Dunas de Sal Hotel



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Private transfers are included for this hotel


This modern, boutique-style hotel is set within tranquil grounds filled with palm trees, bougainvillea and lush green lawns, exuding a laid-back and distinctly romantic feel.

Our Expert Opinion

“If you're looking for somewhere to completely unwind and take life at a slower pace, Dunas de Sal is for you... with a 'zen' feel, this hotel reinforces Cape Verde's motto of ‘no stress’.”

- Charlotte, Product Team 


What we love

  • The location away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby tourist resort of Santa Maria complements the boutique, relaxing and romantic feel of Dunas de Sal.


Good to know

  • The hotel’s Salt & Pepper restaurant is one of the best on the island, serving Cape Verdean specialities along with International cuisine.

  • The sands of Santa Maria’s stunning beach are just a short stroll away. Here you’ll find plenty of sunbeds, umbrellas to hire.


A peaceful retreat

A bright, welcoming and contemporary hotel, holidaymakers staying at Dunas del Sal will encounter guest rooms surrounding a swimming pool and terrace area, adorned with comfortable seating and serving as the focal point of the hotel. There's a really peaceful haven vibe to Dunas de Sal, best enjoyed relaxing around the inviting swimming pool or in the shade of your balcony or terrace area with a good book.

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Exciting refurbishments

Dunas de Sal recently added a second floor which has increased the amount of rooms on offer to guests, as well as introducing new room types such as Master Suites, ideal for Dunas’ most discerning guests. The redesigned features greatly reinforce the hotel’s ethos of wellness, best found in the shape of a specialised spa, offering complete rejuvenation and a range of treatments. Guests can also enjoy access to a panoramic gym and the chance to benefit from the likes of wellness treatments and PADI certified diving tuition. 

The location away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby tourist resort of Santa Maria complements the boutique, relaxing and romantic feel of this hotel. 

Quality cuisine and plenty of activities

Cuisine is another highlight of a stay at Dunas de Sal, with the hotel’s Salt & Pepper restaurant considered one of the best on the island of Sal, serving Cape Verdean specialities and international cuisine. The sands of Santa Maria’s stunning beach is just a short stroll away. Here you’ll find plenty of sunbeds, umbrellas and wind breakers available to hire.

Guests will enjoy Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, as well as access to a small souvenir shop selling gifts and essentials. Dunas de Sal also offers several holistic activities in its programme, presenting the opportunity of a weekly yoga class in the hotel gardens, further adding to the promise of a truly relaxing holiday in Sal.

Official local hotel rating: 4 star


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What's included in your booking 

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

Hotel Facilities

  • Swimming pool
  • Children's pool
  • Salt & Pepper Restaurant
  • Bar 
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Yoga/holistic programme
  • Dive centre nearby (payable locally)
  • Weekly open-air cinema (during May to October) 
  • Small souvenir shop
  • Wi-Fi
  • ATM machine
  • 68 rooms

Room Facilities

  • Double or twin beds
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Air-conditioning
  • Minibar (payable locally)
  • Coffee machine in Superior and Junior suites
  • Kettle in all other rooms
  • Safe (payable locally)
  • Satellite television
  • Telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Pool and garden views
  • Balcony or terrace area


  • Beach: Santa Maria Beach, 3-minute walk
  • Restaurants: On-site. Santa Maria
  • Main Town: Santa Maria, 15 minutes' walk
  • Airport: Sal, 20 minutes by taxi transfer

Rooms at Dunas de Sal Hotel

Standard Room

From £919pp

Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)


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From £968pp

Sleeps up to 2 


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Superior Room

From £1,003pp

Sleeps up to 2 


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Junior Suite

From £1,045pp

Sleeps up to 4 


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Superior Suite

From £1,087pp

Sleeps up to 4 


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Master Suite

From £1,122pp

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) 16th & 17th 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.


The hotel was ideal, not too big and very friendly. Thank you.

Mr Humphrey – Guest – Dunas de Sal Hotel