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Set in a prime beachfront location along Santa Maria’s golden sands and just a short stroll from the main town, we’re delighted to welcome Oasis Salinas Sea back into our collection.
Our Expert Opinion
- Suzanne, Commercial
The beachfront location – the beautiful sands of Santa Maria Beach, along with plenty of sunbeds are literally on your doorstep.
The proximity to Santa Maria – sample a growing variety of shops, bars and restaurants.
Garden view rooms can be located on a ‘lower ground’ level, with steps leading up to ground level. If you want to ensure you’re not located here, upgrade to the side.
Although an all-inclusive resort – it’s also possible to book on B&B if you’d prefer.
A stylish and modern 4-grade hotel, it’s an ideal choice for both couples and families looking for an all-inclusive beach break. The hotel’s beachfront swimming pool is the focal point of the resort, ideal for you to relax and soak up the sunshine whilst admiring the sweep of sand ahead. For even more relaxing pastimes, you can enjoy a massage or treatment at the wellness centre, which can even take place outside in a private hut on the lawns. For children, there’s a dedicated team who run clubs with daily activities, making good use of the playground, children’s pool, games room and outdoor theatre.
Designed to make the most of its superb setting, the property offers a variety of rooms with land, garden and side sea views, with the chance to upgrade to suites which are wonderfully spacious and elegantly designed. You’ll find that all the guest rooms at Salinas Sea boast a modern, light and airy décor with splashes of colour on neutral palettes, and inter-connecting rooms are available for families too.
Dining at Salinas Sea is also an exciting prospect, with as many as four restaurants and bars to choose from. Sample everything from fish and meat to pastas and salads at the main Tabanka Restaurant, or alternatively enjoy pizzas at the Pani di Terra, the choice is yours. There’s also the new Morna Beach Club, which, as the name suggests, is ideally positioned right on the golden sands, and all-inclusive guests can enjoy light lunches here everyday, plus a beachfront barbecue included in their package, totalling one for every seven-nights stayed.
Official local hotel rating: 5 star
Plus once in a 7 night stay...
Sleeps up to 2
Standard rooms have either twin or double beds and a balcony or terrace, facing the outside of the hotel.
Sleeps up to 4 (3 adults)
Garden View rooms have either twin or double beds and a balcony or terrace, facing the lawn. These rooms can be located on lower ground, first or second floor.
Side Sea View
Side Sea View rooms have either twin or double beds and a balcony, facing side onto the sea. These rooms are located on the first or second floor.
Sleeps up to 4
Family rooms are 'interconnecting rooms' and can have either twin or double beds. Sleeping up to 4, with a balcony or terrace. Rooms can be located on lower ground, first or second floor and can have a variety of views.
Suites have either twin or double beds and a balcony or terrace, in large, light rooms. Most have sea views, however there are a few within the hotel that have a larger living space, but face the road.
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.
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