Aparthotel Tropical



Private transfers are included for this hotel


Tropical Residence is a great self-catering complex in Santa Maria, perfect for guests wanting independence on holiday.

Our Expert Opinion

“For a self-catering option on Sal, these apartments are hard pushed to beat. The location is within walking distance to Santa Maria and minutes from the beach. Having a well-maintained, good-sized swimming pool on your doorstep is another added extra!”

- Stacey, Marketing


What we love

  • The tranquillity. Being situated in a quieter area of Santa Maria ensures that the atmosphere is very peaceful and the pace of life here is very relaxing.


Good to know

  • There are lots of opportunities to buy fresh produce on the island. You are just a 20-minute stroll from the main hub of Santa Maria, where a visit to the pier will offer you the chance to purchase your dinner to cook later on, with the local fishermen displaying the day’s fresh catch.

Peaceful location, still close to the beach & town

Situated in a quieter area of Santa Maria, yet only a five-minute walk from the town’s famous sandy beach, Tropical Residence is a fine example of the potential of the self-catering accommodation available to holiday-makers in Cape Verde.

You’ll find this modern residence boasting grounds filled with flower beds and swaying palms, with the living quarters, which are set across three floors, surrounding a large and inviting pool area. Each of the pool view apartments are well equipped and come complete with all the usual modern conveniences, as well as being decorated in a contemporary style.

Sample or cook local delicacies

The apartments are perfect for those holiday-makers that like to get out and about and sample the wide range of nearby eateries in and around the resort, as well as taking the opportunity to source local ingredients and make the most of their kitchen facilities – why not try and cook up a traditional Cape Verdean dish, such as Catchupa, during your stay?


What's included in your booking 

  • 20kg luggage allowance & in-flight meals 
  • Private airport transfers 
  • Access to UK airport lounge
  • Airport Security Tax (TSA)
  • Experienced and reliable resort team on hand to help 
  • Free Cape Verde destination guide  

Residence Facilities

  • Swimming pool with children's section
  • Restaurant available for breakfast and evening meal
  • DVD player on request from reception
  • Massage room (payable locally)
  • Wi-Fi (payable locally)
  • Late check-out available on request
  • 84 apartments

Apartment Facilities

  • Double or twin beds
  • Shower room
  • Fan (fixed or free-standing)
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Fridge/freezer, microwave
  • Television
  • Safe
  • Wi-Fi (payable locally)
  • Mid-week clean included for stays of 7 nights or more
  • Balcony or terrace


  • Beach: 15-minute walk to Santa Maria Beach 
  • Restaurants: On-site or in Santa Maria
  • Main Town: Santa Maria, 15-minute walk
  • Airport: Sal, 20 minutes by taxi transfer

Apartments at Aparthotel Tropical

2 Bedroom Pool View Apartment

Sleeps up to 4 


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Hotel & Local Restaurants

Opening dates are subject to change and beyond our control.


Restaurant Barracuda in Santa Maria on the island of Sal, Cape Verde



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Soul Kitchen, Santa Maria, Sal

Soul Kitchen

Gourmet Restaurant

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Zum Fisherman Restaurant, Santa Maria

Zum Fisherman


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Restaurant Cretcheu, Santa Maria

Ristorante Cretcheu

Seafood & cocktails

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Eating Out in Santa Maria - Sal

Chéz Pastis


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About the Local Area


White sand beaches and turquoise sea.

Principally a beach resort with long stretches of white sand and an abundance of water sports Sal is really an island for beach lovers as most of the island's sights and attractions can be seen in half a day.

By night, Santa Maria, the main tourist area in Sal boasts a lively atmosphere with a good choice of bars and restaurants.

Sal is the most developed of all the Cape Verde Islands in terms of tourism yet still has a very barren landscape. In the north of the island you will find a salt lake in an extinct volcano crater, an impressive sight. Marine life around the coast of Sal and the rest of the archipelago is high with countless species including flamboyant tropical fish, dolphins and turtles.

Live music plays a huge part in Cape Verdean culture and is often performed live in various bars in Santa Maria during the evening. This is a unique experience and one not to be missed.

A large percentage of visitors come to Sal for the water sports and it's hardly surprising. Sal's long sandy beaches and turquoise water make a wonderful playground for water sports enthusiasts. It is also the perfect place for relaxing in the sun and enjoying long walks along the coastline. Sal is considered to be amongst the world's top five windsurfing locations so it is not uncommon to see bright coloured sails dotted about the ocean. Kite surfing, diving and deep-sea fishing are also very big on Sal. There are plenty of places to hire equipment, have lessons and organise trips.


Santa Maria beach on Sal is simply stunning, offering four and a half miles of golden white sand. You can always find your own piece of paradise here, whether it be enjoying long romantic strolls along the shoreline and relaxing into the pure peacefulness, or hunting out the excellent water sports that the waters provides the perfect playground for.


The following are just a couple of festivals that take place on Sal:

Nossa Sra. De Piedade (Our Lady of Pity) 15th August - Mass, processions, swimming contests and music festival on beach with local musicians.

Santa Maria Festival (Municipality Day) 15th September - Music festival

Facts about tourism 

It's important to remember that tourism is still very much in its infancy in Cape Verde. There's ongoing development on the islands, so you may see and hear building works, so if there's work taking place in or next to your chosen hotel, we will advise if you we think it will affect your holiday. You may also encounter locals selling paintings and handicrafts, however they're quite harmless. 



With constant breezes the Islands don't disappoint for windsurfing holidays and the keenest windsurfer can pretty well count on being able to windsurf every day; however the seas and wind dictate that you need a fairly high level of competence and experience.

Due to their position within the winter tradewind belt, the Cape Verde Islands boast near perfect wind conditions from late November to June and so the Island of Sal has been a popular haven for windsurfing holidays for years.

On Sal, the main area for windsurfing is at the southern end of the island in Santa Maria. The bay here has a white sandy beach stretching for approximately 4km with a steep sand entry in parts.

For the more experienced, seeking the rush of some serious wave riding then a visit to Punta Preta, on the rougher west side, is a must. Waves here can reach up to 8ft running onto a stony shore break.


The Cape Verde Islands are a diver's paradise with wrecks to explore, rich tropical underwater flora and a massive array of fish including shoals of rockfish and bream, dolphins, turtles and sharks.

Cat sharks are frequently seen and with some luck you can also observe tiger sharks, lemon sharks, hammer-head sharks and mako sharks.

We are pleased to offer diving with Cabo Verde Diving based on the beach near the Meliá hotel in Santa Maria, Sal. Dives, courses and equipment hire can be arranged by your resort representatives or prior to your holiday.

Cabo Verde Diving offers dives every day in the morning and afternoon. Night dives and dive packages (6 or more dives) can also be arranged.


Fantastic holiday! Lovely people, excellent rep, well represented and presented in brochure.

Mr Leyden – Guest – Tropical Residence