LIFESTYLE

CAPE VERDE // MELIA DUNAS

Hello you beautiful lot!

Its that time of year again where we all start jetting off on our summer hols, swapping the office chairs for sun loungers and endulging in those all inclusive buffets and drowning ourselves in cocktails.

But if you’re struggling with deciding on where to go this year or you’ve already been somewhere but are hating being back to realitly and want to book yourself another holiday then this post might just decide your next destination for you!

Cape Verde or Cabo Verde is located just off the coast of Western Africa in the Atlantic Oceon and made up of 10 isles and I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful island of Sal, which is the most popular of the Cape Verde Islands and you will soon understand why.

 

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Whilst in Cape Verde i stayed at the incredibly luxurious Melia Dunas Beach Resort & Spa, and like anywhere you go that you haven’t been before there is always that little part of you wondering if it is going to be any good or not, but my goodness immediately on arrival i knew i was in for a real treat staying here and i wasn’t wrong. As i arrived at the hotel from the small Sal airport which is literally a 10/15 minute drive from each other i was greeted by the ever great service from the Melia Dunas staff as they took my bags from me so i didn’t have to carry it all the way to my room as the resort is a very big complex, i was then greeted by the staff of The Resort Group who had arranged my stay and they took me straight down to my room…which turned out to actually be a villa so that was a very nice surprise indeed.

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So, i was taken through the boulevard down to my villa which was located right by the Algodoeiro beach which again was another lovely touch being so close to the beautiful beach and being able to see the sun set over the ocean whilst sitting on the spacious terrace, with its eye catching white exterior and clean, open planned interior the 3 bedroom villa was a dream to stay in for the week and with its own garden and pool its ideal for any group of friends or family to feel at home. It had all you could possibly need with individually controlled air-conditioning, coffee machine, mini fridge, telephone, wifi, multiple televisions, bath robes and slippers. The cleaners would come in every afternoon and keep everything looking brand new, topping the fridge up with bottles of water which i thought was very good as keeping hydrated in the heat is very important. There is also a very wide range of channels on the TV’s which you may never use but for me was important as i was there during Euro 2016 so i didn’t miss an England game, although i kind of wish i did with how bad they played :(.

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After i had settled into my villa i took a very short walk to the beach stopping off at the Gabi Beach bar to pick up my first of many cocktails to take with me and literally as soon as i saw the beach i was WOW’d but its beautiful scenery the white sands, cool beach beds, crystal clear waters and volcano in the distance. The island is a windy island but its exactly what you need to stop you roasting in the heat but do be careful of this because you will burn without knowing so make sure you have your sun cream with the right factor for you. The beach is honestly so beautiful and i did spend most of my days on it, the water is the perfect temperature to cool down in after laying in the sun. Its a pretty long beach and apparently takes around 15 minutes to walk from one end to the other and i did attempt this to explore a little but it was hard work in the sun and sand.

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The evenings are still warm so make sure you have plenty of evening shorts packed because you won’t be wanting jeans on. The resort has a range of different restaurants (Spices / O Grille / Aqua / Sahel / Rancho / Atlantis), 14 bars, a amphitheatre for shows and parties, boutiques and shops in the Boulevard, hairdressers, 2 tennis courts and beach volleyball, so there is more than enough to do when you aren’t soaking up the sun on the beach or by the pools. I would have breakfast after my work out at the enormous buffet at spices every morning, you are literally spoilt for choice for what you can have whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner I’ve honestly never seen such a spread of around the world foods! In the evenings if you are wanting to eat at the range of restaurants like i did you will need to make reservations for them but its very easy to do at one of the restaurants. My favourite diner was the Rancho so you should definitely try that but all 6 restaurants provide amazing foods and service so try them all, i even had lobster for the first time whilst i was there!

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Although i was enjoying the 30 degree heat on beach or making the most of my private pool i knew i had to check out the Yhi Spa just to make myself even more relaxed (if that was possible). The Yhi Spa is tucked away in the main building of the Melia Dunas hotel right next to the gym which i would use in the mornings to try burn off all of the amazing all inclusive foods and drinks that are on offer and i would use the gym between 7 and 9 which i found was a perfect time as there was only 1 or 2 other people in there so you have the opportunity to make use of all their equipment, but back to the spa talk! The whole time you are at Melia Dunas you will feel like you are living a life of luxury and that only continues when you enter the Yhi Spa doors, providing you with a hydrotherapy area, 9 treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and even a private sun bathing area you will find your mind, body and soul unwind in sheer bliss.

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When i weren’t feeling like a king at my villa and snap chatting you guys in my private pool i would sometimes spend some time in the main resort pool which is actually 1 of 5 pools (3 for adults and 2 for children) all with pool bars so i would never go thirsty because all that sunbathing and floating around in the pool is hard work you know! It has a great atmosphere and there is always spare sunbeds to use.

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If for whatever reason you feel like getting a taxi and venturing out of the resort i would recommend heading to the town of Santa Maria and their fishing port, i found to be honest you don’t really need to go anywhere else as Melia Dunas has everything but just to experience the culture more, their markets and see how the fishermen work it is a nice little trip out. You can even help the fishermen catch yourself a fresh fish from the beautiful clear waters and take it straight the beach barbecue to cook yourself a delicious fish meal.

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So, if its a beautiful, unique luxury holiday on a quiet remote island you’re after then the Melia Dunas Beach Resort & Spa in Sal, Cape Verde is the perfect place for you! Like i mentioned at the beginning of this post i had never heard of Cape Verde before but boy am i glad i found this place and will i be back? Yes i will, without a doubt!

Thank you to Liane at The Resort Group for hooking me up and having me so well looked after during my stay 🙂

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