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Luxury Apartment on the Melia "Tortuga Beach and Spa Resort"

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,485 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5* Apartment, Sal Island, Cape Verde. Only Metres from the Magnificent Ponta Preta Beach

This luxury 5* apartment is located on the 'Melia' Tortuga Beach and Spa Resort, only a few steps from the beautiful Ponta Preta beach with its crystal clear waters and tropical beaches.

The resort has its own restaurants/pool bar/restaurant and live music/entertainment every evening. There are also numerous restaurants in the nearby town of Santa Maria. Private spa and gym. 2 large swimming pools with a swim-up bar. There are ample sunbeds around both pools and on the beach. The resort has a secured gated community with a 24 hour concierge service.

More Details

Paul and Sandy Withey
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

About Paul and Sandy Withey

We, Paul and Sandy are the private owners of 2 properties in Cape Verde which consist of a Luxury Villa and a Luxury Apartment.

We purchased them when we visited the island in 2008. We simply fell in love with the island and its people and decided that others would do the same! Now that we are both retired, we pride ourselves with the personal service that we are able to give to our clients.

Paul and Sandy Withey purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Paul and Sandy Withey chose Santa Maria

This apartment is the only one on the resort that has a combination of, a private balcony, (most have a shared balcony), located on the 1st floor (more privacy), 2 bathrooms, faces south (sunshine all day) and is located in a nice quiet position on the resort.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Paul

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say a massive thank you for letting us stay at your property in Cape Verde. The apartment was stunning, very well equipped for all our needs and in a fabulous setting and resort.

We visited some of the restaurants you mentioned in your information pack and also a few other places in Santa Maria. The resort itself was fantastic and the staff were so friendly and attentive. We came back so relaxed and all thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Thank you so much for all your handy hints and the information you provided on booking with you.

Kindest Regards


Hi Paul.

The Holiday was perfect, we loved the place !!! We thought it is still so unspoiled which makes it even more beautiful. The apartment was wonderful, it had everything we needed and we loved the walks along the beach.

Thank you again for contributing to our lovely holiday. Maria
Sep 2010
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Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

If you like adventure, then hire a quad bike and visit one of the many sand dunes or beaches that the island has to offer or why not try windsurfing, kite surfing or scuba diving. Deep sea fishing, catamaran trips or whale/dolphin watching are also available on the island. The resort has its own windsurfing/kite surfing hire and tuition facilities.


This luxury apartment is situated right next to the beautiful Ponta Preta beach.


Cape Verde is only 5.5 hours from the UK with only 1 hour time difference, therefore no jet lag! The international airport is only a 20 minute taxi ride to the apartment, therefore hiring a car is not essential as most of the facilities are within walking distance. Taxis are plentiful on the resort, in Santa Maria and also at the airport.


The quaint little town of Santa Maria, with its numerous bars, restaurants, shops, banks etc is only a pleasant 20/25 minute walk away or just 3 minutes in the resorts free shuttle bus or local taxi. A visit to the salt lakes, which are situated in Pedra de Lume is worth a visit or take a look at the main capital of Espargos. A trip to the Blue Eye in the northern part of the island is also well worth a visit.

Further Details:

For those who just want to chill out, then simply watch the local fishermen bring in their daily catch on the pier or simply stroll around the many craft shops where you can buy anything from African handmade jewelry to beautiful hand paintings.


Santa Maria Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1485 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Family
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, wardrobe and 32" HD flat screen TV. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and wardrobes.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Sauna ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
42" flat screen TV/DVD in the lounge with a further 32" flat screen TV in the main bedroom with independent satellite channels available. Outside: The apartment has its own private 1st floor balcony (not shared) with table, 4 chairs and parasol. The large swim up pools and children's pools are only a few metres away, as is the popular children's club. The beach is also only a few steps away with lots of free comfy sunbeds and parasols. The resort also enjoys beautiful landscape gardens. Towels, linen, cleaning and air-con are included. Beach towels not provided


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Luxury Apartment on the Melia "Tortuga Beach and Spa Resort"
average rating of 4.642857 based on 15 reviews

Just fantastic!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a brilliant place to stay you have great facilities and lovely location however without the all inclusive mentality

The restaurants are great and extremely reasonable.

Santa Maria is very authentic the people are the nicest happiest people I have ever meet and have travelled extensively.

I would highly recommend this apartment and Sal as a great alternative to the Canaries and the weather was 5c warmer

Can not wait to go back

Thanks Paul


  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sue. Thank you so much for your lovely review. I'm so please to hear that you really enjoyed your stay in our apartment and you also loved Santa Maria, as you said, its so authentic. I totally agree with your comments on how nice the people are as they always seem to be smiling whatever they are doing. I think some people taking their first holiday in Cape Verde get a little frustrated with the locals with their “No Stress” attitude, but that's what make it such a relaxing holiday. Once again thank you for letting me know that you had such a nice time because it means a lot to me to know that you have. We would love to welcome you back again anytime Sue. Kind regards Paul
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Lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

Really nice apartment with all the amenities that are required. Excellent air con in the scorching Cape Verdian heat. Balcony was our favourite place, day & night, even had a few birds come & see us every morning. Will hopefully be back again.

