16 other reviews
"We had a really lovely stay in Sal"
The apartment was well located, the beach was nearby! It was also well-equipped and spacious. The swimming-pool was quite nice as well . The apartment was very close to the centre (close to bars and restaurants). Lorena (Philip´s contact in Sal) was very helpful. Everything went so smooth!
Reviewed March 2017 for a stay in March 2017, by Anne-Catherine from Bergen, Norway
John and Luke
"Quiet and relaxing"
Within a few minutes walk to town and even less to the fabulous beach this apartment was near everything but retained a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Its a small cluster of apartments and a small hotel (yet to open). The apartment is well maintained and clean with all you need in the kitchen. The bed was very comfortable and a good nights sleep was achieved every night.
Tropical Resort is only 2 minutes from the casino, local bars and restaurants etc. We were collected from the airport by taxi driver Theresa who was extremely helpful and informative. Santa Maria is in the process of being developed but the resort is tucked away from any disruption.
We heartily recommend this apartment.
Reviewed March 2017 for a stay in February 2017, by John and Luke from London
"A lovely apartment in a great location close to the beach"
This was my second visit to Philip's apartment, which is comfortable and well appointed. The terrace is the perfect place to eat breakfast, as it gets the morning sun. The gardens are lovely and well looked after. The pool is also lovely. There is a new restaurant alongside the two existing ones, very close by that was a great place to eat and stocks a large variety of beers, including many from Belgium. All three restaurants offer different things.
The apartment is as described in the listing and was clean and well maintained. The owner was very helpful and so was the house manager. I would certainly recommend it to others and I hope to return.
Reviewed February 2017 by Roger, Worthing, England
"Fabulous stay in Cape Verde"
We loved every minute of our stay at Tropical Resort.
Philip's place was perfect for us and the location is ideal, close to bars, restaurants, cafés and less than 5 mins from the beach.
Reviewed January 2017 by Carine, Reading, England
"A nice relaxing and quiet place"
Me and my husband really liked staying at Philip's place. It was clean,tidy and everything worked the way how it was supposed to. Philip is a great host,one of the best we have ever had!very hands on,any question you might have he will reply within few minutes! also big thumbs up to Lorena (house manager) who waited for us at the apartment (transfers also organised by Philip!!) and kindly took us to the centre and showed us places where to have a nice meal!she also arranged for someone to come to tell us about all the available trips :) if you are after nice relaxing and quiet place dont look anywhere else! :-)
Reviewed Dec 2016 by Misha, London
So pleased you had a good time, thank you for being perfect guests!
Review Submitted: 06 Dec 2016
“Best place to stay in Santa Maria”
Lorena (the house manager) picked us up at the airport and drove us to the beautiful tropical resort. The apartment was very clean and Philip answered all question we had during our stay immediately via WhatsApp. The pool is nice and has some shadow places around. The beach is close and easy to reach (even our younger daughter (2 1/2 years) could walk the way). The beach is really beautiful and not many people around. We loved our stay there and would recommend it to everybody. It is quiet as it is not directly in the city Santa Maria but close enough to enjoy all the bars and restaurants as well.
Tanja I, Berlin, Germany
Review Submitted: 25 Mar 2016
“My family enjoyed every minute of our stay”
We found in Tropical Resort everything we had come for. The flat was very nice and comfortable, all the devices worked perfectly. The area around the pool and the garden are very beautiful and clean. My family enjoyed every minute of our stay in Santa Maria. Philip was contactable at all time, and everything went well!
Emma M, Noisy-le-Sec, France
Roger, United Kingdom
This was my first visit to the island of Sal and therefore my first visit to this apartment. I certainly hope I will get to return. The apartment is well appointed and has a lovely patio that gets the morning sun and makes a lovely place to enjoy a sunny, relaxing breakfast. Being on the ground floor, it offers easy access to the tropical gardens and the swimming pool. The bed was extremely comfortable and apartment was very quiet at night, all leading to good sleeping conditions. The development is attractive and there are bars and shops close by. Sal offers marvellous beaches, excellent weather and plenty of activities to enjoy, such as quad-biking, kite-surfing, swimming and surfing. There are good restaurants and bars, offering variety to suit all travellers.
Maïté and Tom from Belgium
We loved our holiday in Sal! The apartment was very clean, and everything you needed was there. When we had questions on our first couple of days we could always ask the house manager, he was always around. Or we could email Philip, the house owner. The contact was very good; we would always get an answer the same day! Philip made sure we had all the information we needed to stay on Sal, like the location of the supermarkets, the restaurants, etc. Everything is in walking distance. Kite beach isn’t far away, I would say 10 minutes with the car, so we went there a lot to kite! Santa Maria is a peaceful town; if you want a holiday where there are not many people around you have to go to Sal. You are totally relaxed, and the beach is beautiful! You can book a lot of things like snorkeling, diving, driving a quad for the day etc. There is plenty of stuff to do as a tourist. The food is amazing, and not expensive, the fish is always fresh and very good. We had a nice stay and we would definitely recommend it!! Thank you Philip to be an excellent host, you answered all of our questions and made sure we had the best stay!
