud in the sky.

We ate out in Santa Maria most nights. 4 Euros each way in a taxi and for 2 courses and a couple of beers it was around 50 Euros. Not cheap but I don't begrudge paying it as everything is imported and they make a real effort to make you feel welcome with what little they have.

We found the best was Marea, we didn't make Chez Pastis but hear good things so be sure to book a table, it was sold out the whole time we were there.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a fantastic review Helen...just about everything covered that you could wish for, thank you. I can already see you coming back! just a note to mention that most restaurats are about 15-20 euros pp for a meal and drink, which is very reasonable i think.
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lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

clean, well-equipped, perfect size for us. well-located overlooking one of the quieter pools. other guests envious of our location as we were sipping wine or dining on the patio. would recommend this apartment, quite perfect.

the hotel was confusing as we upgraded to all-inclusive the second week, but overall the hotel was fab, good food, excellent pools and location, marvellous staff, particularly emilio.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Beryl, so happy you enjoyed it, and look forward to welcoming you again - perhaps in Boa Vista next time!!
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Highly Recommend Staying here again :-)

  • 4 of 5

Geraldine's apartment is ideally located close to the Airport, and nearest town in Santa Maria, were you are able to access the local shopping market for groceries, beaches, restaurant's and Bars. Access in and around the hotel is straight forward and the hotel staff were helpful when needed. Geraldine was very accommodating before, during and after my stay, with no delays if I had an queries or concerns. Having travelled to Sal twice in the same year, doing both the all inclusive holiday, and self catering, I would highly recommend self catering in Sal all the way!! Having travelled here alone on my second visit, I felt extremely safe during my stay!!! On this basis, I would definitely look to return to Cape Verde and would seek to rent property from Geraldine again in the future. Many thanks! :-)

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a great review Lavinia! I look forward to hosting you on your next trip to this sunny 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 a selection of 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, horse riding, turtle nesting/hatching, whale watching, island tours.

Trip to Santa Maria town 5 mins by taxi - 3 euros day 4 euros night, 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 for hotel and apt guests. Hotel registration at reception on arrival.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

laundry/cleaning $48.62
Refundable damage deposit $138.93

Sorry, no pets or smoking in the Apt but smoking 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.

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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