Grand Opening for MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa

20 May 2011 - The Cape Verde Experience - Press Office

The UK’s leading specialist tour operator to the Cape Verde islands - The Cape Verde Experience - attended weekend celebrations to mark the official opening on Saturday 7th May by Prime Minster José Maria Neves of its newest hotel addition, the 5 star MELIÃ Tortuga Beach Resort & Spa. 400 guests were wined and dined in style at the luxurious beachfront resort on the island of Sal, courtesy of overseas property developer The Resort Group plc and Sol MELIÃ, the world’s largest resort-hotel group.

Accompanied by Rob Jarrett Honorary Chairman of the Resort Group plc and Gerardo Bordoli MELIÃ Tortuga General Manager, the Cape Verde Prime Minister unveiled the first of the three planned MELIÃ operated resorts to be delivered by The Resort Group on Sal. To mark the event, guests were treated to a spectacular firework display and live performances from chart songstress Sophie Ellis-Bextor and dance group Diversity, winners of the “Britain’s Got Talent” TV competition. Cape Verdean legend Tito Paris was also there to perform his distinctive blend of traditional Cape Verdean music and DJ Danny Rampling played his ‘Sunset Set’ as the party continued at the resort’s Beach Bar.

Attending the opening, The Cape Verde Experience managing director Chris Rowles commented:
“The MELIÃ Tortuga is a welcome addition to our year round programme, offering the finest 5 star resort so far on the islands which is suited to both couples and families and perfect for our customers. Providing a wonderful holiday location and great mix of facilities, we are confident it will be a huge success and holiday bookings so far reflect strong interest."

Located on Ponta Preta beach, just ten minutes’ drive from Santa Maria town, the resort features a total of 220 luxurious residences including one and two bedroom suites and three and four bedroom villas. Facilities include two large freshwater pools, four restaurants, gymnasium and luxury YHI Spa. Gourmet dining is offered, plus a variety of bars which include a lobby bar, sports bar, beach bar and swim-up pool bar - the Beach Bar and Grille, providing the perfect location to capture the island’s renowned sunset.  Activities such as diving, trekking, fishing and windsurfing can be arranged locally.

The Cape Verde Experience is offering 7 night all-inclusive holidays at the Melia Tortuga Beach & Spa from £949 per person with flights and transfers included. UK departures to Sal are available from Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester.  (NB: Above price is per person based on two sharing and is subject to availability).

For more details call The Cape Verde Experience on 0845 330 2046 or visit