Barbara from the Netherlands
We just returned from a 12 days trip to Sal. Had a splendid time over there but, if you're not a surfer or beachlover,I would recommend a stay of 10 days max. The appartment is spacious and very clean as are the surroundings. Staff is very helpfull. The appartment is well equiped and supermarkets and not far away so you can easily get your Bread, ham, eggs and yoghurt in the morning for breakfast. The terras on this ground floor appartment is bigger than the balconies on the first or 2nd floor. We had a wonderfull time in this quiet and practical appartement and will certainly recommend it to our friends!
Felicity from London
We have just come back from a wonderful Christmas and New Year's at Philip's flat in Santa Maria. We couldn't have had a nicer time there. Philip was a wonderful host; he thought of absolutely everything and went over and above our expectations, making sure we were happy before leaving and even giving us tips for where to go for New Year's Eve. The flat is very well situated, a short two minute walk to a stunning beach that goes on for miles and near to all the restaurants. It is in a quiet area so no disturbances at night when you want to relax. I would highly recommend it!
Karin from Estonia
We stayed at this apartment last holiday and it was excellent! The location is good, the apartment is very comfortable, clean and well furnished and Philip as a host is very attentive and thoughtful! At the time we were staying, in the beginning of April it was low season and very quiet. In the mornings I would have been the only one at the poolside. There are few good cafes nearby to have breakfast in the morning and late glass of wine or champagne before sleep. I would highly recommend this place to anyone going to Sal.
Chris from Switzerland
Very clean apartment, ideal also for families. My two kids enjoyed - after diving in the sea - also the pool in the evening. My wife and I could enjoy a bottle of good Capeverdian red wine. Very silent, short walk to the beach, good restaurants and shops around the corner, where we bought some food to cook "at home". Great Value!
Hannah from London
The apartment was lovely and Philip was a wonderful host. Arrived just before high season begun and so was very quiet which is not a negative. Made for a truly relaxing holiday plus the pool (which is a great feature of Tropical Resorts) wasn't overcrowded! Good location for all you'll need. Really great all round. Would stay again.
We rentet this apartment during our 10 days windsurf vacation in Santa Maria.
The apartment is really comfortable and relaxing. The pool is very nice, the atmosphere is easy going and friendly. We can warmly recommend renting this apartment and a trip to Sal. Take care and thanks for a great holiday.
Review #6198868 "A great stay in Cape Verde!"
During our 2 week kitesurfing trip we stayed in this apartment. We were three guys in the age 30 to 40. Booking: The owner replied quickly and I got a lot of information prior to booking the apartment. We got a lot of good information in the welcome information package. Checkin: We came to the flat at the scheduled time and was personally greeted and could ask questions and got some good advice for our stay. The flat was nice and clean. We had no complaints what so ever. The apartment: There is a big bedroom with a double bed and a big wardrobe, an extra bedroom with two single beds, an open kitchen/living room and a bath room with shower and laundry machine. The apartment was very fresh and didnt show any signs of wear and tear. There was plenty of bed linen and towels to last our stay without any extra laundry. The laundry machine was great as we could wash our cloth instead of binging a lot of cloth with us. The kitchen was equipped for most kind of cooking, but we did eat out most of the time. The pool outside is big and nice. Usually the pool only look big on pictures, but this one was actually big in reality as well. We travelled during easter 2013 and the place was not crowded at all. No need to "book" the sun chairs in the morning, there was always some available. We had rental car and outside the hotel there is a big parking lot. It was easy to carry our kite surfing gears between the car and apartment. There was no Internet included in the apartment but we got a 3GB deal for 40€ and had good WIFI connection during our stay. The flat screen in the apartment was equipped with USB reader. We brought movies with us on an USB stick and just plugged it into the TV and could watch our movies easily. A few minutes walk from the place there is a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. To the city centre its about a 10 minutes walk. The walk between the centre and apartment felt safe. We saw some pictures on internet before we booked the place. When we came to the place we were positively surprised as the place was more spacious and fresher then we imagine from the pictures. We were really happy with our stay at this place and will stay here again next time we visit Cape Verde.
Marcus & friends
Thank you for taking the time to send such a detailed review. Your feedback will help travellers make a more informed choice and it has also given us some ideas on how we can improve. Tropical resort is quite new so finding the correct mix of things that make the perfect holiday is our aim for the next few months. Hopefully the combination of good management, tropical resort and being so close to one of the best beaches will give us the chance to set the scene for many more happy holidays to come. Thanks again for being the first to write a review the feedback is so essential and much appreciated.
Hope to see you back in Santa Maria soon…
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