Hotel Riu Touareg – All Inclusive
When you stay at Hotel Riu Touareg – All Inclusive in Boa Vista, you’ll be on the beach and within the vicinity of Praia de Santa Monica. This 4-star resort is within the region of Praia da Chave.
Make yourself at home in one of the 881 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Satellite television is provided for your entertainment. Bathrooms have showers and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Dip into one of the 4 outdoor swimming pools or enjoy other recreational amenities including a nightclub and outdoor tennis courts. Additional features at this resort include wireless Internet access (surcharge), gift shops/newsstands, and tour/ticket assistance.
Food & Drink
This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
While enjoying a refreshing dip in the resort pool, you can order your favorite drink at the poolside bar.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include multilingual staff, luggage storage, and an elevator (lift).
How to Get There
This hotel is not a 5 star, as other people have said but the service you get within the hotel is fantastic. This was my 3rd time and I have booked already for next year. I had asked for the same room as last year, on arrival they apologised they could not give me that room but did have the one above, in the same block. This room for view was even better. The rooms are of an African theme with the colour scheme but are very comfortable and they provide 6 bottles of water in your fridge for your stay and will top up if needed. Yes, the toilet does smell a little but this is due to it being salt water. Keep the door closed and lid down, maybe a little courtesy spray and its fine.
Our balcony looked out over the beach and sea which is very therapeutic to watch, on some days the waves were really high. Wonderful to watch.
We stuck to the main pool area, near to the bar but did move on a couple of days to get away from the loud guys at the bar who sat drinking all day. They soon calmed down so it didn't ruin the holiday by any means. Weather was fantastic and very hot some days.
Food in the main buffet restaurant is plentiful but as you do not need to book the African restaurant, we ate there most nights and used it for breakfast as well. Drinks are plentiful and keep coming. A lot of the staff recognised us from previous visits and topped up our drinks without the need to prompt. Felt very welcome at each bar visited within the hotel grounds. Booked for next year as mentioned at the same time of year as the weather is brilliant and its a late getaway.
Rooms good be more clean and needs a makeover.
Decent food - I liked the asian restaurant but you need to reserve a seat typically 2-3 days earlier even tough it's all incl.
The entertainment at the resort is very boring.
Loved the private beach.
The staff could be more polite and better at english.
We have stayed at Rui Touareg for 7 nights in December. It was one of the best holidays we had so far.
Lovely people ,delicious food, sun, sea with fine sand - just what we wanted .
I will tell you about few things which I was not happy , and if you read my reviews you’ll know how pillows matter for me. The quality of your rest is directly affected by this long, shapeless , half empty and weird pillows.
We have arrived on Thursday, rooms were cleaned and towels changed daily. We have been told that bedding will be changed every 2 days, but I think it was missed by cleaners when on Monday we asked reception - it was done straight away with apologies. This is small thing but makes you feel really good.
I don’t have anything negative to say about hotel ,services and staff.
The pool area had plenty of spaces to relax, just some people misunderstood the concept of place ( relax in peace), when the pool-bar music was not on they thought it would be good idea to listen to the own music and to make other people to listen as well; I think they didn’t know that in a public you can enjoy your favourite music / tunes via earphones, I don’t have to suffer because of you. Let me tell you more about smokers, as a ex smoker I know how not easy to leave you comfy sit just for quick sig, but please be a bit more thoughtful and please do an effort if you still want to smoke in public, smoke in designated areas!!!! Why I have to be a second hand smoker if I chose not to kill myself 10 years ago by this BAD habit.
I understand that hotel and bar staff didn’t want to challenge clients by reminding them simple rules and ethics, but someone has to do something about it.
Back to the topic, the sea was warm but waves and currents - not for me... I ended up going into water 2 times during the whole stay and each time regretted it as the wave nearly throw me back to the shore, with sand everywhere in my mouth ears and etc 😂.
