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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
- Charlotte, Product Team
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.
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 and wind breakers available exclusively for Dunas de Sal guests.
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 real 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.
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.
Cuisine is another highlight of a stay at Dunas de Sal, with the hotel’s Salt and 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 exclusively for Dunas de Sal guests.
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
Sleeps up to 3 (2 adults)
25m² bedroom with 1 double or 2 single beds. Flat screen TV, shared balcony or terrace equipped with sitting area, desk and sitting area inside the room. Hairdryer, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi. These rooms are located on the ground or first floor. Sleeps up to 2 adults and 1 child.
Sleeps up to 2
35m² bedroom with 1 double bed. Flat screen TV, private balcony with sunbeds equipped with anti-allergic mattresses, desk and sitting area inside the room. Tea & coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi. These rooms are located on the first or second floor. Sleeps up to 2 adults.
Sleeps up to 4
A brand-new, 49m² bedroom with double bed and living room, containing a comfortable sofa and coffee table. Flatscreen TV, private balcony with sunbeds or reclining chairs, tea & coffee-making facilities and a desk. Hairdryer, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi. These rooms are located on the second floor. Living room can be turned into a second bedroom with extra beds added, so this room can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children.
64m² bedroom with double bed and living room containing a comfortable sofa and coffee table. Bathroom with private Jacuzzi bath (one Master Suite has the jacuzzi bath in a private position on the balcony). Flat-screen TV, private balcony with sunbeds or reclining chairs equipped with anti-allergic mattresses, tea & coffee-making facilities and a desk. Hairdryer, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi. These rooms are located on the first and second floor. Living room can be turned into a second bedroom with extra beds added, so this room can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children. There are only 2 of these room types in the hotel.
Opening dates are subject to change and beyond our control.
Seafood & cocktails
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
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
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