The resort has a wonderful beach, my only gripe with that is not enough sun beds to accommodate everyone & they are all reserved very early. But that was no reflection on the apartment at all.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nichola Thank you so much for your kind review of our apartment in Cape Verde. I'm really pleased to hear that you had a great time and you enjoyed the apartment so much. I'm sorry that you found it difficult to get sunbeds. I checked this with the resorts management and they said that during November they were operating at 100 percent capacity, which is above the normal of around 70/80. However they did say they would look at increasing the number of beds very soon. I'm glad you enjoyed relaxing on the balcony as our apartment is just one of a few on the resort that have a single private balcony where most have a shared one. Once again thank you for your review , its very comforting to know that you had a great holiday and it means a lot to me to know that you have. Kind regards. Paul
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Beautiful villa in a great complex. Relaxing stay. Definitely will go back

  • 5 of 5

Immaculate villa with everything you need. Lovely pool areas and recommend the all inclusive offer. Very good value

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David Thank you for your review of our apartment and your holiday. I'm so pleased that you had a great time and you found the apartment to be immaculate and likewise with the resort. I'm also pleased to hear that you thought the "all inclusive" package, that the resort offers, was very good value. As you know, I always recommend waiting until you are there before deciding if you want to take the AI package as some guests like it and some prefer to eat out in the local restaurants in Santa Maria. Also glad to hear that you found your stay nice and relaxing because that's what most of us want when we take our holidays. Once again that you for letting me know you had a lovely time in the apartment. We are always trying our best to make sure all guests have a great holiday so its nice to hear that you did. Kind Regards. Paul & Sandy
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Very nice and comfy,perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Paul very helpful,replies promptly.Apartment very clean and perfect location.Comfy beds and well stocked up. 5 star rating i recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Vincent. Thank you for your review of our apartment in Cape Verde. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the apartment and your holiday. Also thank you for your kind words regarding my help. We are always trying our best to assist guests with any queries they may have when booking their holiday and we also try to make sure your stay is a memorable one, so its very nice to hear that our efforts are appreciated and that you have had a lovely holiday, its means a lot to us to know that you have. Kind regards Paul & Sandy
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Fabulous property but...

  • 3 of 5

Fabulous property, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, huge balcony facing the sun. Whilst the apartment is adequately stocked with crockery and utensils, absolutely nothing was provided other than a loo roll and a bottle of water. No bin liners or washing up liquid. You have to do a shop the first thing you do on arrival.

On arrival at reception at the all inclusive resort, to indicate to security personnel that you are staying on the resort, you're given a wristband in a different colour to differentiate from the all inclusive guests. Being independent travellers we weren't keen on wearing them.

You can upgrade to an all inclusive food and drink package for 60euros a day. Instead, we decided to 'pay as you go' for drinks at the bar and the occasional meal, and opened an account at reception. The problem was that none of the bar staff or restaurants were aware of the procedure for processing payment on account - the staff just didn't know what to do - and neither were price lists available so we wouldn't have known what we were paying for anyway! It was virtually impossible to eat or drink on the resort. The surrounding hotel complexes are also all inclusive so it was difficult to get a drink or meal within walking distance. Taxis to the town were very affordable at just 4euros, which we took in the evenings to eat out in Santa Maria, where there was an excellent selection of restaurants (see Trip Advisor for reviews), the best of which you have to book several days in advance.

On arrival we enquired about wifi and were prepared to pay for it. We were told that it wasn't available in the apartments yet bizarrely when we got to the room we found that it was!

If you are happy to hang around the pool all day with your own supermarket drinks, and get a taxi to the nearest town to eat, then this apartment may be for you. Sadly we were bored and flew home after 4 nights.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Janice. Thank you for taking the time to submit a review of your holiday. I'm very pleased to hear that you thought the apartment was fabulous. With regards to there not being any bin liners and washing up liquid in the apartment, this was a "one off". I have spoken to our representative on the resort and unfortunately this was an error on behalf of the cleaning staff who forgot to place new cleaning materials in the apartment before your arrival, please accept my apologies for this oversight. Unfortunately, wrist bands have to be worn for security purposes, so only paying guests can gain access to the resort. With regards to food and beverages, both these CAN be purchased on the resort. All you have to do is register a credit/debit card at the reception and you simply sign for what you use. However, both on our website and in the information pack that we provided you with, we always recommend using the restaurants in the nearby town of Santa Maria, these are all very good and much cheaper and are just a five minute taxi ride away (3/4 Euros), you also experience the local atmosphere of Cape Verde. The resort is 5* and has facilities such as 2 pools (one a swim up), sunbeds both around the pools and on the fabulous beach, a full state of the art gym, sauna, steam room, free Wi-Fi, entertainment every day/evening, and these are FREE for all guests staying in our apartment, so it’s a shame that you got bored and went home early. Unfortunately, this lovely 5* resort, which is almost fully booked all year round, was not for you, but again thank you for your comments. Kind regards Paul & Sandy
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Great apartment on a super complex

  • 5 of 5

We had a really fantastic holiday. Me, my wife and two boys aged 11 and 14. Very relaxing hotel, not too rowdy but enough to do. Our two boys net loads of friends and had a really memorable kids holiday. We are in Santa Maria most nights and had some great food.

The apartment was quite large, clean and comfy. Like a second home rather than a hotel room.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David Thank you for your review. I'm very pleased to hear that you and your family had such a fantastic time staying in our apartment in Cape Verde. We are always trying to make it as comfortable as possible for guests like yourselves and its nice to learn that you enjoyed it so much, especially your 2 boys. I'm also pleased to hear that you tried the restaurants in Santa Maria, as I believe that are all very good and great value for money. Once again thank you for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back should you want to visit this wonderful island again. Kind regards Paul
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact the owners.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are flexible.

Notes on prices:
All prices have just been reduced by 30%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.