Overall I would recommend this place to those who seeks relaxation in the sun and fresh seafood during miserable winter months.
I forgot to mention about crabs, the very fast but funny, you can see them on the beach mostly during nights and rarely during day, take a torch if planning to spy on them during your visit as the beach is really dark after 6 pm.
I am currently sat at the airport about to return home from a short 7 day winter sunshine break. I will start this review by saying that the weather has been fantastic for the duration of my stay and that is a real positive. Now let's get to the resort I stayed at. The Rui Touareg. This complex is huge, indeed there were 3000 guests during my stay. So, if you do not like being around so many people then I wouldn't recommend it. It also has a varied mix of clientele by nature of its size. The food is varied but it is ok, not super but certainly ok for a short stay and especially if you are like me and eat the same things daily. The rooms are clean and more than adequate, these are cleaned daily. Do yourself a favour and try and get a room in the adults only section of the hotel, the free mini bar is re-stocked every other day.
Here comes the part of the review which means I wouldn't return to this resort again. The staff are generally rude and ignorant, certainly not what I would expect for an island that depends on its tourist trade. Often not saying hello or even acknowledging you. Many do not speak or understand English or German (the mainstay of the resort) The guy in the fitness suite is particularly rude and gets in the way of everybody training, particularly first thing in the morning when it is packed out and space is of a premium, he even started sweeping around my feet this morning when I was working out. I take my fitness very seriously and do not like to be disturbed and interrupted. On the Friday morning I was 12 minutes into a 45 minute run, running at a pace of 17kph when the treadmills cut out suddenly. This could have caused me and other users serious injury which annoyed me. I preceded to tell the staff what happened and they openly admitted that this often happens and trips out due to overload!! ( if you know about it, fix it please! The guy then proceeded to mutter under his breath in his native tongue something which I perceive to be an obscenity. On the second day of my stay the cleaner entered my room to clean and when I returned the door wasn't closed correctly meaning anyone could have entered my room in the time between. I wear expensive clothing and have very expensive items of luggage. Thankfully nothing was missing.
Day one of my stay saw about 15 guests proceed to completely disrupt the atmosphere of the adults only pool during the day by being loud, singing, playing music,drinking and just being damn right rude to the other guests. Now I have no issue with people enjoying themselves but they had no respect for other guests and their relaxation. It was so bad I spent the rest of the holiday by the larger pool as I would rather listen to kids that drunk and abusive Brits. I go on holiday 3 x per year to unwind and relax due to the stresses of my job. I will return to Barbados next year. I score this location a very generous 3 out of 5, in fact it is a 2.5 in reality. As the title of this review says "it is not for me" and I will not return.
Before booking we researched the holiday on trip adviser and noticed a couple of bad reviews regarding this particular hotel.
Lucky for us we didn’t listen to bad reviews!!! This place is great and a bargain for the money we paid. Service was always polite and quick, kept the rum and cokes coming and there seemed to be an abundance of staff available to help.
The food was good also, obviously not
Michelin 5 star, but there was always a fantastic variety of food and the sea food in particular was outstanding
We booked the separate restaurants rather than just visiting the buffet. Food was a little better but in the booked restaurants the major benefit was less customers. Which meant you could access food easier and not be sat next to a family from hell
Hotel is moments from the beach. We made sure we avoided the pool and concentrated on the beach which was def the right choice. The pool can become over run a little and flys were and issue. With the beach you never had that problem
We went on the quad bikes excursion through tui which was fantastic!!! Def recommend this to all travellers!! Also went on a boat trip, there is a choice of two. My honest advise is book the shorter one: for me I wanted to snorkel and see little fishes however due to the size of the boat you can only snorkel in the middle of the ocean and see barely nothing. Also four hours on the boat is too long!!!!!
Big big big thank you to all the staff at Hotel Rui Touareg!!!
Ps. Don’t worry about sharks or spiders. We saw no spiders and swam in the sea every day and are still alive