SUPERB 1 BEDROOM APT IN NEWLY OPENED 5* MELIA DUNAS BEACH RESORT, PONTA PRETA BEACH, SANTA MARIA, SAL.
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.
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS
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
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE
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.