August is a really intense month for the European summer and very often you risk ending up on vacation to get even more stressed out.
I was desperately looking for a place where No stress reigned and not too far at the level of flight hours, because I had other projects close by.
Here we have presented what I did not know would be the best solution: Cape Verde at the Hilton Sal Resort, a real dream.
The Sal Island (one of the 10 in Cape Verde) is only 6 hours direct flight from Rome with Cabo Verde Airlines.
I wanted absolute relaxation, after having lived a very intense first half of the year, but not only: authenticity, good food, long sandy beaches and an incredible sea where I could relax with my partner.
After a first research of the hotels on the island of Sal I realized that the most beautiful of all and the one that reflected the characteristics I sought was the Hilton.
Why choose the Hilton on the Sal Island?
The Sal Island is really small and with a 15 minute drive you can reach the city center of Santa Maria (the main tourist hub) from the airport.
One of the most beautiful beaches of the whole archipelago is right here: a very long and wide stretch of white sand that from Santa Maria bathes the entire northern coast.
The structures along it are many but immediately I noticed how much the Hilton was the most human-sized.
A chic and refined character for those who prefer relaxation and stay in tune with the surrounding environment to the village chaos.
Furthermore, the hotel has adopted environmental sustainability policies that I really appreciated (for example, there are no plastic bottles in the entire structure).
This is the perfect time to visit the island; it is still possible to live an authentic experience by not spending a lot of money, but soon tourism will increase exponentially.
A brand new hotel, opened just a couple of years ago. We arrive in the darkness of a starry night and to welcome us there is an Ocean Front Suite: a spacious suite overlooking the ocean with a living room.
We enjoy the sweet welcome with a chef’s dessert and a special cheers, we are in paradise.
The sound of the sea lulling our dreams and curious we wait for the sunrise to admire its colors, just beyond our patio.
Structure and services
Compared to the other gigantic structures on the island, I loved the size of the Hilton.
Colors designed to recall the warm tones of Africa (we are right in front of the coast of Senegal) and a green heart around which the rooms and suites are distributed.
The huge central pool overlooks one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Cape Verde: that of Santa Maria.
With a 10 minute walk you reach the nearest town (Santa Maria) or one of the other most incredible beaches: Ponta Preta.
The island is absolutely safe and we found ourselves – even at night – to walk everywhere without any problem.
There are many activities to be carried out for those who just can’t stand still.
The Nautical Center on the hotel beach offers the possibility to organize many water sports.
For the first time I tried skii board, much more difficult than it looks from the outside but super fun (a really special thanks to my coach).
There is also the possibility of learning to dive with mini courses in the pool and then the sea.
Moreover, through the hotel it is possible to make private excursions to visit the main points of interest of the island (in one day it is possible to turn it all over).
In the next article I will talk about my top ten of the most beautiful things to do and see in Sal.
The Sal Island takes its name from the salt pans present and currently in use only for local needs;
the salt of Sal was used for the incredible scrub with massage that we got to try in the hotel spa.
A couple candlelight massage among the most beautiful I’ve ever tried.
Cape Verde is famous for the presence of lobsters, definitely the right place to try these delicacies and in the hotel restaurant I ate one of the best in my life.
The formula that we have experimented is that of half board with breakfast and dinner buffet at the Magellan Restaurant (there was even the possibility of creating your own pizza then cooked in an italian oven).
There is a choice is between 2 restaurants and 2 bars for a drink, a light lunch or a super romantic dinner by the sea.
Bounty Beach Restaurant is perfect for a lunch by the ocean and for a super romantic lobster dinner, but it can also turn into the island’s most popular venue for special events.
I have a very beautiful memory of the moments spent hand in hand with Luca, our feet in the sand at a table that looks at the sunset.
I’m really grateful for this wonderful life experience, spending a week at the Hilton Sal Resort was truly a dream holiday.
A bit like our honeymoon, also if we are not married yet.
A dream trip: Cape Verde at the Hilton Sal Resort
A dream holiday: Cape Verde at the Hilton Sal Resort.
For booking and reservations:
AVENIDA DOS HOTEIS, SANTA MARIA, 4111, CABO VERDETEL: +238-3344444 FAX: +238-3344433